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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dreracecar, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 3,053

    dreracecar
    Member
    from so-cal

    I would like to at this time give a shout out to and about Miller welders.
    Even though my machine was 1 year out of warrenty, without a lot of yelling and screaming, they came thru and repalced all the parts needed to get it back going again. Mind you that this was a DYNASTY 350 ($7000) and it needed about $2100 in parts to get it back running again. I dont know what caused it and from talking to a lot of other people out there, they have never heard of one going off like that. I did have to pay the service fee to the shop that did the repairs ($210) as was fair, But this is an AMERICAN Company that stands wholey behind what they build.
     
  2. patrick english
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 806

    patrick english
    Member
    from La puente

    That's really cool.How long is the warranty?I have a miller machine too.
     
  3. Pimpin37zephyr
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 110

    Pimpin37zephyr
    Member

    It's good to hear that service still matters.
     
  4. second fiddle
    Joined: Jan 2, 2013
    Posts: 32

    second fiddle
    Member

    We have a miller at work, friggin thing practically welds by itself. Great machines!
     

  5. pila38
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 763

    pila38
    Member

    Love my Miller. Great product, good support.
     
  6. customcory
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,832

    customcory
    Member

    I have had a Millermatic 200 that has worked flawlessly since I bought it in the early eighties.
     
  7. pbr40
    Joined: Aug 10, 2008
    Posts: 790

    pbr40
    Member
    from NW Indiana

    Blue is the kolor to have. They took care of me when I had issues!!! I'd buy another one any day!!!
     
  8. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    Member
    from florida

    We have 3 Millers, a 212 Mig, a 210 Mig, and a 200 Syncrowave Tig. They have been flawless. The 210 is the oldest and has literally welded miles of welds with zero problems ever.

    The ONLY part we ever needed was the trigger switch for the 210 and we were talking with Miller at the Street Rod Nationals about ordering one. The rep said "You said some nice things about our equipment, so we are going to send you one at no charge !" :eek: A little while later it came in the mail, and that welder was about 8 years old at the time.

    Lincolns and some others are probably very fine too, but we are just loyal to blue because of the dependability and quality we have found in them.

    Don
     
  9. We have a Miller Tig, Mig, and plasma cutter, They all have many trouble free hours on them
    Had a Miller 35 that was bought in the 70s, traded it in for a 200 in the late 90s
    My first Miller Tig was the size of a refrigerator, New one is 1/3 the size.
    Have a Miller ZIP Cut plasma cutter purchased in the 80s, still going strong. As stated always received great service.
     
  10. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,237

    Noland
    Member

    What happen to it if you dont mind me asking? I have a miller Tig but it aint nothing fancy or new like yours. I have a old A/B P 330 and it gets the job done.
     
  11. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 3,053

    dreracecar
    Member
    from so-cal

    I came in to the shop the day after Xmas, flipped the switch-it went pop and smoke started to come out. its a late 2007
     
  12. AREA51SD
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 97

    AREA51SD
    Member

    Thats why I only buy Miller Equipment, they have the best Customer Service for welding equipment. I have a Dynasty 200 and a 350 welder.
     
  13. willowbilly3
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,356

    willowbilly3
    Member Emeritus
    from Sturgis

    I have a little 140 that I like real well, but I understand it's limitations.
    I have used several Miller Bobcats in the last few years and wouldn't trade my ancient Lincoln SAE 200 pipeliner for any of them.
     
  14. MetalShaper
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 67

    MetalShaper
    Member

    Glad to hear you say something positive for a change..there is hope..and i love my miler dynasty as well ;)
     
  15. dan6628
    Joined: Dec 2, 2005
    Posts: 2

    dan6628
    Member

    Thanks for the kind words on Blue. As an employee of Miller Electric I like to see this and yes lets keep manufacturing in the states! Miller is made right here in Appleton WI. I always stand behind our products and bend the rules when needed.
     
  16. 270dodge
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
    Posts: 742

    270dodge
    Member
    from Ohio

    I bought a 1978 Miller 330ABP in 1988. In 2008 I called Miller and asked if a owners manual/ parts book was still available. I had explained that it was second hand and he asked for my address. I asked what the charge was and he said it'll come in the mail! It's a 870 pound puppy dog that'll do almost anything. I doubt that I'll ever need another welder but if I do you can bet that It will be Blue.
     
  17. jimbousman
    Joined: Jul 24, 2008
    Posts: 541

    jimbousman
    Member

    I have to agree. Have both a Miller Syncrowave 200 TIG Welder and a Millermatic 140 MIG Welder Auto-Set. The mother board went out in the 140. It was out of warranty. The welder cost me $700.00 the board would have cost $300.00 plus labor. I took it back where I bought it. The guy talked to Miller and they sent a new board free. The guy said "I gotta charge you $80.00 for the labor though." Couldn't grab my checkbook fast enough. Went in with my check in one hand and a twelve pack on the other. Smiles all around.
     
  18. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,634

    gimpyshotrods
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Both MIG's, the TIG, and my plasma cutter are all Millers. Miles and miles of welds. Zero issues, ever, period. Never in for service, ever.
     
  19. Ayers Garage
    Joined: Nov 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,382

    Ayers Garage
    Member

    I've welded plenty with an SA200 and have personally owned and worn out two Bobcats. They are two very different machines. The SA200 is world class at burning rod, but the Bobcat has a 12k watt generator and also burns rods well. For my use, which has always been rural farm construction, the Bobcat wins out even though it's not the welder the Pipeliner is. I can line up any equipment I want on my truck bed and run it with the Bobcat and all that AC power it generates. There has been several times I used it to power my entire house during power outages.
     
  20. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,696

    Offset
    Member
    from Canada

    And who says good customer service never pays off in the long run? Good to know there are still companies, and I suspect there are many, that care about their customers and their products performance.
     
  21. You couldn't give me any other brand welder for free. Not to go O/T but Smith & Wesson also, like Miller/Hobart are two of thee best examples of American Quality and Customer Service known to exist to this day!!!

    GOD bless those company's and GOD bless America!!
     
  22. cartoon14
    Joined: Jan 21, 2013
    Posts: 46

    cartoon14
    Member

    Completely in agreement here. we have a Miller plasma and just bought a 212 Autoset adn love these things. we use them everyday day in day out best bang for the buck...bar none.
     
  23. I have a 20 year old Miller Syncrowave 200 that is the smoothest welding TIG machine I have ever used.

    Funny thing, I like Lincoln's MIGs better.
     
  24. Area.3.Fiftyone
    Joined: Jan 11, 2013
    Posts: 28

    Area.3.Fiftyone
    Member

    I have both a Miller Mig and Tig setup in my shop and would never buy anything else.

    A couple of years after owning the Synchrowave, the main power switch quit working even though I had only used it a handful of times.

    After a quick call to my distributor, they said no problem and sent me a brand new switch within 3 days at no charge.

    Talk about great customer service...
     
  25. Lucky3
    Joined: Dec 9, 2009
    Posts: 652

    Lucky3
    Member

    Same story here. Own a Miller Mig (12yrs) and tig (9 yrs) and both have worked flawless. Great welders !
     
  26. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,307

    fuzzface
    Member

    add another Miller guy here. My stick, wire feed and plasma are all Miller. That is what i grew up with. My dad has anywhere from 15 to20 Miller welders at a time for his business. They do wear out after continious use but that is after many hours out in the weather and the hobbyist probably would never wear theirs out. . Miller has treated us very nicely. The one salesman that retired now used to live in our community and he would bring new Miller products or design change out for us to test for them.
     
  27. petritl
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
    Posts: 950

    petritl
    Member
    from Marion, TX

    A few years ago I sold engines to Miller for use in their larger welders. They were a great company to work with, even though they are owned by a larger corporation they still have a family business feel.
     

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