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Old 12-18-2018, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default Anyone hear anything about the new Titanium Unlimited 200 welder from HFT?

Thinking about buying myself one around Christmas (there's a coupon for $50 off until the 31st)... I know what everyone says about multi process welders, better off buying dedicated but so far I've read reasonable things... In case you haven't heard anything about it, you can see it HERE

For the record, don't really need it as I have everything but shielded wire feed and TIG covered but those two would be nice for some things... Here's the welders I have already:
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From what I've read the Vulcan Omnipro is pretty sweet, but any shortcomings of the Unlimited can be made up with the stick welder since it's 100% duty cycle for 1/8" rods, which I have about 75 pounds of...

If no one has thoughts I might just be a guinea pig... I asked at HFT and apparently they've sold a bunch of them mostly for christmas presents so won't be much feedback until afterward...
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:17 AM   #2
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I saw them and have heard good things. You will find out soon enough if you buy it. I want the cordless impact ratchet they have. I can name 10 things I could use one for right now.
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I've seen some of the newer Vulcan units at the HFT local to me.

They looked like they might be nice units, but my bigger worry would be availability of parts & service, especially when they are not anything near as cheap, relative to other brands, as their units of some years ago were.
If the unit happens to use the same gun attachments, drive parts, etc as another (more-established) brand, then that should help in getting specialized parts for it (a spoolgun for example). If something like the internal gas valve were to fail though, you'd probably have to source a replacement on your own, as I don't see HFT stocking parts like that for it (a bad transformer or inverter component would likely shitcan the whole unit).
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Old 12-19-2018, 01:27 AM   #4
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After some of my experiences with the ol 90 amp welder I'm not too worried about replacing the electrical components... the flux core shorted one of the switch wires for the wire feed to the full output of the welder (cheap design, I've been throwing this welder around for 6 years loaning it to several people, and I'm the second owner...), just blew the rectifier for the feed motor circuit, not as scary as I thought, just replaced it with 4 diodes... Apparently the inverter components aren't that specialized or scary either, the youtube guy Ave did a review of the Vulcan Omnipro with good things to say that surprised him... not saying he knows everything as I've seen him wrong on a few things here and there just from things I know but he isn't dumb... . Changing a solenoid should be simple if failed, feed mechanism not sure but it is at least metal... Spool gun isn't available yet but is supposed to be in early '19, I imagine a different one could be adapted as well as a gun.

I know they aren't as inexpensive as the older options, have friends that have had good luck with those, I'm going to look at the Everlast and Eastwood versions of the same thing just to weigh options...
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:56 AM   #5
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Not finding anything bad about the Unlimited, but am now thinking about the Omnipro... The guy that has the video of the Unlimited going through 2.5 pounds of hardfacing rod back to back is pretty impressive, but the Omnipro will beat out the Unlimited almost anywhere and has a pedal for Tig if I decide to get into that...
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Old 12-23-2018, 03:12 PM   #6
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Any thoughts on preference of the auto settings versus manual settings? Watching some videos of the Omnipro I imagine it could get annoying running through the menu to tell the machine what I want to do every time I turn it on, which would kinda push me toward the Unlimited..
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My machine is all manual (and I've not played with an automatic one yet), so I can't comment on that...

I've no complaints though... MIG is one of the easiest processes to learn, which should make it easy to figure out where the settings should go.
It did for me anyway... I just grabbed a bunch of metal scraps and tried laying beads with the machine's settings purposely set way too high or too low just to get an idea of what occurs in each case, giving me a better perspective on where to tune the machine to get a good weld bead on various thickness metals.
There will also always be the occasional case where the auto settings don't work as well, meaning you'll still have to occasionally use manual mode anyway (or so I've read, which would explain why manual modes are usually still present on such machines).

I've not used TIG yet though (which I understand is much harder to learn), so maybe having some auto settings could help with that?
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Yeah, pretty much my conundrum . We have a big MIG at work, a big Lincoln IdealArc with a wire feed on top, that thing is a beast in all respects... played with wire speed and voltage some with that over the years so have the basics down, and have that little flux core welder down and can usually do what I need with it but as always have a lot to learn.

I'm leaning toward the Unlimited that is manual control, it has the cheat chart on the side (apparently covers all processes) which is quick enough, not sure I want the "synchronous" display stuff, don't want 20 seconds of setup for a 20 second project, those come up... From what I've read the auto settings limit you to what they think are reasonable settings as well, limit to certain wire feed rates and aren't hot enough at the higher thicknesses so might as well be manual...

Coupon is only good through the 31st but going out of town camping, so tomorrow is kinda my last chance...

I appreciate the input! I'll let you know how it goes...
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I picked up the Unlimited 200 tonight, It is a very nice package! Has everything needed to weld in the box other than a mask assuming you want to use flux core or have welding rods... The regulator doesn't look too bad, but don't have a bottle to connect to try straight MIG or TIG... The cables are super flexible, nice rubber coating, about 6' long power cord and about that long for the MIG gun lead, longer than I'm used to on both accounts with the 90A flux core...

I fitted a roll of .030" flux core I had sitting around that wouldn't work in the 90A welder worth a darn and with the recommended settings on the chart it welded WAY nicer than the other one, smooth wire feed and DCEN like flux core is supposed to be (the cheapie's are AC which isn't "supposed" to work, but does to some extent). Only played for about 5 minutes on a scrap of bed frame. Will try out the Arc welding side next week, see how it compares to my old trusty transformer welder with some 1/8" 7018 and 6011...

So far so good, got the 2 year protection plan for good measure...
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I picked up the Unlimited 200 tonight, It is a very nice package! Has everything needed to weld in the box other than a mask assuming you want to use flux core or have welding rods... The regulator doesn't look too bad, but don't have a bottle to connect to try straight MIG or TIG... The cables are super flexible, nice rubber coating, about 6' long power cord and about that long for the MIG gun lead, longer than I'm used to on both accounts with the 90A flux core...

I fitted a roll of .030" flux core I had sitting around that wouldn't work in the 90A welder worth a darn and with the recommended settings on the chart it welded WAY nicer than the other one, smooth wire feed and DCEN like flux core is supposed to be (the cheapie's are AC which isn't "supposed" to work, but does to some extent). Only played for about 5 minutes on a scrap of bed frame. Will try out the Arc welding side next week, see how it compares to my old trusty transformer welder with some 1/8" 7018 and 6011...

So far so good, got the 2 year protection plan for good measure...
I got this welder as well, Blows my old Lincoln out of the water. I also got the 2-year protection plan, I picked mine up on sale so everything together was like $740 I have run almost 10lbs of wire through it and it is the best purchase I have made in a while. worst case it shits out before the warranty and i get it fixed/replaced, if not it wasn't a massive purchase compared to the miller 211/hobart210mvp/lincoln
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