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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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Just ordered a 220 amp Tig and spoolgun ready mig welder from snappy and was wondering if anyone on here has or used one and what i should expect from it? Any info would be appreciated, Thanks
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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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My partner in crime has their mig/tig combo with the spool gun, I forgot what model it is but the mig part is detachable like a suitcase for extra reach. As for as how it works, I really like it the mig works awsome, the tig is pretty good for light work, the spool gun...well I'm gonna need some practice. Quality wise it's as good as any other name brand in that catagory.
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I've got a muscle mig 250 that I've owned for years. I like mine and had the TIG and spool gun attachments at one time. The TIG was ok but was not capable of aluminum. The spool gun was great but don't expect to do real light aluminum with it. I mostly used my spool gun to repair cast aluminum such as tranny cases and brackets. I aquired a giant Airco high frequency TIG welder so I sold my TIG and spool gun attachments for my welder.

I hope you realize what you are getting into with Snappy. I think I had close to 5k in my setup when it was all said and done. I think you can buy more welder for less money from Miller.
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I've got a muscle mig 250 that I've owned for years. I like mine and had the TIG and spool gun attachments at one time. The TIG was ok but was not capable of aluminum. The spool gun was great but don't expect to do real light aluminum with it. I mostly used my spool gun to repair cast aluminum such as tranny cases and brackets. I aquired a giant Airco high frequency TIG welder so I sold my TIG and spool gun attachments for my welder.

I hope you realize what you are getting into with Snappy. I think I had close to 5k in my setup when it was all said and done. I think you can buy more welder for less money from Miller.
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I recommend to not go with snap on welders. They are decent but are very expensive for what you get.

Miller, Lincoln, hobart, esab are good choices especially the first two. I have a miller 200amp tig machine and love it, I also have two lincoln mig welders and love them. If you ever are on the market for a plasma I would have to say get a Hypertherm, whatever fits your needs and budget.

With all that said check out Millerwelds.com for a great welding forum. The guys there can be very harsh though but not unlike this site or Pirate.
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I looked into the Snap-On welders a few years ago. Its not that they aren't a good machine (I've never heard of any problems with them), but you're going to spend way more money on it than an equivalent product from Miller / Lincoln / Hobart / ESAB. There is no way in hell I would ever pay what Snap-On wants for that welder you got. I just prefer to buy my welders from companies that build welders, not wrenches and ratchets. Any idea who actually makes the welder?

I don't know how how Snap-On's support is, but I can tell you that Miller's is absolutely top notch. Lincoln's is also very good, but being a much larger company, things usually take a little longer to resolve.

Despite the criticism, congrats on the new purchase. I'm sure you'll love it when you're out there welding with it. All this internet babble won't mean a thing when you're out there making smoke.
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Thanks guys. Yeah the muscle mig 250 is like $3700 A little too high for me. Then snappy just came out with the Mig220 its a step between the muscle migs and the portable migs. Its so new the website doesnt even have specs on it yet. I only paid $2200 for it its 100% dc at 180amps and like 80% at 220amps. I compared it to an ironman 210 from hobart which was like $1499 and i'm pretty sure they"re not tig or spoolgun ready. Plus its nice having the option of paying $30 a week if i need to.

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That's a little more reasonably priced that I remember them being.
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Thats the only reason i bought it. For what i'm getting its actually not that bad of a deal. They made a big welder thats resonably priced for normal people that wont spend 4k for a welder. I hope i'll be happy with it. I'll post some pics of it in my ranger build thread when i get it
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Thats the only reason i bought it. For what i'm getting its actually not that bad of a deal. They made a big welder thats resonably priced for normal people that wont spend 4k for a welder. I hope i'll be happy with it. I'll post some pics of it in my ranger build thread when i get it
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I've been buying snap-on tools for over 30 years and what i've found is way over priced & after 7 years good luck trying to get parts I had snap-on welder which is a centery welder. after 8 years switch went bad dealer said good luck finding one need to buy new welder.Thats why I own lincon tip,mig,& plasma
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I remember that century made the snap on welders It always make s me chuckle how some guys get a warm fuzzy feeling buying snap on stuff. ONLY $30 a week !! Whats the interest rate on that??
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I remember that century made the snap on welders It always make s me chuckle how some guys get a warm fuzzy feeling buying snap on stuff. ONLY $30 a week !! Whats the interest rate on that??
My was made by CK Systematics. Its a nice quality unit but not worth what I paid for it. I would not even consider it industrial quality. I have a production Airco TIG welder and a production Thermodynamics plasma cutter. You can tell by the fit and finish that these machines were built to be used all day, every day.
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I have a Matco 250 amp that is the older snap model Matco bought the rights after snap on was done with it. I got it back in 92 and have used the dogsnot out of it and love it. When I bought my mig the only welders I ever saw in a garage was a stick welder and not to many at that even had those. Back then Mig's were sky high on prices that made paying the tool truck worth it...Now the major companies have come down to hobbiests level and they can buy the same machine a company can for almost the same price, now below tool truck prices.

with thatt said my next welder will be a Miller or Lincoln tig.
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I own a snap on welder its works good, it was way over priced but payment plan worked me at the time. If i had cash i would go with a miller like a
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Before I purchased my Snappy unit, I bought a Miller 130 unit and used it for years. I still have it. I keep 0.23 wire in it and use it for welding sheet stock and exhaust. The bigger welder has 0.35 in it and is alittle harder to control on the thin stuff.

I think I'm going to bust out my 900# Airco TIG welder today and work on some aluminum.
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Interest rate is 9.9% i also got a $300 instant rebate when i bought it. It lists for $400 more than an ironman230 and has a higher duty cycle and is tig ready. which the tig pack is $595. I'm not a fan of snap on and think they"re over priced but this welder was the first reasonably priced unit i've seen them offer. And $30 a week when i need too aint bad. I just pay a couple hundred ever other week and it'll be paid off soon. Its manufactured by CK Systematics in Washington state.

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I just bought a Hobart Handler 187. Should be a sweet first machine!
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