We just took delivery of our first 2 new Millermatic 211 MIG welders, courtesy of our friends at Earlbeck Gases and Technologies. I was blown away by the features and capabilities, especially in such a lightweight package. Since the Foundery opened nearly 3 years ago, we’ve only used flux-core wire-feed welders, so going to a professional-grade MIG is like going from a Yugo to a Tesla. After a few minutes practice, Corey and I were both laying down beautiful beads on some scrap steel. (OK, Corey’s might have been a bit nicer, but he had more practice). The Auto-set feature makes it super easy to dial in your starting parameters, which I suspect is why my welds were presentable so quickly. Check it out here:
We will have 6 of these machines by the time we open our doors, so even when a welding class is in session, there will be at least 2 stations open for members who are welding-qualified. In the meantime, we’ll be putting these machines through their paces as we build out the shop tables, shelves, and any other reason we can find to stick two pieces of metal together!