Originally Posted by down19992000
I bought my XMT304 when I retired in 1998 and it has been flawless.The company I retired from sent some of the guys up to my shop to try it and they were so impressed that they ordered 25 of them.I just spoke to a forman last week and he say s that since 1999,they have bought over 50 of these units and had only 2 falures,with being used 3-shifts and 6-7 days a week,but they were covered by Miller 100%.As far as the Deltawelds,while I loved the machines for heavy work,I have personally smoked 2 of the 452 machines.In my honest opinion,the XMT is is the finest machine that I have used for 16 gage and above steel.My machine excells on 16 gage,but that is about the thinnest.I have heard from others that 14 gage is the thinnest for thiers also,though there is a cure for this,you can either order an ALT board for it,to be able to weld thinner material,or just buy another smaller welder to do the light stuff.I have heard all good about the 350P,but remember that th 350P is still an XMT inside and may pose the same problems on thin materials also,unless maybe Miller has used a board like the one in the ALT machines for the lower voltages,I just do'nt know the answer to that.I dont like running my machine down to 15-16 volts for thin stuff,but have and do get by,but it is not the greatest.When I have to weld very thin,like a car body,I have tried .030 wire,versus my normal .035 and have noticed some improvement.I have tried .023 and not only does my power source not really like it,but I had several rats nests with my 60 series 4-roll feeder,though pulling 2 of the rolls off,did help the situation some.It would be great if Miller was to start making the ALT. model agan,because it was a bit more versatile.One big complaint from all XMT owners that I have spoken to,is the fact that unless you are rich enough to own an M series feeder with the built in pulser,you will need to shell out the ridiculous price of $1,000.00 or more for the ignorant little Optima box to control the pulser unit that is already built in to the machine.Miller is the only company that I know of that did not think this throgh well and decided to sell a great machine with a great pulser that you can not use !!!!!!,unless you spent another $1,000.00 for the little Optima box.Most other companys that I know of,sell thier welder with all of the functions of the machine in working order,without having to spend the ridiculous amount of another $1,000.00.Another of my pet peves is that,I have asked numerous Miller dealers and Reps.,to no avail,about getting an ALT304 circuit board to plug it to my XMT304,so I can weld the thinner material,but I always hit a brick wall and no one can ever answer this question.I did have a Lincoln dealer that was really trying to talk me in to trading my XMT in on a new Lincoln inverter and I actually told him that if he dropped one off to me for a week to play with,I would really consider it.In my personal opinion,after giving that machine a pretty good workout,I just was'nt real impressed and would have to say that my XMT seemed to have better characteristics all around.
Last edited by tooldude56; 09-13-2007 at 07:43 AM.
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