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Victor Technologies announced a new welder today, the Fabricator 211i, which seems targeted at the truck welder market. Designed for 208/230 VAC single-phase primary power (at 50 or 60 Hz), it also accepts to 115V/20A with the installation of an included adapter, so it’ll work with pretty much whatever truck generator you’ve got. The manufacturer claims it’ll deliver full rated output when hooked up to a 6,000 watt generator, and can deliver up to 150 amps off of a 3kW 115V gennie.

What is that rated output, you ask? Well, you get an output range of 5 to 210 amps at 14 to 30 volts with rated output (from the manufacturer) of:

For MIG/Flux Core

  • 115VAC: 140A (20% duty cycle)
  • 230VAC: 210A (20% duty cycle)

For stick (DC only):

  • 115VAC: 120A (25% duty)
  • 230VAC: 200A (25% duty)

For TIG (DC only):

  • 115VAC: 150A (35% duty)
  • 230VAC: 200A (25% duty)

Of significant interest as well is the fact that this unit checks in at $1,400, complete with a MIG gun, stick electrode holder, work clamp, and regulator. The unit is TIG-ready as well, but you’ll have to buy the torch and foot control. Other options include a MIG spool (for aluminum) and various carts — assuming you don’t weld up your own (a great first project, by the way).

Head over to the Victor Technologies site if you’d like to know more, but this looks to us — at least from the spec sheet — like a pretty well-rounded unit, small and versatile enough to make a great truck unit. Then again, we’re not exactly the king of welders around Toolmonger. Any pros in the readership that’d like to comment?

Fabricator 211i [Victor Technologies]


5 Responses to Preview: Fabricator 211i

  1. M Webber says:

    I haven’t had the chance to use this model, but I’ve used Thermadyne welders before and they preformed solidly. Their small TIG buzzboxes are very good for their size.

  2. lkjasf says:

    Uh, this is the same as the Thermal Arc 211i (even says so) which sells for under $1200. It has been out for years. Come on guys, use google for a split second before posting stuff like this.

  3. Eric says:

    While it’s a neat little machine, I doubt it would make a great truck unit. New inverter machines aren’t as durable and will not tolerate getting bounced around in the back of a truck like say, a Miller Bobcat will. The low duty cycle is not ideal either, compared to the engine driven units normally seen on the back of a truck that are 100%.
    For a small home shop however, I think this is a great unit. For someone who’s doing small projects, metal sculptures, furniture or something like that I think this is probably a good setup. Pair it with a small plasma cutter and there isn’t a lot you can do on household 220v.

  4. Jeffrey Penfield says:

    I am a hobbyist at home welder. My day job is in medicine but welding has caught my interest. I have a oxy acetylene welder that I use more for brazing than welding because not many things are mild steel. My son wants to rebuild a 1940 car. I want a welder I can use for that and for odd/fun jobs around the house. I have a 230 volt plug in a detached garage. Should I get an all in one or a dedicated mig welder? I have plenty of room. Is there any advantage to a welder that can use 120 volt plug other than being more portable or would a dedicated 230 volt welder be better if I don’t ever weld outside my garage?

    • BJ says:

      I have a few questions for you before giving you an opinion. How much do you want to spend? What is the thickest material that you are going to weld? Are you ever going to want to weld something besides steel?

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