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Review: Miller Synchrowave 250

We have done the research for you and the results are in. If you are a serious welder and want to conquer light industrial projects with a professional finish while maintaining control over your machine, look no further than the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX. We have laid out the machine’s details for you, from welding capabilities to unique features. This is an advanced welder with exciting specifications and features to make any experienced welder excited. Let’s get started.

What Is the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX and What Does It Include?

Miller Syncrowave 250 DX

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Let’s get the basics out of the way so we know what kind of welding machine we are working with. The Miller Syncrowave 250 DX is a single-phase TIG/stick welding power source that can easily transition between aluminum TIG, stainless TIG, TIG AC/DC and stick welding. This model handles TIG, stick, pulsed TIG and air carbon arc processes. Intended for light industrial applications, this machine is designed for the experienced welder who is ready to tackle more heavy-duty projects that require optimum control and finesse.

While the Miller Syncrowave also comes in a 350 LX model, the 250 DX is still an excellent choice. There are three purchasing options when it comes to this model, so we have outlined exactly what you will get with each option so you can buy confidently.

Syncrowave Power Source Standard Model

The Syncrowave Power Source standard model includes the Syncrowave 250 DX welder with Dinse-style connectors. This is exactly what we have described thus far so you get the TIG and stick capabilities. Keep in mind that the TIG torch and power cord are not included. This is bare bones, so if you already have a lot of the accessories you need from another welder it might be best for you to stick with the standard model and not worry about the extra bells and whistles.

TIGRunner Package 

The TIGRunner Package includes the completely assembled standard model, but it also comes with the Coolmate 3CS cooler, running gear and RFCS-14 HD remote foot control. These features will help keep your new welder running smoothly without overheating while also giving you the additional control that remote foot operation affords. This welder model is designed to allow the optimum accuracy possible, so this package may be perfect for you to reinforce that precision.

Foot Control Complete Package 

The Foot Control Complete Package includes everything in the TIGRunner package in addition to four gallons of TIG coolant to keep that Coolmate 3CS cooler going strong and a water-cooled torch kit that includes a TIG torch (great if you do not have one already, or if you need a replacement). You also get a torch connector as well as a cable cover, accessory kit and flowmeter regulator. This package also throws in a gas hose, work clamp and Dinse-style connectors. This Foot Control Complete Package really has it all. Oftentimes when welders are looking for their next welding machine, many of the accessories that are necessary for use are wearing out along with their older machine. Even if you can still get some use from the odd gas hose or cable cover, it may be a safer idea to go with a complete package to ensure the full system is running efficiently and safely with all new parts. As with most complex machines, a welder will operate at its best and provide optimum results when all its parts are new and at their strongest. The only thing not included in the complete package is a power cord, and most welders have one of those lying around somewhere.

What Kind of Pricing Should You Expect? 

Pricing varies depending on where you buy and, of course, the package you choose. Look into local shops that carry the model you want and compare prices. Some stores may offer deals or coupons to make it less expensive for you to get your dream welder. If you are also a long-time customer of Miller, it is definitely worth trying to get a discount for your brand loyalty as they will appreciate a consistent and passionate customer.

So that you have a base to work from and understand what price range to expect, Miller suggests these price points:

  • Standard Model should start around $4,078
  • TIGRunner Package should start around $6,102
  • Foot Control Complete Package should start around $6,720

Remember, these are suggested prices, so be sure to compare prices locally for your best deal.

What Makes It Unique? 

Even if you choose to start with only the standard model, the starting price is quite hefty. However, if you are going to invest in your own TIG/stick welder and want the best, the price is more than worth it. The Miller Syncrowave 250 DX is top of the line and has unique features that will make you want to buy the complete package with all of the extras this model has available. With the quality that Miller brings to its products, you can be sure a Syncrowave will last through years of projects while still providing the original level of precision and safety.

The purpose of this heavy-duty welder is not only to give you precise control over your welding process, but also to offer safety and ease of use so your time is spent actually creating, mending or building, depending on your goal. Let’s break down exactly what we are talking about so you know what to look for in the machine’s build.

For starters, the AC balance control is designed to give you a high-quality weld since it provides adjustable oxide removal. Your welds will look professional with this feature backing you. This is also a great feature if you plan to use the Syncrowave for metal art. You can also choose from three levels of TIG starts based on the tungsten size and application, ranging from soft, medium to hot, by using the Syncro Start feature. The adaptive Hot Start in particular is a great feature because it provides good arc strikes without sticking when you are stick welding. This model also reduces tungsten and material contamination with its high frequency for non-contact initiation. Nice, right? It gets better.

If you are looking for better control and a more intelligent design for your projects, you will love the next features. The digital welding meters not only display amperage and voltage as you work, they also have last procedure recall. This saves you time and energy, enabling you to achieve higher accuracy as well as allowing you to easily repeat a weld exactly. With the flip of a switch, you can move seamlessly between aluminum TIG to stainless TIG to stick welding. It is so easy because you don’t have to waste precious time setting up your machine to reach the exact setting you want. Instead, you can focus on your craft, which is what the Syncrowave 250 DX is all about.

What Projects Should This Model Be Used For? 

The Syncrowave 250 DX is designed for light industrial use. Projects can range from DIY for the home hobbyist to creating metal sculptures. This TIG/stick welder’s precision and control provide a professional finish that any artist would aspire to. However, you can also use this advanced welder for automotive restoration, high-purity processing, farm and ranch maintenance, infrastructure, yacht customization, restoration and/or construction. The possibilities are endless with this Miller Syncrowave model.

How Does It Compare? 

Even though there are similar models from competing brands, the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX is a reliable welder that will also have more accessible service locations than other brands. This is an important consideration when buying a new welder.

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While this is a high-quality machine, any welder will need replacement parts or professional maintenance if something does not work perfectly down the road. These welders are meant to last a very long time, but when you need maintenance done you will appreciate having a trusted brand with convenient locations that can service your equipment. Competing brands such as Lincoln may not have as many nearby service locations as Miller.

Weighing the stats of the welder against user experiences with any model is a wise move before committing to a purchase. Most who have used a Miller Syncrowave 250 in the past have been happy with the machine and agree that this welder provides excellent control for the user. This newer version of the model offers even more precision capabilities.

What Do We Think? 

When you are purchasing a welder, it is worth spending more for a model and brand that is not only trusted but known for its quality and usability. The Miller Syncrowave 250 DX works with the user and provides an interface that will make projects time and energy efficient compared to other models.

As you consider which package to buy, we recommend looking at your workshop and assessing your needs. There is a large price difference between the standard model and the other packages that are available. We suggest committing to either the standard model or the Foot Control Complete Package.

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The standard model will give you the heart of the Syncrowave 250 DX, but without the extras that are not absolutely necessary if you already have perfectly usable parts in your workshop. With its more modest price point, you can have the welder of your dreams without overspending.

If you find you do want the extras and are trying to decide between the two remaining packages, we suggest skipping the TIGRunner and going for the Foot Control Complete Package. The reasoning behind this recommendation is that though the TIGRunner is more affordable than the Foot Control Complete Package and does not include extra features you may not need right now, committing to the Foot Control Complete Package is a better deal. The price difference between these two options is not as drastic as the difference between either of those and the standard model. Many of the extra parts you get with the Foot Control Complete Package are items you will need to replace at some point anyway.

In other words, you get more bang for your buck with the Foot Control Complete Package than with the TIGRunner. You will be prepared to replace worn-out equipment with parts that came at a bundled price, saving you money in the long run. The Foot Control Complete Package is convenient as it provides you with every piece you may need so you are prepared to begin your projects immediately.

What Are Our Favorite Features? 

To sum up this incredible Miller welder, our favorite features included:

  • AC balance control
  • Pulse to reduce heat input and distortion while increasing arc stability and travel speeds
  • Adaptive Hot Start means no sticking while starting on a positive arc
  • Last procedure recall (it just makes your job easier)
  • Digital welding meters

The real beauty of the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX is that it is a high-quality machine that provides great safety features as well as user-friendly options to make your welding experience seamless. The best results come when your machine can be trusted to provide accurate, safe welds while giving you optimum control to complete your work. That control and precision is exactly what the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX provides and more.

Larger welding machines offer you increased versatility, exciting new features and more power. With the Syncrowave, you have the power to take on more heavy-duty industrial jobs such as construction and infrastructure, but it is so user friendly with the finesse of a smaller machine that it does beautifully with more delicate work like metal art and sculptures.

We hope this review gave you more understanding of the Miller Syncrowave 250 DX. As an advanced welding machine, the Syncrowave 250 DX is an excellent choice for all your welding needs.

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