Oxford MIG Welding Machine
MIGMAKER range 180 Amp to 330 Amp single & three phase models
With a history dating back over 50 years British made Oxford welding machines are internationally renowned as one of the best in the industry. They are known for simple rugged build, high reliability with a very long life span & excellent welding performance.
These British made Oxford MIG machines are of course built to the same standards using the highest quality components throughout. At the heart of every Oxford MIG is a substantial copper wound transformer fitted with robust rotary switches & an overrated rectifier to give unbeatable durability. All models are fitted with an industrial wire feed system & motor to guarantee virtually unstoppable feeding of all wires.
Welding performance is superb: Our CAP+ technology ensures excellent arc starts & very smooth almost spatter free welding: Models up to the 240-1 have a unbeatable 20 amps min current to help prevent burn through on thin metal such as automotive panels.
These machines are designed to be more electrically efficient than other brands with an unbeatable standby power of just 25 watts & main transformer efficiencies of over 90%.
Standard functions single phase models 180-1, 200-1, 240-1
Infinitely variable wire feed speed with semi-synergic control, built in motor brake & burn back.
Options; Reverse polarity function for running gasless wire, spot weld timer
Further reading - Things to consider before purchasing any type of welding or plasma cutting machine.
With so many machines on the market today its very difficult to make the right choice when buying a new machine.
If you are considering a MIG welder then the choice is often between a transformer based workshop machine on wheels or a portable inverter. For workshop use a good European made transformer based basic MIG machine with simple switches to control the output power is the sensible choice for many applications. (Commonly referred to as step voltage or transformer type machines). They are generally cost effective, reliable, perform well, have a long life span. Also a good quality basic MIG machine is electrically efficient in design so power consumption is about as low as it can go. Have a look at our single phase & three phase standard MIG range, Oxford MIGMaker, Oxford I-MIG, Oxford S-MIG. These models are really electrically efficient which means we can give you more output power for lower input. There are also many other quality made European & USA made machines you can consider, however we recomend avoiding the low cost imports, despite giving the impression of being made in the EU etc mostly the low cost machines are now made in the Far East, even some a the big names have gear made in Asia, they often weld quite badly & are not built to last.
If you need a MIG welder with portability is the number one priority then we suggest consider a quality EU or USA made inverter machine. But beware, as many users know inverter based machines are not particuarly reliable or have a long life, (more on this subject to follow). Our OXFORD MULTI-ARC portable range make a very sensible alternative to the inverter, they offer superior welding performance on MIG & other processes, similar to the best EU or USA inverter but without the reliability issues of an inverter. These are maybe not quite as portable as a small inverter but otherwise are a better choice.
If you are considering a TIG machine, ARC welder, multi-process machine or plasma cutter its not so stright forward. 25+ years ago almost every type of these was transformer based which means many are still around working today! Transformer based machines are usually rugged, reliable units built to last, & are great when designed for CV (MIG) applications but transformer based TIG & PLASMA machines have limited welding & cutting performance, also as these are all 'constant current' (CC) types, efficiencies & power factors are low, so power consumption is high. They also tend to be large heavy machines. Today in 2017 there are not many machines on the market built the old way. The development of inverter based machines over the last 25 years has had the largest impact in the TIG, PLASMA & STICK (ARC) machine market. Inverters solve the issues of the older type machines, performance is superior, power consumption is low & size & weight very low. However virtually everyone in the industry knows reliability & lifespan can be poor, even the best German made inverters often go bang! This means there is still a demand for the older transformer type machines, particuarly for low usage applications where power consumption is not an issue or for use in damp & dirty workshops where reliability is number one concern. However, OXFORD WELDERS now have a much better solution & no compromise!