Service and repair

Snap-on offers MIG welder

Designed to help technicians weld aluminum as easily as steel, Snap-on says the MIG200i delivers power, precision and productivity.

This inverter-style, double-pulse MIG welder offers a welding current up to 200 A, and pulse and double-pulse settings provide increased control even with thin materials. Multiple, preset synergic curves automatically deliver optimal amperage, voltage and wire speed parameters for each individual situation, enabling technicians flexibility and ease of use, according to the company.

“The evolution of vehicle manufacturers’ construction materials, such as the use of aluminum, requires specialized equipment to complete service,” says Michael DeKeuster, a Snap-on Tools product manager. “The MIG200i is ideal for collision repair shops as it delivers the required functionality to weld aluminum smoother and more efficiently.”

DeKeuster adds that the MIG200i’s multiple synergic curves create production-quality welds, allowing techs to weld a variety of materials and thicknesses. Users can save time by applying preset material, thickness, wire type, wire size and shielding gas type.

Selectable start modes on the MIG200i include start current and crater fill options. The user can adjust these options, increasing current at the beginning of the weld cycle and then decreasing it at the end of the cycle, ultimately reducing the amount of post-weld finishing time, the company says.

The tool also features an LCD display panel that shows all welding parameters, with a single knob for selection and adjustments. While the welding machine’s standard 10-ft. torch welds 5354, 4047 and 0.045-in. 5554 aluminum alloys, its optional steel torch welds steel and stainless steel and MIG brazes high-strength and Boron steels.

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