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Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:48:22 AM
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Default Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

I'm looking into one of these I found on Craigslist ... can anyone give me any pointers on what to look for... any common problems?

I rarely weld anything over 1/4" ... so I think this will fit my needs there ... and having backup power is icing on the cake.

It has a 12.5 Kohler command ... is this full pressure lube with oil filter? (I live the 15 Kohler command on my JD GT225 mower/tractor.

I'm not sure if it has leads or not ... is this a special item / any idea of cost if I have to buy them (can I make them?).

Last but not least (sorry for so many questions!) ... What is a decent price for one of these. (I've always used my trusty Lincoln AC225 ... and am not sure what the mobile engine powered units go for used).

Thanks very much !

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... full pressure lube with oil filter? (I live the 15 Kohler command on my JD GT225 mower/tractor...
Uhhh .... should have said "I love the 15 Kohler" instead of live.
Hate it when that happens!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:28:56 PM
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Default Re: Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

I have a bluestar 180 with a 16 hp all cast iron Tecumseh engine, and I have run it for a business on sites, and personal. No complaints from me, the usual rebuild after the required hours, and check brush wear, and gen shaft lube, and it will run forever. I have welded 1 inch and thicker with multiple passes, and even put the arm of a John Deere excavator back on after gouging with it, and then reinforcement plates 1/2 inch thick. Be sure and give it cool time if you gouge with it. The power feature is only 2000 watts but it will idle power all night long on the 3.5 gal tank, came in handy after a hurricane here, bought it in 1995 it is a 1984 model, and still going strong.

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Oh the rheostat went out one time, and the power to weld swiitch went out, and the welding power magnetic solenoid on the engine. Not bad for being a 1984
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:14:23 PM
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Default Re: Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

I also have a miller blue star 180 also. Sorry if I'm not doing this right but have a question about mine. Mine is running rough. Adjusted the throttle and it now runs full and in idle. Now the problem is when running a bead with it turned all the way to 180 with a 5/16" rod it drops down and sounds like it's going to die. I understand the rod is probably to big but it does it with an 1/8" rod also when turned up. I changed the fuel filter, spark plug, adjusted the throttle. Still gets good current on the ac with a tool running. It's just on the dc side where it's bogging down when welding. Any clues?
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:28:18 PM
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Default Re: Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

Have you tried choking the engine to see if it smoothes out under load, to see if it is a governor or fuel issue. Just a thought.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:37:57 AM
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My best guess is to drop carb bowl and check for water and give a good blow. I don't have to do much to mine.
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Default Re: Miller BlueStar 180 Welder / Generator

Please note- Previous post was almost a year old... I doubt they're still looking.
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