Best Multi Process Welders

Different welding jobs require different welding processes. If you think you might work with all three main types of welding process, then a multiprocess welder is definitely worth the money. It will save you money as you get one machine to do three processes instead of three separate machines for three processes. They also use up much less space in your workshop, which is important if you only have a small workspace. Updated 27th August 2019

All the multiprocess welders listed can perform MIG, TIG and Stick.

Most multi process welders are DC only. This means you won’t be able to TIG weld aluminum if you have a DC multiprocess welder. The best way to think of a multiprocess welder is that you’re buying a MIG welder that’s great for Stick and has the added ability to TIG weld steel and stainless steel when you need to. TIG machines are expensive, so if you’re not TIG welding aluminum it will save you a lot of money and give you the option to work on more precise welds without having to invest a huge amount extra on a designated TIG machine. Obviously, if you want to TIG aluminum then you’ll need a TIG machine unless you have an AC/DC multiprocess welder.

6 Best MIG/DC TIG/Stick Multi Process Welders

1. Everlast PowerMTS 251si Multi Process Welder

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Everlast PowerMTS 251si Multi Process Welder
Power:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Build:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

 

 

Everlast have built a multi process welder that’s powerful, versatile and available at an excellent price. There’s loads of options with this welder which allows you to produce quality welds. It doesn’t just have the standard MIG, TIG and Stick, it comes with Synergic MIG, Pulse MIG and Pulse TIG available with a high frequency start not just lift start. These modes are super smooth and I’m really impressed with the overall build quality of this welder. The stick mode also offers hot start intensity and duration controls. The front panel might look intimidating because there’s a lot of options, but the user manual explains the settings very clearly. making it easy to understand. The price point makes this a very attractive model compared to similar brands and it comes with a TIG torch, TIG pedal and consumables included making it the best bang for buck option.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle: 40%@250A
Voltage: 110/220V
Processes: MIG/DC TIG/Stick
Weight: 70lbs
MIG Amp Range: 30-250A
TIG Amp Range: 10-250A
Stick Amp Range: 10-200A
Dimensions: 18”Hx11.5Wx26”

Pros

  • TIG torch and food pedal included
  • High Frequency start
  • Memory function to save favorite settings
  • Synergic function MIG to automatically adjust wire feed speed
  • Powerful unit available at a great price

Cons

  • Front panel can be intimidating
  • Not the same build quality as Miller or Lincoln

2. Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210 MP Multi Process Welder

lincoln powermig 210
Power:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Performance:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

The 210 is one of our favorite multiprocess welders with an excellent on screen display which lets you key in your figures for metal thickness, wire thickness and gas mix and then applies the settings automatically. This is perfect if you’re not that experienced at choosing the welder settings. The welds are typical from a Lincoln machine – smooth and great quality. The 210 is also very light for a powerful multiprocess welder, and is just 40lbs. The weight and versatility of this machine makes it a popular choice for contact welders.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle: 25%@200A
Voltage: 110/220V
Processes: MIG/DC TIG/Stick
Weight: 40lb
MIG Amp Range: 20-220A
TIG Amp Range: 20-175A
Stick Amp Range: 20-175A
Dimensions: 18”Hx11.5Wx26”L

Pros

  • Intuitive digital display
  • Superior build quality
  • Portable

Cons

  • TIG kit is not included

3. Esab Rebel EMP 215ic Multi Process Welder

esab rebel 215iC multi process welder
Power:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

The Esab Rebel 215iC is great for beginners and professional as it offers different modes for different abilities. I really like the user interface on this, it’s intuitive and easy to use with a large 4.3 inch color display. Beginners can use the new Smart MIG feature to quality achieve nice welds. When using Smart MIG, all you have to set is the metal thickness and wire diameter it will automatically adapt the arc to your specific weld regardless of other parameters such as the metal or gas you’re using. They also offer an advanced mode where you can really fine tune your settings, perfect for more experienced welders. This makes the Esab Rebel great for beginners who are looking to improve and perfect their skills. The arc on this is smooth and it comes ready to TIG and MIG weld right out the box and comes with 6010 electrodes which it handles easily.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle: 25%@205A
Voltage: 110/220V
Processes: MIG/DC TIG/STICK
Weight: 40lb
MIG Amp Range: 15-235A
TIG Amp Range: 5-200A
Stick Amp Range: 16-180A
Dimensions: 16”Hx9”Wx23”L

Pros

  • Smart MIG feature for beginners
  • Intuitive high resolution large display
  • TIG torch included
  • Portable

Cons

  • No high frequency start

4. Miller Multimatic 215 Multi Process Welder

Miller Multipatic 215 multi process welder  
Power:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Performance:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Value:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

 

 

The Miller Multimatic 215 is a really reliable machine. The build quality on Miller welders is excellent. They’re built to last and run a really nice bead. It doesn’t include as many accessories as you might have hoped for the price, but Miller are premium brand. It does come with a spool gun but not a TIG torch. The digital display is helpful, however, the user interface isn’t as nice as the Esab Rebel. It’s still easy to use and they walk you through the setup really clearly on the small digital display. You can pretty much plug it in and it’s ready to go. I like the two gas inputs, which you don’t get with other multi process welders of this class. This means you won’t have to switch your gas tank over when you want to change between TIG and MIG because you can hook up both tanks.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle: 20%@200A
Voltage: 110/220V
Processes: MIG/DC TIG/Stick
Weight: 38lb
MIG Amp Range: 30-230A
TIG Amp Range: 20-210A
Stick Amp Range: 30-200A
Dimensions: 16”Hx9”Wx23”L

Pros

  • Very reliable with superior build quality
  • Two gas inlets to help easily switch between processses
  • Portable

Cons

  • More expensive than other welders in class
  • TIG kit is not included

5. Everlast PowerMTS 211si Multi Process Welder

everlast power mts 211si multi process welder
Power:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Build:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Value:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

The 211si is the smaller brother to the 251si, which is our favorite all round multi process welder. This is an equally great value all round performer and is ready for TIG with a TIG torch and pedal included. These machines are really well built with great care taken with the components and their arrangement. A few years ago people were unsure if these welders would be able to compete with Miller and Lincoln, but these Everlast welders have been proven to stand the test of time.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle: 35%@210A
Voltage: 110/220V
Processes: MIG/DC TIG/Stick
Weight: 55lb
MIG Amp Range: 30-210A
TIG Amp Range: 10-210A
Stick Amp Range: 10-175A
Dimensions: 17”Hx9.5Wx23.5”L

Pros

  • High Frequency start
  • TIG kit included
  • Great value

Cons

  • User interface can be intimidating
  • Not the same build quality as Miller or Lincoln

6. Weldpro 200A Multi Process Welder

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weldpro 200A multi process welder
Power:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Build:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

If you’re looking for a decent budget option this is our top pick. It’s lightweight, dual-voltage and lets you perform MIG, TIG and Stick at a super low price! It weighs just 30lbs so it’s really portable and the digital display is easy to use for beginners. So far these are standing the test of time and are built more solidly than the price suggests, so if you’re on a lower budget this is worth checking out. It’s also a popular choice as a secondary or backup welder in case your main welder breaks down.

Specs

MIG Duty Cycle:30%@200A
Voltage:110/220V
Processes:MIG/DC TIG/Stick
Weight:30.4lbs
MIG Amp Range:40-200A
TIG Amp Range:15-200A
Stick Amp Range:40-200A
Dimensions: 17.7”Hx8.7Wx15”L

Pros

  • Affordable, great as a backup or budget multi process welder
  • Highly portable
  • TIG torch included

Cons

  • Not as reliable as other brands
  • Basic and limited user interface
  • Lower performance levels

Factors for Choosing a Multi Process Welder

Below are some of the things to factor into choosing the best multiprocess welder for you.

Welding Aluminum

Most multiprocess welders only weld in DC, so you won’t be able to TIG weld aluminum. You’ll need a spool gun to MIG weld. If the welder has AC capability then you’ll be able to TIG weld aluminum.

Price

The best multi process welders retail at between $1000 and $3000. This will save you money as it’s not that much more expensive that a good TIG welder. If you’re not planning on using TIG welding, then you might be better off getting a cheap inverter stick welder for around $150 and a good entry level MIG welder for between $500 and $1000. If you do go for a multiprocess welder, I’d go for a high value multiprocess welder from a trusted brand. If you only have one welder then you don’t want it to break and be left with nothing.

Lift Start

When doing TIG you’ll have lift off starting. This is OK and you can still TIG weld fine with lift arc. Basically, you’ll need to touch down the Tungsten and lift off to start the arc. It won’t give the precision of a High Frequency start professional TIG welder but you can still get good results.

Voltage

There are two types of input voltage for welders, 120v and 240v. Welders with 120v input can be plugged into your normal household power outlet. This is perfect if you’ll be welding round the house and don’t require a huge about of power. 240v welders will need to be run off a generator, but will give you more power.

Dual voltage welders are units that offer both 120/240V input, which means you’ll be able to plug it in anywhere. The best dual voltage welders allow you to switch between these with minimum effort. Dual voltage multi process welders are the ultimate versatility unit because you can use them on any household power source or a generator with all the major welding processes.

Plasma Cutting

Some multi process welders will come with plasma cutting capability. We don’t really like the machines as their performance levels tend to be pretty low. If you’re getting a multi function machine you’re best bet is looking for a combined MIG, TIG and Stick welder.

Shielding Gas

Don’t forget to change your welding gas when you change welding process. Your CO2/Argon mix won’t be suitable for TIG welding. You’ll need to change over to Argon as well as fixing up your TIG torch when you want to TIG. Some machines, like the Multimatic 215 have two gas inputs so you won’t need to change the cylinders over.

Pros and Cons of a Multi Process Welder

Pros

  • Maximum versatility. Can perform lots of different welding processes in one place.
  • Uses less room in your workshop.
  • Can be cost effective as it’s cheaper than buying three separate welders.
  • Handy if you’re move about for welding jobs and need to transport the machine.

Cons

  • Not as good quality as having 3 dedicated machines
  • More of a risk to just have one welding machine if the machine breaks.
  • Machines are heavy, where you could just have a small stick machine for stick welding.

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