Top 100: Easy Starts and A Smooth Arc

September 28, 2010

Lincoln ElectricThe Vantage 300 welder/generator from Lincoln Electric offers 300 amps, 32 volts at 100-percent duty cycle. Chopper Technology provides easy starts, smooth arc, low spatter and optimal bead appearance. Compared to the previous model, Vantage 300 is 290 pounds lighter at 1,035 pounds and provides 3-phase power and 1-phase AC generator power in place of 1-phase AC generator power. Service improvements include a sliding and removable door to the engine and a 90-degree tilt-down control panel. Fuel capacity is 15 gallons. The unit is backed by a three-year warranty. (The engine is warranted by the manufacturer.) Estimated list price: $9,190.