Today’s video is about choosing the right MIG/MAG welding machine. One of the most important factors is the welding machine’s area of application. You need to determine whether the machine is for private or commercial use. Particularly in the commercial field, the Phoenix and the Titan XQ puls are ideal choices, as these come with various innovative EWM welding processes as standard. Choosing the right design is also important. But what do I mean by “design”? You can choose between modular and demodular or between compact and decompact machines. For example: the Picomig 180 is a compact machine. What does “compact machine” mean? The compact machine has the wire feeder and the inverter, meaning the power source, “compactly” built into one machine. Decompact machines, such as the Titan XQ puls, have their power source in a separate casing and an additional module – the wire feeder. The advantage of the decompact design is that the power source can be put to one side somewhere with a long intermediate hose package connecting it to the wire feeder. This allows you to put the machine at one end of a hall and weld at the other end. Or if you’re working on large components and need to climb a scaffold, you just need to take the wire feeder with you rather than the whole welding machine. Of course, it’s also possible to mount the wire feeder on a boom. This allows you to pull the machine, or rather the wire feeder, to the required positions when working on large components, making you fully flexible in your work. For those working in fixed workspaces or welding booths, there is also a compact version of the Titan XQ puls. Here the wire feeder is embedded sideways in the machine and can be accessed through a flap. The opposite of a demodular machine, such as the Titan XQ puls, is a modular machine. What is a “modular machine”? With a modular machine, the water block can be easily connected to the power source using quick-release clamps. The advantage of modular machines is that they are very easy to disassemble – which means separating the water block from the power source – and can be transported in a normal car. This means the machine can be used flexibly when working on a construction site. The advantage of these machines is that they allow for long duty cycles at high currents. These machines, such as the Taurus Steel here, also have a decompact version as well as a compact version, where the wire feeder is built sideways into the casing of the power source. Choosing the right current is also important. Here you need to consider which machine you are using. For example, the Picomig in this casing has a maximum of 180 amperes, and here we have the Titan XQ puls with a limit of 600 amperes in the decompact version, meaning it has a separate wire feeder. In the compact version, the wire feeder takes up a bit more space, so it has a limit of 400 amperes. Modular machines such as the Phoenix and the Taurus have a decompact version, meaning again they have a separate wire feeder, with a limit of 500 amperes and a compact version with a limit of 350 amperes. Another important factor is the choice of control on your machine. The Picomig has only one control variant. If you choose one of the larger machines, such as the Taurus, Phoenix or Titan XQ puls, you can choose between three different control variants: LP control, HP control and Expert control. If you want to learn more about which control is best for you, you can find videos about this on our YouTube channel. You can also use our Xnet 2.0 welding management software with the Taurus Synergic, Phoenix puls and Titan XQ puls machines.