Miller Introduces Industry-First All-in-One Wire Welder/Generator

  • Renegade 180 combines all-in-one wire welding capability with a proven engine-driven power source

  • Dual power option – operates on standard electrical power for welding in the shop and built-in generator power for welding outdoors

  • For solid (MIG) or flux-cored (FCAW) wire welding applications

  • 5,000 watts of auxiliary generator power for tools and emergency back-up

LAS VEGAS, March 31, 2008”Designed to meet the needs of welders who work in a shop and out in the field, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.introduces the industry™s first all-in-one wire welder/generator, the Renegade 180.

            The Renegade 180 is the first all-in-one wire welder that is operable using its built-in generator or 230V, single-phase wall power.

Ideal for farmers, maintenance and repair specialists, contractors and fabricators, the Renegade 180 eliminates the need to own both a welding generator for field welding and a traditional MIG welder for the shop. 

I bought it for occasional home projects, but then I brought it to work one day and it never came home again, explained construction business owner Arnold Penner. I use it on the job site nearly every day welding rafters and plates anywhere from 16 ga.”1/2-in. I™d never used the flux-cored process before, and now it™s all that I use.

            The Renegade 180 can weld mild steel from 24 gauge ” 5/16-in. and produce 5,000 watts Accu-Rated peak power for running power tools, lights, and even a plasma cutter. It comes standard with a 12-foot welding gun; however, the optional Spoolmate 3035spool gun and extension allows the gun to reach up to 45 feet away from the power source.

The Renegade can be configured to weld steel using the MIG or FCAW process. In addition, the Spoolmate 3035 or Spoolmate 100spool guns enable the Renegade 180 to weld aluminum along with mild and stainless steel.

Available in either recoil or electric start, the Renegade employs a 10 hp Kohler engine with a 1.8 gallon fuel tank, which allows it to run for up to three hours under a continuous load of 3,000 watts.

The Renegade comes standard with running gear, making it truly one-man portable. The unit is very compact, saving space on a shop floor or in a truck bed.

Included with the Renegade 180 is a 1lb. spool of Hobart Brothers flux-cored wire (see sidebar for explanation of benefits of FCAW).

Additional value-added features include a calibrated tension knob, providing simplified drive roll tension adjustments between solid and flux-cored wire, polarity changeover terminals that make is easy to change from MIG to FCAW and the ability to use either 4-in. or 8-in. spools of wire.

In addition to being integrated, compact and easy-to-use, the Renegade 180 costs approximately 15% less than comparable stand-alone components. A variety of accessories, including a gas cylinder mounting kit, lifting eye and receptacle kits are available for the Renegade 180. 

            The Renegade is covered by Miller™s True-Blue® three-year factory warranty. The Kohler engine is covered by a two-year warranty. For more information or to download a product spec sheet, visit Miller”s Web site, call 1-800-4-A-MILLER (800-426-4553), fax 877-327-8132 or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.


            With headquarters in Appleton, Wis., Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment and related systems for metalworking, construction, maintenance and other applications.  Miller Electric is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), Glenview, Ill.  ITW is a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.  

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