Multi-process welding machines save space, labor and money.
They do that by combining multiple welding processes into a single box.
But your shop needs the right set of processes to make a real difference.
And how do you find one for the right price that can work all day?
Here are eight multi-process welders worth taking a look at.
A quick comparison
Eastwood Elite MP200i
Spot weld timer
Hobart Multi Handler 200
MIG, TIG, Flux-core, stick
Spool gun ready
Great alternative to Miller 215
2T/4T trigger lock
Lincoln Electric 210 MP
Very easy to use
Runs MIG, TIG, flux core & stick
dual 120/240 volt input
Lincoln Electric LE31MP
MIG, Flux-cored, Stick, DC TIG
Fully adjustable wire drive
120 volt input power
Forney Easy Weld 140
Stick, MIG and DC TIG welding
Infinitely adjustable controls
Dual Voltage 220V/110V
Vulcan OmniPro 220
Color LCD screen
Best Multi-Process Welders On The Market
Here are eight of the best multi process welding machines on the market
1. Eastwood Elite MP200i Multi Process - Best for the Money
- MIG, TIG and stick weld
- Dual-voltage input
- Spot weld timer
- All-metal wire drive
- Weighs 34 pounds
- Includes gas regulator
- Trafimet EP24 MIG gun
- WP-17v TIG torch
- Fits 4- and 8-inch spools
- Optional spool gun
- Scratch start TIG
- Not foot-pedal ready
The Eastwood Elite MP200i Multi-Process Welder features dual-voltage input power, plugging into 120 or 24 volts with a 30-amp breaker circuit. This professional-quality welding machine features MIG, TIG and stick welding. On 120 volts, the MIG and TIG hit 90 amps, the stick mode 70 amps. Running on 240 volts, MIG and TIG reach 200 amps and stick to 170 amps. If you need more juice, check out Eastwood’s Elite MP250i, which is designed for professional shop use, includes casters and adds some more punch at the top end.
This machine welds from 22 gauge sheet metal up to 3/8-inch steel. The Eastwood Elite MP200i Multi-Process Welder comes with a digital readout, making it easy to monitor your output numbers. Settings knobs are infinitely adjustable. As a DC TIG machine, it’s not intended for welding aluminum with TIG, but Eastwood offers an optional spool gun to weld aluminum using the MIG process.
The Eastwood Elite MP200i Multi-Process Welder ships with a gas regulator for TIG shielding gas, a Trafimet ERGOPLUS 24 MIG gun, WP-17v TIG Torch, both with 10-foot connections. The arc welding electrode clamp is 13 feet long.
2. Hobart Multi Handler 200 Multi Process Welder
- DC TIG, stick and MIG
- 20-200 amp range
- 24-gauge sheet to 3/8-inch steel
- 30 percent duty cycle
- Quick select drive system
- Excellent alternative to the Miller 215
- Dual 120/240 volt power
- Loads both 2- and 10- pound spools
- Spool gun ready
- Easy to use, only two knobs
- Includes TIG torch
- TIG regulator not included
- No TIG foot pedal
The Hobart Multi Handler 200 Welding Machine is the company’s first multi-process machine for the consumer market. If you like the Miller 215 but can’t justify the price, the Multi Handler 200 offers a good alternate choice. This is a dual-power machine, able to run on either 120-volt or 240-volt input. It features an all-metal wire feed drive that mounts either 4-inch or 8-inch wire spools.
Power output for the Multi Handler 200 ranges from 20 to 200 amps. In MIG and flux core mode, it welds from 24-gauge sheet metal up to 3/8-inch thick steel plate. In stick mode, the minimum thickness is 16-gauge, with the same 3/8-inch top-end capability. TIG mode is in between the other ranges, with a material range from 22-gauge to 3/16-inch steel.
It also includes a 12.5-foot TIG torch, but unfortunately doesn’t come with a foot pedal heat control. It has a plug-in interface to accept an optional Hobart foot pedal, however. As a DC TIG machine, it’s not intended for aluminum, but you can easily plug in the optional Spoolrunner spool gun to weld aluminum in MIG mode. There’s a 10-foot lead on both MIG gun and the stick welding electrode holder.
3. YesWelder MIG-205DS Multi-Process Welder
- Dynamic arc adjustment
- 2T/4T trigger lock
- Small footprint
- Dual 120 and 240 power
- MIG, flux-core, DC TIG, stick
- Excellent value for beginners
- Bright LCD display
- TIG arc with lift starting
- Mode selection with one button
- Weighs only 33 pounds
- Front panel cover flips up
- Not spool gun capable
- No TIG torch included
The YesWelder MIG-205DS Multi-Process Welder offers a flip-up plastic dust cover that protects its digital control panel from the harsh welding environment. The machine features a 2T/4T trigger lock, making long welding runs easier to do without causing hand fatigue. Dynamic arc control with synergic settings can monitor the arc while you weld, modifying the settings on the fly and changing variables in real time to provide a higher quality arc.
This welder offers MIG, TIG, stick and flux core processes in one box. One digital button on the control panel lets you switch easily between processes. You’ll need to buy a TIG torch to run the DC TIG, but once you do, it’s simple to set up. As a DC TIG, the YesWelder MIG-205DS Multi-Process Welder won’t TIG weld aluminum and it can’t take a spool gun for MIG aluminum work, but you can weld aluminum in stick mode with aluminum welding rods.
The YesWelder MIG-205DS Multi-Process Welder has a wide output range, delivering the capability to weld from 24-gauge sheet metal to 1/4-inch thick steel. The choice of 120-volt or 240-volt power round out a great set of features, with lots of power at a great price.
4. Lincoln Electric MIG 210 Multi-Process Welder
- Dual 120/240 volt input power
- 10-foot torch connection
- Color LCD display
- MIG, Flux-Cored, DC Stick, DC TIG
- 3-year warranty
- Easy onscreen setup
- Very wide 20-220 amp range
- Comes with a gas regulator
- Includes nozzles for MIG and flux core
- Internal gas solenoid
- Drive spindle sometimes out of round
- Doesn't come with a TIG torch
The Lincoln Electric PowerMIG 210 MP is a versatile and powerful machine. It offers MIG, DC TIG, DC arc welding and flux core processes with a very wide output range from 20 amps up to 140 amps when running on 120 volt input and 210 amps on 240 volt input. At 20 amps, you’re able to weld as thin as 28 gauge with MIG and flux core, even thinner with TIG. At the other end, using 240 volt input, running 210 amps you can go to 5/16-inch thick steel plate.
One quality control issue with this machine is the wire feed spindle can be out of round, causing jams when the wire won’t feed smoothly. This is a warranty issue. Lincoln will replace it, but you need to make your claim while the machine is under warranty. The only other real drawback is the lack of a TIG heat control pedal.
On the plus side, Lincoln Electric is well-known for excellent build quality and durability. The Lincoln PowerMIG 210 MP continues these traditions and Lincoln backs this multi-process welder with a 3-year warranty.
5. Lincoln Electric LE31MP Multi Process Welder
- MIG, Flux-cored, Stick, DC TIG
- 30-140 amp welding range
- 120 volt input power
- Cast aluminum gear box
- Brass to brass torch connection
- Fully adjustable wire drive
- Includes a gas regulator
- Drive tension indicator
- 24 gauge sheet up to 3/16-inch plate
- Internal gas solenoid for TIG
- TIG torch and pedal sold separately
- Mexico made, not Buy USA certified
The Lincoln LE31MP is one very impressive multi-process welding machine. It features a solid aluminum, adjustable gear-driven wire feed that can fit either 1-pound or 10-pound spools of wire. It has an internal gas solenoid that will regulate gas when you pull the trigger for TIG use. For MIG gas, the LE31MP multi-process welder comes with an external regulator.
There’s almost no downside to this versatile machine, which offers gas MIG, DC TIG, stick arc and flux core welding. One downside is that to use the LE31MP’s highly-praised TIG process, you need to buy a TIG torch and heat control pedal separately (full Lincoln LE31MP review). Another is that even with high build quality, it’s made in Mexico and can’t meet the Buy American standard required by some government contracts.
Users love the welding quality and the construction of this machine, praising every process it runs. It’s able to run from 30-140 amps output power, enough range to go from 24 gauge sheet metal straight to 3/16-inch thick plates. Lincoln backs the LE31MP with a 3-year warranty.
6. Forney Easy Weld 140 Multi Process Welding Machine
- Stick, MIG and DC TIG welding
- Infinitely adjustable controls
- 10 amp to 140 amp output
- All metal wire drive
- 10-foot MIG connection
- Holds 2 pound and 10 pound rolls
- Welds 32 gauge sheet up to 1/4-inch plate
- Infinitely adjustable controls
- Generator friendly
- Standard Tweco-style MIG gun
- Doesn't come with a gas regulator
- Needs additional parts for TIG
The Forney Easy Weld 140 is a high-quality multi-process MIG, flux core, DC stick and DC TIG welding machine. Because it uses 120 volt input power, it’s convenient to use just about anyplace that has household current available. This machine has an all-aluminum wire feed drive that holds both 2 pound and 10 pound wire spools.
The 10 foot torch connection and electrode clamp allow plenty of choice for placing the machine in the work area, which lets you move around and do better work. One drawback with this particular machine is that to take advantage of the MIG process you have to buy a gas regulator. The same is true of the TIG process, which requires an additional torch, electrodes and gas mixture.
With infinitely adjustable wire feed speed and amperage controls from 10 amps to 140 amps, the Forney Easy Weld 140 can use these processes on sheet metal as thin as 32 gauge on up to 1/4-inch plate steel or MIG 1/8-inch aluminum with a spool gun. Forney backs up the Easy Weld 140 with a 1-year warranty.
7. Weldpro MIG200GDsv MultiProcess Welder
- MIG, stick or TIG weld
- Dual digital display
- Dual 120/240 volt input
- IGBT inverter power
- 2-year warranty
- Includes MIG and TIG torches
- Mounts both 2 pound and 10 pound rolls
- Lift-type TIG arc starting
- Comes with a MIG gas regulator
- 13-foot TIG connection
- Does not accept TIG foot pedal
- TIG gas regulator not included
The Weldpro 200 Multi Function brings capabilities for TIG, MIG, flux core and stick arc welding to your shop. This machine has an all-metal aluminum drive to provide a precision, durable wire feed. The feed mechanism can mount 2 pound wire rolls as well as 10 pound wire rolls. The inverter-type IGBT power source keeps the machine relatively light at 30 pounds.
The TIG function is a lift-type arc start, featuring 2T/4T locking trigger function to keep the arc lit for long welds. To use the machine in TIG mode, you’ll need to buy the right gas regulator for it. There is no foot pedal heat control for TIG mode and this machine isn’t compatible with one. The Weldpro 200 Multi Function does come with the MIG-type gas regulator. The machine includes torches for both TIG and MIG processes.
The Weldpro 200 Multi Function has dual 120 and 240 volt input power with an output range of 40 to 200 amps. It’s got automatic compensation for speed and amperage to maintain arc power while welding. Weldpro gives the 200 Multi Function a 2-year warranty.
8. Vulcan OmniPro 220 Multi Process Welder
- Full color LCD display
- 10-220 amps
- MIG/flux-core, DC TIG/Stick
- Cast aluminum drive
- Dual 120/240 volt power
- Spool gun ready
- Settings memory recall
- 132 pre-loaded programs
- Automatic settings
- 24-gauge to 3/8-inch steel
- No TIG torch or pedal
- DC TIG not suitable for aluminum
The Vulcan OmniPro 220 Multi Process Welder features a 4.3-inch color LCD screen. This welder also has built-in automatic setup. Simply choose your process, material type and thickness. You can still adjust or make your own settings and this machine will let you save them to memory for later recall.
This machine offers DC TIG and stick as well as MIG and flux core processes. The dual-voltage Vulcan OmniPro 220 Multi Process Welder welds from as thin as 24-gauge sheet metal up to 1/8-inch steel on 120 volts and 3/8-inch on 240. If you want to run TIG, you’ll need to buy torch, pedal and regulator. As a DC-only welder, it’s not suitable for TIG on aluminum, but you can plug the optional spool gun in for aluminum with the MIG process.
The Vulcan OmniPro 220 Multi Process Welder is innovative, versatile and well-regarded by owners. Its memory feature, automatic settings and the color screen are usually not all found on one machine, especially in this price range. Harbor Freight includes 132 preloaded settings programs for instant setup as well as letting you save your own.
Reasons why multi-process welders make sense:
1. Labor savings from multiple processes immediately available.
2. Space savings by combining multiple machines.
3. Cost less than purchasing several single purpose machines.
Multi-process welding machines make the most sense for small fab outfits, auto body specialists and home DIY craftsmen.
One-man operations can save a lot with one main and one backup machine that still cost less than a whole set of specialized machines.
Which Functions Do You Need?
There is no single standard that determines which welding processes are included. Some only have MIG and stick processes, others have several like TIG, flux core and MIG and still others will add a plasma cutter.
TIG is the best process for sheet metal, hands down. MIG and flux core can both perform well with sheet metal, but only when the arc is easily controlled and the minimum output is below 20 amps. Many sheet metal professionals prefer TIG welders that get below 5 amps.
If you intend to weld thick steel plate, stick arc and MIG processes get the best penetration. Plasma cutters are extremely useful to fabricators. It really saves money on labor when you only have to flip a couple of switches and connect a torch to cut metal right where you’re working.
Saving that walk across the shop to pull a cut adds up to quite a bit of saving over two separate machines.
What’s the Main Process?
The nature of welding technology is that any welding power source can run just about any process. The difference with high-end machines offering every process and multiple settings when compared to cheaper machines with two processes and basic settings is simple. One costs more.
You should decide which welding processes carry the highest priority. Each manufacturer will emphasize a primary welding mode to keep costs down. Be sure the primary function of a given machine is in line with your priorities.
Do you need to do heavy-duty welding, cut quickly and keep moving? You need a MIG or arc welder with a plasma cutter.
If you’re not cutting on a frequent basis, it might be more cost-effective to buy a plasma cutter separately and get a multi-process machine with MIG, TIG and stick.
What Kind of Work Are You Doing?
If you want to TIG weld aluminum, you need a machine with AC TIG welding. The best looking welds on aluminum with the greatest strength are from AC TIG machines.
If you’re going to do a lot of outdoor work, you need to put a priority on flux core or stick arc processes.
Accessories and Options
If you don’t already have the proper TIG or MIG torch, or if you need a heat control pedal for a TIG machine, these should be taken into account when comparing prices. Some machines have features like lift-type arc starts or high-frequency no-touch arc starting for plasma or TIG electrodes. These features actually help to save money by reducing the rate at which consumables wear out. You may find you don’t need dual voltage input and get by with 120 volts input power.
Also read: Reviews of MIG welders
Which One’s Right for You?
The best choice and value for most welders is going to be the Eastwood Elite MP200i. It’s got great features, a nice set of accessories, good build quality and Eastwood’s 3-year warranty, extendable to 2 more years at extra cost.
The Hobart Multi Handler 200 Welding Machine gives you big-name peace of mind, a five-year warranty and the Hobart reputation for customer service. Along with an extensive national dealer and service network you get big power, spoolgun capability and the option of plugging in a foot pedal for TIG work.
YesWelder’s MIG-205DS is our budget choice for a multi-process welder, with 200-amp MIG, TIG, flux and stick power. It’s got great design choices like the flip-up dust cover on the front panel and single-button switching for ease of use. It’s versatile, has dynamic arc settings and it offers a lot of flexible power for the money.