From the beginner Lincoln MIG Welder to the powerful dual-process Lincoln TIG/Stick Welder, we’ve been fans of Lincoln welders for a long time, but we’re not alone in forgetting that the Lincoln 210 MP isn’t a misspelling for MVP. It’s a rugged, versatile, and dependable multi-process welder that is significantly less expensive than industrial welders without sacrificing too much performance. Some reviewers have called it four machines for the price of one and that’s not far from the truth.
The Lincoln 210 MP boasts an intuitive “Ready, Set, Weld” interface users love, a lightweight design, and versatility that’s earned it praise from users and reviewers alike. That isn’t to say it’s void of imperfections. It isn’t, but it’s also no surprise that several “Top 10” lists include a Lincoln 210 MP review. From technical details to consumer feedback to professional criticism, we’ll cover everything you need to know below.
Why Invest in a Multi-Process Welder?
Adjusting for metal type, metal thickness, wire thickness, amperage, voltage, and wire-speed can be daunting for hobbyists and beginner welders alike. In light of that, beginners might expect a multi-process welder to be too complicated to be worth trying. Not so. Even newbies find the Lincoln 210 MP interface intuitive and easy to use. Just input metal thickness, gas mix, and wire thickness and the Lincoln 210 MP takes care of the rest. Old-timers note that there is no longer any need to memorize everything. By removing the hassle of figuring out every detail, this multi-process welder may feel easier to use than industrial welders.
The Lincoln 210 MP tackles MIG, Flux-Cored, DC Stick, and DC TIG under the roof of a durable casing that’s light enough to carry in one arm. It’s also rugged enough to handle transportation to dirty locations. That makes it both easy to use and one of the more versatile multi-process welders on the market.
For the hobbyist, the Lincoln 210 MP welder’s reliability, durability, and ease of use may be the only major selling points worth serious consideration. However, benefits don’t end there. The unit can be plugged into common power supplies. That’s pragmatic. The large color display makes navigation through more advanced options relatively easy. That’s handy. Keep in mind, however, that this is not an industrial-strength welder. It isn’t designed for large products dealing with metals thicker than a 1/2 inch. If you’re more technically minded, here are the key features you’ll want to know before purchasing a Lincoln 210 MP welder.
- Lightweight (40 pounds)
- Portable (you can carry it in one hand)
- Dual voltage inputs (120V or 230V) you can plug it into common power supplies
- Push-and-turn digital controls and large color display (easy set up)
- Easy access to advanced options
- Two rear fans to stop overheating
- 60 Hz
- 1 phase
- Small, large MIG
- DC Stick
- DC TIG
While some customer reviews prefer Miller products, other Lincoln 210 MP reviews laud it as “God’s gift to welders” and “a great service to contractors.” Most consumer experiences agree on three major points. It’s easy to use, durable, and dependable. Technical Lincoln 210 MP reviews note that the unit (1) works on 1/2 inch metal thicknesses even though it is only rated for 3/8 of an inch, (2) boasts little to no difference in results when compared to $5-7,000 industrial machines, and (3) welding small sheets of aluminum is difficult without an AC current mod.
Professional reviewers seem relatively uniform in their praise of the Lincoln 210 MP as well. They note that complaints from consumers are few, limitations are few, and interface features are easy to use. The biggest complaint from Lincoln 210 MP reviews (apart from not having AC TIG capabilities) seems to be the price. Even then, those reviews often come with an apology. Compare the price tag of the Lincoln 210 MP with the cost of any four machines it can replace and one might be wise to complain quietly. Still, it’s probably too expensive for some hobbyists. Worse, by not including various accessories many consumers will need, Lincoln has artificially deflated the cost.
Overall, whether you’re looking for consumer Lincoln 210 MP reviews or professional review sites, most are overwhelmingly positive despite common criticisms.
Pricing is where Lincoln 210 MP reviews get critical. As of the time of this writing, Lincoln 210 MP prices are trending toward the higher end of multi-process welders. Keep in mind, however, that only professionals will have various needed accessories on hand (e.g., aluminum spool gun, TIG kit, HD cart) so hobbyists may need to shell out another few hundred dollars to get started, depending on what type of welding they may be exploring. Several Lincoln 210 MP reviews note that this makes the effective purchase price of the Lincoln 210 MP welder more expensive than competitors.
Still, the adage that you get what you pay for may apply. You can purchase units directly from Lincoln, but shipping charges apply if you have it delivered to your home so those with Amazon Prime might find an Amazon purchase a better alternative. Savvy buyers may snag a used or still-in-the-box deal on eBay for nearly a third off the full ticket price (and some of these deals include accessories). This may not work if you’re in a hurry to buy. Used Lincoln 210 MP sales are few and far between, which suggests that users are not parting with these welders frequently. Free shipping is available on eBay as well.
Comparisons With Other Major Brands
As with other multi-process TIG welders, the Lincoln 210 MP only works with DC TIG. There’s no AC option and some less enthusiastic Lincoln 210 MP reviews have noted that while the DC feature is usable, it’s not the best on the market. If your focus requires a heavy dose of TIG welding, you may want to consider that some of Lincoln’s strongest competitors lack this same feature. Everlast, Lotos, and Miller multi-process welders each have other, unique advantages, but there is little to set any of them apart as superior to Lincoln.
Our Lincoln 210 MP Review: What We Looked Into When Comparing Other Brands
Welding is one of those disciplines that requires enough expertise to know what you might be doing wrong so consumer reviews might not be as accurate as you might hope. In light of that possibility, we consulted with Kings of Welding Buyer Guides, Pick Welder, Cromweld, Rate My Welder, and several other sites to ensure user experiences were representative of what professionals might say as well.
To our surprise, Lincoln 210 MP reviews were remarkably consistent, almost to the point of boredom. The word “redundant” seems fair. In other words, feedback from consumers was consistent with feedback from professionals so our precaution proved unwarranted. Then again, that gives us greater confidence in our review.
Comparisons with other manufacturers are not so simple. Across the board, rankings for different multi-process welders are inconsistent. “Top 10” reviews often include welders other sites don’t mention so it’s easy to get lost trying to find the best buy. Three brands consistently show up, however: Lincoln, Everlast, and Lotos. We’ve offered some extra information on Miller as well because Lincoln 210 MP reviews (mostly consumer reviews) occasionally bring up the comparison.
Everlast has some nice multi-process welding units ranging from 35 to 80 pounds depending on the model. Unless you’re a big man, 80 pounds is starting to feel pretty hefty and not especially portable, however, so that’s a drawback worth considering. Some models have pulse modes for overhead use, which is a handy feature if you’re an auto mechanic.
On the other hand, Everlast units don’t all have charts, which makes it difficult for newbies to figure out the settings. As we mentioned above, Lincoln 210 MP reviews often mention its “Ready, Set, Weld” interface as a huge selling point. Lastly, Everlast multi-process welders don’t feature flux-core welding so the Lincoln 210 MP welder is a better choice if you’re looking for that functionality.
Lotos was the first manufacturer to offer MIG and SIG welding along with plasma cutting. However, being first has drawbacks at times. Reviews complain that the plasma cutter has difficulty starting and is reportedly not as powerful as manufacturer specifications suggest. Weighing in at 44.5 pounds, the Lotos multi-process welder is just as portable as the Lincoln 210 MP welder.
Lotos users report that their multi-process unit is easy to start (a strong selling point for some beginners). Like Everlast multi-process welders, Lotos welders don’t feature Flux-Core welding so the Lincoln 210 MP welder is a better choice if you’re looking for that functionality.
Lincoln 210 MP reviews seem to hint at a rivalry comparable to Chevy and Ford fans. That is, Lincoln 210 MP reviews occasionally receive poor reviews when compared with Miller multi-process welder users. However, Miller has several models to choose from and reviewers are not careful to describe which models they are comparing so a fair consumer report analysis is difficult on this issue.
Further, some Miller multi-process units cost twice as much as a Lincoln 210 MP. That’s important because comparisons may stem from industrial welders instead of portable units. Without a series of professional reviews, these comparisons are probably not very helpful. However, since several Lincoln 210 MP reviews make comparisons, we thought we should at least broach the subject.
Pros and Cons: A Summary
Lincoln 210 MP reviews paint a clear picture. This multi-process welder is durable, portable, easy to use, and reliable. After a few years on the market, the Lincoln 210 MP still lands on “Best of” lists. Consumer complaints remain minimal.
Anecdotally, few sales of used units on eBay suggest that people who purchase the Lincoln 210 MP welder don’t want to part with it. That may indicate high consumer satisfaction. With average 4.6 star ratings, that doesn’t seem like a stretch of the imagination.
Professional reviewers universally agree that Lincoln is one of the best manufacturers in the welding industry. Accordingly, they express no surprise that consumers report few complaints. They also commonly note that buying a warranty may be a waste of money because Lincoln builds tough, durable products. On the other hand, they commonly mention that the extended warranty is relatively cheap so it may be worth purchasing anyway.
Ironically, the most common technical complaint about the Lincoln 210 MP welder is that it doesn’t have an AC TIG functionality. This same complaint applies to every other portable multi-process welder. The most persistent complaint Lincoln 210 MP reviews make is that the cost is high. Moreover, not including accessories many users need artificially inflates costs.
Nevertheless, professional reviewers note that the cost may be reasonable considering the four machines it can replace. Consumer reviews tend to ignore this factor. Perhaps, they are silently agreeing on this point.
The last common complaint against the Lincoln 210 MP welder is that the power lead is short. In light of other issues, this is relatively trivial and easily addressed, but it’s a frequent enough thread in reviews to be worth mention.
If you’re looking for a durable, dependable, portable, and easy-to-use multi-process welder, the Lincoln 210 MP welder should be one of your first considerations. While many hobbyists won’t be able to afford it, it’s a great upgrade if you don’t need an industrial welder.