What would you think if your phone rang and the caller informed you that you had won your choice of a Miller Bobcat 250 welder/generator or a combination Millermatic 212 MIG welder and Spectrum 625 plasma cutter?
Chad Schincke of Dakota Dunes, S.D., wondered if it was a scam to steal his identity. "I've entered lots of drawings, but I've never won anything
before,” he says.
"I said, ‘What drawing?'” says Zeke Dalton of La Sal, Utah. "Then I remembered my wife had signed me up.”
Schincke, Dalton and the third winner, Rick Zoern of Birnamwood, Wis., weren't dreaming, and the calls weren't hoaxes. Really they were grand prize winners in the Welding University drawing, so named because the prize includes welding equipment and an all-expenses-paid trip to Miller Electric Mfg. Co. headquarters in Appleton, Wis., to receive welding training from Miller experts.
The winners were chosen in a random drawing from 4,962 entries. Entry forms, consisting of a survey about an operator's farm and welding equipment, were provided in Farm Journal and on www.AgWeb.com.
Rugged welders. The visit to Miller headquarters included tours of the main plant and light industrial business unit. "Seeing the reliability testing conducted on Miller products gives me confidence in them,” says Dalton, whose typical welding tasks include repairing truck beds, building gates and working on irrigation pivots. "I had no idea how they beat and banged those things around!”
Dalton needs a welder/generator that can withstand long jarring rides over rough roads or no roads at all. "Reliability under rough conditions is very important to customers like me,” he says.
Most of the winners' time in Appleton was devoted to hands-on training that covered topics such as engine drives, engine maintenance, TIG and stick welding, MIG and flux cored welding, spoolguns for welding aluminum, and cutting with plasma cutters and oxyacetylene torches.
- Late Spring 2009