Recently I ran across this absolutely perfect example of a Miller AEAD 200LE welder that’s for sale. I emailed the gentleman that owns it and asked if i could use these pictures and he graciously allowed me. So if you’re interested in buying this welder it’s still available and it’s in the Philadelphia area. It’s listed on craigslist and in the welding classifieds section of the forum here. This welder has been safely nestled in storage for over 20 years, and has a grand total of 7 hours on the hour meter! If there were ever a welding museum, this welder should be in it.
As far as I’m aware, this specific welder is the fourth iteration of Miller’s AE series. This model first appeared in early 1970 I think. The operators manual says 5/70, but there may have been an earlier version that I’m not aware of. This was followed by many changes over the years. It seems that this welder further evolved into the Miller Legend AEAD-200 in the late 1980’s, and then eventually ended up as the basis for the bobcat series, although I’m not completely sure of that. The legend looks very similar to the bobcat, so it’s an assumption on my part. I’m by no means an expert on these, I only know what I’ve been able to dig up from the manuals. If you know of any errors, omissions, or discrepancies please let me know.
The first of these models was the AEAD 200. AE is the base model designation and AD looks appears to signify that it’s an ac/dc welder with a 200 amp DC output and a 225 amp AC output. Along with these designations, the welder was available with manual (L) or electric (E) start. It was also available as just a welder or welder-generator. and with 50hz or 60hz AC power output if it was a welder generator. The naming convention is as follows:
AEAD 200 = AC/DC welder with manual start
AEAD 200E = AC/DC welder with electric start
AEAD 200L = AC/DC welder generator with manual start
AEAD 200LE = AC/DC welder generator with electric start
Starting in 1977 it looks like it was also available as a straight AC welder generator. The model numbers were the same as above except that they lost the D designator – AEA 200, AEA 200L, AEA 200 E, AEA 200LE.
The pictures are of a welder that was manufactured sometime after june of 1983, but when using the serial number lookup to get the operators manual, it implies that it’s a 1985 model. This particular welder has an AC power output of 42/21 amps @ 120/240 volts.
The engine used in this welder in an Onan B48M-Gao18 which is an 18 horsepower twin. Click here for the parts manual.
Once again, I’d like to thank the owner for the use of his pictures. It’s certainly a beautiful example of the AEAD 200LE.