In the 1920s, almost all electric arc welding was done with large, expensive, three-phase motor generators with DC output. Because three-phase primary wall power was usually only available in big cities, most blacksmiths in rural areas were still using the ancient hammer and forge technique to weld metal.
In 1929, Niels Miller recognized the need for a small, affordable arc welder that would operate on the type of electricity readily available in rural Wisconsin. With no money for raw materials, he used scrap sheet metal, core and coil materials to hammer together that first welder in his basement. His simple, non-rotating AC welder was smaller, lighter and less expensive than the DC units currently available.
Here’s an inside look at the rest of the story -- Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and its history -- from the first affordable arc welder to the most advanced inverter technology of today. Millers people, processes and business philosophy ensure products of the highest quality matched with unbeatable service. Just watch below.