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Offline Cobranut

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #105 on: December 03, 2017, 01:29:00 PM »
Looks a lot better than my first attempts.   8)
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Offline freeskier7791

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #106 on: December 04, 2017, 10:41:08 AM »
Looks a lot better than my first attempts.   8)

Thanks!  I actually messed up and extended the steering arm too much so I have cut it apart and shortened it, more welding practice for me!
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Offline Cobranut

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #107 on: December 04, 2017, 11:56:06 AM »
I don't think I'd want my welding "practice" to be on steering components.   :o
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Offline freeskier7791

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #108 on: December 04, 2017, 01:37:13 PM »
I don't think I'd want my welding "practice" to be on steering components.   :o

I have no other choice, I'm not too concerned with the strength, more the appearance.  I am adding plenty of filler rod and I know I am getting good penetration.
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Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #109 on: December 04, 2017, 02:47:46 PM »
I am adding plenty of filler rod and I know I am getting good penetration.

That's what she said?
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Offline wickedrx7

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #110 on: November 21, 2020, 03:12:17 PM »
I am bumping this thread back up because I felt it had a lot of good info in it and I am in the market for a Tig machine. 

I currently have a Eastwood Mig, while it is okay, I do occasionally get some inconsistent welding from it.  It isn't terrible but it does frustrate me from time to time. 

Questions:

1) What are your thoughts on Multi-process machines?  Once you started Tig'ing, do you find yourself not really needing the Mig?  So then my "okay" mig would do the job when I need it?
If I go this route, I am leaning towards the Rebel AC/DC unit - https://www.esabna.com/us/en/products/arc-welding-equipment/multi-process-equipment-cv-cc/rebel-emp-205ic-ac-dc.cfm
The multi-process machine in interesting from a space standpoint as well.
2) If I go standalone Tig Welder, any updates from some of the machines that people have?  Any new Tig's out there that are worth checking out?  I am looking around the 1500-2000 range and will probably stick with a name brand...

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Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #111 on: November 21, 2020, 05:02:58 PM »
Interested in this as well.... I want to redo my exhaust and I got some crazy quotes.  I can do it myself with a decent tig welder, I just donít want to break the bank buying one.


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Offline jwvand02

Re: WHICH WELDER TO BUY?
« Reply #113 on: Today at 05:35:23 PM »
I picked up a Primeweld TIG225X earlier this year as a learning machine. It was one of the best reviewed cheap import inverter machines. I think one of the major upsides is it starts you with a quality name-brand (CK Worldwide) torch.

Having used it for a while now, I will say I'm very glad I didn't spend more money. At this point and for a long time to come, my physical skill is the limiting factor here. My biggest complaint about the welder itself is that the digital display is only for the welding current, so it takes a little bit of fidgeting to get things like AC balance or pulse settings dialed in. That's not a huge deal if you're perpetually doing 1-offs like I am in my personal garage - if you were doing repeat jobs I think it'd be a dealbreaker.

Also one thing I didn't see coming, having spent plenty of time mig welding, was how much I was going to get nickel-and-dimed on all of the ancillary stuff. Sure you don't need gas lenses or huge cups to learn how to run the machine, but I found quickly that as soon as I was doing something besides butt welding two pieces of flat bar together, I often needed big stickouts to get into corners and stuff. Go get on weldmonger or something and I dare you to spend less than $100. You'll want to experiment with different tungsten types and thicknesses, etc. It adds up.