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Old December 6th, 2018, 18:06
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Looking at buying a TIG

I have been welding for 50 years but my TIG literally blew up about 10 years ago and I am thinking of replacing it. I am looking at something capable of 1/4" aluminum.

I have been looking at an Eastwood 200 amp model on sale for just under $700. Anybody have any experience with these. I have also been looking at some Chinese made (aren't they all) units for around the same price but they have more features and capabilities.

I am not interested in spending $1000 or more.
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Old December 7th, 2018, 17:58
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

ESAB has some small unit's in the range. And have rebates now. I have their older Caddy 200 Mig and it's great. Nothing on the Eastwood.
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Old December 12th, 2018, 06:21
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

I bought the Eastwood just over a year ago, it has met my need well. I have a big mig, so the tig is dedicated to stainless and aluminum. I think you would have a tough time doing better for the price.
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Old December 17th, 2018, 15:16
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

1/4" aluminum likes a bigger machine.....Its amazing how much the aluminum sucks the heat away.

I have a Miller Syncrowave 200 (and am learning myself)
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Old December 27th, 2018, 21:45
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

I have a 200 amp Chinese inverter unit, it will do 1/4" aluminum but not the way I am used to doing it with an old school giant-ass Lincoln !
Takes a long time to get the heat up.
The 1/4" ratings on these inverter machines is really for steel.
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Old December 28th, 2018, 08:18
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

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ESAB has some small unit's in the range. And have rebates now. I have their older Caddy 200 Mig and it's great. Nothing on the Eastwood.
I have an ESAB as well and would highly recommend it. I've only had it for about 2 years now so I can't attest to its longevity beyond that, but so far I've put quite a few hours on it and it's worked flawlessly.

Plus it's an American company, and I like that
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Old December 29th, 2018, 18:43
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

I should mention, the unit I have is a 3 in 1; TIG-ARC-PLASMA I have used the tig and plasma and both work very well. It may be worth your time to look into some of these type machines that are out there.
All told after buying a filled Argon bottle I am into it about $900.00


I looked at ASAB's website and it appears that to get into a AC/DC high frequency unit you are looking at something like this model which is likely way north of your budget.

https://www.esabna.com/us/en/product...de=9494 00.00

Good luck with your hunt !
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Old December 29th, 2018, 18:44
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Bad ESAB link, try this one;

https://www.esabna.com/us/en/product...oductCode=9494
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

ESAB is currently the value king for features/power per dollar IMO.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 15:03
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

I have a buddy that has a bunch of welders. After the Miller 211 he starting buying Chinese ones off Amazon because the reviews were good and he wanted to save some money. He has the AHP 200 AC/DC TIG welder:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/AHP-Alph...200X/205350929

It's not currently available on Amazon at a reasonable price but I found this one and confirmed the link with him. He says it will cut 1/4" aluminum. He also says you can't beat the weld quality for the price. He said the only bad thing about it is for warranty you either ship it to them at your expense, or they will ship you a new main board for you to install yourself.
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Re: Looking at buying a TIG

i bought a old miller 330 ftom craigs list built in 1978 paid 200$ and very hap[y with it only thing i dont like is its size of a fridge
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