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Old 11-04-2020, 06:25 AM
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Default TIG welding! yup another welding thread!

for all the welders out there!

looking for a decent TIG machine to do aluminum! wont be doing any real thick aluminum mainly for the thin stuff! i have a miller 252 mig and a spool gun with it. looking to add the TIG to the collection!

so what machines would yall recommend! not interested in the harbor freight stuff! prefer a brand that will be around for awhile!
Old 11-04-2020, 07:57 AM
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Can't go wrong with a Lincoln or Miller in the long run
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Depends on the $ you want to spend. If you want to do 1/4" and up I'd advise a 250 machine. As above the name brands are solid performers. An older syncrowave machine will likely run and run and run but big and heavy. I used to have a little Miller 180 syncrowave and it was a nice machine, up to 3/16". I have an ESAB mig gun which has been great. I don't know much about the Hobarts and other lower priced machines out there.

You could get a Miller Dynasty and be done.
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My tower welder guy has an inverter based TIG machine that he can carry with one hand. Not sure of the brand but it sure had a lot of knobs! Could run on 120V for very light jobs or 240V/50A for bigger stuff. Automatically handled whatever input power, to a point of course.

Point of this post is that the inverter based machines are the way to go. I've got a transformer based Miller TIG and it stays put. Heavy, but works. 185A and ok on 1/8" Al. But I suck at Al welding.
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Eastwood tig 200 is a really decent machine for the money.
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I’m a Miller fan when it comes to inverters. Their heliarc machines have always seemed IMO better than Lincoln.
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Can't go wrong with a Lincoln or Miller in the long run
well that is obvious! looking for more of a make model suggestion!
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I picked up a Prime Weld TIG225X TIG/Stick welder last year and it's been a pretty dang good machine. It comes with everything but the bottle...$800 or so.

Review:
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If your wanting the quality of a Miller but don't like the price check out HTP welders. Edit: Read Lincoln, was suppose to read "Miller". Lincoln's suk.

You "Can't" and Won't find a single bad review on those machines.
Owned one of their water cooled TIG welders and that thing was SWEET. If it was for my eye sight (or lack of) I wouldn't of sold that machine.

https://usaweld.com/collections/htp-america-tig-welders

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Also Everlast. Jody of Welding Tips and Tricks reviewed these recently and they got good marks...

https://www.everlastgenerators.com/p...owertig-210ext
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Just bought a pair of new Millers today for the shop guys. One air cooled Synchrowave 210, the other a water cooled Max 210. I don't need the power of the Synchrowave 300, we were kind of standard on the Synchro 250, but they don't make it anymore. I can get 3 of the 210 Synchrowaves, for the price of one 300 Synchro, or two of the Max 210 units. If either of these work out OK, I'll be buying some more of them.

My guys in the shop that weld all day, asked me please not to get the Lincoln machines, as for us, we get a better weld from the Miller stuff. So trying these smaller less feature filled machines, we are not welding Al, so don't need some of the extras on the higher end machines.
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I also bought the Primewell 225. Used it today in fact. It's been an awesome machine for the price and with 225 amps of AC available and a multitude of functions, there hasn't been much I've thrown at it that it couldn't do without spending $4000 on a machine. It’s TIG Time
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i bought the prime a couple months ago, have not used it yet. You will be hard pressed to find one in the price range with better reviews.

https://primeweld.com/products/tig-2...-dc-tig-welder
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Originally Posted by WildLines View Post
i bought the prime a couple months ago, have not used it yet. You will be hard pressed to find one in the price range with better reviews.

https://primeweld.com/products/tig-2...-dc-tig-welder
Same here. Great machine and very good support

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