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Old 01-27-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
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Has anyone used this welder and will it work for doing small projects and not every day welding all day. i also am curious if anyone has had this unit for a long time and has had any issues with it. Ive read reviews and it seem good for the price which is 899 for AC/DC. That's pretty good compared to a miller or lincoln which are way over 1500 for a decent Tig wth ac/dc.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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I'd also like to know
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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Bump! I'll be in the market for a TIG machine soon, as well. I'd be interested in any feedback on this welder.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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BUMP... also buying a tig soon. Maybe we should open a TIG comparison discussion??

I was looking at buying the Miller Diversion 180... its around $1,800 but comes with everything including a "how to tig weld for dummies"
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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I have the longevity 200DX tig machine and have no problems with it so far. I know there area few people on here with the machine that like it. Price wise it is not much more than the eastwood unit.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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A friend and i went in together and ordered the Longevity TigWeld 160SX from Amazon.
$620 shipped, It was at a price point we said F* it..

Going to give it a shot finally.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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the online communities usually regard them as disposable junk, but i guess take that with agrain of salt.

they won't ever be millers, so keep that in mind..
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:15 PM   #8
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the online communities usually regard them as disposable junk, but i guess take that with agrain of salt.

they won't ever be millers, so keep that in mind..
its true when you break down and buy a miller you will never need another welder. They last forever.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #9
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agreed. but they are also like $1000+ more money.
i figured its a machine to learn on.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:20 PM   #10
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its true when you break down and buy a miller you will never need another welder. They last forever.
If you're talking solid state you bet. If you're talking circuit bord... They'll need a new one every 3 to 5 years with regular use. Nonetheless they are the best you can get!
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #11
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BUMP... also buying a tig soon. Maybe we should open a TIG comparison discussion??

I was looking at buying the Miller Diversion 180... its around $1,800 but comes with everything including a "how to tig weld for dummies"
i have the diversion 160 and love it. however, if the 180 was out a the time i would have gotten that one for the pulse feature.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #12
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Typically, your main issue with these types of Tig unit are your consumables are different and not as readily available as a Miller, Licoln, ESAB, etc... would be. The consumables for the lower end units usually cost a little more as well. I'm not talking tungsten and filler rods, I'm talking your cups, collets, etc... your torch internals basically.

Someone also mentioned the circuit boards. These lower end machines usually cant run as long without overheating as the upper end units do. Lots of time, the internal boards do get so hot that they do require replacement...and gues what???...you can't run down to your welding supply store and pick one up.

I've ran many Tig units, been a fabricator/welder for 7 years, and owned my own manufacturing facility. You never see the lower end units in commercial shops for a reason. Just be careful folks, even though you save money up front doesn't mean that you won't spend more in the long run.

(IMO, Miller is always the best way to go. I currently have a Diversion 180 and have had zero issues with it)
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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i was looking at the eastwood tig. but went with the hobart 165 tig (almost identical to the diversion 160) its only 300$ more than the east wood. i use a dynasty 200 at work all day and i can produce same quality welds at home no problem. only complaint is the foot pedal doesnt travel quite as much as i would like. imo its a great tig welder for the hobbyist weekend welder. its like 1200$ new? cant beat it. although, if i would do it again. i would have bought a syncrowave 200. pulse feature would be nice!
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #14
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Typically, your main issue with these types of Tig unit are your consumables are different and not as readily available as a Miller, Licoln, ESAB, etc... would be. The consumables for the lower end units usually cost a little more as well. I'm not talking tungsten and filler rods, I'm talking your cups, collets, etc... your torch internals basically.

Someone also mentioned the circuit boards. These lower end machines usually cant run as long without overheating as the upper end units do. Lots of time, the internal boards do get so hot that they do require replacement...and gues what???...you can't run down to your welding supply store and pick one up.

I've ran many Tig units, been a fabricator/welder for 7 years, and owned my own manufacturing facility. You never see the lower end units in commercial shops for a reason. Just be careful folks, even though you save money up front doesn't mean that you won't spend more in the long run.

(IMO, Miller is always the best way to go. I currently have a Diversion 180 and have had zero issues with it)
Diversion 180 has pulse?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #15
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Diversion 180 has pulse?
Nope, or at least mine does not. Miller's site also does not list that pulse is available. I wish it was. Someone else mentioned above that the Diversion 180 had pulse, but it does not.
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Nope, or at least mine does not. Miller's site also does not list that pulse is available. I wish it was. Someone else mentioned above that the Diversion 180 had pulse, but it does not.

thats why i asked. But other then that you think its a good system for the price?
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Diversion 180? Absolutely! I don't like the 165 because it is all preset amperages. The 180 offers full adjustability. I don't like the foot pedal too much, but it is functional and operates flawlessly. I have yet to have the unit shut down for over heating and I've ran it for a few hours building a few projects.

The only thing I could recommend, and it is because I wasn't satisfied with the weld puddle and bead result, get a gas lense setup from the beginning. After the gas lense install, everything lays in there nicely. I'd recommend a gas lense setup for any Tig unit, not just the 180.

Didn't mean to hijack the thread.
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Diversion 180 has pulse?
that was me and i stand corrected. i could have sworn it had that feature. as i have been tempted to sell my 165 for something with pulse. (yea you dont really need it, but i do miss it ) also would like to step up to something water cooled.

EDIT, and i know at one time somebody made a pulse unit for the diversion machine, but looks like the company went out of biz.

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:29 PM   #19
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so i had some extra money and figured with amazons return policy it would be worth to try.
picked up one of the Everlast power Itig 200 Dc tig welders. had a pulse and a bunch of other features that are nice and at around 600 bucks i can always return it.
i currently have the diversion 165 to compare it to. will be interesting. the only thing that bugs me is that it doesn't have a foot pedal (but either did my miller when i bought it)
will post up some reviews when it shows up tomorrow. (love amazon prime )
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:35 PM   #20
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I'm a lethal service GTAW welder. You get what you pay for. Are the electronics proven? And has it been out long enough to have any warranty issues?
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who knows, thats why my main machines are miller also about to pick up a hypertherm plasma setup.

these have a 3 year warranty and sold by amazon, so i am banking on amazon being around for a wile and holding up their end. everlast? who really knows, they are about the same as all the other chinacom machines, either, longevity, hf, eastwood, bla bla.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #22
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Check out the youtube channel 'welding tips and tricks' or weldingtipsandtricks.com I think. The guy on there uses an array of Lincoln, Miller, and Everlast products and does compare them to each other in a fairly unbiased way. He has had pretty good luck with the Everlast stuff.

I picked up a 250ex with water cooling unit a while back but haven't had the opportunity to test it yet.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #23
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I use the Eastwood Tig200. Works excellent for the money spent. I make turbo manifolds, exhausts, charge piping/intakes, alum. intake manifolds etc.. all with that welder.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:59 PM   #24
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I have an Eastwood 200 as well. I'm not an expert welder, but it does what it advertises. I believe the consumables are standard sized as well, not some proprietary fitment. They did have a few warranty issues when it first came out ( late 2011?) but were supposedly fixed. They had a few DOA's that were replaced with new units. They do stock replacement parts in the US. Most made in China products require you buy a whole new unit, not replace parts.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #25
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I wouldn't go with much of anything from eastwood unless your planning on using it just a few times. Save you money up and get either a Miller or Lincoln
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