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Old 03-01-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default "popular" USA Tig Welder

Hi guys,
Just wondering if anyone over there has seen or used one of these welders before?

I've been looking around at buying one for some general home use.

They are being sold in Australia as "most popular in the USA"

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:34 PM   #2
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Looks to be a standard super cheap "import" multi-tig welder, with no real good warranty. These things are ok if you're just looking to slap some steel together for a quick and dirty fix via stick welding, mig welding steel is not much better. Stainless eh....not a very good weld if you want to call mounding filler rod/mig wire like a hot glue gun "welding". Aluminum, dont bother trying, the lack of good controls and cheap leads that always seem to leak gas will just frustrate you. Usually miller or lincoln parts will fit these cheap setups but you will spend more on good parts to make it work properly then you did on the welder to start.

IMO if your looking to learn get something used that's better then this ( in the $400-500 range ) or you will hate welding and never get anything fused properly.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:08 PM   #3
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Those suck, i picked up an AHP Tig 200, fantastic machine and they have good customer service/support and even chime in on Welding Web from time to time.
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys, I didn't really believe they were the most popular in the usa..

I do a bit of welding at work with a Miller (cant remember the model, Maxstar??) and then some at home on dads Weldsmart AC/DC. I might just keep my eye out for something like those.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:15 PM   #5
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Watch for a used Miller or Lincoln. I see pretty good deals here on Craigslist all the time.

I see Craigslist is over there but not very active. Any other sites like that over there?
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:44 AM   #6
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Yea pretty much everything is on ebay or "gumtree"
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:19 PM   #7
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Don't waste your money on crap from eBay, if you want to go that route just give your money to me... You'll get the same outcome. Miller(blue box) and Lincoln(red box) are the only big American names in welder's. Hobart(gray box) is the science division of Miller and they also make affordable, simplified machines. Esab(yellow box) is the next contender, they're Swiss but have a good long track record and so they also demand the same premium in cost. HTP(grey/red box) is an English company with a strong following. Their machine is supposed to be a direct competitor with the Miller dynasty 210 dx. Everlast(green box) is a China made welder that is distributed from a company in San Francisco. They seem to be making improvements yearly to their stuff and have a 5 year warranty but in the end of the day it's a China made welder and there are issues with their stuff form time to time. AHP, Longevity, Eastwood, etc are all China welders and well it is what it is. IMO, the Hobart 180 amp tig is a great machine to learn on will handle what you'll throw at it until you out grow the capabilities of the machine. The added benefit of this is that it's a name that people are familiar with and would be willing to buy off you used. Hope this helps.
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