Decent TIG welder


Old 08-27-05, 08:22 AM
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Decent TIG welder

Hey, I am looking to buy a decent TIG welder with a budget of 1000-1500USD. It would not have to be terribly large, as I doubt I would ever work on any materials thicker than .25 inch. I dont need all the configurations for manipulating the wave function (although, it would be kind of nice too).

up to 300 amps with a decent duty cycle would be nice too, but not as important as the price.

Can you suggest any brands or machines?(and reviews of these machines, if you have experience with them?)
Old 08-27-05, 03:48 PM
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You're asking a lot for that budget. I think the best you can do for that money is the Miller Synchrowave 180 SD. Here's a link to one on eBay; they are ALWAYS there for this price.

For things much thicker than 3/16", you'll probably better off with the stick welding for this price range, which this unit will also do well.

This has AC squarewave for excellent aluminum welding, but no pulsing.

300A and pulsing capabilities are really going to drive up the price.

If you don't need AC for aluminum, consider also the Miller Maxstar 150 STL or STH, the latter has high-frequency available for arc starting (like the Synchro) and has a couple of pulsing programs also. It's a very popular unit, using inverter technology for low weight (13#) and great power efficiency. Now you're down to only 150A, though, so 3/16" is pushing it for the TIG part. But they also do stick welding, and you can do a lot at 150A with a stick. Check the Miller website for duty cycles at different input voltages. The nice thing about the Maxstar is it will run on 120V or 240V, no problem.

To get a greater variety of expert opinions, try asking this at the Miller or Hobart (sister company of Miller) message boards.

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