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Old February 17th, 2016, 03:25 PM
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Any Tig Welders here?

I am interested in getting a Tig machine in the next couple of months and am looking for suggestions/guidance on what you guys are using.

I have almost convinced myself that the Lincoln 210MP is the machine that I want to get. I have a buddy with one and he loves it. However, I already have a nice Miller Mig setup, so some of the features of the 210 are redundant since it is a multi process machine.

Here is what I know I want:

120/230 capability, I'll probably use 230 most of the time. I cannot use a machine that draws a ton of amps, so I think I will need an inverter machine.

I'd like to be able to weld up to at least 1/4" Mild.

I am not that interested in a Chinese machine, but will entertain anything.

I'd like to be less than $1800 and that would include the TIG setup..........not including bottles, etc...

Used is OK if I need to stretch my budget.


Anyway, I am interested in hearing about what you have and why you like it.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:19 PM
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I have a 200 amp chinese AC/DC TIG welder and have had it since 2006/2007.

It's done everything I've ever asked of it. Stainless, aluminum, chromoly, cast iron, mild steel up to 1/2" thick+. I've welded 100% duty cycle for hours. I've never needed anything else.

I used to worry about Miller/Lincoln/whatever. Once I learned the basic physics, I realized that the brand matters little.

IGBT welders are superior.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:40 PM
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For daily use, primarily welding steel and titanium bicycle frames, we use the power of blue: syncrowave 200. It is a great, medium size Tig.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:50 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.


Xjahx, I think that machine draws something like 50+ amps which is borderline more I can feed it without the frustrations of tripping breakers. Otherwise, it's a nice welder.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 06:39 PM
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Xjahx, I think that machine draws something like 50+ amps which is borderline more I can feed it without the frustrations of tripping breakers. Otherwise, it's a nice welder.
No worries about that...a welder never draws more power from the wall than you're attempting to feed out the torch. Well, a few watts more for HF start and power regulation circuitry, but not much more

It's really up to you to never turn the dial past whatever your household wiring is capable of providing.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 06:43 PM
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I have a Miller diversion 180 and happy with it for what I do. The next level up is a big $$ jump and not justified unless I was making money with it
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:02 PM
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For daily use, primarily welding steel and titanium bicycle frames, we use the power of blue: syncrowave 200. It is a great, medium size Tig.
Wait, Ti bike frames?! Wouldn't mind hearing more about that!

I have a Syncrowave 250 that does everything I want but it is a big ol box - I got it from my welder buddy for a good price.

What about a Miller Dynasty?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:14 PM
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Check out the Lincoln Square Wave TIG 200. It just came out and is a great deal at ~$1400. Fully digital AC/DC.

Santa dropped one at my house this past Christmas.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:40 PM
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Go blue…Diversion 180

I tried the Chinese crap, and that's exactly what it is, crap, nothing but issues, from the torch, to the ground, to the control board, gas line leaks at the input fitting…customer service sucked monkeys balls…yep IGBT

I'd question 100% duty cycle for hours, any entry to mid-level machine is going to time out and you need to be realistic about what you are doing...
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Miller Dynasty 200DX. Inverter machine that should max out at a 30A draw and has all the bells and whistles you could ever need.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 09:05 PM
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Some great info here : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0...R1k1wtLuliKmHg

The Lincoln Square Wave TIG 200 is reviewed here against a few other. For the price it's a good deal & backed by an established service network. It's on my shoppling list too



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Old February 17th, 2016, 09:27 PM
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Any Tig Welders here?

Also look at Hobart welder made by Illinois Tool Works which also makes Miller welder.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 09:32 PM
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In typical male fashion, almost everyone lists something different!! I should of expected that.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll research them all for sure.

Keep them coming.

I think the 200 looks nice and the Diversion machines seem nice too, but if I am going to buy a new machine I think I would like it to be capable of stick welding. The Diversions don't look like they have to ability to stick weld, right?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:06 PM
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but if I am going to buy a new machine I think I would like it to be capable of stick welding. The Diversions don't look like they have to ability to stick weld, right?
I personally wouldn't count out a unit just because it won't do stick. But that's just me.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:08 PM
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Anyone use esab? The new rebel unit looks sweet
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I have an alum piece on my bumper that needs welding if you'd like a little practice.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:46 AM
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I personally wouldn't count out a unit just because it won't do stick. But that's just me.



I am trying to keep from having 3 machines, but you're right I will not discount that.




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Anyone use esab? The new rebel unit looks sweet


I think ESAB makes a pretty good machine. A guy I work with had one and he seemed to be happy with it.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 10:29 AM
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I like my Miller dynasty as well. It can run stick or tig on 110 or 220. Great machine. It's worked well on stainless, copper, bronze, mild steel and aluminum.
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I'm in the same boat. Miller diversion 180 looks great but max is 3/16" on mild....
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Taking delivery of a Squarewave Tig 200 in the next few weeks :D
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