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Old 04-05-2014, 11:32 AM
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any good advice for a tig under $1000

I'm digging the Everlast but it has no foot pedal. The everlast sells for $649
Time to take my manhood back and spend my own money how I want. I'm getting a TIG no matter what the wife says...unless she says not to. ;0
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You can always add a foot pedal at a later date. I'm not sure the model you are looking at but make sure it will accept one. I would most certainly look into a AC/DC tig and not a strait DC machine so you have the capability to do aluminum. You might feel that you don't need it now but you never know down the line and will probably regret it.

The Everlast welders are a good units for the price.
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I like this video. While it isn't a straight DC machine they show how well the Everlast works on AC welding low amps. The performance of their less expensive models should be similar welding light gauge steel. If you search YouTube there are several reviews of different Everlast welders.

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used ?

All my welders were used at a good discount. I have a lincoln tig 255 that will also stick. came with a water cooler and thumb control. and I always asked the seller to have it plugged in ready to weld when I went to inspect them.
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Keep in mind that there is a huge market of cheap tig welders under $1000. But the problem is that most are not quite up to the standards we would expect, so stick to quality welders that are serviced by American, Canadian, or the UK.

Check on used machines as sometimes they come available for a good price.. Also the equipment auctions might be a source as well for you.

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Keep in mind that there is a huge market of cheap tig welders under $1000. But the problem is that most are not quite up to the standards we would expect, so stick to quality welders that are serviced by American, Canadian, or the UK.

Check on used machines as sometimes they come available for a good price.. Also the equipment auctions might be a source as well for you.
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REAL good advice here. Sidestep the offshore crap and buy into a solid, quality welder, even if it's used. Cheezy welders make you want to not use them. Been there, done that.
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I personally wouldn't buy anything at an equipment auction. Unless you can actually use the machine there is a very good chance you are getting someone elses headache. Buying used from a dealer isn't a bad idea but usually you aren't saving much from buying new and better technology.

I like Miller stuff myself but you are going to be paying through the nose for a brand name. Unless you use it all day and every day it probably isn't worth the extra expense.

Not all offshore stuff is junk. Everlast from what I have seen is pretty good. I have followed Welding Tips And Tricks page on YouTube for a long time and he seems to really like their stuff.
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thanks guys. I think I'm going to order the everlast 140 pee wee welder for $270. Why not? I only plan on welding sheet metal in my garage for my metal shaping hobby. I saw a video on it and it seems perfect for what I need. Just need a regulator and a bottle of argon. Will order tomorrow.
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thanks guys. I think I'm going to order the everlast 140 pee wee welder for $270. Why not? I only plan on welding sheet metal in my garage for my metal shaping hobby. I saw a video on it and it seems perfect for what I need. Just need a regulator and a bottle of argon. Will order tomorrow.
Go to weldingweb dot com and join. There are many posts about these things and the customer service is poor and you will not get your replacement of money back when it quits on you. Also these machines are harder to learn on than a linclon or a miller. You might want to look at HTP machines. I got my HTP MIG 240 over 10 years ago. Beat the snot out of it and it performes just as good as a miller or lincoln. HTP TIG machines perform great too.
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I was doing the same thing.... looking for a less expensive TIG machine. I was close to buying an Everlast, but I did not like what people had to say about fixing them. Sure, many are happy with the machine, but if/when it came time for service, it was almost impossible. Big turn off for me.

So, I did some searching and came across a local guy selling a Lincoln 225. Only had 6 hours of use on it - looked brand new - about a 5 year old machine. Got it for $1200. This was only about a month ago.

Do some searching - check craigslist. You may be suprised at what you find.
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I knew you guys were going to say that! Ok, maybe I sell my mig welder first then. Trying to just spend $500 but if I sell my mig for $300 than that's more money in the pot.
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I have to say, I'm pretty happy with my Eastwood 200DC tig welder. It was only $499 with a 3 year warranty. It comes with a foot pedal as well. With customer service as great as Eastwood's I think it was worth the shot. I also got a free sheet metal gauge when registering the warranty. Happy customer and if I ever get into the fabrication industry I would consider getting the Eastwood AC/DC model.
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I have to say, I'm pretty happy with my Eastwood 200DC tig welder. It was only $499 with a 3 year warranty. It comes with a foot pedal as well. With customer service as great as Eastwood's I think it was worth the shot. I also got a free sheet metal gauge when registering the warranty. Happy customer and if I ever get into the fabrication industry I would consider getting the Eastwood AC/DC model.
Post some pics of how good it welds.
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I have a Lincoln MIG now. Happy with it and prefer the USA made stuff. I am not a professional quality or great welder but I do OK. For really important stuff I use a certified welder down the street.

I've considered looking at picking up a TIG setup but am not sure if it'd be worth it. My question to those in the know - what advantages are there for going TIG and does TIG allow for better welds with same skill level as MIG? I know for sure I'd go AC/DC because the MIG is horrible at doing AL.
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Post some pics of how good it welds.
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well, you'd have to ask an experienced tig welder, in which lots of them say, "it has a pretty good arc". I'll post some pics when I get better at it.
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