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Old 02-06-2006, 08:27 AM
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Which TIG machine is BEST?

I have lots of experience with Migs but when it comes to TIGS I know nothing. There are too many types for me to make a choice on which type to buy. All I want to do is build custom intake manifolds and mounts for things like alternators, etc, etc.... I will probably 90% be using T6 aluminum, but who knows what I will do in the future, I do some pretty weird stuff sometimes. I want to be able to weld up to 3/8".

What type of TIG should I be looking at, whats the difference between AC or DC TIGS and what the heck is a TIG machine thats called an Invertor??? And why do so many TIGS have stick welding capablility? All I want is a TIG.



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This is like asking what's better, Ford or Chevy? I am a big Lincoln fan, and I have a Pro Tig 185. Hi-freq start, pulser, digital readout and other features have made it a winner for me. As far as Amps, the Miller 200 is nice too, but the pulser made it easier for me to learn how to Tig (and I still learn every time I use it!)

If you are going to do anything other than Automotive I would consider a larger machine, but on a car I haven't found anything it couldn't do-my 185 is rated for 3/16", so if you want to do 3/8" you'll want to belly up for a LARGE machine-

You definitely want an AC/DC machine for polarity changes (Steel to Aluminum for example)-the Inverter machines are very nice (lighter, more mobile), but I don't believe you will find too much difference in actual usage (Inverter machines cost more)-I have never used my Tig for Stick, although it is nice to have the versatility (I think Stick has it's place, but probably not in Automotive)-


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I would suggest you Go here and look over the miller forum..You will learn a lot and be able to make a better choice about which machine you like..Bunch of nice guys over there..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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