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Old 01-06-2005, 09:29 AM
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Will this welder work??

I am getting ready to purchase a welder and would like a multipurpose unit. I already have a tig torch that my dad gave me and want to use it with this machine!

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44568

I know it will provide the dc for the tig torch and the ac to do frame work on my 23 T Bucket. I would like to use the tig torch for body work.

Anybody have any thoughts on this??

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Old 01-06-2005, 10:14 AM
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Look for one with a higher duty cycle. That one has a 10% duty cycle at 130 Amps. Most welding is done at a lot lower amperage, but what that means is that you can only weld steady for 1 minute out of 10 at max amps.

That was putting it a little simplistic but you get the idea.
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Yeah, I know the duty cycle stinks but I had planned on putting a small fan inside to cool everthing down to extend the duty cycle. My biggest concern is whether or not the tig torch can be used with it.

Yeah, I know the duty cycle stinks but I had planned on putting a small fan inside to cool everthing down to extend the duty cycle. My biggest concern is whether or not the tig torch can be used with it.

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Be carefull with bying these cheap welders! you may not be able to get parts for it at the local welders supply? (torch caps or gas lenses/collets).
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I'm sure that there is a typo error in the specs. The DC specs are higher than the AC specs. Most cheap AC/DC welders use a half wave rectifier thus resulting in a DC current about half of the AC current rating. At the higher current settings you might get your tig torch to scratch start but you'll never get it to do any usefull work with the tig torch on thhin metal.
When you try to add a tig torch to cheap stick welder it's best to have an inverter type welder rather than the traditional transformer type welder. Even with a an inverter type welder Tig works much better with some sort of high freq or high voltage start option.
If you had a DC machine on hand why would you want to use AC to weld your frame work. A good midrange mig welder will do everything that you're wanting to do and be much better for the sheet metal work.
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Iagree....Although I have done quite a bit of stick welding in the past, I wouldn't be without a MIG...I used to tig, but I couldn't justify the expense for home use...
There are used name brand (Lincoln, Miller, etc) Migs out there for less than $300 for a 240V unit.
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