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Old 08-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #241
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<p>Last weld from yesterday, playing with the thumb switch. My breaker tripped after about 20 seconds of 120amp AC welding. I don't like tripping the breaker because it doesn't let the fans run to cool down the welder, I wish it had some backup power.</p><p><img src="http://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.miataturbo.net-vbulletin/828x1471/80-oykonhflgndxhbqypqqqjmg_914iydbps4snm0q83yzi_w829_ h1471_no_jpeg_6729e2d9a7dfa6c62190ca07145be13fd6ff b450.jpg" title="" /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #242
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Is the porosity (pinholes) contamination? Seeing what you've done in just days, plus struggling with MIGing aluminum is really pushing me to purchase.
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #243
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<p>Probably. I was just playing around yesterday. So not much time was spent cleaning or brushing anything. Mostly just welding.</p>
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:23 PM   #244
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<p>So not much time was spent cleaning or brushing anything. Mostly just welding.</p>
But the cleaning is the most important part!!!




Damn you guys...now I want one of these. But should really be not spending $700+ on a TIG macine I don't "need".

I knew o shouldn't have clicked on this thread...
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:29 PM   #245
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This thing is definitely awesome. I will find plenty of needs for it.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:55 PM   #246
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Weird, when my miller gets unplugged from the wall while its running or a tree takes down the power lines, the fan runs for a normal cooldown cycle.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:01 PM   #247
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<p>Chinese welder problems?</p><p>Thinking about adding a cap inline with the fans so when the power gets pulled the fans keep on chugging.</p>
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Why not just fix the tripping breaker issue?
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:09 PM   #249
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<p>Because rental house. And safety. I won't rely on the fan caps, but you never know what will happen.</p><p>Longer explanation. In my current house for less than 2 more months. Next house I will get my own fuse box panel and add in my own 220 outlet in the garage. But for now I'll deal with tripping breakers.</p>
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Why did you go to the AHP? More controls? They're the same price and same warranty. I know Eastwood stands by their product. Unsure of AHP- no personal experience. But the unit has endless positive reviews on amazon.
What happened was when we moved to the new house I had to make a 240 extension cord to go to the garage. Well, some how I got the a wire crossed and when I turned on the welder it made a horrible sound and I thought I killed it. Everything I tried to weld had porosity in it. Took it to Eastwood and called corporate and they thought I had done something to the inverter. I ordered the AHP, it was going to take about a month so I took the Eastwood to welder repair tech, I get a call from him and he said it runs perfect. Turns out I did no damage, but the gas I siphoned off from work was not pure argon and that was what was causing the shitty welds. I was lucky I did not harm the machine. So I sold the Eastwood to a good friend of mine and kept the AHP. The Eastwood ran flawlessly but apparently getting free gas wasn't so free. (I'm sure one of these works )
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Damn you guys...now I want one of these.
I hear ya. Though I think I've justified it. Benefits- learning to TIG and having a capable machine for aluminum which I'm sure I'll use more than a few times. IF I had to have the cash back I'm sure I could sell it at $300 loss, which would IMO be worth the benefits already attained.

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I'll take the selling of the Eastwood over the AHP as your choice on which is the better unit.
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I'll take the selling of the Eastwood over the AHP as your choice on which is the better unit. [/QUOTE]

The AHP has more ***** to mess with.

It's almost a flip of a coin. The Eastwood is a few years old. If you base the decision on customer service I think Eastwood will be easier to get a hold of. I have made good welds with both. I think the AHP has the edge because of the digital amp control, meaning if I wanted to weld a couple of razor blades together, I believe it could be adjusted super low and still work.
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Thumb switch is also fits.
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<br />Got my own bottle today. Little 40cf I borrowed from a friend. Also going to pick up a 200cf oxygen bottle later this week.
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Damn you guys...now I want one of these. But should really be not spending $700+ on a TIG macine I don't "need".

I knew o shouldn't have clicked on this thread...
Me too... and I already have 220v wired from my breaker box that was for a hot tub the previous owner had, so it would be a huge waste to not hook that up to something right?

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There are a lot of other things you could waste $700 on that would show little to no benefit. Let's say a person bought this TIG welder instead of a TV and spent all those TV hours learning how to weld instead. This thread pretty much proves a TIG welder makes you a better person.

I can justify your purchase.

re: Customer Service- I did read a less positive review on Amazon where the guy's AHP had issues upon arrival. He actually spoke to a support person more than once who was able to walk him through trouble shooting and arrived at a decision that a new part was needed (ordered and shipped). No follow up, but that's not too bad.
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There are a lot of other things you could waste $700 on that would show little to no benefit. Let's say a person bought this TIG welder instead of a TV and spent all those TV hours learning how to weld instead. This thread pretty much proves a TIG welder makes you a better person.

I can justify your purchase.
GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:00 PM   #257
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Don't you have a birthday coming up?
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Man I really need a mig welder, and a plasma cutter. Using a hole saw in a 10" HF drill press (with a new and improved minimal runout chuck) to make 2.5" holes in 16ga 304 stainless for custom mufflers really really sucks. And using a tig to tack up a big heavy steel jig is also silly, but yay for thumb controls though. Are they any decent mig plasma combos like those tig plasma combos?
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All the research I did seemed to indicate the combo units aren't that great. Eastwoods has a couple of reasonably priced plasmas, and they have a couple good MIGs as well.

I bought a used Lincoln 25A Plasma, and it's just not enough oomph for 1/4". I think I'm going to CL it and buy one of the Eastwoods this fall...
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I haven't seen any MIG/Plasma combos. My eBay 50a plasma has worked great so far and the consumables are inexpensive and readily available on eBay. I've seen a few guys locally get good deals (< $200) on used name brand MIGs on CL.
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