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Old 01-06-2015, 11:36 AM   #21
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continuing drift - AHP should give me some props for that! Roda, thanks for dipping your toes in, very interested in review as well.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #22
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I'm out the door to work, but I'll just leave these here...

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You should move that over into the tig welder thread, I think we have one of those.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:44 PM   #24
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I was updating here because this particular TIG machine was brought up here.

I'll post more about it here: https://www.miataturbo.net/fabulous-...-welder-72401/

Not sure if that's the TIG welder thread, but it's the one I found last night that had the most recent activity.
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #25
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I found this on craigslit. I really wanted a mig but couldn't pass it up for the price. I'm not sure when I will have time to learn. Really need a mig!

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I really prefer TIG. To me it is a lot more precise.
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:54 PM   #27
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The weld for tig is very nice im just worried about the learning curve! To many switches lol. I want to make parts today so I need a mig but eventually maybe I'll take a class for tig if needed?
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Google is your friend. I TIG'd my own manifold with no classes, and its not perfect but it works so far.
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I really prefer TIG. To me it is a lot more precise.
TIG is definitely more precise, and I prefer it for smaller parts. I would not have wanted to build my bumpers with TIG. It would have taken years...

Youtube and Google are definitely your friend for learning TIG. It's still a learning curve, but you can really get a leg up with what you can learn online.
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TIG is definitely more precise, and I prefer it for smaller parts. I would not have wanted to build my bumpers with TIG. It would have taken years...

Youtube and Google are definitely your friend for learning TIG. It's still a learning curve, but you can really get a leg up with what you can learn online.
I did not enjoy doing my rocker rot repair with the TIG.
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To be fair my tig vs mig experience is a 90amp used Miller vs a 100$ HF welder...
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My Eastwood MIG175 experience has been nothing less than stellar in four years of ownership. They stood by their warranty (no fault of the unit) sending me a complete replacement. Because it comes as a complete welding solution, I've been able to stick together anything I've needed short of AC lines, which I brazed.
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My Eastwood MIG175 experience has been nothing less than stellar in four years of ownership. They stood by their warranty (no fault of the unit) sending me a complete replacement. Because it comes as a complete welding solution, I've been able to stick together anything I've needed short of AC lines, which I brazed.
I also have the Eastwood MIG 175. It's worked pretty well for us, except the gas would get "stuck on" and leak until you turned the unit off and turned it back on. Not sure what was causing it, but we got the unit replaced and the new one hasn't done it.

I'm considering buying their 200amp TIG ac/dc which is ~$800. I'd like to learn how to weld stainless.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:29 AM   #34
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I'm considering buying their 200amp TIG ac/dc which is ~$800. I'd like to learn how to weld stainless.
You might want to check the info earlier in the thread on the AHP AlphaTig 200X... More features/adjustability than the Eastwood at about the same price.
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...except the gas would get "stuck on" and leak until you turned the unit off and turned it back on. Not sure what was causing it, but we got the unit replaced and the new one hasn't done it.
It was a run of faulty solenoid valves- which they replace under warranty. Mine started that outside of warranty and they sold me the part for $16 delivered. Though I never installed it, because mine quit sticking. Naturally.
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There was a millermatic 175 on my local craigs for 600 but no spool gun! I'm thinking eastwood is going to be the mig for me unless some good deal comes up on craigs
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It was a run of faulty solenoid valves- which they replace under warranty. Mine started that outside of warranty and they sold me the part for $16 delivered. Though I never installed it, because mine quit sticking. Naturally.
Ah, ok. It actually caused us some problems while it was happening. We were using the machine on a commercial job (lol) to weld ductwork. With all the other **** going on at the job site, you wouldn't hear that is was leaking - like you would in between welds in say, your garage. We burnt through two decent size bottles (125 or 150 size?) in a single shift before realizing what was going on.
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I did not enjoy doing my rocker rot repair with the TIG.
I did my rocker repair using flux cored .030 wire.
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So I've had the Lincoln MP210 on loan for a few months now. I love the thing. Easy to navigate menu options, plenty of *****, and Lincoln did a heck of a job getting the setting close right out of the box. Have run both .025 and .035 wire through it so far without any issues. The only thing I don't like about it, is that the feeder doesn't have a feed button next to it, so you have to shut the gas off and jack the WFS up when changing spools or liners.
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I did my rocker repair using flux cored .030 wire.
That might have actually been easier... I did forget to mention that I forgot to turn the gas on for like the first layer and a half of welding repairs in on one side. Took me a while to figure out why it looked like I was stick welding.
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