Originally Posted by SingleCabGuy
I don't know much about machines themselves but my main questions for the machine is if(when) it has an issue; where do you order parts for it ? Do you know anyone who knows that brand and could fix it? And does that company even make spare parts for that machine.
Good point there. Makes sense.
Originally Posted by JLee
First thing it's $300 dollars that tells you right there it's crap. A good TIG alone will be over $2,000 and that's starting.
Second I would never buy a plasma/welder machine only they tend to have more problems then stand alone machines. Third I wouldn't try and ARC weld for fabricating parts MIG is best for that.
I have learned in this business you get what you pay for and that's not even hobby grade in my book.
You can buy a cheap machine if you like but you will be regretting it later down the road.
Thanks for the expansion on the info. In response, Just because I said I can GET it for $300, doesn't mean that is the price. The average price for it is between $450 and $500. As for a good TIG running $2000, remember, I am buying for doing SMALL projects. I really was not even looking too much at the TIG part, but that it is an arc welder, and a plasma cutter. I do see the point in a combo machine not necessarily being the best option. Yes, I do realize that MIG is the best for fabrication, but back when I was learning to weld, nobody really did MIG welding. It was all arc, or brazing for brass and such.
I do appreciate the information though. I am still working on seeing if my current MIG welder is up to the task. I have a Clark 130EN that I have used for the past 6 or so years, and it has worked great for some of the light work I have done. Stepping into the world of fabrication of tubing and such, I am not sure if it is up to the task or not. I saw that one I linked where I was able to pick it up for just $300, so I was curious.