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Tig Welders

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by dually, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Jan 21, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    dually

    dually [OP] Low and slow

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    Well I found what Im going to spend my return on.. a tig welder! Its been needed for a long time! I have some projects on my plate (lots of stuff for LSJ's). Ive narrowed it down between these:

    http://mylincolnelectric.com/Catalog/equipmentdatasheet.aspx?p=39581

    http://www.hobartwelders.com/products/tig/eztig_165i/

    Miller is just way out of my price range, I do love their wirefeed machines though. So, my question is, do any of you guys have experience with either one of these machines? I can get the lincoln at a comparable price to the hobart. Right now, im leaning towards the lincoln. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Jan 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    THXEY

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    next to miller ive always heard lincoln is really good
     
  3. Jan 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    amaes Cuz Stock Sucks

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    I have a Lincoln Mig and Love it! Great quality. I'm sure the tig is just as good.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    Yeah, reliability is on par, I have no question about that.. Just want to see what some opinions from the guys that have welded with either one.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    I have the Lincoln at home, and it has never let me down, from fixing cracked cast al engine cases to building cattle gates. I have Tig / stick / mig welded with both Miller and Lincoln and the Miller definitely has a higher duty rating (built for 24 / 7 use). The Lincoln is built for 10 hr / 5 day a week use. I taught welding at a Voc tech for a few years, and at the time the new equipment they were purchasing was both Miller and Lincoln as the welders are only used at most 8 hours per day.
    You really can't go wrong with the Lincoln unit for home garage use.

    The Hobart unit - I have never used one. I have heard that it was more of a hobby machine. I actually was looking at the Hobart plasma cutters before I had to move my shop.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2010 at 6:58 AM
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    Good to know! I will be using it on a daily basis.. producing downpipes and dualpass coolant tanks.. Looks like i'll be laying down the cash next week!
     
  7. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    Yep.. bought that Lincoln Precision Tig 225! Cant wait to play around with it.
     
  8. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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  9. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    Hell yeah! I'll have some aluminum projects up pretty soon...
     
  10. Jan 26, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    We have a 110 lincoln mig welder and its not bad for small stuff, I would love to have a Tig though for some nice clean, detailed welds. My dad has 3 millers though and Im kinda partial to those :rolleyes:
     
  11. Jan 26, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    Tig is where it is at... wish I wouldve gotten certified in tig rather that 7018 and 6010..
     
  12. Mar 25, 2010 at 12:44 AM
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    I want to buy a TIG this summer. I've been looking at the entry level Miller Diversion 165 to learn TIG better, then upgrade when i can afford it if it gets enough use. :)
     
  13. Mar 25, 2010 at 1:06 AM
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    I use a Tig welder everyday here at our shop for work. We have 2 of them.
    A Miller Maxstar 150 STL its a 110 AC unit. Awesome little tig welder. And it does stick as well. Im not sure on the price.
    The other one is a Miller Syncrowave 180 SD. Nice welder as well.

    So To answer your question about your welders that you listed I would stay with the Lincolns for sure. They have been around just as long as Millers and are very capable machines. I weld with these welders about 3 to 4 hrs a day and have no problems with them. I have been certified for about 10 yrs now but that has not done me much good in the field I do now.
     
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