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Looking for a new Welder- need help - November 5, 2013, 08:55 AM

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I am beginning to realize my ol' flux core welder sucks ass. I have an oxy/acetylene setup as well. I am looking to upgrade to a Tig or Mig. anyone have any suggestions? Id really like to keep it under $1000 if possible.
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November 5, 2013, 09:49 AM

for what it's worth i got a HF MIG welder that has worked out well for me. never tried it with flux only gas. It's a 220V though, so you gotta have 220 in your garage. some have complained of feeding issues, but i've never had any issues with mine (i never ran the flux wire that came with it). I got it for 140 new, but it was most likely on sale, maybe a refurb, + coupon, + ... (i'm a cheap bastard so usually only bite when the stars are perfectly aligned). i've had it for a couple years now it it's done all the stuff i've needed (only limited by my own skill). biggest project was probably a snowboard rack for a miata:

A buddy of mine has one too. he's done more heavy duty stuff, been through many spools and he's still happy too. just my experience though, as always with HF stuff, ymmv. with your budget you're probably looking for something a bit more substantial though. I'd love a tig but I just don't do enough welding to justify anything more than what i got now. Back when i was looking though, I remember seeing lots of decent units on CL within your budget.

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thanks slow! i should have went for the HF mig- but i went for the HF flux. now that ive been through a few spools and gotten my feet wet and know i enjoy welding Id like to upgrade. which probably means not another harbor freight. Id like to get something that I can learn how to make really nice welds with. the flux just jizzes all over my work and i spend more time on clean up then welding..
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115v or 220v?


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115v or 220v?
id prefer 115v but 220v is not out of the question..
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November 5, 2013, 01:06 PM

Are you trying to do aluminum? if so stay mig for 1 grand or less. Tig aint cheap. I have 4 tigs for work. All miller and they rock. One is about 25 years old. There is a miller guy in Springfield that reconditions them. Look him up and see what he has used.


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Check out Eastwood.com. They all come with a 3 year warrenty and they're in PA so shipping is fast.
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dam this is a deal.

TIG Welder | TIG Welders | TIG Welding


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http://baltimore.craigslist.org/tld/4118708276.html

dented one is even cheaper.
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Imports, same as the everlast or longevity brands.


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i have been eyeing the eastwoods but the accessories seems pretty cheap and you pay a lot to get something that can only do 1/4".. it seems if i want a good tig i have to sell my kidney.. or soul
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it seems if i want a good tig i have to sell my kidney.. or soul
2k would be a starting point 3k-4k for a inverter machine


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anyone wanna trade a good tig setup for an 03 sv650 w. 9100 miles?
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