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Aight, I've decided to get me a tig welder for some projects where I need clean seems and I don't wanna do a bunch of grinding welds down. Also with a tig I can be more precise workin on small stuff. I could get a tig kit for our Lincoln mig but I use the mig a bunch and don't wanna swap it back and forth. I'm not gonna use it a ton so I don't wanna pay for a Lincoln, Miller, Hobart etc. I want ac/dc so I'll have the option to weld aluminum. Sounds like a foot pedal and high frequency start are must haves.
I'm looking at these two machines right now. Eastwood 200 ac/dc or AHP 201xd. Any y'all have any experience with em or seen a good used red or blue machine at a smokin hot price?
https://www.ahpwelds.com/product/ahp-alphatig-201xd
https://www.eastwood.com/tig200acdc.html
 

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With red or blue your machine will not depreciate like the unknowns.. If your bit and spur endeavor takes off the machine will see more use then what you may be thinking.. Not to mention you'll then be tig capable and be able to hang a shingle for that alone, $50 bucks an hour.. Don't know what your looking to spend but I'd keep my eye on CL if I had your plan.. You can always look, offer and walk if it doesn't suit ya.. And yes the foot pedal is a must have..
https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/tls/d/yukon-lincoln-squarewave-175-tig-stick/6800903209.html
 

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I totally hear ya on the other machines holding their values. I most generally buy the "higher quality" stuff but tigging is gonna be a very small part of everything I've got goin. I really don't have to have one but would like one. Thanks for the link to the used Lincoln. I've been watching Craigslist for 30days but missed that one somehow.
 

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Aight, I've decided to get me a tig welder for some projects where I need clean seems and I don't wanna do a bunch of grinding welds down. Also with a tig I can be more precise workin on small stuff. I could get a tig kit for our Lincoln mig but I use the mig a bunch and don't wanna swap it back and forth. I'm not gonna use it a ton so I don't wanna pay for a Lincoln, Miller, Hobart etc. I want ac/dc so I'll have the option to weld aluminum. Sounds like a foot pedal and high frequency start are must haves.
I'm looking at these two machines right now. Eastwood 200 ac/dc or AHP 201xd. Any y'all have any experience with em or seen a good used red or blue machine at a smokin hot price?
https://www.ahpwelds.com/product/ahp-alphatig-201xd
https://www.eastwood.com/tig200acdc.html

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I totally hear ya on the other machines holding their values. I most generally buy the "higher quality" stuff but tigging is gonna be a very small part of everything I've got goin. I really don't have to have one but would like one. Thanks for the link to the used Lincoln. I've been watching Craigslist for 30days but missed that one somehow.
IF, your going to build bits and spurs " I THINK" you may be underestimating the amount of use you'll give it, BUT, only you can determine that.. A good many years ago I was a sanitary pipe fitter/welder, welding purged stainless pipe with NO filler rod.. There is nothing like the finesse of a tig in capable hands..
 

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IF, your going to build bits and spurs " I THINK" you may be underestimating the amount of use you'll give it, BUT, only you can determine that.. A good many years ago I was a sanitary pipe fitter/welder, welding purged stainless pipe with NO filler rod.. There is nothing like the finesse of a tig in capable hands..
I guess what I'm thinking as using it is just an inch or two of weldind here or there. Now, the other welders around the shop I use for extended periods of time. I haven't totally made up my mind. I was wondering if anyone had one of those cheaper machines.
 

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