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    Welder hotness

    Been hunting around lately for a new welder. Got a $1000 ebay special some amount of years ago....it's been awesome but the HF works only occasionally and it's got some funky earth issues going on that I can't quite pinpoint without sending it to someone who actually knows what they are looking at.

    Keen to move up to something a bit more serious, the ebay special sure has had a workout and I'm fkn amazed it still actually does it's thing considering the hours I've pumped through it.

    Been eyeing off a few -

    https://www.esabasia.com/asia/en/pro...200i-ac-dc.cfm

    https://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-a...ctric_EU_Base)

    https://www.nationalwelding.com.au/d...-mr907686003-1


    That miller one is dam drug money but it seems to get a pretty decent rap. The other two go for around $3500ish depending who you speak to. If you have any other ideas shout out. I need something bulletproof, it's going to get a workout in the near distant future, mainly welding AC / aluminium. Do still need DC, don't care about stick / MIG etc.
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    Everyone seems to be raving about these Unimig ones these days:
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W172
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    The Lincoln one you linked is DC only so no good for your purposes. They do an AC/DC one, though I can't comment on it as I've never used it.

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    Yeh whoops, link updated to the Invertec V205-T.

    Edit: Spoke to a couple of shops who sell ESAB, all said the same thing - they seem to have a high return rate, so scratch that one.
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    The Miller 210DX is the Snap-on of tig machines, buy once, cry once kinda deal. Interesting to see how it compares to the Lincoln.

    Kemppi also do a flash unit
    https://bilba.com.au/products/kemppi...-with-acxpanel
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    The Fronius gear is awesome, but also in the drug-money territory: https://www.fronius.com/en-au/austra...magicwave-1700

    In your comparisons check out what sort of amperage they can do at 100% duty, that will give you a good indication of how much of a hiding they can take. If you're doing a lot of heavy alloy all day it's worth looking into a watercooled torch also

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    Quote Originally Posted by takai View Post
    Everyone seems to be raving about these Unimig ones these days:
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W172
    Got one. Is awesome for the $s.
    Would buy again.

    Still haven't heard a bad thing said about these Razor Digital's.

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    One brick of cocaine that functions as a welder has been purchased I'm told;
    I've got to make an exhaust on the weekend lol
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    Yeh there is now a rental fee of $100 p/h to use it haha. Got to do a demo on the machine today. Mmmm it's nice, can be as simple or complex as you want with the settings. Really need to play around with it, so many configurations giving different welds.
    Got a pimp torch too, has amperage control built into it (little wheel on the back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by foamy View Post
    Got a pimp torch too, has amperage control built into it (little wheel on the back).
    The Razor Digital's come with those.
    Adds bulk to the torch, difficult to keep the torch steady while adjusting it, accidentally bump it between welds... yeah, not a fan at all.

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    It's a nice Abicor Binzel torch -


    Weight of it is good...then again I have the cable draped over my back which takes most of the weight anyway so I never really notice

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    I will probably sell my cigweld soon enough and change to either a dynasty 210 or htp 221

    nice machine.

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    If you're in Sydney and want to have a go on one let me know.

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    Thanks, I saw RZ working his magic on his Miller when he first got one - looked the goods - the thumb amperage control looked weird though.

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    It does look strange, takes a bit of getting used to. Nice having both options, sometimes you get into positions where your feet aren't available to operate a pedal.

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    Saw this advert yesterday. Any good for basic panel welding and odd jobs?



    $699, but I figure the helmet is junk at that price and I should get a better one if you lot reckon this is worth it.

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    I've got the Uni-Mig Razor here at work and it's pretty good for MIG. That one should be fine for what you need to do. Helmet is probably fine too unless you're fussy or want something specific. Not a bad little kit for the money, gets you everything you need to start welding shit together

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    Yeah that uni mig goes hard, only shit thing is there is 3 dials for setting the juice up along with a wire feed so be prepared to spend an hour fucking around and writing down what works for what.

    Seen quite a few of them used industrialy with good views on them.
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    Yeh plenty of guides on the net for selecting settings vs job material.
    This is handy to read too - https://www.millerwelds.com/resource...ect-parameters

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    I have an older UniMig and it is great, not as much adjustment as the newer ones though, which can be a pain at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foamy View Post
    I've got the Uni-Mig Razor here at work and it's pretty good for MIG. That one should be fine for what you need to do. Helmet is probably fine too unless you're fussy or want something specific. Not a bad little kit for the money, gets you everything you need to start welding shit together
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    Yeah that uni mig goes hard, only shit thing is there is 3 dials for setting the juice up along with a wire feed so be prepared to spend an hour fucking around and writing down what works for what.

    Seen quite a few of them used industrialy with good views on them.
    Quote Originally Posted by takai View Post
    I have an older UniMig and it is great, not as much adjustment as the newer ones though, which can be a pain at times.
    Thanks lads. Bought it from Hare and Forbes, should be here in a few weeks.

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    It's here.

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    Some assembly later.

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    Now, getting a small bottle (E sized?) from Bunnings. As I do not have a ute, do they deliver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizone View Post
    It's here.

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    Some assembly later.

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    Now, getting a small bottle (E sized?) from Bunnings. As I do not have a ute, do they deliver?
    Psst. Its inert. Just stick it in the boot.

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