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    Basic tig welder?

    Are those basic tig welders for around $350ish from the likes of Sydney tools/total tools/gasweld any good?
    Don't need to do aluminum.


    #2
    Look for something with HF start, pre and post flow control, also 2T/4T, the ability to control ramp and ramp down of current (not sure if thats the right term). I reckon for $500-600 you'll find something.

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      #3
      https://www.boc.com.au/shop/en/au/we...r-bocdc185-1-p

      ive got one of these for sale , used once for stick welding a diff

      $400
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        #4
        I don't know shit, but I understand it's pretty important to be able to control by either foot or finger knob ( current or amps ?). I think when I finally dip my toe into TIG welding I'm going to want a welder that helps me do it better rather than is short of valuable features.
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          #5
          I've never found the need to control the amps when welding with DC. The kemppi tigs at work don't even have finger control, just the on/off on the torch. You can control your amperage through downslope so when you let go it will automatically ramp down the amps for whatever amount of seconds you set it to, handy with gaps or when it gets to hot, most middle range machines should have this feature.

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            #6
            Also just because you buy a welder with lots of knobs and features doesn't mean it's going to make you a good welder.

            Back in the old days it was scratch start and you controlled you gas through a manual valve on the torch, you adjusted your current through a chock mechanism (like the cheapo transformer welders bunnings sell or used to sell)

            Aluminium was specialised and required the addition of a high frequency box.

            Yet quality welds still were produced.

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              #7
              If you intend to weld non-ferrous, you'll need a AC/DC machine accompanied by a foot pedal.
              Having use the cheap sub $500 machines, I suggest you spend $1000+ on a good name brand AC/DC unit.
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                #8
                He said in his first post he doesn't need to do aluminium.

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                  #9
                  I've gotta say, personally, defeats the purpose of a TIG. That versatility.

                  The day will come, no matter how long, when you will need or want to, and will kick yourself not being able to.

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                    #10
                    You know I was cleaning out the shed at mum's and found a 'cheap' Chinese tig I bought years ago which I forgot about.
                    I used it to weld up some intercooler pipes, worked quite well.
                    And now I remember why I forgot I put it away.
                    First time I went to use the stick function on it a big puff of smoke came out of it. Unplugged it, put it back in the box and didn't touched it since.

                    Might see if the tig function still works on it.

                    It's a WSME200.

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                      #11
                      bumping this up. Looking for a tig that can do alloy, stainless, steel, titanium (maybe). its for home use so i was thinking a package deal with some consumables and a small table might make sense like this >> https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K016b8

                      im targeting around 2k but will spend a bit extra if the features justify it. open to suggestions?
                      Originally posted by gerry;n7288577
                      having done my fair share of snorting white powder, made by a bikie in a garage, off a dirty cistern in a night club, means I find the argument about not knowing whats in the vaccine slightly perplexing.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by fly510 View Post
                        bumping this up. Looking for a tig that can do alloy, stainless, steel, titanium (maybe). its for home use so i was thinking a package deal with some consumables and a small table might make sense like this >> https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K016b8

                        im targeting around 2k but will spend a bit extra if the features justify it. open to suggestions?
                        Your link is dead. But if its the Viper 185 kit, then that is a DC only TIG, and wont do AC for Alloy.

                        There is a long thread on AC TIGs in Fabrication: https://performanceforums.com/forums...heaper-cig-fyi
                        Chris
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                          #13
                          weird that link didnt work. option 2 is this >> https://www.totaltools.com.au/173136...bundle-pk11021

                          thanks for the link i had a read but also keen to get anymore recent points of view.
                          Originally posted by gerry;n7288577
                          having done my fair share of snorting white powder, made by a bikie in a garage, off a dirty cistern in a night club, means I find the argument about not knowing whats in the vaccine slightly perplexing.

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                            #14
                            Razor is a decent machine, pretty standard. Lots of people in that thread have it.

                            I went with the SWS: https://swswelding.com.au/collection...-dc-tig-welder

                            But at the time it was cheaper than the Razor.
                            Chris
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                            The MX5 Noujet (its up market) | The Hilux Complete Nugget
                            I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. - D.H.Lawrence

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by fly510 View Post
                              bumping this up. Looking for a tig that can do alloy, stainless, steel, titanium (maybe). its for home use so i was thinking a package deal with some consumables and a small table might make sense like this >> https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K016b8

                              im targeting around 2k but will spend a bit extra if the features justify it. open to suggestions?
                              What I use -

                              https://www.totaltools.com.au/138201...erter-w1008205

                              And then get the pedal to go with it.

                              Done.

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