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Re: Home welder

Postby Farmwelding » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:52 pm

Jackstrw68 wrote:I found a lincoln squarewave 175 for 1k $ online. That seems like a pretty good machine. Any experience with it?

It is a solid tig machine but if you want to do a lot of work on trucks I would say get a mig welder first. In not for sure but you can probably stick weld with the squarewave.
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Re: Home welder

Postby Jackstrw68 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:54 pm

Maybe ill just save a litte more for the squarewave 200 and that will do tig and stick. And eventually get a hobart mig unit. The thing is i alreadybhave some projects in mind that require aluminum so id kinda like to dive right in. I tend to over analyze purchases like this way to much, i just like to get the most for my money
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Re: Home welder

Postby Farmwelding » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:09 pm

When you spend over a thousand dollars on One thing you should think it through. Sqaurwave-more amps, good stick, some AC controls for only a little more. Good machine for tig and stick so you can do some fab with DC tig and stick instead of mig for awhile.
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Re: Home welder

Postby Granddaddy » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:34 pm

Jack, in your price range and with the functions you want you are probably looking at AHP or maybe Everlast unless you want to get down to something along the lines of Lotos.
I had an AHP AlphaTig 200 and it didn't go well for me and after that I decided a true ac/dc multi process machine wasn't in my budget so I have a Lincoln 180 mig machine w/ spool gun, a Lincoln square wave 200 and my old faithful Lincoln 225 AC.
I am still looking at other machines and talking to folks about theirs and if your not hung up on AC tig you might want to research the ESAB Rebel 215 IC. you can dc tig with it but no ac but you can get your aluminum welding done with a spool gun, the total cost with the spool gun will put you around 1700 bucks.

I had some issues with the stick function of the square wave at first but I guess it was the rods because since then it has done well for me, I used it Saturday to build a stair hand rail and it ran smooth as silk.

I understand wanting an all in one but for our resources I don't think it is out there yet so I would suggest making up your mind which process is most important to you and start looking from there, I personally feel like if you are only going to have one machine for garage type work and light fab you will be happier with a mig/fcaw machine with a spool gun for your aluminum work.

good luck and I look forward to seeing what you decide on.

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Re: Home welder

Postby Poland308 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:55 pm

I use a combo of thermal arc 186 and a Lincoln 210 mp at home. At work it's all miller. I use the thermal arc for almost all my AC/DC tig and stick.
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Re: Home welder

Postby Jackstrw68 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:21 am

Grandaddy, thanks for the advice. Yeah im definitely the type where I try to get the most out of my purchase and I didn't realize till I looked that I can't get everything I want in one machine. I'm sure I'd probably use MIG slot, as that's what I learned on and use at work. I'm still mulling my options and will post when I decide. Poland308, how do you like the thermal arc 186? Build quality, reliability? Im debating between a Tweco fabricator 211i or Hobart handler 210mvp then getting a ac Tig down the line
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Re: Home welder

Postby Poland308 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:51 pm

I like it. I've burnt about a 100# of stick various types. Done enough tig bouncing back and forth between ac or dc to change my 125 cf cylinder 5 times. Did some heavy aluminum cast repair with the machine maxed out. Got the 26 torch to hot to hold but never have tripped the overload. I run it off a 30 amp breaker and I've never tripped that either. Mind that it's 220v. No 110v. Got a watercooled 20 flex now but still run the torch it came with. I didn't like the adjustable thumb wheel that's built into the handle. It was inconcistant. Now I need to buy the pedal separate. I'd recommend the version with the foot pedal or just plan on upgrading the torch to a CK with one of there thumb wheels. I like the pulse feature it has a lot of range on the adjustments and good arc starts even on the low end. Almost every setting is adjustable. I'm so used to scratch start at work I mostly use the momentary switch setup for 2T.
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