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Affordable welder worth it?

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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby exnailpounder » Sat May 13, 2017 8:09 am

weldin mike 27 wrote:Phillips head or flat head?

I don't remember...what day is this? :( I saw 2 keyboards last night or I would have been here to gladly help derail another thread :lol:
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Poland308 » Sat May 13, 2017 8:13 am

cj737 wrote:
Poland308 wrote:I believe he uses the TORX.
FTFY ;)


It was intentional. I.e. I'm going to the bar to get torqued
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Oscar » Sat May 13, 2017 9:25 am

exnailpounder wrote:Sooooo...I almost pulled the trigger on Eastwoods 250 amp tig welder but I rarely tig anything that thick to use that many amps. I would trust Eastwood.


Eastwood doesn't sell a 250A "dedicated" tig welder under their brand name. Might wanna go easy on the booze :lol:

They have the multi-process units, but those always leave something to be desired in the TIG department.
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby exnailpounder » Sat May 13, 2017 10:39 am

Oscar wrote:
exnailpounder wrote:Sooooo...I almost pulled the trigger on Eastwoods 250 amp tig welder but I rarely tig anything that thick to use that many amps. I would trust Eastwood.


Eastwood doesn't sell a 250A "dedicated" tig welder under their brand name. Might wanna go easy on the booze :lol:

They have the multi-process units, but those always leave something to be desired in the TIG department.

Hey...you have an Eastwood plasma cutter...what say you about them? I saw a 250 amp machine in one of their catalogs and thought it was a tig. Interesting that they don't have that 250 amp model in their brick and mortar...at least no the last time I was there....or I was hangin and missed it...that's always a possibility :lol:
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Brettmm92 » Sat May 13, 2017 10:28 pm

Does anyone have any other recommendations for affordable multi-process welders out there?
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Farmwelding » Sun May 14, 2017 12:06 am

Brettmm92 wrote:Does anyone have any other recommendations for affordable multi-process welders out there?

Powermig 210mp-beaten to death by thousands of people and almost 100% running strong unless they completely destroyed it. And Lincoln product so parts and ease of access to customer service like through your LWS. Especially if they have a rebate going on. I know a lot of people have them and love them. A similar model is the Miller multimatic 215 which cost a little more but is a lbout the same only blue. I've also heard esab makes a really good multiprocess that id like try out sometime. But overall, 210mp is my recommendation.
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Brettmm92 » Sun May 14, 2017 2:46 pm

I used to think those lincolns where really cheap until I found out about the eastwood. And from quickly reading the specs I don't find much of a difference excvept the eastwood is half the price. If the lincoln or miller "budget" multiprocess machine had AC I would think of them as better than the eastwood but on paper, as far as I can see they have specs too similar to not take a chance on the eastwood
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Re: Affordable welder worth it?

Postby Otto Nobedder » Sun May 14, 2017 4:48 pm

Brettmm92 wrote:Does anyone have any other recommendations for affordable multi-process welders out there?


Everlast has delayed the release of their new MP machine to make some refinements (which likely translates to "work out bugs"), but it's supposed to stick/MIG/AC/DC TIG. If I remember the original specs right, it's 250A on everything but stick, which is 200A.

I'm not sure how "affordable" you'll find it, with a proposed price point of $2500, but if it has all the features of the 255EXor EXT, and doesn't compromise on the MIG function for it, it's quite reasonable for the capabilities.

I'm going to have to bug Oleg again, and see if they've set a new release date. My boss would like to have one in his home shop.

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