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Just started...and loving it.

Postby terrycook » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:53 pm

Hello all,

Just retired (sort of) from a 30+ year real estate development career and returning to my first interest of sculpture from my college days. I always wanted to weld metal art but figured I'd be dead before I could support a family as a struggling artist. So, now my chance to reconnect with an earlier passion.

I'm loving the learning part...but sometimes frustrated with stupid mistakes like burning through metal and not understanding settings on my Lincoln 140 HD MIG welder. From what I've watched in videos, I think TIG looks fun. Anyone have any advice on even starting down that path and if so what machines are recommended?

I appreciate everyone's advice and look forward to learning.

Terry
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby Mike » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:10 am

Welcome to the forum, Terry.
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby terrycook » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:32 pm

Thanks Mike--looking forward to advice and ideas.
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby Artie F. Emm » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:35 pm

Welcome, Terry! Which TIG machine... a lot depends on what you plan to do with it. Aluminum will require an AC machine, for instance. Your budget will also drive the answer. I've heard the AHP AlphaTIG 200 is a full featured AC DC machine for a good price. Haven't used one, myself, so i can't speak with any knowledge. If i had to replace my machine i'd consider that one, FWIW. Let us know how it goes!
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby terrycook » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:58 pm

Thanks Dave. I checked it out and it's within budget. So is the Everlast Welding PowerI-TIG 200T TIG which I've heard of. Do you know anyone using either? Jody at Welding Tips and Tricks has mentioned it in several videos as a very reliable welder. I believe uses it himself as well. I just don't want to get something that you have to send to China for parts. Thoughts?
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby Poland308 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:30 pm

Everything has parts from China. Just buy the best you can afford. I almost bought the AHP myself. Only thing that kept me from it was the shipping time, when I wanted to order it was on back order. They look real solid.
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Re: Just started...and loving it.

Postby Artie F. Emm » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:56 pm

terrycook wrote:So is the Everlast Welding PowerI-TIG 200T TIG which I've heard of. Do you know anyone using either? Jody at Welding Tips and Tricks has mentioned it in several videos as a very reliable welder. I believe uses it himself as well. I just don't want to get something that you have to send to China for parts. Thoughts?


I have an Everlast TIG and used to hang out a lot on the Everlast forum. That 200 DX (now 200 DV, for dual voltage) was a favorite among users. If that's on your list, you may be able to game the system a bit by buying from Home Depot and using the "free ship to store" function to save a few bucks. Also, these machines are tested at the factory so dead-on-arrival machines are rare, but sudden death after a few hours of operation can occur. I've heard if you buy from Home Deep you can return for an exchange much easier.
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