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2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby cjohnson98 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:10 pm

I was looking to buy a welder for my house. I am a welding student at the moment but needed something affordable and reliable. The new AHP Alpha Tig is only 700 bucks. I was wondering if anyone has used this machine before and if it worth getting for at home use. I have read reviews on it and also many videos, im not really worried about the attachments (foot pedal, torch, ect.) because I will be replacing them or getting more anyway. All of the reviews I have read and the videos I have watched, it seems to be a good machine, not only for the price but as a welder in general. Any feedback would be great! Thank you!
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby ldbtx » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:17 am

I've got a 2015 model. I'm learning how to TIG with it. No grumbles, so far it's working as advertised. Seems to be a well constructed unit.
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby rick9345 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:21 am

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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby cjohnson98 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:07 am

Thank you for the feedback. I have been TIG welding for about a year and I can also weld aluminum. I learned, and am still learning, on a Miller Syncrowave 200. I think im just going to get the AHP just to get me started becuase the feedback on that machine sounds good!
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby Louie1961 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:17 pm

I owned an alphaTIG for a while and I am accused of being a hater. But honestly, my view is if you are going to replace all the accessories, you are probably better off buying an everlast unit instead. its going to cost you $150 for an SSC pedal, and around the same number for an upgraded torch. Now your into the unit for ~$1000 to $1100. I think there are better choices when you get to that price point. Also, My experience with the AlphaTIG was it was a horrible stick welder. That's the main reason I got rid of it.
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby cjohnson98 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:42 pm

Louie1961 wrote:I owned an alphaTIG for a while and I am accused of being a hater. But honestly, my view is if you are going to replace all the accessories, you are probably better off buying an everlast unit instead. its going to cost you $150 for an SSC pedal, and around the same number for an upgraded torch. Now your into the unit for ~$1000 to $1100. I think there are better choices when you get to that price point. Also, My experience with the AlphaTIG was it was a horrible stick welder. That's the main reason I got rid of it.


I was looking at the Everlast micro TIG 185 also but the AHP has pulse, and also more amps than the Everlast. Im not sure which one to go to!
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby Louie1961 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:44 pm

I have never owned or run an everlast, but it seems to me if you are replacing all the accessories anyway, the Powertig 200DX seems a better deal. It has hot start and arc force adjustment which will make it a better stick welder, comes with a nicer foot pedal, and a few other features that seem worth the extra money to me.
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby LtBadd » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:31 pm

cjohnson98 wrote:
Louie1961 wrote:I owned an alphaTIG for a while and I am accused of being a hater. But honestly, my view is if you are going to replace all the accessories, you are probably better off buying an everlast unit instead. its going to cost you $150 for an SSC pedal, and around the same number for an upgraded torch. Now your into the unit for ~$1000 to $1100. I think there are better choices when you get to that price point. Also, My experience with the AlphaTIG was it was a horrible stick welder. That's the main reason I got rid of it.


I was looking at the Everlast micro TIG 185 also but the AHP has pulse, and also more amps than the Everlast. Im not sure which one to go to!

You may want to compare the duty cycle of each unit.

"Duty cycle is a welding equipment specification which defines the number of minutes, within a 10 minute period, during which a given welder can safely produce a particular welding current. For example, a 150 amp. welder with a 30% duty cycle must be "rested" for at least 7 minutes after 3 minutes of continuous welding."
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby soutthpaw » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:54 am

Louie1961 wrote:I have never owned or run an everlast, but it seems to me if you are replacing all the accessories anyway, the Powertig 200DX seems a better deal. It has hot start and arc force adjustment which will make it a better stick welder, comes with a nicer foot pedal, and a few other features that seem worth the extra money to me.

The AHP has heavier stick and ground clamp leads as well as a better torch and pedal as far as build quality goes compared to the EX or EXT series Everlast machines. Unlike Louis I have used multiple Everlast machine and personally own a Powertig 185. Also have a 210ext here at my home right now.
I also happen to be a distributor for both brands. Though I rarely sell an Everlast machine. I much prefer the AHP200x for TIG unless you real need the 5 amp low end, advanced 4T with adjustable up and down slope, or the extended pulse to 500htz of the Everlast. The AHP was purposely designed with a larger transformer and moderate arc force to accelerate the ease of learning Stick welding with a lot less "sticking"

Louis is not telling you he bought a used broken AHP of Craigslist/eBay. then constantly complained until AHP gave him brand new welder free just to try and free themselves of his constant complaining. Then he sold it for $700 and spent $900 to buy 2 syncrowave machines used and then flipped one of them for $2000. Yet he continues on multiple forums to trash AHP TIG machines that have gone through multiple improvements from the version he had. On top of that he recommends a different brand as being better, yet he has never even used, let alone owned one.

Anyway, if Louis insists on constantly sharing his opinion I will continue to fill in the blanks he conveniently leaves in the story

I spent over a year testing AHP welders before I got involved with the brand as a distributor. For the money they are the best bang for the buck out there IMHO most customers find the current accessories and pedal perfectly fine and don't replace them. If we included a $160 SSC pedal and CK torch then the machine would be over $1000. That said the new Orange torch performs much better than the red hose one. Of which there are a couple versions of that as it was upgraded a few times. A new premium pedal is being designed now and should be available in a few months. Will be competitive with SSC from my understanding.

Let me know if you have anymore questions. I did post an extensive review here a while back, long before I was involved with them. There is also an extensive AHP owners there's over on WeldingWeb.com forums
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Re: 2016 AHP Alpha Tig

Postby soutthpaw » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:55 am

LtBadd wrote:
cjohnson98 wrote:
Louie1961 wrote:I owned an alphaTIG for a while and I am accused of being a hater. But honestly, my view is if you are going to replace all the accessories, you are probably better off buying an everlast unit instead. its going to cost you $150 for an SSC pedal, and around the same number for an upgraded torch. Now your into the unit for ~$1000 to $1100. I think there are better choices when you get to that price point. Also, My experience with the AlphaTIG was it was a horrible stick welder. That's the main reason I got rid of it.


I was looking at the Everlast micro TIG 185 also but the AHP has pulse, and also more amps than the Everlast. Im not sure which one to go to!

You may want to compare the duty cycle of each unit.

"Duty cycle is a welding equipment specification which defines the number of minutes, within a 10 minute period, during which a given welder can safely produce a particular welding current. For example, a 150 amp. welder with a 30% duty cycle must be "rested" for at least 7 minutes after 3 minutes of continuous welding."

You won't hit the duty cycle on the AHP. Trust me I've tried multiple times.
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