soutthpaw wrote: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
Hey man thank you for your honest input! Sounds like I'm going to get the AHP, I appriciate all feedback and thank y'all for the help!