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AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby OlMacWelder907 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:52 pm


I was wondering if any of you might have some recommendations for a good beginners AC TIG machine for aluminum that would be good for using in my garage at home. Thanks!
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby Mike » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:37 am

907, welcome to the forum.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby cj737 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:42 am

For the money, a DIY hobby shop will be pretty well served with an Alpha or Everest brand TIG box. A 200 amp machine is the lowest I'd buy, and be sure to have 220/230v power available in your garage.

There are many other brands that offer a low price box like Lincoln SquareWave 200 that is a very good box. But generally speaking the other 2 come in for less $ for the same capabilities.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby Oscar » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:53 am

HTP Invertig 221. Best bang for the buck AC/DC tig welder.

This machinist guy I follow on youtube just got one and made a pretty cool video.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby Danylo66 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:27 pm

I have one of the less expensive machines. It works fine for a less expensive machine. It's not an AC machine, but for most things it does okay. If you plan on buying a machine once then spend the money wisely. If you are not relying on it to make you a living, then most will do well. I have found that the more expensive machines, are capable,e of longer periods of welding at one time. The cheaper machines will get the job done. I have a Harbour Freight Stick/Tig welder, that I borrowed from a friend to try. It's an old model. But believe it or not it is just fine for tig welding. Good luck.

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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby bowleggid » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:34 pm

Hi OlMac - I'm not sure how much you want to spend, but once you get started with a machine, it's nice to have some extra $ around to use on gas lenses, cups, etc. Following a recommendation from a friend that makes a living with a TIG machine, I recently purchased the Lincoln Square Wave TIG 200 for $1400 delivered, from Indiana Oxygen Co.'s online store (they had the best price & free shipping.) For the money, it has plenty of bells & whistles -- Pulse, AC Balance & Frequency adjustments -- and once you get used to the post flow (auto-set at 1 sec. per 10 amps) it's really nice. It comes with a #17 (3 series) air cooled torch, which is very easy to find accessories for online. I've had mine since Feb. and have really enjoyed learning how to use all its capabilities. Jody has some good videos in which he uses a SW200, too.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby ldbtx » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:56 pm

I like my AlphaTIG 200x. Mine's a couple years old. The new ones have more features such as wider pulse range and such. Good solid machine and a hell of a deal for the money.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:10 pm

Everlast all the way man the 185dv is a good starter. Not much goes on with 3/32 tungsten over 180 amps and with the built in 1hz and 50hz pulse setting its easy to get a good looking aluminum bead going early in the game.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby nelson » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:53 pm

Everlasting 164. No probs, pumping out work.
Haven't tried it for plasma cut or stick, just tig so far.
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Re: AC TIG Machine for use in home garage

Postby Warrenh » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:07 pm

I weld aluminum all day. My home machine is a squarewave 200. 3 year warranty comes out to 500 bucks a year for the machine and its Lincoln. I looked at off brands but couldnt pull the trigger.

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