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PostPosted: December 5, 2016, 9:37 am 
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I've been wanting a TIG machine for a while to complement my Horrible Fright MIG machine. It's not something I need, but something I want.
Yesterday I almost pulled the trigger on the 165 amp Horrible Fright kit. Talked it over with Wifey Dearest and she suggested I do a little more shopping and research, so I came back to Briggs build log to see what he bought.
Once I started comparing the Alpha TIG was definitely on the short list and I was ready to add it to the shopping cart when...
Up popped another window from Eastwood.
[url]http://www.eastwood.com/tig200acdc-53012.html?
fee=7&fep=53012&SRCCODE=CSE00030&zmam=82563393&zmac=10&zmap=20565&zmas=1[/url]

The 200 amp AC/DC dual voltage unit complete with foot pedal, regulator, multiple collets, and a starter pack of consumables. With free shipping.

Decision made, Eastwood machine is on the way.

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PostPosted: December 5, 2016, 11:24 am 
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It looks pretty nice. I'm in the same position as you. I'd like to have a capable TIG machine (I have a small, steel-only, scratch-start, Thermal Arc 95s) so I can then do aluminum and much thinner sheet metal. But, cost is a big factor in deciding if I'll pull the trigger on buying.

I'm definitely leaning towards the unit Briggs bought if it goes on a significant promo this Christmas. I wonder who makes the Eastwood unit? The company Briggs bought from appears to be very good with customer support and warranty items, and that's a big factor too in the long term.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: December 5, 2016, 11:54 am 
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Tommy,
I've got the Eastwood TIG 200, and I'm very happy with it. Two items that I've added, which made an improvement: a gas lens kit (off Ebay from one of the many Chinese welding suppliers; exactly the same as Eastwood's) and a ball type flow meter/regulator. I saw a good reduction in Argon consumption.
These days, if I can weld something on the welding table, I use the TIG; it has become my first choice. For out of position welding, and stuff like the trailer, or a driveway gate, I still like the MIG.
Congrats. :cheers:

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PostPosted: December 5, 2016, 12:28 pm 
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I've got the same welder, I'm very pleased with it, though I have had an issue with the hose for the torch. It's split in two places, and sourcing one locally isn't that easy. If I was in the states it would be easier.

Other than that, I wish I had picked one up sooner, I much prefer TIG welding over MIG.


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PostPosted: December 5, 2016, 9:37 pm 
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My TIG - Old reliable! Hand wound transformer,
Dishwasher, and clothes washer parts
plus some goodies from the industrial controls department.

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I want to add to it a finger trigger on the torch,
and a Spot weld timer.

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PostPosted: December 7, 2016, 12:30 pm 
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There's a welder in there? It looks like the controls off an old electric chair. And, you say you can weld with it? More power to ya! :thmbsup: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: December 7, 2016, 3:44 pm 
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Another thing to consider if doing constant welding is duty cycle, especially welding aluminum because you really need to bump up the amperage. At work I run a Miller and it is very consistent. At home I bought a $300 Lotos welder and it is a bit like a child; some days it is well behaved but other days just doesn't want to cooperate. But, with $300 you can still lay down some nice beads, even with thicker material like the sump in the photo


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PostPosted: December 7, 2016, 4:23 pm 
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Nice work on the sump.

This machine shows a 60% duty cycle at max output, so I'm hopeful it will do everything I want.

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TooBusy wrote:
Nice work on the sump.

This machine shows a 60% duty cycle at max output, so I'm hopeful it will do everything I want.


For .125" alloy I run mine at 200amps and control it with the foot pedal. Mine at 60% duty will hold at least 30mins non stop no trouble


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Ewcarb wrote:
TooBusy wrote:
Nice work on the sump.

This machine shows a 60% duty cycle at max output, so I'm hopeful it will do everything I want.


For .125" alloy I run mine at 200amps and control it with the foot pedal. Mine at 60% duty will hold at least 30mins non stop no trouble


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Congrats on the Tig200 buy. I have the same machine and love it.

I have the stubby gas lens kit from welding tips and tricks and I also recommend the ball gas regulator.

I feel the machine runs best on 2% lanthinated tungsten (think that's what it came with)

I highly recommend getting some extra Argon and putting in some good aluminum bead time. I'm not sure if i notice much on the cleaning action (Clearance knob) but i keep it cranked all the way left AC welding aluminum.

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I knew nothing about welding when I started this project. Still don't know much. Found out I couldn't see well enough to do a decent job with MIG so my welding was done by a second party. He had a nice MillerMatic, a 200 I think, and he and it did what I thought was a great job. But one day I was picking up a tank of gas at the local welding supply shop. On their counter they had some beer cans that had been cut apart and welded back together with a TIG. First time knowing that I was looking at TIG welds. I was very impressed.

So bottom line to this diatribe is that I think that you are really going to like the TIG. Congratulations Tommy.

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Usaweld.com love this site!!

http://www.usaweld.com/Eastwood-TIG-Tor ... gtorch.htm

Go ahead and buy the 12' flex head torch. I can almost guarantee the torch that comes with it will be crap. They also carry a very nice regulator that has been great. They sell gas lens kits as well as pryex kits if you want to be fancy.

Go ahead and wire up 220 in the garage. Your power bill will thank you and you'll be able to use all 200amps when you get ready to start welding aluminum.

I would go ahead and grab some scrap pieces of aluminum and get decent at it. Once you get good with aluminum everything else will be cake.

How much did you pay for that unit?

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Also be careful when welding aluminum for a long time. With a gas cooled torch you'll burn it up in no time. I'm working on making a water cooler to go with mine.

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stuie84 wrote:
Congrats on the Tig200 buy. I have the same machine and love it.

I have the stubby gas lens kit from welding tips and tricks and I also recommend the ball gas regulator.

I feel the machine runs best on 2% lanthinated tungsten (think that's what it came with)

I highly recommend getting some extra Argon and putting in some good aluminum bead time. I'm not sure if i notice much on the cleaning action (Clearance knob) but i keep it cranked all the way left AC welding aluminum.

-STu


2 percent (red) is for carbon and stainless steel. 100 percent (green) is for aluminum.

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