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:eek:nfire: http://www.x20.org/industrial/tigpulse100.htm :eek:nfire: ......I ran into this the other night while pricing TIG welders .. europe seems to have had these for years over there,and so it seems it filtering our way ....any input on this would be nice ... seems it works on household current and the amperage is right on for welding up receivers and brakes .... :thankyou:
 

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I checked out the site, that machine will not do Aluminum. It also looks like it does not have a start cycle. I have used tig and I am stuck on Lincoln. That said, the Miller Econotig looks like a good machine. I would look for a foot controller, parts and acces. availability, etc. I realize the Lincoln and Miller are twice as much as the one listed, but they do so much more. It all depends on how much and how you want to use it. I am into Harleys as well as scuba diving (who would have guessed) but with those interests, the more versitile machine is the way to go for me. That said, there is nothing like tig welding. It is hands and feet over everything else. Good luck, Jack
 

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One of the most important TIG accessories is the HIGH FREQUENCY option. The foot switch is really nice, too. unfortunately, that puts this well beyond the budget. I guess I have champagne taste with a kool-aid wallet. I am fortunate enough to have a nice big Miller TIG at work that I have access to, but barrelled receivers are out. Don't think the ladies in the stock room would feel comfortable seeing that... *****es.
 

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my new machine will do aluminum, but honestly I wonder if I will actualy weld aluminum more than a few times in my life. If it cost $1000 more to do aluminum ,,, well that is a lot of trips to a local weld shop. yes high freq. is much better, but with practise you can get good enough with w lift arc. I have to admit I did upgrade to get the high freq. and the machine came with AC too. but I could have lived with the lift arc if I had to.
in my oppinion the foot switch is only worth a nickel if it is set up for remote amps, some are just on/off.
 

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HF has their Inverter on sale for $199.00 now. Of course it won't weld aluminum and it is a scratch start.
 

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I do not see how you can miss for that price.. I tell you what BUY IT , give it an HONEST shot, then tell us what you think. if you realy do not like it or cant get used to it just return it. I had a strike arc typ for a short time and it was prety easy to get used to.
 

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I do not see how you can miss for that price.. I tell you what BUY IT , give it an HONEST shot, then tell us what you think. if you realy do not like it or cant get used to it just return it. I had a strike arc typ for a short time and it was prety easy to get used to.
Although I am out of town for another week or so, I sniffed out a Harbor Freight and purchased the $199.00 TIG welder. It is stuffed behind the seat of my truck. I don't know what else I will need (except a bottle of argon and some filler rods). I don't even know how to use it. Only have welded with MIG and Stick.....poorly at that.
 

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Tig is easier than sticks or mig. get some 2% thoriated tungstens and some mild alloy rod to practice with. A good gold reflective glass also helps. All you need is a steady hand to make a puddle and feed in the rod slowly. I am in SF also, if you need help getting started let me know.
 

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Tig is easier than sticks or mig. get some 2% thoriated tungstens and some mild alloy rod to practice with. A good gold reflective glass also helps. All you need is a steady hand to make a puddle and feed in the rod slowly. I am in SF also, if you need help getting started let me know.
I am in Palm Beach County...I may take you up on the offer to get me started.
 

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Tig is easier than MIG? That's good to hear. My problem, and I'm surely a newbie, is being able to see the puddle when MIG welding. More practice.
 

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Tig is a lot easier and more controlable than mig. With mig the wire keeps coming, with tig you make a puddle and feed in the rod as you go. you can see the puddle and take your time.
 

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you will see the puddel clearly with TIG. just the fact that you know to look for the puddel tels me you will do fine. I honestly suggest you try it on practise material at lease three times, not three welds but three times. practise for at least 1/2 hour then STOP go back the next day or so and try again for 1/2 hour or so and again a third time. by the third time you will be dooing fine I know it. you will find you have total controll, you can change heat with arc length, and amps , along with the fill rod, it will take up heat. you can shoot arc directly into the part or shoot it through the fill rod.

vary the heat during EACH practise session to get a feel. turn it up too high and too low , that way you will be familiar and know when it is wrong later. get totaly familiar. all of a sudden it will all come togeather. do not get frustrated at first.
ps you will have only ONE puddel with TIG NOT a flux puddel and a metal puddel. sometimes the flux puddel covers the metal puddel with other welding typs, it will be very clear with tig. CONGRATS on your purchase!!! you will love TIG , I know it
 

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I am looking forward to getting home and trying it out on some scrap...then on to my Sten kit!!!!!!!
 

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PLEASE get enough practise BEFORE you go to a kit part!!!! make shure you practise on material the same thickness JUST BEFORE you start on your kit part. this way you will have the amps just ware you need when you start. and hopefully no oops.
 

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Great info. Thanks. I was observing my buddy TIG in a panel addition to a instrument panel the other day. It's so much easier to observe than MIG. I must get a chance to try TIG, after I get more MIG welding practice in.
 

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I am looking forward to getting home and trying it out on some scrap...then on to my Sten kit!!!!!!!
Just curious how your new Tig Welder shook out. I'm looking at one just like it but I want to know how well it works first.
 

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same here,need lots of info!!!:)
I have some experience with mig/arc/gas but I have never tried TIG and it sounds like the way to go for rails laser cut flats etc.
 

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TIG is the only way to go for builds, MIG is for truck bodies and other fab work. There is a lot of spatter and tou yan't control how much metal you are applying. flux core is even worse with the slag, it's no better than stick.
 
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