Thinking about upgrading the garage with a plasma cutter and tig welder. Anyone have any experience with these two?? Has decent reviews recently. Will be used for mainly restoration work on my 'Bird. Seems like a nice kit.
Knowing Eastwood like Sears doesn't make anything I would research who actually makes it. Then I would figure out what it will cost you ion lost features compared to the actual price when buying directly from the manufacturer.
I might add I have owned in my old auto shop a Miller TIG welder and a Lincoln stick welder and a Hobart MIG welder none of which I bought new. I checked with local welders as to which worked best for my limited needs (I wasn't a full time fabricator) and solicited their help in finding a good used one in the area. I was lucky in that my shop was a bench racing center, and I had a lot of guys with many skills wandering through the shop every evening. So I could either trade labor on a car repair or upgrade in a Quid Pro Quo arrangement. Todays welders are more computer that mechanical so I don't know if that advise still holds.
As far as all in one units go this one is a good one and is made in the US.
It doesn't have a plasma cutter but I never owned one. I used an older technology in the form of the first plasma cutter called an Acetylene torch most of my life, and I got by though it required a lot more welding. To cut bar stock I used a Milwaukee Tool friction disc cut off miter saw (aka a hot saw compared to the better cold saw).
Hi Mark, I went through the same thought process with the plasma and tig combo. Kept reading over and over, all the bad reviews made skeptical about servicing if ever the need arises. I kept looking and my pocket kept on cringing. I finally came to the Hobart website and found refurbished units. Factory Refurbished HOBART AirForce 250ci Plasma Cutter - Hobart Welding Products
I just checked and they are in stock, $599. Plus the shipping and handling. I am just a hobbyist and didn't need a bigger unit. It runs on 110, and has a generous length on the ground and torch cables, best of all it has it's own compressor.I am very happy with mine. As for the tig, I'm still looking, but I refuse to buy anything I can't get serviced locally.
I personally do not like multi process machines , the best machine right now on the market that is affordable is the ahp alpha tig 200. the machine has ac/dc with frequency and pulse, it even comes with a foot pedal. Ahp has a us based company in california to send the machine to in case it needs repairs. The machine has 200 reviews and is 4 1/2 stars, there 2015 model had 4 1/2 stars and had 500 or so reviws. Make sure that if you get one, get the 2016 model that has better features + its $710 shipped to your door. https://www.amazon.com/AHP-AlphaTIG-...=ahp+alpha+tig
Mark, Keep an eye on your local Craigslist. Also check with your local welding supply houses. They sometimes come up with units that were in for repair but never picked up or units that were traded, show specials, etc. I've seen welders at pawn shops.
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