I have a $90 HF fluxcore machine and a TIG welder, The mig with gas sheild is sorta in the middle. Learning to TIG is time consuming, tig welding is time consuming but you end up with nice work, not always stronger, but nicer. I wouldnt recomend a TIG. I would suggest a MIG with with gas. And keep some .030 tips and a roll of innershield laying around for those time you run out of gas
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Looking for some opinions from you guys. I've been wanting a welder for years now and as always i'm having trouble pulling the trigger on one.
From everything i've read, mig welders are easy but if you really want to learn, a tig machine is what you want. A tig welder will also be able to work with thicker and different kinds of material.
Do you think i'm better off finding something on craigslist, buying a HF vulcan machine or maybe Eastwood?
The choice between a MIG and a TIG is the easy one. Do you intend to weld aluminum and stainless more than once in a blue moon? If yes you want a TIG welder, if No you want a MIG.
Secondly, stay well away from HF welders. People have had success with them but you will soon realize there inherent downfalls. The Eastwood, Everlast, and AHP welders are all very good quality for the hobbyist and even outdo a lot of the smaller "name brand" stuff. I personally use the Eastwood MIG 135/ TIG 200 at my home shop but I have welded with the Everlast and AHP and have no qualms with either.
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For a cheap tig, the Eastwood and AHP machines are great, i have the AHP200 and couldnt ask for anything else out of it. The stick mode at 200amps is enough to weld broken farm equipment/plows/mowers etc, and the tig can step down enough to weld razor blades together. It has all the features you'll ever need.
In terms of Mig i own and id recommend a Hobart handler 140. Dead reliable, and easy to get parts for if you never need to change liners/spools etc.