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Old 03-17-2021, 06:23 PM
dspender dspender is offline
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Default welding

Unrelated to our RVs, but I'm going to be doing to metal welding, tubular fuselage. Looking for suggestions regarding a welder (presuming I would use a TIG welder), make if there are better ones out there, and characteristics or capabilities I should look for in that welder.
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Old 03-17-2021, 06:38 PM
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Default Tig Welder

Check out CK WorldWide

I’m very happy with mine. Has a nice operating range. I found out about this unit from a friend of mine that is a certified welder.
Jerry Roeder
C150 N222PA at 02C
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Old 03-17-2021, 06:51 PM
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Lincoln Electric typically offers a very nice deal on a good TIG welder to anyone taking their 2 hr. class at EAA Airventure. I suspect they will repeat this again this year. So if you are planning to attend and can wait until the end of July . . .

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Old 03-17-2021, 07:25 PM
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I’ve got an Everlast MTS Lightning 225 multi-process machine. It does MIG, Stick, and AC/DC TIG. If you think you’ll only do steel TIG, then I’d go with a single process DC TIG machine from Everlast or Lincoln. Miller IMO is the gold standard and ESAB is up there too, but your gonna pay a premium for those 2 brands.

The other thing to consider is the level of control. The cheaper (and/older) machines will be analog. As you move up in price the controls are digital which offer more precise parameter control and often more include more features.
Todd "I drink and know things" Stovall
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Old 03-17-2021, 07:35 PM
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I love my Miller Syncrowave.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:10 PM
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Default Go with made in USA

I’d stick with either Miller or Lincoln. Both built in the U.S. and have parts and service available. I had a welding welding supply and warranty service center and had a lot of people bring in the imported welders for repair. Parts weren’t available.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:26 PM
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Default welding

Unless you are exceptional, welding is a skill that takes quite a while to learn.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:23 PM
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If you plan to attend Oshkosh this year, stop in at the Lincoln and Miller booth and check on the show demo machines. Several years ago I purchased a Miller Dynasty 200 DX that was used as a demo for the week. Machine had very hours hours and was available at the end of the show at a significant discount with a new warranty.
Don Pansier
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:47 PM
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Check out primeweld 225.
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Old 03-18-2021, 06:34 AM
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I'm not a pro welder by ay means but I did quite a bit as a youngster with stick, then I discovered tig which is so much nicer. A few years back I decided to get a new welder to hone my skills and play around with in my spare time. I first picked up one of the Lincoln 'hobby' tig/mig sets at Osh for a great deal, but after using the tig for a while I was not really happy with it so I sold it and got the Miller Dynasty 210 water cooled. The Miller was about 4x the price of the Lincoln but operation superior in every way. Miller is still the benchmark standard for welding equipment. Small torches with water cooling is the only way to go if you're doing a project like a tube airframe.
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