TIG Welders

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Thinking of buying a TIG welder but know very little about them apart from it has to be able to use both AC and DC and have a square wave pattern.

Anyone out there know about these things and can recommend anything? Not looking for a cheap 'Halfords' hobby solution but can't afford an all singing/all dancing 'professional' unit. Ideally below £500.
 

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Unfortunately not, Oz. It is only produces DC and you need AC to weld aluminium, but thanks for looking.
 

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Thanks again T9.

First one I think is still only DC.

The second one looks more like it but you forgot the VAT, so it is actually £737.90 :-(

If I have to spend that much, then so be it, but I would rather not. Anyone out there actually got a TIG welder?
 

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Sorry about that, I will ask one of my contractors who is a stainless steel kitchen manufacturer if he has any suggestions around your budget figure.

Happy TIG welding
 

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Thanks for that, Stamford. Not many buttons or dials, so that is good :)

Doesn't mention whether it is square sinewave or not.

The TIG you mention that you use is a little out of my price range :)
 

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You can't have a square sine wave. I'm going to look into this. I know nothing about welding. I can't do it. (I can cut pretty well with one but's not really the idea).

Is AC required so the machine can use pulse width modulation to control the arc temperature?
 

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AC is required as one one side of the pulse cleans and the other welds, apparently. AC "back and forth" cycle helps blow oxides off the weld pool.
 
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Just found this, Stamford:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eastwood-20...F8&qid=1361396144&sr=8-1-fkmr0#productDetails

It is actually sold by Frost for £599 including VAT delivered. On the face of it it looks like what I am after. Frost also do a welding cart for £52.50 which I think I would treat myself to.

What do you think?
The spec reads back as capable and has the capacity as similar higher specification units. If I were looking I would probably go for that, pity there are no reviews with that link.
 

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Thanks Stamford.

I have read reviews on the Eastwood site. Mostly positive but a few question its reliability. Only time can confirm that. I think I will take a chance as I will be buying from from a British company (Frost) I have an account with so there will be no trying to send it back to China :)
 

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You don't hang about OG :amazed: I thought you would still be trawling the reviews and then getting a 2nd opinion before you parted with your hard earned ;)

I hope it works out for you :)
 
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