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TIG Welders

Discussion in 'Tools & Garage' started by old-git, 19 February 2013.

  1. old-git

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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.
     
  2. T9 man

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  3. old-git

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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?
     
  6. T9 man

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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 [​IMG]
     
  7. old-git

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    That would be great, T9, thanks.
     
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  8. old-git

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    Right, had a bit of a read and now think that I need to spend at least £1000 :-(
     
  9. Country Bumpkin

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    I have a TIG, unfortunately it's 3 phase and will go on ebay one day.
     
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  11. old-git

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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 :)
     
  12. HDi fun

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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?
     
  13. old-git

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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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  15. HDi fun

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    thanks
     
  16. stamford

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    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.
     
  17. old-git

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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 :)
     
  18. old-git

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    TIG welder and stand ordered :) Now I need to get an Argon gas bottle and some filler rods.
     
  19. T9 man

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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 :)
     
  20. old-git

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    TIG welder and stand ordered :) Now I need to get an Argon gas bottle and some filler rods.
     

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