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Cheap TIG Welder

Okay, ive done a little bit of searching, but i figured some other guys on here have to be pro-welders, or into welding like i am....

Whats a good option for a cheap lower-amperage tig welder? Id like to be able to weld maybe 1/4" mild steel single pass if possible...

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Okay, ive done a little bit of searching, but i figured some other guys on here have to be pro-welders, or into welding like i am....

Whats a good option for a cheap lower-amperage tig welder? Id like to be able to weld maybe 1/4" mild steel single pass if possible...

Any thoughts?

Jake
Good question, I've never used a cheap tig. Then again there might be a reason for that

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Yeah yeah, theres an argument for the cheap vs expensive and high quality vs low quality im sure. Ive used a few cheaper TIG welders, but not a lot, mostly ive used nicer miller TIGs, but i only need something to fool around at home a bit here and there on projects ...

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only thing i ever used was a plasma cutter, but i was tought how to use it. when the job was over so was my welding life style.



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Miller Econotig

Awesome welder that can be had for about 1g if you look around. I had one for about 3 years and never had any reason to use anything else. Built several tube chassis and a lot of general fab and stainless. Has high frequency arc starter and some other nice features for the price. DC is awesome and very smooth, it'll do AC but not nearly as nicely as some welders I've used. Of course, this is much cheaper.

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Yeah yeah, theres an argument for the cheap vs expensive and high quality vs low quality im sure. Ive used a few cheaper TIG welders, but not a lot, mostly ive used nicer miller TIGs, but i only need something to fool around at home a bit here and there on projects ...

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did you check out ebay? I'd rather see you pick up a used Miller for cheap than something cheap

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Yeah, ive been poking around on ebay here and there ... ive got my eye on a few things ...

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only thing i ever used was a plasma cutter, but i was tought how to use it. when the job was over so was my welding life style.
dont' really know how a plasma cutter and a welder are one in the same but o well.. I do have both..

MM-Racing and I picked up a Lincoln TIG that was on ebay, the guy was up in wisconson so we could pick it up, we got it for a pretty good price, worth every penny.

if your looking for something "cheap" i woun't bother. if you need something welded up, just find a place that can do it for you.

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Screw that, if i cant weld it, i make it out of something i can weld LOL. Thats why im looking into a tig welder ... i had a friend mention a really functional cheap-end tig welder but hes off for military duty and i cant remember for the life of me what he said it was LOL

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gotta figure too if your gonna use the TIG more than just this time... make the investment. Its well worth it.

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Yeah, i do lots of welding projects for various reasons ... i wore out my old MIG welder when i was building small trailers, and my old Lincoln AC225 arc when i was building car trailers lol... theyve both since been replaced, ive never owned a plasma or a TIG though, so its something id like to have

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Yeah, i do lots of welding projects for various reasons ... i wore out my old MIG welder when i was building small trailers, and my old Lincoln AC225 arc when i was building car trailers lol... theyve both since been replaced, ive never owned a plasma or a TIG though, so its something id like to have

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well then thats settled.. buy a TIG i would keep watching ebay, find one that is local.

as for plasma cutters, i never watched ebay for those, the one i got is a new unit from HTP, works great for cutting everything that can conduct electricty

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Okay, ive done a little bit of searching, but i figured some other guys on here have to be pro-welders, or into welding like i am....

Whats a good option for a cheap lower-amperage tig welder? Id like to be able to weld maybe 1/4" mild steel single pass if possible...

Any thoughts?

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