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istock59
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Total posts: 501
posted September 09, 2002 01:08 PM  
Anybody know where I can get an "economy" TIG welder?

I want to be able to do a little aluminum welding, for brackets/braces and such. Probably 1/8" thick max.

Of course, I don't want to have a fortune invested either...

RaceDoctor
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 55
posted September 10, 2002 09:52 PM  
Miller has a small TIG machine called the
Econo-Tig. It is 185 amp on AC.I have welded up to 1/4 in aluminum with mine.It has a foot control for the contactor and heat control.I weld a lot of .080 alum with it, but I use a 1/16 th tungsten.Great machine
I've had mine 5 yrs, paid 1100.00 for it then.They may be a little cheaper now....

Rvarc
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted October 03, 2002 10:03 PM  
If you have a AC welder you can get a add-on square wave adapter pretty cheap and use a air cooled torch on argon.That's what I use to make repairs on wheels and for tanks and such.

DirtDobber
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Total posts: 113
posted October 09, 2002 12:24 PM  
Hows about this? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=45966

jammin
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posted October 09, 2002 01:18 PM  
I found mine several years ago by hounding sales men at welding supply outfits. I found that sometimes a trade in goes cheap since they don't give much for the trade in unit. Being available to pick it up where the welding co. doesn't have to handle it is a plus. Mine was $300 and is a 350 amp unit. Came with water tank and pump too. Doubles as an arc welder, works ac & dc. The trick is to look a while and save a bunch. Oh yes, most of these welders are single phase 220 volt. SLEEPY

DirtDobber
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posted October 14, 2002 06:36 PM  
You know what - - Sorry Jamm I was not going to send that because I was called off for something else. I was going suggest/see if anyone has used one of these. The inverter style welders allow you to have more control of the welds you make. They Are Computerized
Lighter - More Portable - More Efficient Welding Than Transformer Type Welders. They can be multi purpose tig and stick. A bit more than stick but about the same as a good tig.
Just something I am looking at.

marty
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Total posts: 116
posted October 15, 2002 01:20 PM  
If you have a Mig welder why not just get aluminium wire & use pure Argon, if its only for the odd bracket? Sorry if i'm missing something but it seems the easy option to me.

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