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  • Help with TIG welder decision

    After wandering around a couple of welding shops I am confused about a TIG welder. I have a Maxstar 200 STR which is basically a portable TIG DC only machine and I want to get something that will do aluminum as well as steel. I would be willing to spend in the $2000 to $2500 range or more if necessary. The unit will be shop bound. Some of the people seem to push Miller and some Lincoln but the people say that the amperage is misleading because of the low duty cycle. I do mostly lighter things but it is nice to be able to weld heavier stuff occasionally.

    Thanks,

    Jim

  • #2
    Those guys can come back and chime in...My .02 is whose going to give me the better service, availability of parts, etc. I just happen to buy blue, 'cause they give me the best service, I love their machines, and they open 7 days a week (most days till 5pm, while red closes at 4pm and only open M-F)

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    • #3
      THINK BLUE


      M I L L E R


      Look at duty cycles, and purchase accordingly.

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      • #4
        Can't go wrong

        Originally posted by modela View Post
        After wandering around a couple of welding shops I am confused about a TIG welder. I have a Maxstar 200 STR which is basically a portable TIG DC only machine and I want to get something that will do aluminum as well as steel. I would be willing to spend in the $2000 to $2500 range or more if necessary. The unit will be shop bound. Some of the people seem to push Miller and some Lincoln but the people say that the amperage is misleading because of the low duty cycle. I do mostly lighter things but it is nice to be able to weld heavier stuff occasionally.

        Thanks,

        Jim
        You will be more than pleased with the Thermal Arc Arcmaster 200 AC/DC.
        I use pulsing with a lot of my DC TIG jobs and find the TA products to be real workhorses. With a 5 year warranty and 5 "saved program" slots, I don't think you can beat the value. Replace that piece of junk pressure regulator supplied with a Smith Optimizer and the saved gas will pay for the powersource in less than 2 years. Good Luck no matter what brand you end up buying.

        Regards, Stillwelding

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        • #5
          I would say Dynasty 200DX or Sycrowave 200 if you have enough power now, just need to do aluminum as well.

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          • #6
            ill go against the flow. I like the PT 225 over the Snyco 200. the Lincoln made a little better machine on this size. you shouldnt have a problem on the duty cycle unless you are running 190+ amps. due to the fit up and prep time are rarely hit the duty cycle.

            if you were going bigger then go with the Miller because the 250 and 350 syncos are WAY better than Lincolns in this size range.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tasslehawf View Post
              I would say Dynasty 200DX or Sycrowave 200 if you have enough power now, just need to do aluminum as well.
              What he said.
              Dynasty if you want to run it on low amps or syncro if you want to save a few bucks but will spend it on getting power to the welder.
              I own a sycro 200 and would only trade up for a 250 or a dynasty. but the 200 will do everything i need it to right now. Also for a little aluminum.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kcstott View Post
                What he said.
                Dynasty if you want to run it on low amps or syncro if you want to save a few bucks but will spend it on getting power to the welder.
                I own a sycro 200 and would only trade up for a 250 or a dynasty. but the 200 will do everything i need it to right now. Also for a little aluminum.
                Dynasty 200DX if you wanna be the coolest kid on the block.

                Add a coolmate for extra .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tasslehawf View Post
                  Dynasty 200DX if you wanna be the coolest kid on the block.

                  Add a coolmate for extra .
                  I just GOT those toys....and I STILL get picked last for kickball....

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                  • #10
                    Hey I always got picked last for baseball, football, soccer, basketball.
                    But now they pick me first if the need a hoop, backstop, goal, or goal posts.
                    It's funny how things work out.

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                    • #11
                      Can't go wrong here either!

                      I still vote for the Dynasty 200 DX.
                      If you need to weld thicker stuff the power it has to produce a puddle at 200 amps and 250 hz is no less than amazing to me.
                      If you ever had a project that you needed to weld thicker material than it can handle then you can go to a helium mix and it will weld much hotter.
                      Same with the TA machine or any of those mentioned as well.
                      I buy Miller because that is what I can get service and parts for. Plus I think they are all around the worlds best welders And they are made in the good ole USA

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
                        I still vote for the Dynasty 200 DX.
                        If you need to weld thicker stuff the power it has to produce a puddle at 200 amps and 250 hz is no less than amazing to me.
                        If you ever had a project that you needed to weld thicker material than it can handle then you can go to a helium mix and it will weld much hotter.
                        Same with the TA machine or any of those mentioned as well.
                        I buy Miller because that is what I can get service and parts for. Plus I think they are all around the worlds best welders And they are made in the good ole USA
                        Amen! USA! USA! USA!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kcstott View Post
                          Dynasty if you want to run it on low amps or syncro if you want to save a few bucks but will spend it on getting power to the welder.
                          honestly, they are two different animals, the Synchro's being squarewave tranny's don't have anywhere near the adjustability that the inverted Dynasty offers, this is important when working with Al. a 200 inverted will out weld a 250 tranny on Al. as evidenced here:

                          Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
                          I still vote for the Dynasty 200 DX.
                          If you need to weld thicker stuff the power it has to produce a puddle at 200 amps and 250 hz is no less than amazing to me.

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                          • #14
                            Yeah but at 1K more that's why i offer the syncro. Like I said if you have the money get the Dynasty 200DX but if you need to save some bucks go with the syncro 200 it will still weld aluminum but as stated it won't be as user friendly.
                            If I had to do it over again I'd just save some more money and get the 200DX

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                            • #15
                              Heck if I had the money, I would have gotten the 350 !!! But since it would be YEARS to save up $4,000 more, I wanted a tig machine now!!!

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