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    Default International Welding Equipment TIG Units

    Anyone have experience with this brand of TIG welder? IWE Welders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltbadd View Post
    Anyone have experience with this brand of TIG welder? IWE Welders
    Looks like more of the chinese junk that is flooding the market these days...marketed under many names.. with questionable to poor quality,,and poor to no service or support network......

    save your money..
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    If you are looking for something on the cheaper end I would look at thermal arc. I have a plasma from that company (all victor now) and when I had a warranty issue with the torch it was no hassle to replace. Went to AirGas, they handled it and it was all better. There is some accountability there. Something to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis View Post
    If you are looking for something on the cheaper end I would look at thermal arc. I have a plasma from that company (all victor now) and when I had a warranty issue with the torch it was no hassle to replace. Went to AirGas, they handled it and it was all better. There is some accountability there. Something to think about.
    I've used Thermal Arc years ago, seemed to be a decent TIG unit, I'll have to see what they have now, good call

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltbadd View Post
    I've used Thermal Arc years ago, seemed to be a decent TIG unit, I'll have to see what they have now, good call
    The new Thermal Arcs are CHINESE.....

    Why not just get a MILLER DIVERSION??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozNjNw5OWjo

    http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...sionseries.php

    they are an excellent entry level TIG machine with all of the Miller service and support network as close as your LWS..??

    http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...sionseries.php
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    I believe some of the TA and TD units are made by Shanghai WTL. Pretty good stuff. Here's a video about their factory. Note the blue unit at 3:12 in the video. Looks like a Cutmaster plasma.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv1rxXFf828
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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPOP View Post
    I believe some of the TA and TD units are made by Shanghai WTL. Pretty good stuff. Here's a video about their factory. Note the blue unit at 3:12 in the video. Looks like a Cutmaster plasma.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv1rxXFf828
    Nice Video.... BUT...

    No mention of a connection to Thermal Arc....

    or a U.S. Service and support network??

    all we know for sure is that WTL produced an impressive looking video ...

    Guess if people want to be the beta testers and report back with their long term experience... it is their dime...

    why not deal with a known quantity with a long term proven track record

    of quality, service and support...??

    after all we are not discussing this on the Thermal Arc board are we..??
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    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

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    Op wanted an inexpensive welder. The victor family provides that along with great support and a great warranty. Seems like a good place to start. Maybe down the line he wants a miller, but the brand of the sponsor of the this forum does not dictate that we can't talk about anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis View Post
    Op wanted an inexpensive welder. The victor family provides that along with great support and a great warranty. Seems like a good place to start. Maybe down the line he wants a miller, but the brand of the sponsor of the this forum does not dictate that we can't talk about anything else.
    It does not preclude us pointing out the realities either..?? does it..??
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    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam..

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    Quote Originally Posted by H80N View Post
    Nice Video.... BUT...

    No mention of a connection to Thermal Arc....
    Just mentioning it. Believe it or not as you like. I've seen other inside factory pictures with TD plasma cutters going through the line. I wanted to know since I bought that TA 161STL. Seems like TA has an exclusive here. In Italy, WTL does sell under their own name. In other parts of Europe, ESAB has their Buddy Arc and Buddy TIG machines - tell me they are not from the same factory.
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