Good budget tig welder - LS1TECH - Camaro and Firebird Forum Discussion

Notices
Tools & Fabrication Hand | Power | Hydraulic | Pneumatic | Welding | Painting

Good budget tig welder

Reply

Old 07-16-2017, 12:06 PM
  #1  
Staging Lane
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 64
Default Good budget tig welder

Can anyone recommend a good budget tig welder for stainless steel? I won't be using it a lot so I don't see a need to spend thousands on one.
gula187 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2017, 07:30 PM
  #2  
On The Tree
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 104
Default

I have the ahp 200x. I like it.
Jake75 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2017, 11:03 PM
  #3  
TECH Senior Member
iTrader: (25)
 
2xLS1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Warr Acres, OK
Posts: 5,662
Default

Eastwood has a low cost Tig and usually sells quality stuff.
2xLS1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2017, 01:34 AM
  #4  
Teching In
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 28
Default

Weldingtipsandtricks.Com has a bunch of videos. They ran a comparison between the Eastwood Tig and I think the miller. It reviewed pretty well. I have a Lincoln square wave that's about 20 years old that's never given me any issue. It was about $1200 new.
woodwright is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2017, 07:26 AM
  #5  
Launching!
iTrader: (1)
 
Kfxguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 294
Default

I have an Eastwood. Works great. Price was awesome too.
Kfxguy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2017, 09:20 AM
  #6  
TECH Resident
iTrader: (2)
 
baronsmith98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brunswick, GA
Posts: 832
Default

I have an Eastwood and it's great. Go ahead and get the AC/DC one in case you want to weld aluminum
baronsmith98 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2017, 05:15 PM
  #7  
TECH Senior Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Project GatTagO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: The Druid City
Posts: 6,860
Default

I have the Eastwood Tig200 as well. It lacks fancy features, but is also quite reasonably priced. I have welded steel, stainless, and aluminum. Never done it before and had decent results.

Andrew
Project GatTagO is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2017, 08:08 PM
  #8  
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (12)
 
B18B1LS1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Lawrenceville, Ga
Posts: 1,703
Default

Originally Posted by Jake75 View Post
I have the ahp 200x. I like it.
Same here!
B18B1LS1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2017, 11:06 AM
  #9  
Teching In
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 33
Default

I have a AHP 200x and a Miller Dynasty 210. For the money the AHP can't be beat. My only complaint is the pedal is a little whack, but luckily almost all of those accessories are interchangeable so I just use my Miller pedal on both.
Buy the AHP and an amazon special gas lens kit and you'll be ready to go.
Airhwhip is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 06:24 PM
  #10  
TECH Regular
iTrader: (1)
 
wolfy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 445
Default

Originally Posted by Airhwhip View Post
I have a AHP 200x and a Miller Dynasty 210. For the money the AHP can't be beat. My only complaint is the pedal is a little whack, but luckily almost all of those accessories are interchangeable so I just use my Miller pedal on both.
Buy the AHP and an amazon special gas lens kit and you'll be ready to go.
your miller pedal works on your AHP? Which year machine do you have? I was looking at the SSP pedal for my AHP.

I'm a welder/fabricator by trade, and i really like my AHP except for the pedal, but there are options out there. I actually like it better than the synchrowave 200 I've been using at work lately. I really need to poach the extra Synchrowave 350 that's been collecting dust, lol. Rather than buy the special gas lens kit, i preferred to buy a Profax -9FV torch body and swap it onto my lead and use standard -9/-20 gas lenses and parts. One of these days I'll get around to building a homemade cooler and using one of the -20 leads i have laying around.
wolfy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2017, 06:41 AM
  #11  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 2
Default

AHP Alpha TIG is the most popular tig welder. I read tig welder review article at total guide website. You may check that top pick the top.

Last edited by luarhz; 09-22-2017 at 12:07 AM.
luarhz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2017, 06:37 PM
  #12  
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (23)
 
chuckd71's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Nashville / ATL
Posts: 1,586
Default

I bought this and had enough left in my budget for a tank of 75/25. Seems adequate for the things I do, but I'm just doing random things in the garage so take that for what it's worth
http://weldingsupplyusa.com/?%20Linc...%20|%20K2185-1
chuckd71 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2017, 09:48 PM
  #13  
TECH Senior Member
iTrader: (25)
 
2xLS1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Warr Acres, OK
Posts: 5,662
Default

Originally Posted by chuckd71 View Post
I bought this and had enough left in my budget for a tank of 75/25. Seems adequate for the things I do, but I'm just doing random things in the garage so take that for what it's worth
http://weldingsupplyusa.com/?%20Linc...%20|%20K2185-1
That is a MIG. This thread is about a TIG.
2xLS1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2017, 05:54 AM
  #14  
TECH Fanatic
iTrader: (23)
 
chuckd71's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Nashville / ATL
Posts: 1,586
Default

Originally Posted by 2xLS1 View Post
That is a MIG. This thread is about a TIG.
Yeah, sorry, I just realized that. Wasn't wearing my contacts last night.
chuckd71 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2018, 10:36 PM
  #15  
On The Tree
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Fl.
Posts: 146
Default

I picked up a used Eastwood tig200 ac/dc for $400 with a welding cart. It's the older non stick capable version. I replaced the lenses and cups with nicer ones. Works just fine
jetech is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2018, 06:43 AM
  #16  
TECH Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 389
Default

Eastwood/AHP/Everlast are the big three that come to mind on budget yet quality TIG welders. I personally have the Eastwood 200 (non digital) and it works fabulous. I
Teddy-2000RS is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2018, 09:04 AM
  #17  
TECH Resident
iTrader: (23)
 
codyvette's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Brazoria TX
Posts: 844
Default

I have a ThermalArc. I don't know the number on it but it is the smallest one they make and weld a lot of stainless **** with it. It occasionally will act a little finicky when firing up but it welds great. It was under $400 and it is tiny and convenient to store.
codyvette is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2018, 07:19 PM
  #18  
TECH Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
sjsingle1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Fort Worth TX
Posts: 4,970
Default

after reading an amazon review of the ahp 200x I would not touch it with a 10 foot pole

I really would like a welding machine ....tired of being a welder without a machine
sjsingle1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2018, 10:32 AM
  #19  
TECH Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,587
Default

Dynasty 210 DX here. Nice toy.
Jimbo1367 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2018, 06:40 PM
  #20  
On The Tree
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Fl.
Posts: 146
Default

Dynasty 210 DX That is a "$$$GOOD$$$ budget" welder.
Awesome welder nice features
jetech is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Good budget tig welder


Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: