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Hot Rods Eastwood tig welder

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  1. cabriolethiboy
    Joined: Jun 16, 2002
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    Does anyone have any experience with this welder? I have a Miller Dialarc HF 250 that I hardly use because it is too big and too hard to get out. I am thinking about selling the Miller and replacing it with this. Will I be happy with it? I would mainly use it for body panels small chassis parts. Maybe some on the frame. If I like it well enough I may use it on the frame more. What do think? upload_2017-4-28_11-38-59.png
     
  2. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    patmanta
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    from Woburn, MA
    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH IT.

    I learned on Miller and bought one of these for myself and never really found that I could get it dialed in or control the heat like I could with a Miller. Mine is sitting in the back of my shop now after I gave up and just bought a Hobart Handler MIG to do most of my welding with.
     
  3. badvolvo
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
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    I have had one of their mig welders for about 5 years. The welder has served me very well, but I had to replace the gun with a higher quality one (from my older hobart it replaced) as the switch was not very reliable.
    For a cheap welder is has been very good, But i also have a larger Miller Mig and a Miller Tig. Both far superior, but I use the little eastwood more than i do the big ones, it's small and handy and it was cheap. There is some truth to the old saying
    "you get what you pay for".
     
  4. patmanta
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    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    I never used the switch but I probably should have. The pedal control was my major complaint.
     

  5. jamesgs4
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
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    from denver

    Ive had mine for 3 years, accidentally broke the torch cable(my own fault) and they sent me a new one free. Easy to dial in DC and AC settings, welds 1/4 plate all day. It isnt as fancy as the miller I use at work, but works great for car and bike projects at home.
     
  6. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
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    Maybe it's just me, and I know I'm a little slow, but I find it ironic to see a sig line against Mexican Optima batteries based only on where they're made, directly under a testimonial about this Eastwood welder. Where is this welder made?
     
  7. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
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    from New York

    When I retired I needed a TIG machine. All the machines in the shop that I worked at were Miller welders ranging from 220s to 350s, so I purchased the Eastwood TIG 200. Don't expect the same finite control that you get with the Miller foot pedal. The Eastwood foot control is adequate at best. For the money it's just OK.
     
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  8. Hot Rod Grampa
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
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    Be sure the unit can be serviced, no matter brand name. No repair parts means no welding. See if anyone is near you that you can try it out. What feels good for me may not be comfortable to you. I spent a half hour welding with the unit I bought before I paid for it. PO helped with basic set ups when switching from alum to steel even welded some cast iron. No regrets. Good luck.
     
  9. PHIL COOPY
    Joined: Jul 20, 2016
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    PHIL COOPY
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    Bought a Miller Econotig in the 80's. Love it.....had a Miller 130 mig but I use the TIG for everyting including stick welding. Great hobby machine....I don't think they make that model anymore. But if you can pick one up it's worth it.
     
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  10. donsz
    Joined: Nov 23, 2010
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    My Eastwood works great for my needs (home/garage hobbyist - not commercial). I did have a problem with the first one they sent me, but they replaced it promptly, no fuss. I'm not an expert welder, but as I said it works great for my purposes.
    don
     
  11. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
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    clunker
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    from Boston MA
    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    I have the Tig200. I dig it, but I'm I'm just a hobbyist as well. I definitely can tell the difference between it and the Miller I used in welding class. I think anyone who is used to a Miller might not be so happy with it.
     

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