What welder(s) do you own?
I own an Eastwood mp250 (not the new i) and an Eastwood Tig 200 for the aluminum fun! I recommend as a decent welder for the money.
I recently purchased a Primeweld TIG225x welder per recommendation from a buddy of mine. I haven't finished getting the electrical in my garage setup for it yet, but hoping to start practicing TIG again here shortly. I haven't done TIG welding since 2010 while at school, LOL.
We have the following in the shop at Rogue Fab:
Miller XMT 304 CC/CV (this is an inverter multi-process power supply) with an SP-21 (MIG wire feeder) and an Optima Pulse Controller, and a spool gun (not used much). We love this setup. Reliable like the sun. Tons of clean power. Purchased used. Made in USA. This setup is $10-12k new.
HTP Invertig 221 with water cooler. This machine was bought new 2 years ago. This machine is made in Italy. It is a 221 amp inverter TIG (technically multi-process, but we only use it for TIG). It has run without a fault in production for the last 2 years. Phenomenal machine. Massive range of frequency adjustment like a dynasty. This was between $3-4k with some consumables.
Everlast MIG 275P. We bought this new last year. It is a high current inverter pulse-capable MIG welder. We have already had it out for warranty work (we had to pay shipping and packaging costs for). It will likely be the last Chinese welder we purchase. It runs nice welds and was pretty affordable (around $1800 I think).
I have the following at home:
Thermal Arc 186 TIG welder. This was nearly new when we got it. TA was purchased by ESAB I think. This machine was made by Sunex in Japan (and labeled as Thermal Arc, which may have been a subsidiary). Sunex invented inverter welding technology. As you would expect given the history/company, this is an amazing little machine. I have welded mild steel, stainless, and aluminum with it (including filling holes and welding VERY dissimilar thicknesses on aluminum). This machine was ran at RogueFab in production for several years and underwent some warranty work for a control board, which was done quickly and at no cost to us. This machine new is around $2200.
I live really close to Eastwood HQ and have several friends who work there. I’m running the tig200 digital and mig175. Both are good home shop machines.
my plasma cutter is an Everlast cut50s.
We use an Everlast PowerTig 255EXT with the power cool 300 water cooler for TIG and are in the process of upgrading our MIG to the Everlast Power i-MIG 353DPi. I am a huge fan of everlast they are affordable quality built machines.
Eastwood TIG 200
AHP 201XD for tig.
Hobart 140 for Mig.
@phanboifabrication I have an Everlast plasma cutter hooked up to my cnc plasma table. Glad to hear you like their welders, I have been wondering if the tig + a cooler is a good next step for me.
I have the Lincoln MP210 (multi-process). I like the MIG, haven't had a need for the Stick and haven't figured out how to TIG yet, lol.
It is in for repair right now, 2 months after the 3 year warranty, the drive motor needs replaced (shaft wobble)...that sucks, but the Lincoln sales rep is covering the part cost (~$200).
Just purchased a Millermatic 255 pulsed Mig and got a XR-Alumapro gun with it. My decision was based on getting the fastest best quality weld possible. Also love the fact I can weld aluminum with my MIG welder!
The 255 is a solid machine, especially if you want the amps for aluminum!
Lincoln Precision 375 tig
Lincoln power mig 256
Lincoln ranger 350
Lincoln 205 inverter
Lincoln Precision Tig 225
Lincoln PowerMig 255
Lincoln Tomahawk 625 plasma
thats a nice machine. Truly I’ve had red and blue, both pretty much equal. What I don’t like is red inverter power supplies. Way to costly to repair, with in a few hundred of what new cost. My plasma just quit recently and granted it was 20+ years old but they don’t even service it or have parts for them anymore. That machine was 4K back them. I thought that was kinda shitty. The old transformer machines are easy to work on. Lol if you have the room for them. They are huge and require a lot of power to run. I do like the advantage of size, function, and processes of the inverter power supplies just not the cost of repairing or replacing. And with that being said I’ll through out a disclaimer. I may be slightly hard on stuff.