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8 year old ebay tig good enough to weld coke cans together

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I purchased this 200 amp ac/dc tig off ebay 8 years ago and it has not missed a beat,

 

it's done a lot of work in the past 8 years, i have destroyed 2 earth clamps this is my 3rd, to top it off it even welds aluminium coke cans together just goes to show how good some of these cheap machines are, you would never need more for automotive fabrication., I hardly even use my Fronius transtig

 

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my machine looks like this unit minus the plasma cutter

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I really need learn how to weld, the list of all the things I could do is endless

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I really need learn how to weld, the list of all the things I could do is endless

 

option 1 buy a welder off ebay and just keep practicing until you get good at it

 

option 2 enroll in a course

 

or option 1 and 2

 

you never know you might be a natural :thumbsup:

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custom radiator for a ep91 starlet from used evo 7 radiator core

 

everyone know how painfull it can be to weld used radiators cores but the old Chinese welder handles its pretty well

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Any chance of a link to said welder?

I'd love to try my hand at tig

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Here's the link to the one that's very similar , the control panel is almost identical

 

message these guys and ask them if the have the tig welders made by chiry

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/200-AMP-AC-DC-TIG-STICK-INVERTER-WELDER-WITH-50-AMP-PLASMA-CUTTER-HF-START-/261315843630?pt=AU_Welding&hash=item3cd7a3562e&_uhb=1

 

 

I suspect chiry also make the WSE brand, try doing a Google image search for chiry tig welders

 

This guy even compares the internals to a miller :Drugs:

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/chinese-welder-a-star.html

 

I have purchase a few Chinese tools over 8 years and they are all still functioning 100% at the time of purchase i thought i would be replacing them after a few years ,

 

I guess china is the new japan but much cheaper for the time being anyway things will surely get more expensive in the near future.

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so out of interest,

 

whats a cheap tig worth? that one mentioned is a grand?

 

are the 300$ china tigs complete rubish? or work well for a back yard tinkerer

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Check the other ebay welder thread. I recent bought a chinese ac/dc 200a tig welder for $650 on ebay and for the price so far I have nil complaints at all. Works just as good as the unitig200 that I was previously using at my old place of work.

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so out of interest,

 

whats a cheap tig worth? that one mentioned is a grand?

 

are the 300$ china tigs complete rubish? or work well for a back yard tinkerer

 

I don't think the $300 one are AC, they would be DC only

 

most of them are made by chiry , welders have been developed by the big players for many years now, if you were to copy one of these brand name machines you end up with a very capable welder.

 

I paid over $1200 for mine 8 years ago but you can buy the same unit as mine direct from china but must be a group buy of 5 would be less than half of that price or maybe even cheaper??

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