Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Product Review (submitted on March 23, 2011):

Everything is pretty much as I expected: Basically, you get what you pay for. First, the instructions are really basics and they could be better. You have to guess a few things. For example, I don't know how much amperage I can used when plugging the machine on 110V. Does it protect itself automatically or does the amperage control values have to be divided by a certain ratio? I don't know.

Another thing is the cable lengths. It was supposed to be 10' supply line and ground lead. It's actually 12' supply line and 8' ground lead. 8' is really short! Although it shouldn't be a problem to lengthen it. The pedal wires are 14' long and the power cord is 6' long (+ 2' for the 110V adapter plug).

The funny thing is the torch. The thumb switch (which you don't need if you use the pedal) is a simple switch held with ... tie-wraps! It feels good and I guess it does the job, but that looks funny!

I have little welding experience and none with TIG, but after a few trials with steel, it gave good results. I guess practice is the word here. Although, 3/16" thickness seems a more reasonable limit for steel than 1/4".

Everything considered, I'm glad with my purchase. Because I'm in a learning phase, I did not want the pricey machines of the pros and I was afraid of the cheaper machines from unknown companies. Even if I want to upgrade later, once I master the process, I don't think I will have difficulties selling that machine for a fair price (If I ever do).

For Quality I would have put 3½ stars but I chose 3 stars instead of 4 mainly because of the instructions and the accessories. Otherwise the machine itself is impressive.