Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Product Review (submitted on June 27, 2011):

Got my "Eastwood Tig 200" a couple of weeks ago. Everything when I opened the box was intact and well pakaged. I assembled the Tig 200 on my welding cart. I'm not a pro tig welder but have done my fair share of mig and oxy welding. The welder works well however be aware that the foot pedal and plugs are a little cheezy. I had to repair the foot pedal after using the welder for just 10 min. There is a small mechanical red button (relay) inside the foot pedal that starts the flow of electricity to the tungsten when you step on the pedal. There is a tab screwed on to the arm that opperates the pot for the amperage. The tab on my foot pedal didn't touch the electrical flow shut off relay. That resulted in the tungsten having power going to it with my foot OFF the pedal...... DANGEROUS!!!!
However, after I repaired the foot pedal, it seemed to work fine.
I also had to re solder the footpedal conection plug. The wires had the potential to short out because the insulation was melted off from the fellas overheating the wire during soldering at the manufacturer. That was another bummer!
After my two repairs, I believe my "Tig 200" welder is ready to work..., safely.
Over all, I'm happy with my purchase, I just wish the Chinese manufacturer of the "Tig 200" had better quality control.