Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Product Review (submitted on November 9, 2011):

Never having tig welded before, I knew I was in for a learning curve, especially since my only formal training previously was in high school many, many years ago. I have been welding with an oxy torch, so I had the coordination thing down, and have also done minimal welding with a mig. Overall, learning to weld steel was pretty easy, aluminum, a bit more of a touch is required, but hey, whats a few cyliners of argon worth anyhow??!!

I recieved my welder in mid August and everything was in the box and well packed. Being a novice welder, but a few negative things came up during my first 2 1/2 months of operating this welder:

The foot pedal really needs to wired using one thicker cable instead of two small diameter wires. It seems I am always getting my chair wheels caught on the wires! the circuit/breaker - on/off switch should be moved to the front. Since all of the controls are in the front why not the on - off switch? The manual is a little bit better than the chineselish manuals put out by Harbor Freight, but there is so much more information missing that should be included. I think a better trouble-shooting guide would help, plus I agree with other reviewers and their comments about the manual. An optional torch with an adjustable current control would be great!! Being tied down to a foot switch while lying on your back is pretty awkward at best!!

Overall, I am pleased with this welder and would recommend this to anyone who is on a budget! I would not have been able to buy a new TIG welder by any of the major manufacturers, and in fact haven't found a used AC/DC tig welder from Lincoln or Miller for anything less than about $1700! I attached a photo of my aluminum welding cart project complete with a 125 cf argon cylinder.