Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Eastwood TIG Welder 200 Amp AC/DC

Product Review (submitted on November 8, 2013):

I had to return my 1st-unit, because it wouldn't power-up, but Eastwood made-good on it. I would have given this 5-stars for quality other than that.

My lower-stars for Price/Value is possibly a personal-thing, as I'm relatively new to Tig (but have been welding stupid-stuff for >20years). The Tig doesn't behave ANYTHING like Mig or Stick, it's closer to a weak plasma-cutter in operation... good in someways, not-so-good in others. If you're looking for that one "do-all" welder, don't even think about this TIG200, get yourself a MIG175 instead. My MIG175 is probably my most-favorite tool in my garage, kind-of a swiss army knife of welders. This TIG200 is more like a delicate-Ferrari than a monster-truck. This TIG200 does a great job on fine-detail, but you'll waste WAY-more consumables (gas, tungsten, rod) than you'd think; at-least I do versus my Mig. Also, I'm surprised (shocked) at how much the Tig heats-up the work, I wasn't expecting that at-all... so, you have to bounce-around making dinky-tacks all over the place so-as-not to heat up sheetmetal. Each time you touch that pedal or switch, you're throwing gas out... before AND after. So 20,000 spots later, you're out of gas (where you could have laid 1"-long MIG-beads constant before overheating the work). Cleanup is MUCH less for TIG than MIG, but I keep finding I have to go-back over work with the TIG after grinding, because it's too-low.

This TIG has it's place, and in the hands of a professional it's probably a great piece of equipment, but it's not as versatile to me as my MIG175.