Eastwood TIG Welder Buyers Guide
What Is The Best TIG Welder For Your Shop Or Garage
If you’re considering purchasing a TIG, but you’re not sure what exactly you need, we’re going to help you select the right machine for your job. Eastwood offers the TIG 200 DC, TIG 200 AC/DC and the Digital TIG 200 AC/DC, which will all weld steel up to ¼” and all come with the Eastwood 3 Year warranty. Both AC/DC machines will also weld aluminum up to ¼”.
The TIG 200 DC and TIG 200 AC/DC machines will handle most of the work you’ll be doing on a restoration and are great for most people, and many professionals even use these machines. If you’re looking for a more professional unit, or if you’re considering getting into welding as a profession, the Digital TIG has some additional features that will help you get the best welds.
The TIG 200 DC and TIG 200 AC/DC welders are basically the same, except the DC TIG will only weld steel and stainless while the AC/DC TIG will also weld aluminum. Remember DC is for steel and AC is for aluminum. So a DC machine will only weld steel while an AC/DC machine will weld steel and aluminum. If you’re only going to be welding steel, the DC TIG should be fine. If you want the option to weld aluminum, you should get the TIG 200 AC/DC. Both will weld steel up to ¼” and the AC/DC machine will also weld aluminum up to ¼”.
The Digital TIG has more features, like pulse, 2T and 4T controls, spot weld timer, mix and programmable presets. Plus it comes with a rocker style foot pedal and flex head torch, which many users really want in a machine.
A nice advantage of the Digital TIG is that is has a pulse feature, which allows you to program the machine to pulse over a specific amperage range. If you’ve ever watched someone TIG weld and they’re methodically pushing the pedal up and down, they’re basically doing their own pulse. Since you can program this Digital TIG, you get the exact precision only a machine can give you. This unit also gives you 2t and 4t modes for the torch to provide more control if you’re using the torch rather than the foot pedal. Plus it has a spot weld timer and the ability to program settings to make it quick and easy to begin welding the next time you’re working with the same material.
If you’re just doing basic welding and auto restoration, any of these units would be fine and give you the quality welds you expect. If you plan on pushing your skills, or going beyond typical auto restoration or metal fab, you should consider the Digital TIG.
And remember if you’re just learning how to TIG weld, Eastwood has a lot of that show how to setup your welder and begin welding. Plus videos on troubleshooting as well as tips and tricks to improve your skills and even videos to fully explain the features of the Digital TIG.