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08-17-2007, 11:49 PM
Ok I'm looking to buy a new tig machine for both home and professional use, I'm just starting to put together a plan for starting my own welding business, my plan eventually (couple of months maybe) is to buy an engine driven machine to mount on a trailer, I want the ability to do aluminum in the field once I buy the engine driven unit, but I have an IMMEDIATE need for a tig in the next week, I was all set to buy a new Syncrowave 200 but my thought is to buy an inverter machine instead so that I can plug it into the engine driven unit later, and I think I've narrowed it down to a Lincoln Invertec 205 or the T/A 185, any suggestions which to go with? Will both run ok on an engine driven? If so the T/A seems to be the way to go cost wise, but what about actual performance between the two? Or should I go ahead with the Syncro purchase and worry about setting the engine driven up for tig later?
08-18-2007, 02:47 PM
08-19-2007, 06:57 AM
strange246, i have the ta 185. so far i like, and everything i have read about has been good. i have always been a miller man, but this time i switched only because of price. i saved enough money between the 200 and the ta 185, that with $500 more i can get a plasma cutter. i am also just a hobbyist. good luck. it is a tough choice.
08-19-2007, 10:43 AM
Well, I have the Lincoln. It is really nice, but I added a water cooler and torch to keep the heat down from alum. welding. One way to look at it, the inverter machines will run on multiple voltages, and to be able to say you are tig welding on 1/8" aluminum with 120V is a nice thing sometimes. Yes, they are more expensive.... but the inverter machines give you more parameters, and are smaller and lighter. If...IF I were getting a syncro welder, I'd get the 250. It is a lot bigger, not much more $$ and it can run wide open all day, which can be a very important factor once you start production welding.
Can you rent one?
My LWS rents some equipment and that way you could try one and decide if you want to buy it.
08-21-2007, 01:57 PM
For what it's worth, I have a T/A 250GTSW that has a problem. I took it to the only welder repair shop in the area and after keeping it for a month they told me it was off brand as they hardly ever see T/A welders and that while they could probably fix it, it would take them so long it would cost more than they could reasonably expect me to be willing to pay. I won't buy another T/A machine for that reason even though they are good machines. Of course any brand could become obsolete and unrepairable - I bought some Linde welders the year before they became extinct. Miller is the most common brand sold in this area and is easy to get fixed.
I recently bought a new Miller Dynasty 200DX for $2200. It is a fantastic machine. I think the dealer had it in stock for two years and gave me a good deal to get it off his hands as this was $500 below the going WEB price.
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