Hi guys I am trying to buy a tig welder. I have only some very brief experience with stick welding on a Lincoln Invert v155. Currently no good inverter machines are for sale in my area. Aside from brand new from everlast of course.
What I want from a welder is first and foremost to be able to to tig weld aluminum in the <1/4" thickness pretty easily. And after that steel tubing.
I have read some great things about the HTP invertig 201. I found an HTP Invertig 200 (note the difference 200 from 201). The guy is asking $1600 for the Invertig 200 with water cooler and torch and everything but an argon tank basically to get me going.
Now my question is: Is this machine too old to risk that much cash on it? At the stated price would have a good value? I am pretty sure it can satisfy my welding needs based on the reviews for the invertig 201. Also the guy offered to demo the machine for me no problems.
My real concern here is value and longevity. It makes me nervouse to spend $1600 on a machine that if the board fries I'll spend another $1000 on some damn chip to get it running again. Is there any difference between the invertig 201 and invertig 200 that I should be aware of and would possible cause me to wait in the decision and go for somethign else?
Would love to hear your experiences and thoughts on the subject. I have no real objection to transformer based machines but the 70+amp draw concerns me in terms of cost to operate and the initial investment of having to have my garage rewired to acommodate another 100amp breaker.
So shoot me some suggestions guys.