Looking to pickup a tig/stick welder ~200amps and a plasma cutter. I chose the everlast 256 over the 205 to match the ahp plasma amps and stick amps.
Any thoughts on what route to go? I've listed the highlights I can think of for the options below, anyone have any more to add? Or have any thoughts? This will be for hobby welding. I have a cheaper MIG and a buzzbox stick now, but want to get better at stick and learn to tig. I want to get a plasma torch too and already have a nice compressor. Also had a question on AHP vs Everlast support. Ive been reading mixed reviews about both companies warranties (though AHP seems to have better reviews overall on amazon, but also fewer units), but it does seem like both companies support have improved in the last few years. I have been reading with everlast they support you diagnosing your our system and replacing parts yourself (that may seem like a con to some people but this seems like a plus to me as I am an electrical engineer and would much rather do that than ship the whole unit back and wait forever), does AHP do anything like this? I also havent seen any comparisons between the AHP and everlast plasma cutters?
1) AHP route
*two seperate units dont have to worry about breaking one and bringing down the whole unit like the everlast
*dont have to swap the gas/air lines and tig/plasma torch like the everlast
*save few hundred bucks
2) Everlast route
*gain an extra 50A of tig welding could come in handy for thick aluminum
*gain some more settings : stick arc force, gas pre flow, a little more pulse freq, (down/up slope time I think I will always be on the pedal so i'm not sure I will use these)
*higher OCV 85v vs 75
*save some space
*2 year longer warranty
3) other routes?
All input is appreciated, Thanks!