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  1. #1
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    Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    I know some people had asked about the latest line of the Harbor Freight welders. I went out an bought one on a whim and did made a video of my thoughts on it.



    Decent machine for the price, they're definitely trying to get into more professional duty equipment. Let's see how long it ends up lasting.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Hey,

    Thanks for posting some of this first exposure with this new Vulcan AC/DC TIG unit.
    Peace to you all,
    Christian Livingstone

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    Everlast 210EXT AC/DC (2015)
    CAT250D 200 amp DC TIG/Stick/Plasma

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    We'll see if I pay the price for being an early adopter

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Yeah,

    Thanks for this first impression on a new Vulcan AC/DC TIG unit.

    That HF warrantee makes it a no-risk proposition for a whole year.

    East Peasy, Parcheesy!

    Honesty, I'd like to see some reviews on the non-"Omni" DC MIG unit, for a couple of hundered bucks less.

    Otherwise, your early AC TIG demo on this unit seems to prove that it provides an industry-standard of performance, for a superior performace price and value.
    Last edited by C. Livingstone; 09-11-2017 at 12:30 AM.
    Peace to you all,
    Christian Livingstone

    www.youtube.com/newjerusalemtimes

    Everlast 210EXT AC/DC (2015)
    CAT250D 200 amp DC TIG/Stick/Plasma

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    That was a great review, you hit the nail on the head.....

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Quote Originally Posted by porosity View Post
    We'll see if I pay the price for being an early adopter
    Either way, thanks for making and posting the review.

    Any chance you would be willing to pull the cover off and take a few pictures of the insides? We've seen from another member that there are plastic air ducts inside... the goodies of course are under those.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    I heard the Vulcan ProTIG 200 was honestly only a 150A inverter and that's why it comes with a 150A torch.
    $100 off coupon expired 9/30, but I still couldn't get myself to pull the trigger.

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Nah,

    The specs on the unit itself is for a 200 amp unit.

    A 17 torch is rated at 150 amps, even though exceeding that for short periods is a common practice I do often, since I prefer the lighter 17 air-cooled torch to using a heavier 26 torch.

    But it does seem more sensible to include a 26 torch assembly on a 200 amps TIG unit, even though a lot of people would undoubtedly also complain that a 26 torch is harder to manage than a 17.
    Peace to you all,
    Christian Livingstone

    www.youtube.com/newjerusalemtimes

    Everlast 210EXT AC/DC (2015)
    CAT250D 200 amp DC TIG/Stick/Plasma

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Appreciate the review. Both informative and entertaining!

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    Re: Harbor Freight Vulcan Welder

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Livingstone View Post
    Nah,

    The specs on the unit itself is for a 200 amp unit.

    A 17 torch is rated at 150 amps, even though exceeding that for short periods is a common practice I do often, since I prefer the lighter 17 air-cooled torch to using a heavier 26 torch.

    But it does seem more sensible to include a 26 torch assembly on a 200 amps TIG unit, even though a lot of people would undoubtedly also complain that a 26 torch is harder to manage than a 17.
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    average tig torch air cooled is 100 amps and the larger dia ones with ribs on them are 150 amps normally. sure people use at higher amps but dont be surprised if they get too hot to handle.
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    i had larger dia ribbed tig torch for decades and often used at 200 - 250 amps for aluminum many times for 1 minute but have to let it cool off. never been able to weld 10 minutes continuous with it as even with gloves it be too hot to handle. some of us actually weld all day with tig torches. dont take long to figure out when they too hot to hold
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    thats what they make water cooled torches for.

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