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    Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    After relocating to Colorado and not having access to a garage to tinker and weld stuff, I finally got into a place with a garage. The only problem is I'm currently limited to a 120 volt outlet. Long story short, after a lot of research, I ordered a ProTIG 205 and after a month of waiting, it finally arrived! My impressions so far is it's a pretty sweet machine. I made a YouTube video of the machine plus my first welds on mild steel/chromoly and aluminum. Pretty rusty after not welding anything for a couple of years, and after getting a little time on it, it seems like everything the ProTIG 200 was, but with the additional features of pre/postflow adjust ability plus maybe a cleaner settings control?
    I installed my CK Worldwide #9 torch and superflex hose on it as I was setting it up, which was pretty easy, but the setup it came with looked pretty good.


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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    I've been using the welder for a couple of months. I've burned through quite a bit of rod and a tank and a half of argon, and so far, I really like it. I've done a few quick and easy projects, but decided to build a cart for the welder. It went from a weekend project to 3 weekends! I made a another video of the build. I played with the pulse settings quite a lot and can't wait to try it out on some thin wall cromoly.


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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    Ease keep posting pictures and your opinion of this welder as you use it as I think a lot of guys are considering these.
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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    I got to try one the other night. A local friend bought one and tried welding with it on aluminum for the first time and it didn't go well. He had been having good luck on steel and stainless, so I told him to bring over the whole setup and we would figure it out.

    Long story short...he had the collet in the 17F torch backwards and it was restricting the gas flow. Luckily the first thing I did was take the torch apart and saw the problem. I ran it on 1/8" aluminum coupons and then welded the 1/4" handles back onto a 1/4" thick pot for him that he was trying to fix. It seemed to weld just fine, and I had enough power but I thought the HF start was a bit on the weak side. Several times it took me two or three tries to get the arc started, and that was with the work clamp secure and pretty close. We were changing settings and talking as we went so maybe I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have, but it didn't seem to be as robust as my machines. It was getting late or I would have spent more time trying it, but I'm pretty new to aluminum and got good beads so the machine can't be that bad!

    For a lot of folks I think it will be more than enough machine, and it's hard to argue with the price along with being able to have local warranty support.
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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    Cart looks good. I saw the burn through
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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    Quote Originally Posted by Mesamods View Post
    he only problem is I'm currently limited to a 120 volt outlet.
    Do you have an electric clothes dryer? Or the hookups for one? That circuit is likely a 30 amp 120/240v outlet (4 pins).

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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    I have a Protig 205 I bought after my 200 died. I was in the garage on a rainy day and think the 200 blew due to moisture.
    Anyway, I've had to 205 for maybe 4 months. Gone through about 4 cylinders of argon (150 size) and just left the garage to take a phone call and while I was outside I heard a pop and the lights went out. Reset the circuit breaker in the garage but the 205 is done. Absolutely no idea how or why this time. It doesn't even turn on. Thank GOD it's under warranty.

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    I got a 205 in July online (store did not have any). Didn't plug it in an try it till late August. Was D.O.A. Brought it back to the local HF store to and wanted my money back. The Mgr begged me to take another one. They only had one and it was the display model. Nope, I will take a refund. Mgr tried charging me 30% restocking fee. I said how are you going to re-stock this POS, it does not work. Got a full refund. Never again with HF.
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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    Thank you, great video, everything is in essence. On what is more important is the necessary focus, less important moments passed in an accelerated form.

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    Re: Vulcan ProTIG 205 review

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_12 View Post
    Thank you, great video, everything is in essence. On what is more important is the necessary focus, less important moments passed in an accelerated form.
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