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    New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Hi all,
    Iím newly registered but have been lurking for the past 7 or so years.
    Iím a self taught TIG welder who picked up my first machine in 2014 because as a homebrewer, I wanted to fabricate some of my own beer equipment.

    I have been working principally with stainless steel using an Everlast Powertig185.
    The learning curve was pretty steep, but Welding web has been a very helpful resource along the way.

    During the last 2 or 3 years I have taken my acquired skills to work where part of my job involves repair of commercial Dishmachines and restaurant equipment. I have also taken on more complex tasks in upgrading my brewing equipment.

    Iíve outgrown my current rig and am looking to upgrade. I find myself more frequently working on projects where 185 Amp, and the duty cycle of a hobby machine is inadequate.
    I also want to improve my welds to ďsanitary gradeĒ for process piping.

    Looking forward to being able to draw on all of the experience on the forum.

    Cheers!

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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Welcome aboard!

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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Welcome!
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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Welcome!

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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Welcome to the house. I don't know where you are located, which may cause your decision for a newer machine. As far as machines go ... some like Blue, some like Green, some like Red, some like ferrari Red. A far as I know about internals ... they all have off shore parts. Buying a machine is pretty much like buying a computer, YOU have to make the decision, but I'd look for a little more horsepower than I actually wanted. You can grow into it. Do some homework and ask around town. I've got several, do I have a favorite ... I have to say my wife is my favorite or else I spend time in the dog house.

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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    Welcome! Sounds like you've got a good handle on things and that will make it a lot easier to pick the next machine. Good luck...lots of good choices out there!
    Check out my bench vise website:
    http://mivise.com


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    Re: New member - taking hobby welding to work

    I decided to go Green again.
    Everlast Powertig 200DV
    I was happy with the performance of my last machine until the day it failed 😣

    I considered getting something more powerful, but the dual voltage capability was important for me.
    I know Miller has that capability as well but I couldnít pay that sticker price.

    Iíll consider a WP-20 torch and cooler for a future purchase.

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