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Old 04-19-2018, 02:34 PM   #21
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I'm glad I came across this. I've been wanting to buy a tig welder for a while but like the OP mentioned its going to be for hobby welding and personal fab. I'd love to build an exhaust manifold for my truck.

I have a Snap On Muscle Mig140 wire feed and I was told that I can buy a conversion kit to add a tig attachment for around $700, but it will only be scratch start. Thoughts on that?

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Iíd apply the money to a new unit. My buddy has that add on his MIG Iíve used it, functions well but for the money itís not worth it. Plus scratch start only kinda sucks is some situations.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:51 PM   #22
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I have an alph 200 and an older syncrowave 250. we use the alpha more often. the pedal that it comes with sucks but there is a rocker style sold through a company on amazing. I think it was $160. it will do anything a hobbiest needs to.has pulse as well if you want to get fancy. I have friends with everlast machines that really like them but I can't speak for myself there

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Old 04-21-2018, 10:38 AM   #23
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Stuff has gone up. I was thinking about getting a bit of an upgrade from my Syncrowave 250. Got a quote on a newer smaller Miller tig... $8K... Old faithful is going to stay right where it is. I"ll sub out the aluminum jobs.
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It can. But donít ask it to look decent or have as good of penetration. Iíve always knows to run aluminum on AC.
dc on aluminum has more alot penetration than running ac. It just doesn't have the cleaning action you would have running ac.
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Lincoln Square Wave 200 is a very good machine without spending a fortune. I think I paid around $1100 for mine 2 yrs ago locally on sale. But you will need to buy an argon tank on top of that price



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Old 04-23-2018, 09:45 PM   #26
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I also have the square wave tig 200 works pretty good for the money. I have made some intake logs and welded turbo covers and aluminum piping. Have pushed it pretty hard and works well welded a intake log out start to finish with 1/8 tungsten an small breaker in my garage all aluminum running hot.
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I also have the square wave tig 200 works pretty good for the money. I have made some intake logs and welded turbo covers and aluminum piping. Have pushed it pretty hard and works well welded a intake log out start to finish with 1/8 tungsten an small breaker in my garage all aluminum running hot.
Do you guys run a pulser on aluminum or just vary heat input with your remote?

Iíve tried my hand at tig aluminum a couple time and it always comes out looking terrible. Of course most of it has been on 50 year old cast aluminum thatís been in cow poop itís whole life
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I use 3/32 arczone ArcTime™ Hybrid Sky Blue on everything dc/ac. I dont pulse aluminum or vary heat input just constant amperage. Most of the time I run full 220 amps
of my welder when running aluminum.
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Do you guys run a pulser on aluminum or just vary heat input with your remote?

Iíve tried my hand at tig aluminum a couple time and it always comes out looking terrible. Of course most of it has been on 50 year old cast aluminum thatís been in cow poop itís whole life
I have pulse on my welder but do not use it for aluminum, I control the heat with the pedal. Pulse works better on sheet metal.
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