Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South, OK
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Re: Need some opinions
I am not familiar with that machine, but having both mig and tig welder, i will say i do try to tig everything i possibly can just because its fun, looks better, and more time under the hood to improve my skills. Mig welding is fine for those quick jobs, and it does have its purpose, especially tack welding parts that you are going to tig weld. Cant really do that unless you have someone holding the part for you.... but either way, i spent $4900 on a miller dynasty 200dx. its quite a bit more than what you are looking at, but considering the features it has, it has been one of those irreplaceable tools in my garage.
As everyone said, it all depends what kind of job you are wanting to do. i have done plenty of work with my mig welder such as my bumpers on my 4x4 truck. honestly i would not want to tig weld over 12ft of steel just to grind down the metal to round off the corners. it will take a long time, and waste a lot of gas IMO.
I have found my TIG to be really helpful on repairing broken parts, especially small parts. the precision you have with .040 electrode is amazing.
a basic machine can get a lot done, but it just depends if you are doing general work, or if you plan on working with more intricate parts. with the settings available on my machine, i can setup for any type of situation, pulse, frequency, and a whole lot more. gives it versatility for those oddball jobs.
Again, if you plan on welding up link bars and do jobs like that, TIG is the way to go.