mig or tig?

I've taken a great interest in welding only recently. I'd like to invest in
an arc welder. MIG welding seems to be a lot easier, and cheaper. But, I'm
drawn toward TIG and stick welding. If a person were to own just one
welder, which would be the way to go (speaking in terms of effectiveness,
versitlity, and quality).
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Michael Billings
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A TIG/Stick welder and a Readywelder spoolgun to MIG weld from it.
My recomendation for an economy system is the Miller Maxstar 150.
The best deal on the market for an AC/DC TIG is the Thermal Arc Prowave 185TSW for around $1750.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Ernie, How would a Readywelder spoolgun run from the 180SD (previous version) compare to a Millermatic 175 or 210? Ciao, David Todtman
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David Todtman
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Definitely the stick/tig. MIG is great sometimes, but in my experience it's a lot easier to live without it than without a stick welder.
Don't hesitate to buy something a little bigger than you expect to need- with a bigger machine you will gain not only amperage but also duty cycle at any particular amperage. Waiting for a too-small machine to cool down is a total waste of time.
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I would imagine the Readywelder would work well w/ a 1996 econotig as well??
It's funny, I asked this question at a pretty large supplier, and they said, No way! Gotta get dedicated mig.
Curious as to what compromises one makes w/ a welder/readywelder vs, say, a dedicated millermatic?
It does seem, tho, at least by way of reality TV/garage shows, that stick welding has gone the way of dinosaurs. It seems *evrybody* is zapping away w/ mig, as if it were stick!! Even teenage girls! I went to my crappy li'l muffler shop, and millermatics were all over the place! I feel like RipVanWinkle, just waking up! My friend's shop has a machine dedicated to migging alum! Spool in the handle. ---------------------------- Mr. P.V.'d formerly Droll Troll
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Proctologically Violated©®
Yeah. Rip van Winkle, eh? Are you old enough to remember the bowling alley craze in the 50s early 60s? I wonder if soon we should begin to see a lot of these hardly-used mig machines advertised for sale in the local classifieds. Ciao, David Todtman
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David Todtman

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