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).
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.
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.
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
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
I feel like RipVanWinkle, just waking up!
My friend's shop has a machine dedicated to migging alum! Spool in the
formerly Droll Troll
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