Precision TIG 185

Anyone have experience with Precision TIG 185, from Lincoln? Good? Bad? Is
there something it supports that no other machine does?
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Willer
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I really LOVE mine.
As a beginner (thanks to my TIG185) I've been able to successfully weld both Stainless and Aluminum. It's also very smooth for stick welding. I fabricated a cabinet to store my TIG junk:
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Great online support (tips, tricks, discussion forums, etc) from Lincoln:
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are also a great help.
It rates a 'double thumbs up' in my opinion. I picked mine up new off Ebay and got the bottle locally.
Larry
My turbine powered boat project;
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Larry
How well does it strike an arc on stick welding? When I first got into TIG, I had ordered one of these, and called and canceled it to get the Thermal Arc 185 STF instead, and for the same price almost down to the dollar. For me, it was space/size. I do a lot of both, and I can't see anything being better than the T.A. 185 for TIG, but gosh darn it, striking an arc in stick mode makes me wish I didn't get it. I gave up a miller Thunderbolt 300Amp A/C job thinking that the T.A. 185 would suffice for stick. But that stoopid "VRD" thing makes for impossible arc starts. With the old Thunderbolt, it was like, bang!, smash the electrode down anywhere, anytime, and you were welding smoothly like a big dog. So I wonder if the Lincoln P.T. has this goofy VRD thing, and/or if stick mode, its "truely" a non inverter type arc welder?
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Mr Wizzard
Very easily. I don't have a lot of time on other machines, so I don't have a 'baseline' to compare it to. It replaced an old Sears buzzbox and the difference was 'night & day'. Of course the Sears was a POS anyway, but at least it allowed me to learn. My TIG185 is sooooooo smooth. It does not seem to 'stick' as often and is pretty forgiving.
I amazed myself by welding up a nice "T" out of Stainless for adding a pressure gauge to monitor the fuel circuit on my T58 turbine. I'm "ok" now with aluminum so I'll start on some of the brackets for my boat.
Larry
My turbine powered boat project;
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larry
Brackets for "what" ? Hopefully not for the ski tower, hehe! I've gotten "ok" on Al, but thats not good enough for me, I want to become "good". As in real good. But takes time.
Yeah, so my Thermal Arc 185 STW is *very* smooth on stick (as any inverter would be since its computer regulated), its just that VRD low-voltage drop back thing that drops back to 12 volts so that you don't get shocked when you're not welding - makes for impossible arc starts in stick mode. (does stick fine once arc starts)
So curious, did you look at the other models like the little inverters, and if so, what was the deciding factor ?
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Mr Wizzard
Actually I did very little comparing. A few other folks had posted questions here, so I looked at a couple models the 'old timers' had recommended (and digested the reasons why they favored those units). I think I had it down to this Lincoln and a comparable Miller model.
I checked local prices, then hopped on Ebay. A couple guys on Ebay offered free shipping and the total was several hundred under what I could get it for locally. I think I went with the Lincoln because it had an extra feature over the Miller- but don't quote me. Anyway, I got it from a dealer on Ebay (who had a billion positive feedbacks) and it arrived about a week later.
I researched the additional stuff I'd need to get started (bottle, gloves, helmet, rod) and stopped by the local welding shop. I made a 'rod tube' out of some 3" PVC and a cabinet to stash my stuff.
The next step is a nice Plasma Cutter. I'm thinking I'll get a 'wild hair' and order the Hypertherm Powermax 1000 here pretty soon. They go for about $2000 on Ebay (new, delivered).
Then I'll take a Composites Class at the local Community College so I can get to work on my boat. Don't know much about working Kevlar, but I'm a quick learner. :-)
Larry
My turbine powered boat project;
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larry
Actually, I think thats where I first ordered my P.T. 185 - from a guy on E-bay with about a billion feedbacks - he was nice enough to cancel the order (when I went and got the Thermal Arc instead).
Isn't there some welding lay that says you have to make welding tubes out of metal pipe ? hehe...
Imna look intoi that.
Dang dude, thats a serious boat project! Don't suspose one of them will fit in my new 175 Baylinger, eh ?
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Mr Wizzard
Larry, I could not find good pictures of your turbine engine. I am very impressed with your project. Also wonder about the specs (beyond the RPM, which you mention).
I own a boat and do not like going above 25 mph.
i
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Ignoramus28822
Here's some details and pics of my T58-GE-3 turbine:
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Here's my T58 on the cart and pics of my 30' Cobra Terminator (it's Kevlar and only weighs 2500 lbs!):
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These are the drivetrain components:
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After I get my boat house put up I'll get the machine work done and assemble the entire mess.
No, I'm not nuts. I'm copying Howard Arneson's turbine powered 32' Skater:
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Gotta keep busy ya know :-)
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larry
There's a few T58 specs here:
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What other specs would you like? I'll look 'em up and post the data.
Larry
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larry
I am sat5isfied with your details, thanks a lot, that's very exciting.
I have a 22 year old, 21 foot boat with a Mercruiser 228 (GM 302, IIRC). Last year we took on 13 ppl on board and even were able to waterski. (half of the people were kids though)
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Ignoramus28822
I've got a Glasply 19' (Chev 305 V-8 + Volvo 280 O/D) that takes us out 'boat camping' in the beautiful San Juan Islands. This gets my vote in the 'best camping on the planet' category :-)
There are about 35 local, State, and Federal Parks sprinkled throughout the islands (most only accessible by boat). Details:
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Somehow the 'boating crowd' is more tame and seldom brings those 'big city' bad habits out with them.
Life is good.
Larry
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larry
I'm really happy with mine. It was a toss up between it and the Miller Synchrowave 180 SD. The deciding factor for me was the Precision TIG 185 included a pulser and at the time the Miller didn't but I think that's changed now. For stick I had to buy a stinger separately ($55) as, unlike Miller, it wasn't included in the TIG 185 package.
I do mostly double and triple butted bicycle tubing, 4130 chromoly, and some 6061 aluminum. It's worked great.
TIG - Lincoln 185 MIG - Miller DVI O/A - Victor Plasma - I wish
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Mike H.
Yep, It was something like that little item that swayed me to the Lincoln too. My CRS has been acting up lately and as a result, I Can't Remember Shit :-)
I picked up a plug from the local welding shop and used one of my old (experienced) stingers.
Larry
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larry
I just got back from the Delco Drags in Las Vegas the last four days. Awesome drag races. Weather in the low 70s.
There was a Lincoln booth in the pits. I looked at the 185, and have decided it is for me. I think it will do all I am capable of, and more. I have been trying to decide on this one for about two years now, back when they were the 175. The tekkie was helpful, and I got some info on my S175+ that has been acting up lately. Very helpful.
However, he did tell me that the HyperTherm plasma cutter was a lot better than the Lincolns he was selling, which surprised me a little. Not that the HT was better, but that he would say it while in a Lincoln shirt. It all goes to show, Lincoln will help you if you got a problem, and they sell good stuff. They don't even mind steering you to a better machine of another name. Try that with that cheap Chinese crap.
Steve
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Steve B
I love boat races too. You may find this interesting: mms://69.93.51.164/pureguts/boats56.wmv It's some Offshore Racing flips and crashes. (paste the link into your browser and it streams from the server).
I agree with his insight. Every time the conversation comes up here, it's the same recommendation (from all the 'old timers')- They say to get the Hypertherm Powermax Plasma Cutter (in whatever size fits your needs). And it's the first choice bar far (they say). Not even a close second. That's good enough for me! So, I'm looking at the Hypertherm Powermax 1000. It's just a hair under two large on Ebay (new, delivered).
Yes, it was odd he would say that while 'on the job'. Honest Salesmen are a contradiction in terms. That's like saying Military Intelligence- those two words cancel each other out :-)
Larry
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larry
Larry, Some of your early hydro pictures look a lot like Puget Sound? I grew up in Everett and sunk my hydro off Mukeltieo in about 68' .. hit a deadhead and things happened really fast :) Fortunately I outgrew that phase or I probably wouldn't be here LOL Glenn
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Glenn
Ah! Looks like that answered my previous question :) Some of the best time I had growing up were in the islands skiing and diving. You can gather quite a crowd on the bridge waterskiing through Deception pass against the tide :)
Glenn
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Glenn
*ding* *ding* *ding*
Glenn's our winner today! What prize do we have for Glenn?
. . . . Ooops. Got a little carried away there. I thought this was Decaf?
Yep, that's Puget Sound in those photos Glenn.
Puget Sound sure is cold water. After taking an unexpected dip like that you know firsthand just how *freezing* it really is! Hypothermia will get you in about 20 minutes.
I have not 'outgrown' that phase yet. :-) I've always loved fast boats, so naturally a turbine powered boat is the first project on my retirement 'to do' list!
Larry
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larry

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