Review Grizzly $525 Pulse TIG Welder H8153

Got one yesterday - from Grizz, through Amazon. Right after the order
Grizz emailed about them being out stock till late July, but somehow
they
shipped one 2 days after I ordered it.
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I posted here when they first appeared in 07 catalog and wuz pretty
excited
about them. After some short thinking I decided I didn't need the much
more
expensive AC/DC model, as I never weld Al.
The unit is very compact, appears to be well made and well ventilated.
Very
quiet when operating. Comes with #17 tig torch with cups and electrode
holders,
stick holder, ground clamp. All fits together well.
After getting electrical plug and attaching it to the power cord,
assembling torch,
sharpening fresh lanthanated 1/16 electrode, hooked up argon tank,
went DCEN, put on me self-darkening $40 HF mask and got to some
sacrificial 2x2 angle.
Now, my experience with TIG wuz limited to $200 unit from HF - scratch
starting with whole
lotta sticking, cracking sound of the very aggressive arc. It worked
OK, but this unit is leaps and bounds above it !
The arc is dead quiet and absolutely smooth ! It starts like a
charm . HF has 2 settings and I think in one setting HF is always on,
while in other setting the voltage gets dropped a bit, so you have to
get the electrode closer to steel you weld to get it started.
It also appears to have a lift start. It is simply impossible to get
the electrode to
stick ! A+ With the el cheapo unit, I was constantly burning the tip
off - either through
sticking or when welding, due to the extremely "aggressive" nature of
the arc. Not anymore .
The arc is silkly darn smooth.
Next test will be welding 2 razor blades together - on pulse setting,
just for the heck of it.
So there you have it folx. If one is a pro and welds for NASA, it
prolly aint' the unit for you.
But for a hobbyist, methinks we got something definitely worth
considering.
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rashid111
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