Looking at Tig machines, I have narrowed it down to the Thermal Arc Pro-Wave 185tsw, Miller Maxstar 200SD, Lincoln Invertec 205. I really like the Miller and the Thermal Arc what I need now is to get a good price on them. Anyone got any good experiances with sellers on the web?
I bought a Invertec V205T from Praxair for $2170. plus another $200 for the foot control. No Tax and free shipping. Call them at 863-533-0975 and ask them if they can fax you a EAA special pricing order form. I ordered a couple months ago, but they should have another DEAL going for the EAA Airventure Show going on about now. I also bought a Lincoln torch from them, but also got a CK-9 with a superflex cable #CK 9-12-RSF RG through Presision Products for around $45, a much better torch and cable than the Lincoln, just get the CK Torch. Call Geo. Johnson @ Percision 1-800-544-1002.
I have gotten VERY GOOD service from these two vendors as well as very good pricing.
I am looking local, I just want to know what I can find it for on-line. The local guys didn't really offer me much help, they barely knew the machines. If I have to read the litature and figure out my questions for myself I want to save a couple of bucks! This isn't to say the local people aren't good they just didn't answer my questions. So I want to campare prices. Customer service is a factor and if I find it for $100 or so more from someone who took the time to learn what it is they are selling, they made the sale and I will come back. If they don't know the machine hand me litature and cannot answer questions there's no differance between them and the on-line sellers.
Find yourself a local Haun Welding supply depending on where you are located. My local guy will match any price and is typically lower than anything on eBay before I even ask. Also with local guys you can get replacement parts and service really cheap if they know you. I will say that I buy consumables in both places. I cannot afford to pay $12 a nozzle when welding aluminum, you go through one a day, you can get 3 packs online for $10.
Typical price example: Millermatic 210 eBay: ~$1100 + Shipping Haun: ~$1000 every day
c> > Looking at Tig machines, I have narrowed it down to the Thermal Arc
Yikes! That seems a bit high. I think my guy charges about $17-18 per cylinder. Holston Gases is the name of the place I go to. The Nashville location just got bought by NexAir, who is pretty big in TN.
I recently purchased a Miller Trailblazer 301G from the local guys, but after about 2.5 hours, the Kohler engine started knocking something fierce. I didn't like the new equipment failure, but I liked being able to look someone in the eye when I expect them to "make it right". As it ended up, the engine was shot (local warranty repair guy diagnosed a bad head), and I had a new machine the next day. It's hard to get that level of service over the phone.
New England and upstate New York. But they will send equipment, not-gas just about anywhere. As I said, on equipment they rock, consumables are a little high and everything else is awesome. The have a 400+ page catalog also that you can order out of.