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Ok all you welders out there,...I confess..I am embarrassed to admit it but...

I have a really cheap Mig unit (I've had it for 7 years, "Century model 70, Gasless unit) I converted over to run gas and solid core wire. It is really terrible. I've got more money in an argon/Co2 bottle and regulator setup than in the whole welder. The challenge was to figure out how to make this thing make decent welds,...trouble is it never will and I'm getting too old to wait any longer.

I'm a prettry good welder but this thing is really bad and holding me back. Do I go ahead and spent the $2K for a Thermal-Arc TIG unit? Help me convince myself that I need it!

(P.S.: I really , really want one)

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what and how often are you welding??? If you are doing a lot of chassis/roll bar/frame construction, then the cost would be warranted. But if you are a "weekend warrior" like most of us, just upgrade to a better MIG unit...

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In my life I have bought plenty of stupid shi_. None of it was tools. Tools are like
women, Always get the best one you can.
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I'm using the Hobart mig unit, and it seems to work great. It comes out of the box with a gas regulator and hose setup. The whole thing is in the $450 range

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I have a century 110 amp machine and it is only good for light sheet metal. I have a 250 amp mig also and it is a far better machine and what is nice about it is that you can run the smaller wire and because the machine has so much amp capacity it runs a whole lot smoother than the small machine that is maxed out.
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Charlie,
If you're doing mostly thin sections, under 3/16", and do a lot of out-of-position work, the TIG would be a good investment...

With it you can not only control your welding precisely, you can also weld any metal from copper to cast iron with just a piece of the right filler material...

I bought mine specifically for welding the race car chassis and it has paid for itself many times over in the last 21 years in my business...it's an old Lincoln Idealarc 250....cost about 2K back in '80....last forever welder..*G*

If you do production work or weld thicker sections a lot, getting a good MIG would be worthwhile...the new inverter MIG's are lightweight and small....

Shop toys never end, eh? *G*

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Thanks all,

I now feel I MUSt HAVE the TIG unit of my dreams!

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