Looking for TIG welder

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by manbeast, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. manbeast

    manbeast New Member

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    Need some advice from the gun smith on this forum. I am in the market to buy a new TIG welder. I have spoken to some of the bigger companies like lincoln,miller,harbor freight and they are a little to expensive for me at the time so I was wondering if anyone had any advice on Longevity?
    Has anyone ever heard of them?
    Thanks.
     
  2. manbeast

    manbeast New Member

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  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I'm not sure we have a lot of folks using welders for gunsmithing. There isn't a huge call for it since it really runs up costs due to the ned to heat treat after major welding is done.

    Only folks I know of that really do a lot of that is mainly in repairing nfa full auto recievers and registered sears. Everything else the costs of refinishing reheat treating far exceed the cost of a new reciever or barrel.

    Any reason your looking at this in relation to firearms??
     
  4. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Generally I would stay away from harbor freight IF you are planning to do more work than casual. Brand to go with are Miller (brand blue). What is your budget? For the heat treatment, TIG is the way to go because you can use an oxy-fuel rig to fix the heat treatment. Once an arc is established with a TIG, you can change the AMPS (usually with a foot pedal). So this means the difference between melting and heating.
     
  5. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Also: TIG welders are very $$$ for the good ones. It really all depends on how you are going to use it. $2,000 is the lowest you will pay for a good system. Miller dynasty series is also something to look into. Pricey, but will get you far!
     
  6. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'd go with a miller. The miller I use is from the early 90s, maybe late 80s even. No problems ever other than replacing the gun a couple times.

    We had two Lincolns in the shop, one fried after two years, the other took two years to get running right! Both Lincolns were MIG welders though.
     
  7. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a Lincoln 255 mig but wished I had gotten a Miller. As far as the tig goes if I couldn' t get the Miller I would forget it.
     
  8. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I would send the welding out to another shop if I couldn't afford a high quality welding machine. When you save more cash buy a welding machine.