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7 Things you need to know before buying a TIG welder

Thinking of buying a TIG welder? Then there are a few important things to know first.  

With so many models on the market, buying a TIG welder can be overwhelming for a first-time buyer. Before you start browsing, work out whether TIG welding is the best welding process for your job. While it isn’t the fastest option, TIG welding is the most precise and most controllable form of welding, making it a great choice if you require a high quality finish. However, if quality and appearance isn’t a priority, a MIG welder may be a better option.

Still interested in a TIG welder? Here are some factors to consider before you buy:

  1. Basic or sophisticated welding?

There’s a big difference between high-tech professional TIG welders and small hobby-type machines. And we’re not just talking about the price! To work out which is best for your needs, decide first how much power is required. Don’t just look at the job at hand, but think about how you might use the machine in the future too. Will a basic machine cut it in a year’s time? Or do you need something more sophisticated?

  1. AC or DC power?

The power source you need depends on the metals you’re welding. For aluminum and magnesium, your best option is an AC output, while steels and stainless steels require a DC output. And there are no prizes for guessing that welding a variety of metals will require a combination AC/DC Welding machine.

Welding aluminium? You'll need an ACDC TIG Inverter.

TIG Welding Alumium? You'll need an AC/DC Inverter Machine

  1. Combo or TIG only?

Today you can get combination or multi-process welding machines that offer both Constant Voltage (MIG and flux cored) and Constant Current (Stick and TIG). However, if you really are focusing solely on TIG welding, stick to a TIG-only machine for the best results.

  1. Location, location, location

Think about where you’ll be using the welder and whether you’ll be moving it within or beyond your workshop. If it’s mostly for indoor use, you probably won’t require a portable machine as you can rely on a welding trolley to move the machine around your premises. However, if you’re working out and about, portability is crucial. The good news is there’s a wide range of inverter and engine-driven TIG welders to choose from. Inverter welders are generally lighter and more portable than their conventional counterparts, while engine-driven welders typically combine a generator and welder in one.

Will you be taking your TIG welder on the road? A lighter weigh inverter machine is a smart bet

If you're planning to use your machine in multiple locations a light-weight inverter machine may the way to go.

  1. How thick is thick?

How thick do you need the welder to weld? As a rule, allow 30 amps for every millimetre of aluminium thickness and 25 amps per millimetre of mild steel thickness. 

  1. Pay attention to the Duty Cycle

The Duty Cycle of your welding equipment tells you how long you can weld without worrying about overheating the power source. In the specifications for the machine, it’s described as the amperage level that can be maintained for a percentage of time in a 10-minute block. For example, the duty cycle might be 50% at 180 amps. As a rule, 40-60% is sufficient for most hand-held TIG applications.

  1. A word about warranties

Whatever and wherever you’re welding, don’t underestimate the value of a warranty and service support network. Above all, they provide peace of mind. You get what you pay. At eWelders.com.au, all of our suppliers are backed by a nation-wide network of service agents and all have strong warranty conditions. 

Next steps

Know what you’re looking for now? Check out our range of DC TIG welders  and/or the ACDC TIG range.

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