Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Tig welders

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Chelmsford Essex
    Posts
    1,459

    Tig welders

    Been looking at R-Tech tig welders AC/DC and noticed this from Frosts for an Eastwood Tig which one came on offer as a Black Friday Offer. Looks like I will have to run a 32 Amp dedicated feed too the garage. It comes with 3 year warranty so they must trust there kit.



    https://www.frost.co.uk/eastwood-tig-welder-200-ac-dc/

    Or

    https://www.r-techwelding.co.uk/tig-...-ac-dc-160amp/

    The Eastwood 200-amp TIG Welder features with High-Frequency Inverter Technology is capable of welding thin or heavy gauge steel and aluminium with precision and ease. Now with Stick Welding Feature!

    It look a bit bulky as its not a digital but would meet my requirements for occasional jobs.

    Anyone got one or had experience of one?
    Dax 351 Cleveland T5 2.88 PL

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Christchurch, NZ
    Age
    60
    Posts
    2,464
    The input current figures look odd - 13A for a 160A machine and 28A for a 200A machine. My 200A TIG runs on a 15A socket. It depends what you are up to but the messing about with car and truck parts that I do I hardly ever run the welder flat-out and a 13A plug would be fine.
    Cheers

    Myles D-W

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Hilperton,Wiltshire
    Posts
    2,621
    It all depends on length of cable and it's rating. If you have a long run of cable to your garage you may need to upgrade the cable plus the mcb. My mig is OK along as I don't turn it up too much.

    Just been on a electrics course.

    Andy

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    42
    Posts
    4,425
    Go with the R-Tech, IMHO; comes with a much (much) nicer foot pedal (and using the pedal makes a huge difference once you get a feel for it) and much more configurable.. I have the digital version (TIG170) and it's a lovely machine to use.

    As others have said - I haven't found a need to go above 170A yet.

    Keep an eye on R-Tech's Special Offers page (https://www.r-techwelding.co.uk/weld...pecial-offers/) if you aren't in a rush.. I could have picked up the TIG210 for the same cost as my TIG170 as a shop demo unit if I'd waited. They're also great people to deal with with fantastic after-sales support (a friend snapped one of the controls off his R-Tech MIG - they sent out a replacement FOC as he was happy to solder it in himself) and they're more than happy to give you advice and talk you through stuff on the phone.

    Did I make it clear enough that I think the R-Tech is the way to go?
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Bishops stortford Herts
    Posts
    893
    I have a Rtech 260 tig and a Rtech plasma cutter , they are a very good firm to deal with and good backup
    camber compensation and anti roll. http://xcsdesigns.co.uk/

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    East Leake, Nottinghamshire, England.
    Age
    56
    Posts
    9,599
    I just bought a R-Tech tig welder with aluminium capability as they are nightly recommended on here. Can't wait to get some use out of it.
    Martin

    351W 416.7 HP and 466.8 ft-lbs

    Running Mega Squirt and Edis 8


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Chelmsford Essex
    Posts
    1,459
    Thanks for the feedback.

    So many positives for R-Tech and I only hear good things about there back up support with reliability. I think I will be doing mainly steel and stainless with the very concessional aluminium but I know once I start I will probability start to do more ali.

    My garage is not fare from my consumer unit.

    Myles D-W
    I thought the same that for an additional 40 AMP they state 28 amp. May be the efficiency goes with the 200 amp unit. I don't think I will need the full 200 amp as most work will be light weight stainless and steel max 1/4 inch.

    Been watching lots of videos on ali.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoWSOC_Gx0w

    I have done gas oxy and mig in the past and preferred the control of the gas.
    Last edited by jon1d; 30-11-20 at 01:22 PM.
    Dax 351 Cleveland T5 2.88 PL

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    42
    Posts
    4,425
    The R-Tech 210 is only 16A, and 260A is 32A.. Eastwood's numbers look very odd.
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    Shipston-On-Stour
    Posts
    374
    All I will add is that my MIG, TIG and Plasma Cutter are R-Tech! All my car builder mates use R-Tech. Nothing else needs to be said does it??
    Dax with 1964 Dual Quad 427 and Toploader box

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Dronten, the Netherlands
    Posts
    355
    Íf you are thinking about tigging alu, be aware that you do need some serious energy once you go above 5 mm or so...
    Just saying...
    Theo

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •