Any try an Eastwood welder

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  1. willyok

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    Hey guys I’m looking at getting into making some repairs to my aluminum boat. I wanted to see if any of you have tried the Eastwood ac/dc tig 200 welder. The few reviews I’ve seen, make it look pretty decent.

    I know it’s not a miller or Lincoln but at the price it goes for I can’t even touch a used blue or red brand.

    Again not looking to use this welder for a business. Only to make repairs on my bayrunner and other occasional use.

    I’d appreciate any feedback or opinions.

    Will
     
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    I don’t know anything about the Eastwood, but depending on your level of experience, you may want to consider an oxyacetylene outfit, more versatile and much more forgiving.
     
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    I have used Oxy acetylene in the past and actually own a small set. At this point im only considering repairs to my bayrunner with TIG welding methods.
     
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    Tigs cool. Mig with argon and a spool gun is easier though. And possibly cheaper. Swap with co2 and you can do steel. I’ve heard just ok things about Eastwood. I would see if esab or Hobart have anything in your price range first though.
     
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    Ive run a spool gun on 1/4" and and thicker aluminum but again i do not think it would be anywhere near ideal for the thin skin on the Bayrunner. Hobart makes an entry level AC/DC TIG that would work but almost double the price of the eastwood.

    I looked into the ESAB Units and they do look great but seen any reviews on any AC TIG machines that can actually weld aluminum.

    I actually just signed up for a two day TIG course. He says he has several machines on hand to test that range from cheap to extravagant
     
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    Hobart no longer makes equipment, it’s Miller equipment with different stickers.

    That said, Miller (ITW) makes fine equipment.
     
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    Actually, Hobart is not Miller equipment. ITW owns Hobart, as well as Miller. Miller does not own Hobart, nor are miller and Hobart the same machines.
     
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    The only thing Hobart still makes is filler metal.
     
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    I started with the eastwood 200, good unit for entry level, takes a little practice before you get used to it. BIL still uses it. moved up to Lincoln
     
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    Thanks for the response. It’s super useful hearing from someone that’s actually used it. I’m gonna attend a TIG course/workshop. The owner says he has multiple welders to test drive before I make a decision. Again I appreciate it. If your contemplating selling it now that you have moved up LMK.

    Will
     

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