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    1. 11-24-2011 06:17 PM #251
      Just Picked up an Eastwood TIG 200. Couldn't pass up the deal. (normally $899.99 on sale for $699.99 and they had one with a torn box they sold to me for $599.

      Here is the welder.



      http://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-s-a...00-welder.html

      First impression after a few hours of welding:
      I love it. Only welded 1/8" aluminum plate and tube on 115v. ( 3/32" red 2% thoriated tungsten, roughly 120-140 amps)
      I can't wait to give stainless a shot. That'll have to wait till tomorrow though.

      Now for some pics...








      and some stuff I've done with my Hobart handler 140 MIG w/ Spool gun













      Pieces left over from frame notches



      I have to find a shot of one welded up before the seam sealer... I'll dig
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    2. 11-27-2011 10:13 PM #252
      test pipe



      Shortened my tank (need to pressure test before install)



      any advice on the aluminum welds would be appreciated, I was about to start on the FMIC end tanks on Wednesday when I ran out of gas and everything is closed until tomorrow

      the end tanks will be 14ga and I plan to weld from the inside first then the outside before welding them to the core. Welder is a lincoln 175, so I do not have frequency or pulse control, other than my foot

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      11-28-2011 09:14 AM #253
      Quote Originally Posted by diive4sho View Post
      Just Picked up an Eastwood TIG 200.
      Brandon, i'll be interested in how you like it in the long run. I was looking at that welder as it seems like a pretty good deal for a decent entry level machine.
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      11-28-2011 05:34 PM #254
      Eastwood tig200 is very Decent welder for the $$ I have one and if welding 110-115 on alum the duty cycle is not the best and you need to let it rest after a while. on SS when I did my exhaust it was surprisingly good..... I just need to practice for better welds.

      I bet it is way better on 220 but I havent used it because I have not installed the outlet on my garage for it...... and could not find the extension cord to use the 220 outlet in the Laundry room at home haha

    5. 12-01-2011 12:10 PM #255
      Ditto to what huichox4 said.

      I LOVE it for stainless.. Made a stainless downpipe and wastegate dump for a buddy's SR20 240 last night and it performaed flawlessly.

      I removed the finger switch because I like the footpedal much better.

      Only one complaint, Not only is the breaker (on/off switch) on the rear of the machine which is a PITA but it doesn't seem to wan to turn on all the time... have to snap it down a couple times before it holds and the machine turns on...maybe it's because I'm reaching behind the maching at an odd angle to do it but it bugs me.

      It gets the job done on aluminum as well, even on my 110V 15amp breaker setup. I welded AN fittings to a SAAB oilcooler for the same 240 and it came out well. Anything thicker than 1/4" in AL will probably need the 220V outlet.

      For the price of the hobart and the spoolgun I probably could have bought the Eastwood MIG AND TIG together for less. Crazy. Hindsight is 20/20 though and for quick stuff the hobart serves me well. I'm addicted to TIG now though.
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      12-01-2011 01:15 PM #256
      Quote Originally Posted by diive4sho View Post
      Ditto to what huichox4 said.

      I LOVE it for stainless.. Made a stainless downpipe and wastegate dump for a buddy's SR20 240 last night and it performaed flawlessly.

      I removed the finger switch because I like the footpedal much better.

      Only one complaint, Not only is the breaker (on/off switch) on the rear of the machine which is a PITA but it doesn't seem to wan to turn on all the time... have to snap it down a couple times before it holds and the machine turns on...maybe it's because I'm reaching behind the maching at an odd angle to do it but it bugs me.

      It gets the job done on aluminum as well, even on my 110V 15amp breaker setup. I welded AN fittings to a SAAB oilcooler for the same 240 and it came out well. Anything thicker than 1/4" in AL will probably need the 220V outlet.

      For the price of the hobart and the spoolgun I probably could have bought the Eastwood MIG AND TIG together for less. Crazy. Hindsight is 20/20 though and for quick stuff the hobart serves me well. I'm addicted to TIG now though.
      yeah I like the foot pedal much better but didnt remove the finger switch because it came really handy when we were welding some stuff in some really awkward positions inside our race car or at least tacking stuff with it is way easy.

      I havent had the issue with the switch like you mention

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      12-01-2011 04:16 PM #257
      What kind of switch does that eastwood use? Compatible with lincoln or miller units? I'm tossing that up vs an old idealac tig-300/300 with watercooler and gasbottle for 200 more. The idealarc doesn't do squarewave, but its industrial and watercooled and does375 amps I think.

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      12-01-2011 04:22 PM #258
      Quote Originally Posted by Pat @ Pitt Soundworks View Post
      What kind of switch does that eastwood use? Compatible with lincoln or miller units? I'm tossing that up vs an old idealac tig-300/300 with watercooler and gasbottle for 200 more. The idealarc doesn't do squarewave, but its industrial and watercooled and does375 amps I think.
      we were talking about the on/off switch it is a breaker style switch


      this machine is very basic and doesnot have pulse or any of the other fancy things the really expensive machines have so keep that in mind

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      12-01-2011 05:35 PM #259
      ****. I ment to put in: for the hand control and foot pedal.

      Not having pulse doesn't matter too much for what ill be doing. In fact, I don't think I've ever used pulse.

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      12-01-2011 05:47 PM #260
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    11. 12-09-2011 09:49 AM #261
      Some practice with the Eastwood TIG:

      Welded an O2 bung on my raceland header.



      Practice on aluminum tubing



      Had an issue where the foot pedal failed to turn the power off when I let off. Come to find out the small tab that presses the kill switch wasn't making full contact. A slight tweak with the pliers and all is good.
      Pedal depressed to show what the switch looks like under the tab.


      Tab bent to fully depress switch when pedal is released. All better.


      Decided to chop some extra allroad downpipes I had lying around to make "piggie pipes". (delete the first cat out of each pipe. Chopped them after the cat, busted the cat out, smoothed out the inside, welded back together.





      I'm always up for a challenge and in trying to keep things interesting I came across this on the internet.....welding razor blades together. My attempt was, eh, ok i guess. lol



      Boredom got the best of me and I made this for my Fiance's desk at work. Made from a bunch of stainless washers, a random stainless star I found, a nickel and a masonry nail.
      crappy picture


      More scrap stainless tubing practice


      Welded an inside and outside corner joint....


      More tubing


      Be easy on me guys. I know the welds aren't the best. I'm just trying to give a review of the eastwood TIG for those who are thinking of buying it....not trying to showoff my awesome welding skills. lol
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      12-09-2011 10:00 AM #262
      Edit: nvm

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      12-09-2011 02:19 PM #263
      really got me in a bind between this Miller Diversion 180 and this eastwood 200.......the price just can't be ignored.....

      When welding stainless what type of cups, electrode, and CFM are you guys using? My beads always come out very dark like almost black...thanks.. perhaps we should start a thread about welding tips.
      There are so many good welders here and on EvoM... ToxicFab "Collin" over there does some very very serious work, some of the best I've ever seen on forums
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      12-10-2011 09:57 AM #264
      Black stainless welds are insufficient gas flow/coverage, too slow travel speed, and/or too much heat.

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      12-10-2011 09:04 PM #265
      Ok I will play too.

      Skyline exhaust I built.












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      12-11-2011 11:07 AM #266
      Quote Originally Posted by TIGninja View Post
      Ok I will play too.

      Skyline exhaust I built.













      Holy **** clearly someone has alot of experience behind the welder...Nice work

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      12-11-2011 05:59 PM #267
      TIGninja, What do you use to cope exhaust tubing?


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      12-11-2011 06:11 PM #268
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      TIGninja, What do you use to cope exhaust tubing?

      Bandsaw and a 6/48" belt sander.

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      12-11-2011 06:41 PM #269
      don't quote posts with pictures in them

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      12-15-2011 08:56 PM #270
      retrofit a honda s2k electric power steering rack in to my buddies 94 legend. had to do it under the car, on my side, welding the bracket while holding the rack "steady" between my legs. Hobart Handler 135 strikes again


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      12-16-2011 08:11 PM #271
      I get to join the show and tell

      My lin135+ mig


      ... and my newly purchased Miller Diversion 180


      Welds coming soon....
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      12-16-2011 10:16 PM #272
      I learned how to weld TIG on aluminum with an Everlast PowerTig 250EX. This is my first try at a project using mild steel. It's so much easier.

      Not totally straight, but it's pretty.




      Brackets done. They are for hanging our aluminum stock off the ground in our shop.


      In action. Sturdy as hell. When all the lag bolts were in, we had two of the bigger guys in the shop hang from each side of one of them. Didn't even budge.

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      12-19-2011 09:59 PM #273
      Had to build a rigging fixture at work so we can lower a couple hundred pound piece of metal we're cutting off. Forgot to picture the lifting eye. It's all crap scrap steel out of our expendable kits and shim kits. 150-175 amps with no foot control.








    24. 12-25-2011 08:09 AM #274
      has anyone ever built a dual plenum intake manifold.

      One large main plenum, and a second ram plenum connected above?

    25. 12-26-2011 05:22 PM #275
      Just got my Miller Diversion 180 a few days ago, and I spent sometime practicing yesterday and today. So far I'm pretty happy with the 180 although I have run into a few minor problems. I'm not thrilled with the small size of the pedal, it is difficult to make fine adjustments with most of your foot hanging off the end. At any rate, I'm having a ton of fun with it. I've been MIG welding for a little over 3 years now with a Millermatic 140 and while I would never give up my MIG, I'm finding TIG to be a bit more interesting and enjoyable. Here are some test beads from this morning for you to critique (1/8" carbon steel, 3/32 ceriated tungsten, 3/32 filler rod, ~105A).







      Toward the end I started to find my rhythm while listening to the subtle 'click' sound made when the filler hits the molten pool. As always, advice/criticism is welcomed.
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