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4 Best TIG Welder Reviews (Miller Diversion 180, Everlast PowerPro/PowerTIG & Lincoln Square Wave)

We have shortlisted the best TIG Welder reviews below, do check out –

Miller Diversion 180 TIG Welder, 120-240VAC

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Product Overview –

Miller U.K has been delivering the equipment since 1978 & inventing new innovations till today. Miller Diversion 180 TIG welder is a perfect example of this company. It’s very easy welder to start off with the jobs that you can do, it worked flawlessly. Setup is super easy. Welding aluminium within 10-minutes out of the box. Great product that is simple to use for home-hobby and light-duty commercial applications. Some points to view at this product are:-

Power Source Weight: 50 lb. Welder Min.

Output Amps: 10

Features: Inverter-Based, AC/DC Power Source, Fan-On-Demand, Portable Uses Miller’s MVP(TM) Plug for Multi-Voltage Usage, Digital Display, Remote Amperage Foot Control Included Input Voltage: 120/240VAC Polarity: AC/DC Welded Material: Aluminum, Steel Welding Processes: TIG

Application: Aerospace, Construction, Heavy Equipment Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Railcar, Shipbuilding, Boat / Yacht, High Purity Processing Input (Amps): 11.3/16 Rated Output: 60A @ 12.4V/150A @ 16V Welder Input Phase: 1 Welder Input Hz: 50/60 Item: TIG Welder Overall Depth: 23.875″ Welder Industrial Class: Light Welder Max. Output Amps at 180V

You can use welder for fabricating parts and pieces for home automotive projects. The Miller TIG welder did good on the sections of carbon steel 4″ downpipe needing to wind around several obstacles. From there you can also break the exhaust into two 2″ Stainless Steel runs as to get around all the tight areas and articulating suspension.

Specifications

Part No. 907627
Item Weight 65 lbs
Product Dimensions 26.5 x 13.5 x 21.5 inches
Input Voltage 110/115/120 V 
208 V 
220/230/240 V
Warranty 3 Years
Weld able Materials Aluminum
Steel
Stainless Steel
Material Thickness Steel: 0.025 in. (0.6 mm) – 3/16 in. (4.8 mm) 
Aluminum: 0.030 in. (0.75 mm) – 3/16 in. (4.8 mm)
Weld Output CC

 

Pros

  1. Easy-to-understand operator interface.
  2. Inverter-based AC/DC power source
  3. High-frequency arc starting
  4. Portable
  5. Auto-postflow

Cons

  1. Fan Sound is too noisy
  2. Heavy cable makes Miller diversion 180 a heavy machine
  3. The torch size is too big in front of the machine
  4. Foot pedal does not have a proper mounting
  5. Expensive compared to other TIG welding machines

Conclusion

This machine will never give a problem to you!

The only objection is the foot pedal wants to try and walk away from you so you need to     mount it and the connection used for it is a RG-45 connector which are easy to fix if you have the proper crimp tools but really not made for a rugged environment, would much rather see a connector plug with strain relief.  TIG, Steel, Stainless and Aluminum, welding with Miller machines is an awesome experience. Go and use a different brand and you’ll see how nice and indestructible Miller is. Miller is the industry standard of welding machines.

Overall  a highly recommended machine for hobbyist & large industrial usage with a good brand

Everlast PowerPro 256S 250a Tig Stick Pulse 60a plasma cutter Multi Process Welder

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Product Overview –

The Multi-Process PowerPro 256Si offers an improved design with a new modular structure. This new design includes digital control and a more robust internal design to improve reliability and performance while simplifying circuitry and reducing weight.

The key features of the PowerPro 256Si include:

  1.   Digital control and componentized unit design reduces complexity of circuitry and components, reducing the overall number of components. This is aimed at improving lifespan and long term serviceability of the Multi-Process TIG/Stick Plasma platform.
  2.   Digital control offers more precise control over parameters, and offers a more   satisfactory operating experience by minimizing service and operational issues found in the typical TIG/Stick/Plasma multiprocessing welder/cutter unit.
  3.   Full-wave bridge rectifier inverter design also features soft switching technology which further extends IGBT component life.
  4. HF point gap adjustment issues have been reduced with the introduction of new HF board design.
  5. Digital components offer reduced weight and improved operating efficiency over past analog controlled generations. 
  6. The digitally controlled square wave design creates a stable arc in AC, with a fast melting puddle and good wet-in. 
  7. Adjustable arc force control and adaptive hot start helps improve the SMAW process performance. 
  8. Plasma operation has been improved with a new generation of torches featuring the iPT 60 torch.

Specifications

Item Weight 93 lbs
Product Dimensions 22 x 17 x 9 inches
Part No. PowerPro 256
Power Efficiency 60%
Warranty 1 year
Style Plasma Cutter
Plasma Welding(Output Current) 40/60 amps
TIG Welding(Output Current) 18/20 amps
Stick Welding(Output Current) 25.2/28 amps

 

Pros

  1. AC/DC Selector
  2. Control and Pilot Arc Connector
  3. Pulse Frequency Control
  4. Protective Cover
  5. Amp Control Knob

Cons

  1. HF start is so weak
  2. Balance is backwards
  3. 12 foot torch is so short that that the thumb throttle is just a novelty
  4. Everlast welder produces loud noises
  5. Water cooler produces hefty sounds

Conclusion

It does work, and it works well!
First, download the real owner’s manual from Everlast’s site. The one in the box is actually fairly entertaining reading, but not overly helpful. Everything functions well. Consumables are not really widely available yet, but getting there. has some OEM tips and strikers Beautiful stable TIG arc. The included water cooled TIG torch, while serviceable, is just too cumbersome and heavy unless you are constantly welding at or above the 200 amp range. So much easier, they include the torch they do, but having an option to downgrade/sidegrade to a smaller torch when ordering would be nice. Everlast PowerPro 256S is more refined and brittle in it’s control.
No real drawbacks as of yet. AC settings for Aluminum are opposite from what most are used to. The newer pedal works well. The controls are well laid out, and make sense after you use it a few times. Everlast’s tech support is very good, quick to respond. Swapping from air to Argon takes a minute, but quick connects take that down to seconds. The two bolts that hold on the air regulator/filter are still too long and hit the transformer in the case when installed. Grab a couple of bolts about 5mm shorter, or throw some extra washers in there. The 60 amp Plasma Torch lights up and re-lights faster, cuts thicker slabs more evenly, but generally works about the same. Everlast’s forums are a bit slow as far as activity goes.

Everlast PowerTIG 250EX AC DC TIG STICK Pulse welder 220 Volt Inverter-Based AC

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Product Overview –

The latest generation of the PowerTIG 250EX has performance and reliability has been boosted by a complete redesign that incorporates a digitally controlled inverter with an analog style controls for an easy to operate control panel. The main features of this welder include:

  1. Digital control and componentized design reduces complex wiring and circuitry of components, reducing the overall number and sizeof discreet components. This is aimed at improving lifespan and long term serviceabilty of the PowerTIG 250EX platform.
  2. Digital control offers more precise setting and control over parameters, offering a more satisfactory operating experience.
  3. Full-wave bridge rectifier inverter design also also features soft switching technology which further extends IGBT component life.
  4. HF point gap adjustment issues have been eliminated with the introduction of new solid state HF board.
  5. Digital components offer reduced weight and improved operating efficiency over past analog controlled generations.
  6. The digitally controlled square wave design creates a stable arc in AC, with a fast melting puddle and good wet-in.
  7. Adjustable arc force control and adaptive hot start helps improve the SMAW process performance

Specifications

Item Weight 60 lbs
Product Dimensions 24 x 9 x 17 inches
Part No. PT2500
Power Efficiency 60%
Warranty 1 year
Style AC/DC TIG, DC Stick
TIG Welding(Output Current) 18/20 amps
Stick Welding(Output Current) 25.2/28 amps

 

Pros

  1. Amp Display
  2. Spot Weld Timer Control/Switch
  3. AC/DC Selector
  4. Control and Pilot Arc Connector
  5. Pulse Frequency Control

Cons

  1. Foot pedal is slow on low ampere
  2. Balance is backwards
  3. 12 foot torch is so short 
  4. Everlast welder produces loud noises
  5. Water cooler produces hefty sounds

Conclusion

Best Bang for the Money!

So far you can weld 1/8″ aluminium sheet, aluminium rims, 20ga copper, and all thicknesses of mild steel(heaviest thus far was 3/16 flat bar). It’s performed admirably. I prefer having lots of knobs rather than having stuff buried in menus. You have to nearly purchase a $5000 Dynasty setup. This was less than half the price and has almost twice the warranty duration. The torch remote and the pulser settings as opposed to the foot pedal as it’s much more maneuverable. Having learned on a very basic transformer style air-cooler machine, the pulse controls are upgradable. Everlast powetig 250EX can be used in different applications. You can weld aluminum fuel cells, turbo piping, MS and SS headers, small jobs for neighbors, etc. This TIG welder works awesome. Very stable arc. I have one issue with it about the foot pedal, once you get up in amperage its good, but low amperage its worst. If I use the torch trigger instead I have no problem with low amps. It’s a great bang for the buck. The price has also gone down of this welder.
The 1/2 plate vertical up was just a test to see if it could handle it. It handled it like a champ.

Lincoln Square Wave 200 TIG Welder, K5126-1

Lincoln-K5126-1

Product Overview –

Lincoln introduced The Square Wave TIG 200 welding machine which is portable welding machine that gives opportunities to many craftsmen, small fabricators to boom their creativity.

Knows nothing about welding? No problem The Square Wave TIG gives an expertise review in welding & makes you the professional welder within few months, you won’t be disappointed.  The smooth & stable welding aluminum, steel & other stainless steel with chrome is provided by Lincoln Square wave 200

The user interface makes machine setup easy, makes you become a better TIG welder – faster.

A Great Machine for Aluminum –  AC frequency can be easily adjusted for a tough, wider aluminium sheet without any difficulties & AC balance can be adjusted for maximum penetration in the thick materials

 One Power Source –  The welding machine has an advantage of stick welding capability for outdoor work or thicker materials.

Take it &Plug in Anywhere. – Portable and convenient to use, only 46 lbs in weight

Specifications

Part No. 2774167
Item Weight 73.2 lbs
Product Dimensions 20 x 20 x 13 inches
Input Voltage 120/230 V
Warranty 3 Years
Weld able Materials Aluminum
Steel
Stainless SteelChrome-Moly
AC Frequency 60-150 Hz
Weld Output CC

 

Pros

  1.  A Great Machine for Aluminum
  2. One Power Source 
  3. Take it &Plug in Anywhere. 
  4. Built in setting for cleaning actions
  5. Portable & convenient to use

Cons

  1. AC frequency goes to max of 150 hz
  2. Starting amps seems a bit high and not configurable
  3. Default is 50% on pulse and 50% background amps and can’t be changed
  4. The welder will not go above 125 amps in TIG mode, or 90 amps on stick mode
  5. Poor customer Service

Conclusion

This is a great machine for a hobbyist, or even a low production shop. The fact that it is 110 and 220v makes it extremely portable, and you’re not limited to using it in a certain area it will be at a lower amperage. I agree with the other reviews, if you are looking at a 900 dollar welder, go ahead and get this Lincoln Square Wave 200 TIG welder. Full warranty for 3 years, most likely you will need it.
There are a couple of cons. The pulse feature is limited to 20PPS. Usually, this is fine, but if you are really trying to control heat on thin metal, it would be nice to have more adjustability in the waveform, it’s currently locked at 50% and a higher PPS. As other mentioned, the HF start pulse is probably over 10amps, and on super thin sheet metal this might be problematic. It would be nice to have some adjustability here.

The arc is very steady and the foot pedal is really good. The torch is really nice, it’s a 17 style which is very comfortable to use. The setup is not very complicated & controls are easily operated while wearing gloves and really intuitive The quality of every component is very good. You’ll be  glad to spent a little more and got this Lincoln TIG 200. You can buy a tank of Argon , plugged it into 110 regular outlet and laid a beautiful bead first time. This is a great machine and I would recommend it for anyone that is doing smaller project or that is just learning to weld. Through all in all, this is a great machine. 

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