How to Choose a Welding Machine

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A simple list of the factors I consider when shopping for a welding machine.

There are hundreds of options available when it comes to welding machines, each with different advantages and disadvantages. Because it’s impossible to review all of them, I decided to break down the key factors and specs that I look at in a machine, which are:

0:00 Introduction
0:24 Welding Process
4:10 Electrical Supply
5:12 Portability
5:44 Material Thickness
7:30 Duty Cycle
8:17 Special Features
10:03 Cost


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***Specific Equipment in View (left to right)***
Primeweld TIG 225x:
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DekoPro Stick Welder:
Lincoln AC-225:
Titanium MIG 170:
Titanium Flux 125:
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Miller Dynasty 200DX (10 years old and still crushing it):

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This video covers machines for Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) aka MIG welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) aka Stick Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) aka Gasless MIG Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) aka TIG Welding. ****Affiliate Notice****
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Shotz says:

If you're brand new to welding and have never welded before i'd recommend you buy a stick welder because other welders require other things to be able to weld such as gas and or tool attachments. Mig welding is the neatest/ cleanest weld and tig welding is just beautiful but stick is the most simple and easy to use and do. If you're a mobile welder i'd recommend starting with stick and eventually switching over to Mig as it does a cleaner job.

Scotty Collins says:

My true love is stick welding. Give me heavy steel and lots of amps.

Scotty Collins says:

Flux Core is way under rated. I much prefer it over MiG. Gas is expensive! And more importantly? Flux core makes stronger welds! The problem with home use and commercial flux core is the machines that are built for it. You’ll end up buying a MiG welder to get a really nice machine. Just don’t waste your money on bottles.

جمال دحدوح says:

hi 200amp tig machine can welding cast iron or aluminum …. cylinder head

Dave Man says:

I will be welding a lot of nickel bar. What do you recommend?

ruben Marquez says:

thank you again. i enjoy de video the experince you pas on.
i realy need a new machine. another step. thank’s again.

Just Don says:

Tim. If you could only have one welder ever. Would it be a TIG, or MIG?

J sans says:

I have to say this video is the most informative one i have found to make a choice for my new welder!! Really helped out in making a better choice instead of just go out there and wasting my money

CANUSA Kommando says:

Tim I'm about to purchase a welder. A multi – process machine that can weld steel, aluminium, and stainless steel.
I would like a mig/tig stick that can take a spool gun and gas. What would you recomend? I'm on a budget so I can afford around 500.00 to 600.00 dollars . I can purchase spool gun and other upgrades.
120/240 volt 200 amp or better. I would like a portable machine.
Thanks Tim.
Gary in London, Ontario.

Daniel Hoffman says:

I set myself up with a primeweld Tig 225x and I have a susemse mig-255 which is a multi-process welder also does MiG flux make gas lift tig and stick welding so I pretty much got the broad spectrum and all the welder I need. Now if I could just find me a nice plasma cutter and a water cooler to add a water cooled torch to my primeweld

Frank Cherry says:

How much of a power supply are we talking about for the home user? 20 amp?

Jacques Poirier says:

very good video,
one aspect that you overlooked a bit ot my opinion is the effect of the duty cycle on the general performance of a machine, on the arc stability when the arcing conditions are less than ideal because it is the effect most of us will encounter someday much before being limited by the welding time by itself.
this is true for all arc welding processes.

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