Welding Machines for Every Budget

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Jeff Ray is back from Superformance Fab. He’s comparing different welding machines that fit every budget and even visiting a local store to see what’s available. Enjoy this non-biased review of different machines that are out there. Let us know what you have found to make a great first welder. We get asked quite frequently by students and hobbyists what are the best options out there. So, it will be nice to hear your opinions in the comments!

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Comments

Garth Land says:

proof that a lower end machine is not the worst thing. I started with a 110v a/c stick that my machinist dad found in the dumpster at his work.use what you can afford and build on it!

George F says:

Harbor freight welders are junk. You guys should not promote crap

Lloyd Castleton says:

Makes me wonder what some of these guys would think about ac/dc multi process from Amico. I have stick and flux welded with mine and like it a lot.

Brian B says:

Dont have time to sort thru videos so gona ask, what is your best recommendation for tig tungsten for both ac and dc. I ordered 2% lanthenated today and was curious what you guys like. Thanks in advance

David Mcnerney says:

HF has definately upped their welding game but the affordability of Everlast Welders and Warranty my next upgrade will be with Everlast

yurimodin says:

I just play around in my home shop. Got a Century FC-90 that is the handiest little go anywhere machine and an old Clarke(out of business now) ACDC buzzbox I scored off FB Marketplace for $40 so I can tackle anything bigger if I need to. I also scored a 1990 Lincoln Weld&Power 9Kw unit that I am refreshing. Mainly got it for the generator side but I am going to set it up to at least stick weld in the field if I ever need to.

Theodore Tsounakos says:

I’m probably going to do a review on my miller XMT 350 mpa. Because I haven’t found one on the Internet that was worth anything or even in English

Emmanuel Salinas says:

Any DC machine that stick welds will also Tig with a scratch start Tig rig. But usually you don’t get features like lift start, high frequency start and AC current. So no aluminum Tig. Ive been trying out the yeswelder machines. I have their 55 amp plasma cutter and a 250amp MiG welder. I use it for hobby stuff. They seem pretty decent for a beginner trying to get into welding. Only time will tell if they stand up to the abuse.

Benjamin Ruiz says:

What do you guys suggest on mp welders?

The Boot Leggar says:

Can there be a video on how to do a proper Welding Restart for 606 Stainless Steel Mig in all positions?

n@ils says:

I bought a Vulcan 220 from harbor freight and taught myself to weld with the help of this channel and welding tips and tricks. I’ve built myself a flatbed with it and the machine is great.

Weihrauch88 says:

Have a look at Vevor welders. Got a 3 in 1 Mig / Tig / Arc welder for £250. Mig 200 D3. Brilliant for the money!

Bob Higginbotham says:

Excellent video! Great work Jeff!

Piney Hollows Homestead says:

I have a titanium unlimited 200 from harbor freight and a Lincoln ac225 tombstone welder.both work great for all my welding needs. Also have the titanium plasma cutter. Has worked flawlessly. I learned how to tig on a pipe job running tig adapter off a Lincoln s.a. 300 long hood, so I'm used to the scratch start and pop out of it that the titanium welder has. I don't do aluminum, but if I ever need to, I'll just go buy the spool gun, or a bottle of helium if I want to dc tig it.

anthony marino says:

Buy once cry once

That Boii Jobo says:

I’m not a welder yet, i have yet to take a class either; i have plans to, in about 8 months through a local technical school. But from just watching different videos of how people prefer to weld, i can see that the machine you use for welding is basically just an investment in practicality vs quality of job.

Basically, go with a machine that serves your style of welding, and from there you can start to explore if you want to get more advanced machines or not. After all, if you can’t/don’t do any other weld types, there’s really no point of getting a machine that does it all. Unless you’re going to just completely cheap out on your budget, the quality comes from your experience more times than not.

(Correct if i’m wrong though. At the time being, i’m just an avid learner looking to get into the basics still)

rodan one says:

love my everlast machines!! Powertig 210EXT… just upgraded to 325EXT over the holiday… <2K!!! 325 amp tig…. less than 2K… what?? it's awesome. just received it the other day. but… unless you need to do thick aluminum. 210EXT is probably all you would ever need.

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