Any advice on this machine?

  1. Andrew Hayes

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    Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i Multi Process Inverter

    What is the general thoughts on this brand of machine, i read its an ESAB owned company and i know ESAB are pretty good in the world of welders?
     
  2. duncans

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    I've got the thermal arc 211i fabricator I've had it for about 7month I purchased it 2nd hand I've used mig /stick on the machine it's been faultless im a hobby man but I've been doing a ;lot of practicing the only fault well I say fault the fan makes quite a noise but I Screenshot 2020-02-23 at 23.43.46.png would imagine they all do
     
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  3. Andrew Hayes

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    So even though its second hand its still a strong machine?
    The fan noise wouldnt bother me tbh.

    i cant find many reviews of it but it seems people like them.
     
  4. duncans

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    its great mate I no esab owns the company but thermal arc has a good reputation that's why I think they have left the company alone I may be wrong someone else will no for sure mate
     
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  5. Andrew Hayes

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    theres one on offer atm is all im thinking and comes in £35 less than the lincolnm i had previously set my sights on.
     
  6. duncans

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    there was a guy who sold the 181i on here he sold it really quick and the guy who purchase it after trying it out was well chuffed with the weld it did
     
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  7. duncans

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    pitty you couldn't try them both out and see which one you liked mate
     
  8. Andrew Hayes

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    That is good to know, ill have to see what others also say, hopefully someone here has had it for a while and used it enough to give good feedback on the machines abilities.
     
  9. duncans

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    yeah I've welded 6mm angle iron easy 3.2 rods it strikes an ark 1st time every time which I like I've also got a pickhill bantam which I've got as a backup but they are so bloody heavy but will last a lifetime what I liked when I purchased it there was I think 7 boxes 5kg welding rods so I've loads to play with lol
     
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  10. duncans

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    the lady who made the electric gates has the machine mate I forgot her name brilliant gates
     
  11. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    That would be @KimB :thumbup:
     
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  12. duncans

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    thats the lady mate
     
  13. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Esab and thermal arc, good quality stuff, I own esab, unbeatable...
     
  14. jgr2015 Member

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    Have an old-ish Thermal Arc MMA/DC Tig inverter. I have it for hobby use - bought second hand and seems well made.

    Was delighted when Thermal Arc were happy to email me a user manual, even tho I had bought it second-hand and so wasn't their direct customer.
     
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  15. Andrew Hayes

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    Well the offer is over, i hesitated to long on purchasing one on special offer with a binzel mb25 evo pro :( would've come in at £480....
     
  16. Andrew Hayes

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    I cheekily emailed united welding asking when they will have the offer back on and they said they had one left but it wasnt listed on the site so im going for it!

    I will put it through its paces when all the kit arrives and my 16amp power point is installed then try to do an honest review of it.
     
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  17. KimB

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    I love mine. It’s a really nice machine. I have a pedal as well. I liked it so much I then replaced my Mig with a 181i. Between the two I’m thrilled. I’ve not used them lately though.
     
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  18. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Good one, and goes to show that if you don't ask, you don't get! :thumbup:
     
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  19. duncans

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    well I have a 16amp socket in my shed but what I did is make one up mate 16amp to a 13amp plug up to now it's never tripped but I've not turned on full amps which the machine is 210amp have had no reason to
     
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  20. Andrew Hayes

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    ive got a 16amp switched box on the way and my mate who is a sparky is going to get it all installed for me then i can use it so it'll all be able to whacked up if needed
     
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