What £300 stick welder to buy 2020?

  1. oliwb Member

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    So, in the market for something small and light. Everything else in the workshop is Lorch. Obviously I'd love one of them but even the cheapest is £500+VAT. This is really on a bit of a whim but I have quite a few jobs to do around the place and carting either the TIG or MIG around is a pest. I currently use the TIG for stick when I have to.

    Fairly competent but at around £300+VAT there seem to be several options from the likes of R-Tech, ESAB, Miller, Tech Arc etc. Probably won't ever run 4mm rods but it's a nice option to have.

    What do people recommend now days?

    Thanks,
    Oli.
     
  2. oliwb Member

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    Oh, should've said...230V only is ok. Obviously being able to run off a generator and 110V is an advantage but probably not anything I'll ever do in honesty.
     
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  3. Bornfree Member

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    I've got a sip hg2600 it's 250amp and it runs 5mm rods with no problems. Slightly over your budget at £369 + vat.
     
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  4. Agroshield Member

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    Consider a Thermal Arc 175 SE or the identical offering with yellow paint from ESAB. An equivalent machine from Parweld would also be worth looking at.
     
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  5. Tangledfeet

    Tangledfeet #1 Fan of 3M's VHB tape

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    Leftfield suggestion; Paton VDI 160P from Paton in Poland. Comes with geniune Binzel electrode holder and a carry case similar to a large Peli.

    If you flit between Aberdeen and Edinburgh you'd be only a few miles off-course passing me (I've got the 200P) if you fancy a look/shot; have plenty 6013's and 7018's.
     
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  6. DTS Forum Supporter

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    GYS e163. Pulse MMA, very light & compact
     
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  7. Tom Orrow L

    Tom Orrow L Welding Supplies Direct

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    Good shout, I'll second this one.
     
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  8. oliwb Member

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    What's the "pulse" bit then?
     
  9. Tom Orrow L

    Tom Orrow L Welding Supplies Direct

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    Useful for pipe welding and positional work etc.. I'm personally not a huge fan of it but some really like it. It's only available on the MMA function, not the DC lift TIG.
     
  10. oliwb Member

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    So is it like one of these high frequency pulse things (like in MIG) or slow square waveform?
     
  11. Shedendman

    Shedendman Member

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    Me,be the TecArc 166i,i've got one,does what it says on the tin
     
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  12. DTS Forum Supporter

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    you pulse much slower with MMA, around 1/2 second (2Hz.). If creating that stacking dimes with MMA is your thing it’s cool or it can help with positional welding. Rare feature on such a well priced machine.
     
  13. chris pruteanu Member

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    Probably looking at a Kemppi Minarc tig180 is a better alternative, 180 A, HF start and a really smooth welder altogether. Digital readout, easy to use panel and easy to switch between modes as well. The pulse version is nice option too but not really necessary ! I have one and it’s light and very portable, it’s my go to welder when I have jobs on site- yesterday I welded a tractor engine block due to being left with water over the last winter...
     
  14. Munkul

    Munkul Jack of some trades, Master of none

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    Kemppi minarc 150/151
    Or just suck up the cost and get a Lorch micorstick 160 ;)
     
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  15. Liam567 Member

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    Ewm Pico 160 here. Love the thing
     
  16. angellonewolf

    angellonewolf Member

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    2nd the thermal arc 175se i realy like mine :thumbup:
     
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  18. oliwb Member

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    In the end, I ordered an ESAB Rogue 180 Pro. Not had an ESAB machine before so will be interesting to try, but it was the 3 year warranty that clinched it in the end.... Thanks all, I'll let you know what it's like when I take delivery.
     
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  19. tom 748

    tom 748 Member

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    kemppi all the way
     
  20. oliwb Member

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    To everyone saying Kempi... I'd loved to of tried one, but the cheapest I could find is £389+VAT so they don't fit into the £300 title. They're a similar price to the Lorch and I'm afraid my money would be going that way everytime.
     
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