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  1. #1
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    Default GIGWELD 200 AC/DC comments

    Looking at getting an AC/DC TIG welder in the near future, and wondering what the thoughts are on the GIGWELD 200 AC/DC Weldskill? The reason that I'm looking at this unit, is that this is what the local dealer sells.
    If it's not very favourable, what would be a good one to get?
    It's been a long time since I did TIG, and what I did use was the old Pie Warmer fitted with a rectifier.
    With the new technology, I'm out of touch now, so I'm asking the more experienced for their comments.
    Thanks in advance,
    Kryn
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    Is this the machine that you're looking at?

    https://www.cigweld.com.au/product/weldskill-200-acdc/

    If so, then I'd say 'Go for it!'

    I've had one for a couple of years now, and it's an absolute ripper of a machine! Very easy to use, and with plenty of features that often only appear on machines twice the price or more, and all of the fittings and accessories that come with it are top quality, too.

    Add to that the fact that it's by far the smoothest stick welding machine I've ever used (and I've got machines from a little 120 Amp caddy, up to a TransArc 400), and what you get is great value for money.

    Sure, it doesn't have settings memory (other than keeping its last used settings), nor is it 'synergistic', but I'm of the opinion that one should learn to understand what the settings on the machine are actually for, rather than having it do all of the thinking for you, so that if you find yourself having to set up a different machine one day then you'll have a far better understanding of how to do so.

    The only downside I've found to it so far is that it is LOUD! If you want a quiet machine then this is NOT for you. As soon as you turn it on the fan spins up and keeps going flat out. It really would have benefited from some kind of fan-on-demand system, but if that's not a problem for you then it's a great choice.

    Cheers,... Jon.

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    Great machine, i have one for home. After having the 200AC/DC Transtig at work i was looking for a similar welder for home but without the Transtig price.
    The Weldskill is bigger, heavier and as Jon noted noisier however it is also a lot cheaper. The fan runs at a single fast speed where as the Transtig will run slow then speed up once you start using some amps/time on the machine then revert to a slow fan speed once it has cooled down.

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