Tig welders

TIG Welders ultimate comparison table

Last updated on January 3rd, 2017 at 10:47 am

Tig weldersTIG Welding, also known as GTAW – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, is often characterized as follows:

  • Super clean (no smoke, no splatter)
  • Join all kinds of metals (steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, titanium, magnesium, etc)
  • Great for delicate work and making jewelry
  • Costly
  • Slower than stick or MIG
  • Harder to learn, especially for a beginner

With a TIG welding machine you can weld steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, titanium, magnesium, and other exotic metals – it will do it all. And TIG offers a smaller welding area (compared to MIG or stick), which reduces distortion and heat.

A 110-volt TIG welding machine is great for making jewelry and delicate work.

Best TIG welding machines

ImageTitlePriceRatingReviews
2016 AHP AlphaTIG 200X 200 Amp IGBT AC DC Tig/Stick Welder with PULSE 110v 200v680.004.6204
EVERLAST PowerARC 140 140amp Lift Start TIG / Stick IGBT Welder Dual Voltage256.174.3139
AHP AlphaTIG 200X 200-Amp IGBT AC DC Tig/Stick Welder with Pulse 110V and 200V945.964.2119
LOTOS TIG200 200A AC/DC Aluminum Tig/Stick Welder Square Wave Inverter with Pedal and Mask608.553.854
Lotos LTPDC2000D Plasma Cutter Tig Stick Welder 3 in 1 Combo Welding Machine, 50Amp Non-Touch Pilot Arc Plasma...544.51451
Lotos CT520D Plasma Cutter Tig Stick Welder 3 in 1 Combo Welding Machine, 50Amp Air Plasma Cutter, 200A TIG/...463.55451
EVERLAST PowerARC 160STH High Frequency Start TIG / Stick IGBT Welder 110v/220v439.004.226
LONGEVITY Tigweld 200sx - 200 Amp AC DC Tig/Stick Welder with Digital Display 110v 200v1205.013.826
Lotos Technology TIG140 140 Amp DC TIG/STICK Welder, IGBT, Dual Voltage, Blue271.954.821
Everlast Powertig 185 Micro AC DC Tig Welder 110/220 Volt Inverter858.014.320
Hobart 500551 EZ TIG 165i 230-Volt Inverter-Based AC/DC Welder1329.994.519
Everlast Power ITig 200 DC Stick TIG Welder 110v/220v594.004.615
Longevity Tigweld 160sx 160-Amp AC DC Tig/Stick Welder with Digital Display, 110-volt 220-volt719.07411
TIG Welder, DC, Maxstar 150 STL, 115/230VAC1635.954.98
Wire Feed Welders, MIG/STICK/DC TIG2302.484.15
Lotos TIG/ Stick TIG200-DC Welder 200Amp with pedal inverter Power Welding for stainless steel, carbon, copper...473.554.55
LONGEVITY Tigweld 200D - 200 Amp Tig/Stick Welder Dual Voltage 110v 220v712.083.75
2016 EVERLAST PowerARC 200ST 200amp TIG Stick IGBT Welder 110/220 Dual Voltage359.004.95
Zeny® 200 Amp Dual Voltage Input DC Inverter TIG and MMA Welder Welding Soldering Machine209.004.84
2016 Everlast PowerTIG 210ext 210amp Ac Dc Tig Stick Pulse Welder 110/220/240 Volt Inverter-based Igbt Technology1599.004.34
Miller Diversion 180 TIG Welder 9076272259.954.34
2015 Everlast Power ITig 200T DIGITAL DC STICK TIG welder LOW 2AMP start696.004.53
Everlast PowerTig 315LX AC DC TIG Stick Pulse Welder 220/240 Volt Inverter1184.004.73
TIG Welder, Precision TIG 225,208/230VAC2440.004.83
Square Wave® TIG 200 TIG Welder K5126-11534.0053
Esab Rebel EMP 215ic for MIG/TIG/Stick #05581022401615.0053
Everlast PT325EXT Everlast PowerTIG 325EXT 320 AMP Digital ACDC TIG welder with advance pulse, , green2491.004.83
TIG Welder, Precision TIG 225,208/230VAC2690.0043
TIG Welder, Dynasty 200 SD, 120-480VAC3498.2051

TIG welding process compared to MIG (and others)

In TIG welding, a tungsten electrode is used to heat the metal you are welding and (usually Argon) gas protects your weld puddle from airborne contaminants.

More metals. You can use TIG welding to join more metals than any other welding method allows.

TIG is very clean. No smoke, sparks, fumes, spatter. No need to remove slag and spatter afterward.

TIG is the best method to use in places where you need a very precise weld. It is also preferable to use TIG over MIG where the appearance is critical (automotive and art, not so critical for household and farming needs).

TIG is more complicated for a beginner because it requires the use of both hands – you’ll need to hold the torch with one hand while feeding filler metal with the other hand. Also, TIG often requires a foot pedal or a finger-controlled remote control to set the voltage of the welding arc during the welding process.

Just as with MIG welding, a shielding gas (typically argon) is required.

When comparing to MIG or Stick welding, TIG is slower because you’ll need to apply the metal by hand and control the heat while welding. MIG welders come with a wire feeder which is faster.

Use one shielding gas (usually Argon) for all metals. Because Argon can be used to weld all kinds of metals it’s all you need.

Weld in different positions. Make flat and horizontal welds as well as vertical and overhead. TIG is good for welding in all positions.

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