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Old 01-17-2016, 09:13 AM
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In my attempt to get into Tig welding I once bought a Longevity welder (they use the same manufacturer as Eastwood) and it worked fine for a while. Nothing special and didn't do anything particularly good but wasn't terrible. Use pure Argon, don't get creative. If you are tig welding and the application doesn't need anything special just use argon.

If you're welding stainless, make sure you are backpurging.

After I started leaning on the welder pretty hard (btw, the pedal is not a binary pedal, so it will give you different amounts of amperage depending on how much pedal you give it - took me a while to discover this very important detail when teaching myself how to weld) it just quit working one day. I tried to send it back to them for repairs but they said it would be $100 just to open the case. Sooooo I bought a big Miller Syncrowave 180 from a buddy. My Longveity is in a box under a bench at the shop now because I refuse to give them the money to fix it or even look at it.

For your uses I think you'll be good. Remember that in the world of welders there is definitely a truth to 'you get what you pay for' and the big boys (Miller, Lincoln, etc...) are what you see on trucks and in shops that do it all the time.
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