Chinese Tig Welder Reviews

"Not all Chinese products are junk....although some are!..one Reader has been using Riland Welders with great results "

What do you think about chinese tig welders?

Everlast, Longevity, Riland, Rtech, Real Gear, Eastwood, are just a few of the names.

Here is why I think they are getting such a toe hold in the market.

Some of the better units can do most anything that a brand name welder like Miller or Lincoln can do and at a fraction of the price....like less than half.

As you know, I have field tested several imported welders and I have also made several videos showing jobs that were done.

The end result is usually pretty much the same as the big names.

Whats behind the helmet matters way more than the welding machine itself.

So then it comes down to things like customer support and service.

I think a few of the import companies will step up and offer swap out programs as part of the warranty.

When that happens it might be rough sledding for the big names. They might have to do the same.

I talk to folks all the time how want to get started tig welding but just cant pony up four thousand bucks for a new Miller or Lincoln Tig. They would love to buy Miller or Lincoln but just cant see spending that much for their first welder.

I like both Miller and Lincoln too.

But I include imported tig welders in videos because people are interested in them.

What do you think?

What Other welders Have Said

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mark highman... australia 
i bought a 160 amp d.c. pulse tig from a company here in australia called token tools who have all their machines made in china to their specs. in a word …

Typed on a Chinese-made "smart" phone 
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EastWood 220 Tig 
Along with many others here, I have found it hard to part with $3k for an american machine. I ordered up an Eastwood 220 Tig. Originally, it was the …

Way Better Than Expected 
First of all, I'm no welder, but many of my projects require welding so I decided that the easiest method to learn quickly and give good results would …

Lotos ct520 d  
Lotos is in California and been in business for a while ,my guess is they sell these imports with their name. Mine was $650 with optional foot controller …

Embedded in China 
I have been using a Shanhai Soyi NBC 250T now for about 2 years. Since I work here in China, I really had no choice but to buy a machine manufactured here. …

buy american 
buy american or go live in china i buy anything i can with red white and blue on it on it i know where i live and work you pay more for quality …

Regarding "Buy American" 
America's economy was founded on Capitalism and its ability to amass wealth quickly. The paradox with the "buy American" movement is that it the concept …

Mobilty Equipment Design 
Longevity-Inc 200DX TIG Runner I have been researching Chinese AC/DC TIG welders for about a year, I finally decided on Longevity-Inc 200DX AC/DC Pulse …

Many welders are gambles - even big name ones 
I had a Miller Econotig that died due to circuit board problems. It seems that the Econotig had that problem. In about six years I had maybe 50 hours on …

WSE250 
OK... I posted earlier on a Chinese WSE200 which I purchased from a company in Pomona, CA named Extreme Power. The welder initiated a beautiful arc …

Everlast took a while to get it right but.... 
What I'm about to outline is my experience with Everlast over the course of the last year or so. I'll also give my take on the performance of the machine …

GYS Chinese? 
I own a GYS arc/tig inverter welder, which until recently I thought was French but read somewhere on a forum that they're actually Chinese then sold as …

Harbor Freight AC/DC Stick Welde 
I have a Harbor Freight AC/DC Stick Welder that I bought new in 1993-4. It puts out a more stable arc than some name brand machines. It has lasted for …

They lost thru stupidy what they gained in ignorance. 
Winston Churchills comment from 70 years ago still rings true. We Americans are losing the great life we had from our stupidy and greed. Are any of you …

up in the air 
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remain competitive or die 
In my opinion, "Buy American" eventually translates to "Screw America". Why - because every time you buy something that is anything other than the best …

Everlast powertig 250EX 
Man o man. I never thought I would become a social outcast by buying a Chinese made welder. I thought long and hard about buying US. Own several US …

lotos plasma 
well first of jody forgive my grammer i wanna be a welder not a school teacher, anywho me and my old man (im curently 17) bout this cheap little lotos …

120 amp arc welder, pretty good 
I receive a HF 120amp arc welder for Christmas and it works and performs flawlessly i used it to weld some old lawnmower blades together and it did it …

Miller, Lincoln are you kidding? 
I am in the market for a TIG/Stick machine and considering an Everlast Powertig 250 EX. I am finding it very difficult if not choking, to part with $3000.00 …

Go work in China 
You got that? I'll be smokin with a Lincoln sa200. All you Bob Vilas can go to sears and buy one of those Chinese machines. Just a tip: leave the real …

I just go my j man welding ticket  
i think they are junk i bought one of those chinese units off ebay the tig/plasma/stick combo and got it home hooked everything up and it would hardly …

sorry for buying plasma arc 
I PURCHASED AN EVERLAST 50P PLASMA, WHEN I RECEIVED IT IT SEEMED TO WORK GREAT, CUT ONLY LIGHT GAUGE MATERIAL, TRIED IT ON 1/2 MATERIAL AND IT QUIT WORKING, …

Started welding chinese, then got my hands on a miller 
Im in kuwait and I learned welding on a chinese AC Stick welding machine. cant remember the brand name. but it cost all of $80 NEW. uses 220v (standard …

Miller , Lincoln China welders 
What's the beef? Both Miller and Lincoln are now china made welders, or at least some, or so I hear. So if you want a good american made welder it needs …

USA vs Chinese 
I don't own a Chinese TIG welder, but feel compelled to comment. I was on a forum asking about repowering a lawn mower with a Honda engine. One participant …

I weld with a Harbor Freight Tig/Arc chinese equipment 
My experience with chinese equipment hasnt been that great. I picked up a Tig from HF to weld thin stainless metal. The Machine is really an arc welding …

Dewalt625 
I am a firm believer that the global economy is a reality. It is very clear that the Swiss have mastered the watch. The Japanese have mastered car, Honda …

Bobble 
Hi, Here in the UK, we have the same problem. UK/European/US welding machines are expensive. Chinese are cheap, and have a bad rep. We …

chinese stuff is both good and bad 
Just like everything made anywhere in the world, some of its good and some isn't worth jack. I saw a chinese guy who owns a metal supply company cut steel …

Chinese Welders 
First off let me say i,m not a professional welder by any means.I owned a Heavyhaul Trucking business for 35 years.This brought me to get into the welding …

GUY FED UP WITH "BUY MILLER OR LINCOLN"  
Just a quick note to the guys who say "BUY MILLER OR LINCOLN" If you havent used a chinese unit how can you say dont buy it or give advise on it ? …

Riland Tig Welder...Superb Results & Satisfaction... 
I posted my use of several Chinese welding units I own & use daily with superb results & satisfaction. Again, homework of those selling these imports …

chinese made welding machines 
When you take off the cover, you really have to wonder whey there is such a price difference between Millers Dyansty ,Lincolns invertec, and Chinese made …

No Homework No Reason To Complain... 
The issue with many, such as this fellow, is the simple fact they didn't take the time to do some homework & research. Not all Chinese products are …

Kiwi engineer 
I bought a very similar welder (Chinese 160 amp Tig, Arc, Plasma) made by a company called rilon or rillon. Works perfectly, tig welds up to 10mm (3/8) …

Reviewthe welder.........smashing it doesn't mean a damn thing 
This video is useless..it doesn't explain a thing other than some pissed off guy smashing the welder

Everlast 250 EX 
First heard about this welder from your review while I was spending 6 hrs/day in a TIG class at the local CC welding with a brand new Dynasty 200DX. Re: …

A Custom Bicycle Mod  
My TREK 800, Cro-Moly steel frame cargo bike mod calls for a good welder. But, retired, my left-over spending $$ would require saving for 6 months just …

Neil - Self imployeed welder 
http://www.eastwood.com/ew-tig200-versa-cut-kit.html Last year eastwood was selling this combo for $999.99, so with shiping i got both the TIG 200 …

Big tool user 
I spent three years looking for a TIG/stick welder and finally settled on a Chinese unit from Riland usa. I like to repair my own equipment and they were …

Buying Chinese or an Imported TIG 
I must say that I had my reservations in regards to buying a tig welder manufactured in China. I did my homework, several hours spent researching forums, …

I bought a Chinese TIG/stick/plasma for $400 
I am not a certified welder but I have been MIG, stick and gas welding for thirty plus years off and on. I now make custom motorcycles and exhaust for …

Longevity 160PI 
I hear what you're saying about buying American and have very strong feelings about creating strong, local economies that can produce the things they need …

The Chinese don't have to pay for Labor Union retirements 
As our unions drag us deeper and deeper into mediocrity, the Chinese are able to produce a welder that can compete with the US stuff (at least for the …

There are plenty of American made welders that are superior in every way... by Mr.Michael Stimac 
I feel as an American you should be ashamed for wanting to buy a Chinese product just to save a buck. There are plenty of American made welders that …

AMERICAN OR CHINESE 
WELL THE PRICE IS WHAT GOT ME TO BUY A CHINESE WELDER. I BOUGHT A EVERLAST I WOULD OF NEVER GOT INTO WELDING IF IT WASNT FOR JODY'S COMMENTS MADE ME …

Lotos WS-200 tig/stick welder 
Used it for 10 hours and the OC fault light went on and the unit quit working. Tried to contact Lotos Technology in California but they don't answer their …

Great product and affordable 
I have a Lotos CT520D 3 in 1 combo unit, works fantastic. The welds are nice and clean, it hasnt let me down and I use it everyday. Tony

madmax 
I have found that most of these opinions are based on a minority of bad experiences that happen to people we know or know of. I have found that the …

Do you own one like this ? 
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Chinese Welder a Star! 
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Longevity=crap 
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Internal photos of a Everlast Power Master 205 Welder 
Internal photos of a Everlast Power Master 205 Welder Found this link to several pictures of the inside of a Everlast Power Master 205 Welder. It would …

Hobbyist/work on boats 
Just bought a Everlast 225 LX AC/DC TIG. Just set it up tonite and hopefully do some practice tomorrow. I have limited experience and probably not the …

Chinese welders are ok but not for production in my opinion. 
I bought a welder from harbor freight. it is an inverter tig and stick. I have been using it for about 4 months now and it is stil going strong. It …

Thanks for sticking to providing useful information to welders! Not rated yet
It's a hard pill to swallow for some folks - foreign made products on par with our heritage machines! But that's the way it is, and thanks for presenting …

fixit Not rated yet
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Dave Not rated yet
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dhc4ever Not rated yet
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Chinese 4 in 1 Not rated yet
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President-Amerivet Services Not rated yet
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Accurate Tools ATPW522 Not rated yet
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Jimmy B, Mechanic/Machinist Not rated yet
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Hobby Welder Not rated yet
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Ramsond Model; CT520DY  Not rated yet
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you get what you pay for Not rated yet
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Custom Fabricator AND home shop enthusiast Not rated yet
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China Welders... Not rated yet
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Many Welding products available today. Not rated yet
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ron pooler Not rated yet
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Longevity 250PI review by user Not rated yet
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Lotos LTPDC2000 Review by user Not rated yet
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GTO DAN Not rated yet
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Chinese WSE200 Not rated yet
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Production manager Not rated yet
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Watch out for bad dealers Not rated yet
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mikec Not rated yet
laid a bead with one of the combo units tig torch at fabtech in atlanta last year. ran great! for a low duty cycle air cooled combo.

Lovin..the chinese stuff  Not rated yet
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My opinion worth what you pay for it Not rated yet
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steelsmith Not rated yet
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Own both Harbor Freight TIGs and have no issues Not rated yet
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I got a chinise welder Not rated yet
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CHINESE? YEA, I TRIED. Not rated yet
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some guy Not rated yet
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Jaison Not rated yet
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Process Engineer Not rated yet
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Fabricator Not rated yet
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bmatheson Not rated yet
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Not a TIG welder Not rated yet
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willjvdh@gmail.com Not rated yet
i got myself a china 200p tig welder (cant spell but can weld ) and i have flogged it 200 amps for the last year still runs well. everlast china?

chinese welders or not .. you have to buy what you can afford Not rated yet
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think about it Not rated yet
cheap ain't good and good ain't cheap .

Electronic/Software Engineer Not rated yet
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you only cry once Not rated yet
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Mech Engineer /Commissioning Engineer/ Piping / Mechanical Installation  Not rated yet
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not worth the price! Not rated yet
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200i AC/DC inverter Pulse Not rated yet
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jack of all trades, master of none Not rated yet
I have owned many American and Chinese machines. I have almost always preferred the USA product. Overall they are better made, but more expensive. I …

What brands are far failing Not rated yet
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I think its good Not rated yet
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Kemppi welders Not rated yet
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Buy American! Not rated yet
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cheap Chinese welders Not rated yet
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Love My Chinese Tig Not rated yet
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own the 160p Not rated yet
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Harbor freight is junk anyway Not rated yet
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Chinese tig Not rated yet
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culture differences Not rated yet
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American and chinese owner Not rated yet
I own metal art business and have a miller and lincoln welder. I needed to buy a new plasma cutter because the American company ran me around and around …

Hobbiest fabricator Not rated yet
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Nathan Fritz Not rated yet
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Springer Not rated yet
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Large transformer based welders are dinosoaurs Not rated yet
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Jeremy Warren Not rated yet
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I am very interest Not rated yet
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Hobbyist/work on boats Not rated yet
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tig from china  Not rated yet
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Chinese welders Not rated yet
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my miller maxstar is a star! Not rated yet
My Miller Maxstar 140 is in its 9th year now. the only problem i have ever had was the fan @ 2years and that was replaced under warranty. It has …

wasted 200 bucks on chinese welder Not rated yet
bought one from harbor freight,bad bad bad

mn welder Not rated yet
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New Review Videos from IKE the customer who beat up the machine in frustration Not rated yet
Hi Everyone, We worked out the issues with Ike and are happy to finally make sure he is satisfied. Please review some of the videos he has recently …

Mr Work Not rated yet
There are several products made for several customers. May be I will buy some chinese product for hobby or small services. But if I´m honestly thinking …

Longevity 200P owner Not rated yet
I bought a Longevity 200 P combo unit around a year and 8 months ago. I'm a newbie to Tig, but I've got a Century mig and an old Lincoln Buzz Box AC …

Gadget Not rated yet
I have a Longevity IGBT LS200PI and have been very pleased with the performance of the unit. I'm not a professional welder and as a hobby welder I couldn't …

Body Paint fab etc Not rated yet
I bought a Harbor-F TIG, to try out( the new big one(, 30 day return, figured if it was crap is was going back, spent a few hours with it, never TIG welded …

Not buying the video Not rated yet
Doesn't exactly make sense, the guy buys a Chinese welder and then decides "If you want to keep America working buy American"? I would think someone with …

Not buying the video Not rated yet
Doesn't exactly make sense, the guy buys a Chinese welder and then decides "If you want to keep America working buy American?". I would think someone with …

Dynasty is too expensive Not rated yet
Not surprizing that china is selling lots of tig welders. The miller dynasty 200dx is about 3 grand just for the machine. There aint no way that thing …

I assume he doesnt like it......! Not rated yet
One would assume by his method of adjusting his welder he is slightly displeased with the quality maybe?? Ha ha 0 great video though - made me laugh …

Evan Cowart Not rated yet
I have no idea on the welder, but I do have a chinese tractor and when it is working it does the job, but the quality is real poor and it breaks often. …

Works for me. Not rated yet
I have a 200 amp DC tig plasma cutter from the same company as Ike's welder. So far I have had two minor problems. The power switch and fan needed to …

Hassan Not rated yet
well I bought one of these about four months ago but the model is super200p 200Amp AC/DC Pulse 3in1 Tig welder Plasma CUTTER and ARC welding. its working …

American vs. Whoever Not rated yet
i've been welding with lincoln and miller welders for the last year at work, before that it was hobart, and i have even worked at a place that used the …

chinese tig welder smashed Not rated yet
If I thought it would work ok, I would buy one. The Miller Dynasty 200dx is overpriced. It has gone up about 1000 dollars since it came out. The arc …

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