GYS Chinese?

by Graham Burn
(UK)

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 made in France!
Any way it's 160A I think, and so far it's been great, best stick machine I've ever used, really stable arc, but I really bought it as an intro/ try out for tig and so far I'm very impressed, getting through quite a few tungstens;-)
Anybody out there know where they're really made?

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Nov 27, 2015
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gysmi 135 mma tig NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had the above welder for just under 2 years and today it's stopped playing I can hardly get am arc out of it

Oct 22, 2015
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Bad Luck NEW
by: Graham

To anonymous senior citizen, you have indeed been unlucky as I would rate mine the best stick welder I've used in a long time, try to get it repaired so it works properly and I'm sure you'll be impressed too.

Oct 19, 2015
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GYS NEW
by: Friðbjörn

GYS is made in france they do not have an factory in china it is all made in France i know that for an fact I know an man that ha´s gone in an tour af there factory in france

Sep 15, 2015
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GYSmi 133 disappoints NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a Senior Citizen and though I'm not a professional welder I've constructed several trailers over the years. Usual machines were the Italian air cooled transformer type with the adjustable magnetic flux shunt. Results were excellent with great welds and self-peeling slag.

A while ago I bought the GYSmi 133 because of its lightness and low power consumption. OK it was sold as "used" on eBay. Unfortunately the machine is no good. It does weld but it doesn't weld properly as it seems to have a hidden stutter. The job was a very simple one of adding extra supporting struts to a pair of car ramps (in the old days most cars weighed less than a ton) The struts were 1" x 1/8" and 2.5 mm electrodes were used. I regret to say that the welds were the worst that I had done for over forty years. IMHO something is wrong with the machine but finding the fault will be almost impossible. A boss of mine solved a similar sort of problem in a factory about fifty years ago. Three-phase power was used but it turned out that one of the Ignitrons in the welder was intermittent. When it decided to have a break, the welds that were now only done with two phases of power, were rejects.

I find the GYSmi 133 very difficult to use. If the rods are cut in half so that they don't whip around and if a very short arc is held it is just possible to do a passable weld but to be honest I wish I had never seen the thing.

Sep 15, 2015
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GYSmi 133 disappoints NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a Senior Citizen and though I'm not a professional welder I've constructed several trailers over the years. Usual machines were the Italian air cooled transformer type with the adjustable magnetic flux shunt. Results were excellent with great welds and self-peeling slag.

A while ago I bought the GYSmi 133 because of its lightness and low power consumption. OK it was sold as "used" on eBay. Unfortunately the machine is no good. It does weld but it doesn't weld properly as it seems to have a hidden stutter. The job was a very simple one of adding extra supporting struts to a pair of car ramps (in the old days most cars weighed less than a ton) The struts were 1" x 1/8" and 2.5 mm electrodes were used. I regret to say that the welds were the worst that I had done for over forty years. IMHO something is wrong with the machine but finding the fault will be almost impossible. A boss of mine solved a similar sort of problem in a factory about fifty years ago. Three-phase power was used but it turned out that one of the Ignitrons in the welder was intermittent. When it decided to have a break, the welds that were now only done with two phases of power, were rejects.

I find the GYSmi 133 very difficult to use. If the rods are cut in half so that they don't whip around and if a very short arc is held it is just possible to do a passable weld but to be honest I wish I had never seen the thing.

Jan 11, 2015
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GYS NEW
by: Terry

I have a Tecarc 201 which is simple and robust. Finefor welding digger buckets. I have now bought a GYS MIG to do my old Land Rover Repairs at home. This GYS mig is a lovely little welder. I need a ACDC set now and will be getting a gys207 soon.
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Tel

Apr 13, 2014
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DC 160 NEW
by: Graham

Mines still going strong, although I have to admit it's not in daily use so has quite an easy time, but no complaints so far, just wish I could get an AC/DC Tig for sensible money so I can have a go with some aluminium.

Apr 12, 2014
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GYS Welders NEW
by: Anonymous

I have just won an online auction for a GYS 133 inverter welder. A big plus point was being able to find a service manual online as with some companies Restrictive Practices are used. The way that the bad firms play the game is by restricting technical information. ONLY their authorised dealers are able to obtain circuit diagrams and service manuals but they will repair ones machine for between 50% and 100% of the cost of a new one! With some brands there is no backup whatsoever! Caveat emptor!

Apr 12, 2014
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GYS Welders NEW
by: Anonymous

I have just won an online auction for a GYS 133 inverter welder. A big plus point was being able to find a service manual online as with some companies Restrictive Practices are used. The way that the bad firms play the game is by restricting technical information. ONLY their authorised dealers are able to obtain circuit diagrams and service manuals but they will repair ones machine for between 50% and 100% of the cost of a new one! With some brands there is no backup whatsoever! Caveat emptor!

Dec 11, 2011
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GYS is a French family-owned industrial group NEW
by: Anonymous

We value comments and threads regarding GYS made on this forum and we would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to post on our company here. As a manufacturer, we respect the role of forums and will only comment on subjects where we feel we can add particular value to the discussion. As there have been a number of comments on the origin of GYS machines we would like to post some factual information on our industrial group which we hope is helpful.

GYS is a French family-owned industrial group created in 1964 in the city of Laval, 280 Km west of Paris. GYS engineers, designs and sells three families of products: arc welding equipment, car body repair equipment and automotive battery service equipment. As of 2011, the group has 460 employees in four locations (France, Germany, UK & China) and in 2010 achieved a consolidated turnover of 56M€. With 360 employees in France, our very modern 18 000m2 factory in Laval manufactures 100% of our professional welding machines and in 2010 the group manufactured more than 350 000 machines in total. GYS also operates a wholly owned factory in Shanghai which employs 60 people and focuses on the manufacturing of jumper cables and low cost consumer battery chargers. To support these two factories, GYS has built over time a network of 300+ importers around the world as well as two international sales subsidiaries in Germany and in the UK. Created 7 years ago, the German subsidiary now employs 36 people and created 2 years ago, the UK subsidiary now has a staff of 10.

For the UK, we have established a sales and service facility in Warwick and we are actively looking forward to expand our team to support our growth in the UK. As family group, we view the entry in the UK as a long term commitment and this is reflected by the fact that we have developed a wide range of FV & PFC technologies that enable machines to work on any voltage between 85V and 265V (ideal for 110V products in demand in the UK) applied in MMA, MIG and TIG.

We acknowledge that it takes time to build a brand in a country and as we have only been in the UK for two years, we need to continue to better communicate on our products and the company.

Please do not hesitate to PM if you have any further questions.

The GYS Team in Warwick

www.gys-welding.com

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