I weld with a Harbor Freight Tig/Arc chinese equipment

by Dude

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 machine but reversing the polarity making the torch negative and ground clamp positive, it becomes a scratch start tig. I noticed that tig torch has a gas knob and a hose running straight from the regulator. Its really annoying to waste gas everytime im about to weld because of the gas knob, and pressure itself builds up in the rubber hose, because of this pressure when i turn the torch gas knob i get a purge of gas until it stabilizes takes about 3 seconds. The equipment came with a GREEN electrode which melted and is worst for Inverters. Aside from having to purchase red electrodes and wasting gas- its actually a decent welder. Ive been notching round tubing about 1inch O.D. and welding leaving nice beads, it can weld stainless great. I fabricated and welded up a "shifting rod" for a VW Beetle reusing the old connectors one of which was cast.

Comments for I weld with a Harbor Freight Tig/Arc chinese equipment

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 04, 2013
hf 240 v tig inverter NEW
by: steven

so far it welds good ..but i wish i could get a foot peadel... but it goes to 165 amps and dose really well...just want to control heat better...its not scratch start ..thank god but it willweld alot thicker stuff than you would think .... but it aint a.. miller..lol..ps the stick works great to and the machine has a good .duty. cycle

Dec 14, 2011
hey NEW
by: dean

hey man i just got a arc/tig inverter welder from harborfreight and i was wondering what i will need to hook up my tig torch hose straight to the regulator because im totally lost right now thanks my email is bigboi5174@gmail.com

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Chinese Tig welders.