Own both Harbor Freight TIGs and have no issues

by Philip

The two Chinese TIG welders here are a 98233 and 66787; with outputs of 165 amps and 130amps; cost with torches of 350 and 250 dollars. Harbor Freight.

On one welding board gurus chimed in and preached to buy a Miller syncrowave 250; a web complete setup is only 4700 bucks. There is a fat grumpy attitude it seems by many to discourage folks from buying a lessor tool. ie if one cannot afford the absolute best made in the usa; then avoid all others.

My Chinese TIG welders are DC only; thus one really cannot do Aluminum. Another fault is no foot pedal to adjust the current. Some folks have added foot pedals for these units. I plan to due so too.

Yes I prefer to buy USA products; the same TIG welders I bought would cost 2 to 3 times more.

My next TIG welder will be a combo plasma cutter and TIG unit in the 1500 to 2k range; probably not made in the USA.

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Nov 30, 2015
Harbor Freight Model 98233 NEW
by: Anonymous

I bought this welder with limited expectation and I'm very happy with the purchase. What is not to like about this welder? I thought I needed a foot petal and what I find is that "set it and forget it" works very well for me. If my intuition is off on the setting, I have it dialed in in one or two adjustments, then I'm welding. I set it up with a 220V 50A NEMA 6-50R plug, but it runs like a champ on the 30A dryer range outlet via an extension cord. Best of all, it hasn't cost me an arm and a leg to do nice welds at home. I use this machine a lot and it continues to makes nice welds on everything I've thrown at it.

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