8 Best TIG Welders under 1000 [2022 Updated ]

Choosing a TIG welding machine suitable for your needs could be somewhat complicated, especially for hobbyists and novice welders, but thanks to our guide you can finally shed light and deepen your knowledge on the subject.

In addition to technical information, we have also examined and reviewed the most popular welding systems among all those currently on the market, both in the cheaper range and in that of high-cost professional models.

In the first places are the most requested by buyers, of course, specifically the TigMig TM 200 Digital Alu is particularly suitable for welding aluminum alloys while the Stahlwerk 200P , is a little less performing but is characterized by a more accessible price.

8 Best TIG Welders under 1000 [2022 Updated ]

1. FLARING Plasma Cutter Machine Pilot Arc 50

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The TIG welding machine produced by TigMig is appreciated by both expert welders and novice ones; The plant, in fact, can perform welding on any type of metal, but it is especially suitable for welding aluminum and derived alloys.

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The TM 200 Alu is a single-phase inverter welding machine designed specifically to perform TIG welding, i.e. with infusible tungsten electrode under inert gas protection, with direct, alternating and pulsed current. It is built to offer maximum performance even in severe environmental conditions and is designed for both RC remote control and for connection to the generator.



Its regulation range goes from 20A to 160A and can be easily managed thanks to the digital control panel; in addition to the welding machine, the package includes the ground clamp and the electrode holder, the TIG torch, the TIG kit, the gas tube and the instructions.

Pros

Versatile: Although born above all as a TIG welding machine for aluminum, the TM 200 Alu can also perform MMA welding with electrodes up to 4 millimeters, and therefore is also suitable for working on steel, nickel, copper and titanium.

Compact and portable: The weight is only 25 kilograms, is equipped with a handle and is designed to operate in harsh environmental conditions, so it is ideal for outdoor interventions.

Easy to manage: The digital control panel allows you to perform the various adjustments in a simple, efficient and above all precise way, so it is also recommended for beginners.

Versus

Manual: The attached paper instructions, unfortunately, are only in English and moreover unclear, but by contacting the company you can obtain the Italian translation in PDF format.

2. Lotos LTP8000 80 A Plasma Cutter

 
The Stahlwerk is a TIG AC DC welding machine almost similar to the one examined above, but of German production instead of Italian. Stahlwerk can also carry out welding in both direct and alternating current, and the performances offered are almost professional.

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It features high frequency arc striking and contactless ignition, advanced 2T / 4T electric current control, IGBT technology and high-performance cooling system, with two high-speed fans that allow you to extend the service life of the device. The similarities with the TIGMIG welder also concern the possibility of performing MMA and manual welding, in non-stick, ARC Force and quick start modes, as well as the regulation of the output current in a range that goes from 10 to 200 Amps.



Its limitation, however, among other things not indifferent, is given by the absence of the pulsed current mode, which is instead present in the TIGMIG welding machine examined previously.

Pros

German quality : One of the most appreciated features of the Stahlwerk welding machine is the solidity of its manufacturing materials; buyers found it solid and very durable.

AC DC and HF : A further advantage is given by being able to weld both with direct and alternating current, moreover it also has the HF ignition, ie at high frequency.

Price : Compared to the TIGMIG it is available at about 20% lower price, so it is especially recommended for those who have to deal with a limited spending budget.

Versus

Pulse mode : It costs less but unfortunately lacks an important operating mode, which is that of the pulsed current, present instead on the TIGMIG.

3.PRIMEWELD TIG225X 225 Amp IGBT AC DC Tig/Stick Welder

 
Unlike the TM 200 Alu we examined earlier, the TM 200 Stick is the specific version for MMA electrode welding, but can also be used for TIG LIFT welding.

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It has an adjustment range from 10A to 200A and can weld with electrodes from 1.6 to 4.5 mm in diameter, but it must be borne in mind that by exceeding 150A the power consumption increases and the 3kW meter cannot cope with it. support it, so if you have to use it exclusively in a domestic environment, it is better to limit yourself and not to use electrodes with a diameter greater than 2.5 mm.



If fed with a higher power meter, however, it has no problem working at its maximum capacity; it can weld iron, stainless steel and cast iron without problems, and is also equipped with the Anti Sticking function that allows you to detach the electrode quickly, in case of accidental sticking.

Pros

Economical: One of the strengths of the TM 200 Stick is that it has a relatively low price, especially taking into account the discreet versatility offered with regard to the materials that can be welded.

Lightweight: With a weight of only 6 kilograms it can be transported practically anywhere with minimal effort, so it is ideal especially for those who use it for small on-site interventions.

Simple and versatile: The adjustments are easy to perform and the degree of versatility is also good, since it can use electrodes of different diameters, both basic and rutile; the materials it can weld are also different: iron, steel, nickel and cast iron.

Versus

Poor assembly: Being an inexpensive welding machine, it is accompanied by a supply of poor quality accessories, moreover it also sins for the care in the assembly.

4. Everlast PowerTIG 185DV AC/DC TIG Stick Welder

 The main feature of the Fox 185 Flex-Line, produced by the company Helvi, is that it is a professional TIG welding machine suitable even for novice welders.\

It is in fact a model controlled by a microprocessor and equipped with a system for the automatic compensation of unbalances in the electrical network and the command interface is of the “set and weld” type, to maximize ease of use and guarantee excellent results even to less experienced welders.



It has a compact design for easy transport and is complete with Euro connection torch, gas reducer, ground cable and welding cable. It can use copper-plated steel wire with a diameter of 0.6 to 1 millimeter, stainless steel, aluminum and brazing wire from 0.8 to 1 millimeter, as well as electrodes with a diameter of 1.6 to 3.25 millimeters, while the current regulation range is adjustable from 25 to 170 Ampere.

Pros

Versatile : The 185 Flex-Line is the new model of the Fox line, produced by Helvi, and is mainly intended for professionals, but its characteristics make it very versatile and also suitable for novice welders.

Multi-process : The system allows you to perform three different types of welding: manual MIG with voltage and wire speed adjustment, synergic MIG with selection of the wire and thickness to be welded, electrode and TIG Lift Arc.

Intuitive panel : The command interface is clear and intuitive, equipped with two LCD displays that facilitate parameter setting; in addition, in the reel compartment there is a table with the data for the quick set-up.

Versus

Price : The cost is perfectly proportionate to the quality of the product but it is still considerably high and accessible only for professionals and workshops.

5. PRIMEWELD TIG225X 225 Amp IGBT AC DC Tig/Stick Welder

 
The Italian company Telwin is one of the most renowned among the manufacturers of welding systems, appreciated by both professionals and amateurs for the high quality of its products.

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The Telwin Technology Tig 185 DC-HF TIG welding machine is an inverter model with high frequency HF and Lift ignition for direct current TIG and MMA welding of copper, nickel, steel, stainless steel, titanium and related alloys, with 2 and 4 times. It is also equipped with Hot Start and Anti-Stick devices, it is also set up for remote control and by purchasing the optional TIG PULSE component you can perform pulsed current welding.



The accessories include the TIG torch with the welding cable, the ground cable with relative clamp, the adapter for argon gas cylinders, a pressure reducer with two pressure gauges and an aluminum case to contain everything and transport it. without risk.

Pros

Compact and light : In addition to its small size, it has the advantage of weighing about half the average of other welding systems, so it is particularly suitable for transport and work on site.

Well equipped : In addition to the welding tools kit, it includes a pressure reducer with two pressure gauges and a practical and solid aluminum case for storing and transporting everything.

Optional : Apart from the predisposition for connection to a motor generator, it is supplied with an optional that can be purchased separately which allows it to weld even in pulsed current.

Versus

Cost : Since it is a professional welding machine, the Telwin is also characterized by a fairly high price and not very accessible for hobbyists.

6.Weldpro Digital TIG 200GD AC DC 200 Amp Tig/Stick Welder

 
The S-WIG 200 IGBT welder is also a budget model, but it is slightly above average in quality. This too is of Chinese production, in fact, but it is built under license for Stamos Germany, and therefore according to the strict production standards imposed by the Germans.

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As you can guess from the abbreviation, it is an inverter model based on the technology of the bipolar transistor with insulated gate, therefore it allows a rapid switching of the voltages and currents, as well as the constant maintenance of the welding current. It is able to perform MMA, WIG and TIG electrode welding, and therefore to weld different types of materials: steel, copper, iron, aluminum and titanium.

It has an adjustment range from 10A to 180A in MMA mode and from 10A to 200A in TIG DC mode, it is also equipped with Hot Start, Anti Sticking, Arc Force and high frequency trigger functions.

Pros

Quality: Despite being an economical TIG welding machine, it meets the high production standards set by the German company Stamos, so it has an above average quality.

Compact and light: This welding machine also has compact dimensions and a weight of only 6 kilograms, so it is particularly suitable for hobbyists who work mainly outdoors.



Complete with accessories: In addition to the welder, the package includes a grounding cable, an MMA welding cable with electrode holder, the TIG burner, two locking sleeves, three ceramic nozzles for gas and more.

Versus

For hobby use only: Despite its good characteristics, it remains a low-cost welding machine, therefore designed exclusively for hobby use.

7. LOTOS TIG200ACDC 200A AC/DC Aluminum Tig Welder

 
Deca is an Italian company that produces welding systems that are highly appreciated thanks to their excellent quality-price ratio. SIL 417 is an inverter welding machine capable of welding with all types of electrode and TIG in direct current, both direct and reverse, so it has the advantage of being extremely versatile as it is suitable for welding on stainless steel, copper, nickel. and other metals.

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It can use rutile electrodes from 1.6 to 4 mm in diameter, basic electrodes from 2 to 4 mm and TIG from 1.6 mm in diameter; it has an installation power of 4.9 kW and a regulation range from 10 to 170 amps, it is also equipped with scratch trigger for TIG welding and Hot Start, Anti-Sticking and Arc Force functions. The accessory kit includes the pliers with cables, the instruction manual and the carrying case.

Pros

Compact: The small size and the design that integrates the carrying handle, allow it to occupy a minimum footprint and make it extremely easy to move.

Versatile: Thanks to its compatibility with all types of electrodes, both rutile and basic, it can weld on a wide range of metal alloys, from stainless steel to copper and nickel.

Reliable: Despite being an economic model, it is very reliable and also safe, since it is equipped with thermostatic protection against overheating and overvoltage protection.

Versus

Accessories: The supplied cables are a bit short; the transport suitcase, on the other hand, is made of poor quality plastic, therefore not very resistant.

8. Weldpro 200 Amp Inverter Multi Process Welder 

 We conclude our guide on TIG welding machines with another electrode model intended for personal and hobby use: the BuddyTM ARC 180, produced by the Swedish company ESAB.

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The ESAB TIG welding machine, in addition to the excellent price, stands out above all the spartan aspect of the control panel, where there is only the selection switch to set MMA or TIG welding; according to some, however, it is precisely its essentiality that makes it an easy-to-manage welding system. It is equipped with both the carrying handle, as in other welders, and the carrying strap over the shoulder, and is compact and manufactured with resistant and durable materials.



In its small way it offers excellent results with TIG welding, but you have to be careful because with the 3.2 mm electrodes it tends to go under strain very easily; also in this case, therefore, it is recommended for occasional and non-intensive hobby use.

Pros

Reliable : The construction quality is one of the most appreciated aspects of the ESAB TIG welding machine; in fact it is IP23 waterproof, solid and very resistant, therefore reliable and also durable.

Compact and relatively light : The dimensions are contained and it is also relatively light if we consider the solidity of the body. In any case it is equipped with a comfortable shoulder strap for carrying.

Easy to use : The control panel is extremely simple, which makes it suitable even for those who are still beginners with welding.

Versus

Performance : The performances are all in all good, especially in TIG welding, but with the thicker electrodes it begins to go under strain.

Buying guide – How to choose the best TIG welding machines?

Welding machines for experts, but not only

The welding technology has been considerably refined over the years, and many of the avant-garde techniques developed over the past 50 years have now spread widely, being widely used also in the civil sector in the professional sector and in the hobbyist.

Both the methods and the welding systems, therefore, are quite varied according to the yield and the type of alloys to work on; the different abbreviations, such as MIG, MAG, TIG, MMA are used to indicate both. MMA, for example, is the abbreviation for the manual arc welding method, while MIG and MAG respectively indicate welding with inert or active gas.

TIG, on the other hand, is the acronym that identifies welding systems with tungsten electrodes and inert gas; The TIG method is among the most popular for welding steel, aluminum, magnesium and other alloys, but it also requires a high degree of skill and experience to ensure the best results. Since the models currently on the market are diversified both on the basis of price and the characteristics they possess, it is not easy for novice welders and DIY enthusiasts to decide which TIG welding machine to buy.

The economic range TIG welding machines

The price of a TIG welding system, in fact, can vary from 200 to 1,200 euros and more, depending on the type, the operating power, the degree of versatility and the intended use of the appliance, whether professional or domestic. .

To understand how to choose a good TIG welding machine, therefore, it is better to know the typical characteristics that distinguish the various price ranges, in order to identify the one that best meets your needs.

In the cheaper range, for example, which goes from about 200 to 500 euros, apart from TIG welders for hobby use, you can also find some professional models, but with limited yield. The former are intended exclusively for DIY enthusiasts who have a special space, used as a small laboratory or workshop. The main feature of TIG welders of this type, in fact, is that they need a power supply between 2 and 3 kW at most, and therefore can be safely connected to the normal electrical network; for this very reason, however, they have a reduced versatility as regards the possible welding methods.

The professional TIG welders that fall into this same price range, on the other hand, usually absorb a greater power, starting from a minimum of 3 kW up to 5 kW and more, depending on the model, because they are designed specifically for professional operators who are still beginners and have to practice the method. In addition to the TIG welding method, they are also usually able to perform one or two additional methods, so they offer greater versatility of use.

The medium-high range models

The more expensive TIG welding machines are usually characterized by a high quality level, both in terms of manufacturing materials and in terms of variety of welding methodologies and performances.

The more you reach the top of the range, the more the characteristics improve, and the system allows you to be not only TIG, but also MIG, MAG and MMA, both flush and with the electrode and in direct and alternating current. The expense, to buy a model of this range, starts from around 700 euros up to the maximum expected ceiling.

Another element that distinguishes high-quality welding systems from cheaper ones, moreover, is the supply of accessories. The latter, in fact, usually also offer the protective mask for the eyes, obviously of just mediocre quality, but this detail helps to identify a basic model from a more advanced one.

The economic but professional welders and those of the medium-high range, on the other hand, have as accessories only the tools essential for welding, therefore the torch and the mass clamp with the relative cables, while the cylinder with the protection gas and the reel of wire are possible components, not always present.

Top-of-the-range welding machines can offer additional components, such as the gas pressure reducer for example, which allows you to control the gas emission in order to increase the quality of the welds obtained.

Frequent questions

What does TIG welding machine mean?

The acronym TIG, according to the terminology introduced by the American Welding Society, stands for Tungsten Inert Gas and is used to indicate a particular arc welding process based on an infusible tungsten electrode, under the protection of an inert gas, the which can be performed with or without filler metal depending on the type of welding system used.

In addition to pure tungsten electrodes, those with related alloys can also be used; when this type of technology was still in its infancy, ie during the 1940s, graphite electrodes were used. The TIG welding method, in fact, was developed in the United States of America during the Second World War, when the aeronautical industry was looking for a way to replace aircraft rivets with welds which, with the same resistance , would have made it possible to considerably reduce the weight of the airframe, as well as save precious raw material.

After the first experiments with graphite electrodes, however, we subsequently moved on to those of tungsten as the latter is characterized by better thermal and mechanical properties, moreover it has a high thermoelectric power, that is to emit electrons at high temperature which help to stabilize the arc. Consequently, the TIG welding machine is a system specially designed to perform this type of welding, which has now become one of the most popular since it provides high quality joints.

The main components of a TIG welding machine are the power generator, the torch and the shielding gas cylinder. The torch, in turn, consists of the housing for the tungsten electrode, the protective gas supply nozzle, the insulating sheath, the electric power supply and the support for the electrode; any additional components, on the other hand, are the filler metal rods.

How the TIG welding machine works

The operating principle is as follows: first of all, the torch is prepared by inserting the tungsten electrode and letting the shielding gas flow all around it. The end of the electrode, then, together with the gas, comes out of the front nozzle of the torch which is usually made of ceramic.

At this point the operator is ready for work and approaches the nozzle to the pieces to be welded, igniting the arc and making sure to remain at a maximum distance of a few millimeters from the molten pool, to prevent the electrode from sticking ”To the joint, interrupting the linearity of the weld and contaminating the bath with tungsten slag.

By moving the torch along the joint to be welded, then, the weld pool moves accordingly by welding the pieces of metal together. In the event that the material to be welded requires the addition of additional metal, the movement of the torch must be simultaneous and coordinated with that of the filler metal rod, in such a way as to keep its end always inside the arc welding and under the shielding gas flow.

Furthermore, the gas must be introduced on both faces of the joint, if it is accessible from both sides. As mentioned before, in fact, when we illustrated the TIG welding process, on the straight side of the weld pool the gas flows directly from the torch, but on the reverse side it must be introduced under controlled conditions, in order to protect the root of the welds as well.

The typical defects of TIG welds, in fact, are represented by the lack of protection, which can occur both on the obverse and in the reverse, and by the inclusions of tungsten slag due to accidental contact of the electrode with the weld pool.

The lack of protection generates what are usually called “blooms”, that is, circular oxide spots on the welded material. The inclusions, on the other hand, are tungsten chips with a diameter of less than one millimeter that remain trapped in the molten pool; Since these splinters have a prismatic shape, and therefore strongly angled edges, they end up becoming potential triggers for brittle cracks in the welded material.

From the description of the operating principle and the method to be used, therefore, you will have easily guessed that performing TIG welding correctly is definitely difficult, and a level of expertise and skill is required that only highly specialized welders are able to offer.

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