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    ... and I know this is a Hobart forum, but I'm looking for advice. I started on a stick welder (AC only) went to mig, and recently I've been wanting to go back to being able to stick weld. this time I want DC capability, and found an AC/DC Thunderbolt. ($200) The seller also told me he has an AC/DC Dialarc with pedal and leads etc ($350) for sale as well. In another listing I found a Lincoln 250/250 Idealarc tig with leads, foot pedal, etc for the same price as the MIller. I've been googling the heck out of these two machines trying to figure out if one has an advantage over the other. I don't plan on tig welding right now, but it would be nice to have the capability if I want/need in the future. The only disadvantage to either of the tig machines is they are power hungry, heavy, and take up a lot more space.

    To be honest, I don't weld much as it is, and thought about buying the Thunderbolt for now and maybe getting an "affordable" (Cheap) tig when/if the time comes. What would you do if you were in my position?

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    Ok,,, those are all good, the red one looks especially interesting and no one is being robbed with any of them. But since you mention power as a concern it is a reality and the Tbolt which is a very good machine operates from a common 50A circuit which is a huge bonus in my humble opin. I wouldnt have a problem with either other if I needed the punch or had to tig cheap for some reason and I say had to, wouldnt bother unless I had to but a mig and stick really carry the weight especially for common equipment repair or general fab.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MJL View Post
      ... and I know this is a Hobart forum, but I'm looking for advice. I started on a stick welder (AC only) went to mig, and recently I've been wanting to go back to being able to stick weld. this time I want DC capability, and found an AC/DC Thunderbolt. ($200) The seller also told me he has an AC/DC Dialarc with pedal and leads etc ($350) for sale as well. In another listing I found a Lincoln 250/250 Idealarc tig with leads, foot pedal, etc for the same price as the MIller. I've been googling the heck out of these two machines trying to figure out if one has an advantage over the other. I don't plan on tig welding right now, but it would be nice to have the capability if I want/need in the future. The only disadvantage to either of the tig machines is they are power hungry, heavy, and take up a lot more space.

      To be honest, I don't weld much as it is, and thought about buying the Thunderbolt for now and maybe getting an "affordable" (Cheap) tig when/if the time comes. What would you do if you were in my position?
      I'm surprised the prices are so low , each of those welders would bring double or more on craigslist ..You can't go wrong with any of them ..

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        I would rather have the Idealarc and run it off a 50 amp plug. You won't be able to run high power as I think it requires a 100 amp connection. But your duty cycle will be 100% for what power you can pull.

        I learned to weld on an old Idealarc in about 1975. They are a very nice welding machine.
        Hobart beta-mig 2510 Mig welder
        Victor OA Welding/Cutting Rig
        Century 295 amp Stick welder bought 30+ years ago

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