Re: cheap entry level welder ????
If you can afford the extra few bucks, go for a machine that allows you to use shielding gas. The welds are cleaner and look much better and you won't need to grind off that ugly slag.
The advice about a name brand is also good. If you ever need parts or service down the road you'll be glad you have a machine that the service centers will work on. The cheaper ones might leave you with a tool that can't be repaired.
Miller, Hobart and Lincoln come to mind when looking for a welder that will last and you'll be able to get parts for later.
Harbor Freight sells a TIG machine but they don't have replacement parts for it such as collets for the torch and it doesn't use standard parts. Ya gets what ya pays for.
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