What are the best TIG welders under $1000?
It can be a hard to find a tig welder for your home or shop because there are so many to look at and review for your needs.
There are so many TIG welders on the market you never know which one will be right for the job! But in terms of your budget, the choices are a little more refined.
The reason why the lower budget area is so limited is because what is on offer is generally not worth purchasing because the build quality and quality of welds are below par.
The hard part of writing this article is doing the research on tig welders under $1000. There simply aren’t that many available. But after long hours of searching and sorting the wheat from the chaff, we found the winners.
If I may say so, we have gone beyond the call of duty when it comes to finding the best TIG welders under $1000 because we searched , read specs, read reviews, and contacted manufacturers (we are also doing an article on the best welders under $2000, and $3000).
If you are looking for a TIG welder under $1000 it must be noted that you are looking for a hobby or light industrial TIG welder, one that won’t be taken out into the field or used on thick materials.
If you are looking for a heavy duty TIG welder then you will need to look into the mid to higher range of TIG welders on the market.
After reviewing many on the market we have chosen three TIG welders under $1000 and we feel will give you the best value for your money.
This great budget TIG welder allows you to weld up to ¼ inch thick materials with precision to deliver a professional weld. The Eastwood TIG 200 can weld aluminum, steel and stainless steel along with all types of metals from flat sheets to bars and tubing.
You can use the Eastwood TIG 200 at either 110 volts or 220 volts; it also delivers a high frequency start so you can gain very precise arc control. The welder also has a square-wave inverter, this supports welding aluminum so you can deliver an accurate weld.
The full duty cycle of the Eastwood TIG 200 is 45% at 150 amps.
If you are looking for a flexible, lightweight TIG welder that is perfect for welding at thinner gauges then the Eastwood TIG 200 is a great welder to use.
Eastwood is an American company based in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. However, the actual welder is made in China.
The Thermal Arc 161S Stick/TIG Welder is a great hobby and light industrial TIG welder that can be used at 110 volts or 220 volts.
This welder has a maximum 160 amps output when run on 220 volts and a 110 amps output at the lower 110 to 115 volts.
The Thermal Arc 161S Stick/TIG Welder is a perfect companion for those looking for a small, robust and lightweight design as well as offering a professional weld through a quality and smoothly achieved starting arc.
Be aware that there are two packages for this welder, one that is stick welding only and the more important one which is a stick welding/TIG welding mix.
Thermal Arc is developed by the Thermadyne group in St. Louis, Missouri.
The final welder in the best TIG welder under $1000 grouping is the Everlast Power I-Tig 200 DC Stick TIG Welder.
The Everlast Power I-Tig 200 DC Stick TIG Welder is a powerful little welder ideal for home and light industrial uses. You can weld anything from Aluminum to steel, stainless steel, copper alloys and even titanium. This welder can weld up to ¼ inch materials.
You can use this Everlast TIG welder at both 110 volts and 220 volts and it is an inverter Type dc welder. The full duty cycle of the Eastwood TIG 200 is 60% at 200 amps.
The quality of weld from the Everlast Power I-Tig 200 DC is very good and it offers a stable and smooth arc set up to get you going.
Everlast Welders are Canadian and are built in Canada.
The above three welders are a good value for money.
There is a huge market for TIG welders under $1000; these welders tend to be those built in places such as China. The problem with these welders is that the build quality tends to be poor and parts wear out very quickly, also the warranties are generally not very good either.
While the Chinese built market does serve a purpose and there are a few decent companies making welders, the three welders above are either built in North America (either the United States or Canada), or they are serviced here and built in China (Eastwood). This means that getting your machine serviced under the warranty will not be as difficult, and getting parts won’t be a big hassle, compared to a Chinese manufacturer.
If you don’t feel the three above welders suit your needs then take time to look at the budget market.
Keep in mind that there is a huge market of cheap tig welders under $1000. But the problem is that most are not quite up to the standards we would expect, so stick to quality welders that are serviced by American, Canadian, or the UK.
Make sure you look at the companies as well as the welders themselves to understand where they were built and the quality of the companies themselves.