The SunGoldPower 200A is a good choice for the DIYer who needs to make an occasional fix. It’s built with overload, over-voltage, and under-voltage protection, and its 60 percent duty cycle is not bad, considering its low price.
The Amico Power is capable of performing as well as many commercial-grade models, but at a fraction of the cost. Don’t let the low price fool you, though; this is a powerful machine that is as suitable for professionals as hobbyists.
Featuring a built-in, 50-amp plasma torch, the Lotos LTPDC2000D adds a powerful cutting capability to an already versatile piece of equipment. This hot-starting, shop-grade model is capable of putting a professional bead on most ferrous alloys.
The Everlast PowerTIG is a top-of-the-line, portable machine capable of providing the output needed for magnetic materials or especially strong seams. It is equipped with convenient color-coded controls that make it easy to operate.
Hobart 500502 Stickmate
Thanks to its infinite current controller, the Hobart 500502 Stickmate lets you accurately select the ideal output level for the material and electrode being used. As long as you have a 50-amp breaker, it’ll run 6011 and 6013 rods with ease.
Lincoln Electric AC-225
The Lincoln Electric AC-225 sports a very simple design that will last a lifetime. It’s great for new metalworkers, thanks to its ease of use, but can also serve as a workhorse for professionals because of its 225 maximum amp output.
AHP AlphaTIG 200X
Suitable for use by skilled craftsmen, the AHP AlphaTIG 200X allows for customizable upslope and downslope cycles, in addition to a pulse operation for working with delicate materials. Its power width modulation and IGBT technology makes it a reliable power source.
Everlast PowerArc 200STI
The Everlast PowerArc 200STI is a highly reliable model that works on standard 110-volt circuits. It has an adaptive hot-start feature to prevent sticking, as well as an E6010 port that enables precision use of gas-shielded cellulose rods.
Hobart 500570 Stickmate
The Hobart 500570 Stickmate is a durable and reliable medium-duty option that’s compact enough to store neatly in the garage, yet still has the power to knock out small to mid-size jobs. This model puts out a maximum of 160 amps using a 120 or 240-volt power source.
Lincoln Electric K1297
Recognizable by its distinctive shape and finish, the AC/DC Lincoln Electric K1297 is the latest version of a time-tested design, made with top-quality components and attention to detail. It’s tailored to shop, rather than home use, as it requires a 230-volt AC input.