Originally Posted by blutzski
I've always wanted a welder. How much do they cost? Are you able to do steel also or just aluminum?
Not cheap. You can do both with tig. Its the only way to go if you wanna do Aluminum
I've got a wire feed welder also (mig) but to do a decent job on thicker materials you need a better machine.
This is a diversion 180 picked it up new (open box) on craigslist with tank for $1500 beans. Its about $2100 for the welder and tank. I'm not going to do anything commercial so it will never pay itself off. Just an expensive toy to help me enjoy my hobby more.
You can find a similar machine more used for close to 1k, or a new steel only tig for about $1k new
A wire feed mig is about $300-400 new
Drop tabs and lid reinforcements on my drybox here i come!!!