I am about to pull the trigger on a new TIG machine, but I'm torn on which one. I am not a complete newbie to TIG welding, I started with OXY then moved to a scratch start torch on a buzz box, and the first time I used a transformer with HF start and AC I was in love! I will be using it for hobby use, simple fab stuff and maybe more down the road. I definitely want an AC/DC machine but I'm torn between these two.
The Lincoln is new, and costs around $1400, and the AHP can be found around $750. Both have great reviews, but here is my dilemma. The AHP is a Chinese machine with OK accessories but a little more flexibility in settings. The Lincoln is well, a Lincoln. Fantastic warranty, parts are available anywhere and everything that comes with it are great. It is pretty much a set and forget machine, simplified for ease of use. I won't need to upgrade anything, except a stubby gas lens kit but that would be for either machine. The issues with the AHP is that it's Chineese, the foot pedal is just OK, the torch has mixed opinions but there is money left over with a $750 price tag where you can upgrade whatever is needed.
I am heavily leaning towards the Lincoln simply due to the fact that it's a Lincoln, but the money savings with the AHP cannot be ignored. I feel like a woman in a shoe store......
I have a Lincoln Squarewave 200 and I love it. In my opinion, in choosing a welding machine I would look at the history of the company. Lincoln has been making welding machines for many years. At one time pipeline welders would not use anything else but a Lincoln SA 200, there is a reason for this. More bells and whistles more to break down