So I wanted to wait until I had some time with the machine to give a review. I have owned it for about a week and so far it has done everything I asked it to do.
I went with the new 2013 model because of the beefed up inside, and the extra bells and whistles. It was well worth the extra $100 bucks to get the digital version of the itig. It's easy to use and within 20min I had it all figured out and saved on different memories. The tig arc is very smooth and can go down to 2 amps! I love the down slope as this really helps with the cratering at the end of the beads. Not to mention that the owner of Everlast has kept one on one contact with me. I have no problem recommending the machine to anyone interested in it. as a matter of fact ones I told m buddy about my purchase he bought the Everlast 160sth, which is a fantastic machine in it of it self!
If anyone has any questions about this machine, or the 160sth, or how the customer service has been, feel free to ask. I get instant text when someone comments on here so I plan on answering any questions any would be buyers may have. I went through a lot before buying my first home welding machine, and I hope to help people that are going through what I went through.
So I have only used the machine for about a week and will be updating this review as time passes. I will be adding some youtube videos of the machine in action as well.
I have only used this machine for tig welding. I am new to tig but did get my welding instructor to check it out. He liked it! He is normally a fan of machines painted blue but was surprised and impressed with this one. I chose this over some of the other import machines because it uses standard connectors so that I can upgrade. I chose this over a domestic machine because of the price!
Dealing with Everlast in California has been very professional and pleasant.
The bad: Cheap accessories! The hose clamps on the argon line don't even work. The work clamp is light duty. The fitting for the argon hose on the torch to the welder is not compatible - the hose is the wrong size or the nut that is meant to go over it is wrong. It does not seem to leak though. The on/off switch on my machine is mounted skew. It has an overall cheap Chinese feel to it.
The good: The actual machine is awesome and welds like a champ. All of the settings seem to do exactly what they claim to do (i.e. pulse settings, amperage settings). Despite the issues listed above it does work straight out or the box. The torch is fine and here is the best part - everything is standard - torch upgrade, gas lens addition, work clamp upgrade, etc are all easily doable. I bought the deluxe foot pedal and really like it.
I tried a big transformer machine that I didn't think welded as well as this. The transformer machine did not have any pulse settings.
So for exactly 1/3 the price of the equivalent thing in blue you get something that does the same thing. Even if you upgrade the torch and everything else you will still only have spent 1/2 as much.
So far so good. Time will tell how long this machine really lasts. Wish they had chosen a different name...
this welder was exactly what i was looking for from a blistering low 2 amp arcs to 200 amps baby and nothing else compares to this welder in performance and price and i love it. I'm a gunsmith and this welder was made for me. it has an easy start and smooth welding performance. it also has a great 200A high end.