Vulcan Welders, Who has tried one?

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  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay Just glassin'

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    The Vulcans had Dinse connectors for the leads so that's like any newer welder. It'll probably be a matter of time before someone releases aftermarket guns and torches for these so then it's just a matter of running down to the LWS to get new parts. From the looks of it, the Vulcan TIG used WP style parts.

    I had a Chinese MIG from Northern Tool and when it crapped out (even way past the warranty), I called up tech and they sent me a shipping label to send it off to get fixed. NT has some guy Stateside (it was sent to Wisconsin) to fix these and they were super helpful. They called me when the welder arrived, fixed it in a matter of days, told me what was wrong, and shipped it back. Best part: paid nothing. Not sure how NT is able to do that but I was grateful they did. If HF can somehow replicate that kind of support, I say these Vulcans can steal a huge part of the welding market. You'll still have your die hard Red and Blue guys.
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  2. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    So...anyone buy one of these yet? I'm about to before a coupon I have expires. I've only found good reviews so far.
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  3. Salsa

    Salsa Long timer

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    I built my first TIG 49 years ago from a Miller stick machine with a crank driven slug to adjust the current. I motorized the adjustment and added a Sears High Freq unit. To get DC I added a bridge rectifier.

    Don
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  4. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I bought one of these yesterday. I also bought the Harbor Freight Vulcan big welding cabinet and the new Vulcan ArcSafe auto dimming helmet. 20% coupon for all Vulcan accessories including the welding cabinet!

    HF has *really* stepped up their game with this stuff. The cabinet is built like a tank, the helmet is as good or better than my Lincoln 3550 with 4C lens and the ProTig 200 welder is fantastic! I was ready to order another HTP Invertig and I'm glad I didn't. This Vulcan works very well, easy to set up, quiet, etc. I've only used it on 120V so far, but it's worked great.

    I got it on a coupon ($799 good till 2-28-18) and have 90 days to buy the extra 2 years of replacement warranty ($110) for a 3 year total replacement warranty. No fixing it. If it breaks, just bring it back and they give you a new one.

    If anyone wants the coupon, let me know and I'll post it here.
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  5. MrGone

    MrGone Been here awhile

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    I haven't dove into them very far but they do appear to be a good bit better than the traditional harbor freight welders that really are just complete junk. I haven't had much of a reason to look into them either besides seeing them in the mailers and browsing on the walk from the mail box to the recycle bin.

    Personally if I was going cheap I'd go everlast. I'm sure Chuckee2009 has a video up by now on youtube on the vulcans that might provide more insight.
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  6. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Chucke2009 has looked at the multi-process machine and deemed it pretty darn good. The Vulcan ProTig 200 shares 99% of it's peripherals with the Lincoln Square Wave 200, which at $1570 is a long way off from the Vulcan.
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  7. noyolk

    noyolk Certified Preowned

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    Please post it, I am unable to locate it.
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  8. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Here's the one for $100 off the welder (good till 2-28-18) and another with no expiration for 20% off any Vulcan accessories including the Vulcan welding cabinet .
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  9. Dao1

    Dao1 Long timer

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    "Vulcan beats Lincoln Electric"

    Them damn russian-linked ads are at it again!!
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  10. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Ya, and that Lincoln is now $1567!
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  11. Dao1

    Dao1 Long timer

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    well, let's put it this way...you can buy it once, or you can keep upgrading.
    BTDT w/ HF welders...if you want full penetration, you gotta pay to play
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  12. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    So you haven't used one of the new ones, then.

    I welded 1/2" hot rolled yesterday using 120V with this Tig at 130 amps, 1/16 Thoriated DCEN and it worked fine. Welds passed a bend test without issue. Obviously, I had to go slowly to get the heat into the work, but it worked, didn't overheat etc.

    Nothing to upgrade on this one either. I did buy an HTP Flow meter just because I like them. Torch is great, cable is flexy, foot pedal is excellent, ground clamp is very good.

    These are *not* the HF welders you've used in the past.
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  13. Dao1

    Dao1 Long timer

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    Alright...I see you just bought one...so i aplogize for throwing shade on it.
    Glad you like it.
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  14. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    no worries. I was skeptical and still am, but so far it does what it's supposed to. Time will tell I suppose.
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  15. Creation

    Creation Been here awhile

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    Please keep us updated. I'm on the fence about them
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  16. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    So far I've burned a pound of ER70S2, several sticks of 6011 and 7018. I've done aluminum up to 1/4". All on 120V as my new shop doesn't have the 220 wired up yet. It works every bit as well as the HTP Invertig 200 I used to own (a $2500 machine) I've yet to have the machine even hiccup. It's quiet as it the fan is large diameter and moves a ton of air. The cables, torch and foot pedal are all very good. Ground clamp is as good as on any Miller or Lincoln under $2000.

    Since there is no other machine on the market that gives you a 1 year, no excuses return policy I don't see how anyone could go wrong with this. I'll probably buy the extra 2 year warranty ($110) as that gives you a replacement warranty for 3 years total. Walk in, hand them the machine and they hand you a new machine.

    I don't see how this can be beat. Even the Alphatig 200 doesn't stack up especially when you consider how warranty is handled with that unit.

    I'll bet the price of this welder goes up over a grand by the end of the year. Use the coupon I posted earlier before 2-28-18 to get it for $799.

    The Vulcan helmet is also very good. I believe the lens in this is the same as the Lincoln 3350.
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  17. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    Following along, I think I want one of these to replace a Miller Dirvision Tig.
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  18. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    Why did you choose the Pro Tig over the Omni Pro? Does the Pro Tig offer some features that I am not seeing?

    Edit, I overlooked the most obvious, the Omni Pro has no AC.
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  19. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I did not want or need a multi-process machine. I have a Hobart 135 Mig already. I also wanted AC Tig for aluminum, etc.

    Here's a good review on that machine.

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  20. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Thanks for the coupon, might go piss away a few bucks on the ProTIG this weekend. I've been looking for an AC TIG that won't break the bank.
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