160 Amp Dual Voltage TIG and STICK Welder that runs 6010 rods! DC TIG and STICK Welder, check out the Blue Demon Blue ARC 160sti. This is a REALTIME review! No testing, no practicing. I pull the machine out of the box and we begin welding immediately using the Stick and TIG features real word just as you guys will receive the welder! The first arc you see me strike is the very first. No practice or warm up! If your looking for a quality machine that is dual voltage and has Arc Force and Hot Start, that will also run a 6010 rod at an affordable price, you need to check out this welder.
UPDATE: I've tested it with 1/8" 6010 rods all the way down to 36 amps with no problems at all! See for yourself! This thing is a beast! https://youtu.be/cVrydI-v7B8
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Another great video! Boy I'd love to have that welder for the stick hot start alone! Keep up the great work Brandon! BTW I spend a week at Papoose Pond camping the week of the 4th every year for over 20 years.. Are you familiar with this area?
Ray B. Thanks man! I have lived in Maine all my life and i had to Google it lol. Waterford is about 90 miles south west of me. Maine is beautiful, especially around this time of year! Take care buddy and thanks for the kind words!
After having that welder for a while is it still working great for you ? Also once in a while on Craig's list free you can get weight and exercise equipment ,I was thinking some of the metal could be used for projects around the shop to save some cash. By the way your videos are good enough to watch many times over .
Wanted to tell you that I ordered this machine and had no luck. The first one came broken in pieces. The second one arrived and looked ok. I brought it to work to test it out and realized that it is missing the extra parts like the spare Tig cups, etc. Then I realized that they have the wrong end on the Tig torch where it hooks up to the regulator. I honestly regret wasting the money on this thing. Though the stick function works nice, I am not at all happy about the lack of quality control. Very disappointing scenario. Hope others have better luck.
I'm am very sorry to hear this happened to you. You are actually the first person that I am aware of that has had a problem. If you havent already, I would let them know so hopefully it doesnt happen again and they get you any of the missing pieces. On a side note, I hope your enjoying it. It has a very smooth arc and runs 6010 which many inverter welders wont.
Hey Sherman, thanks for your support! here is the info you asked for.
1 Year - Contactor, MIG Gun Parts (excluding those listed under normal wear items), cables, and regulator.
2 Year - Transformer, rectifier, solenoid valve, PC board, controls, gas valve, drive motor, and drive system.
You can run 1/8" rods and this welder will also run 6010 rods which many inverter welders cant. You can find out more about this welder in the link in the description.
The duty cycle is 35%. I would always recommend a dedicated 120 volt outlet / 20 amp circuit and a 220 volt / 50 amp welder outlet with 30 amp circuit. I explain some of this in this video if your interested. https://youtu.be/UJV7YEnZ4hc I know 35% doesn't sound like much but I rarely ever hit the duty cycle. There is usually something like fitup, positioning or clamping that gives the machine a break.
Yes, that is a decent machine for home use. It really is, but as always some guy like me will state it has a con....For me, that con is the super short 5 ft leads and 2 foot power cord.....That is easy nuff to fix with larger gauge and longer cables.
Today, the last coupe of years especially, there are an increasing number of inexpensive inverter welders that will do 6010 quite well.....But please remember, that even $3K inverter welders, because of the nature of the electronics WILL suffer the blue screen of death sooner than tranny welders...Just the nature of the beast.
Myself, after I sold my pro welding shop and retired, I recently bought 2 Amico branded versions of exactly the same welder....And it really is a decent welder just like yours...One I gave to a novice friend last month, and I kept the other for my travels in my motorhome.
Thank you very much! I completely agree about the short leads. Surprisingly this came with a long power cord though. I have a few different welders and this is pretty much my go to for all stick welding because I really like the hot start and arc force. It's strange because my 225 amp buzz box takes 2 men and a boy to move but this unit weighs as much as a lunch box. Thank you for your great comment and your support. Cheers
Angelo Joson that’s a tough question because I love all my machines. I’m a stick welder at heart so If i could only pick one, I would have to choose the Blue Demon because It runs 6010 like crazy, has hot start and built in arc force and its arc compares to welders I’ve used costing way more money...plus it has lift start tig which I do occasionally. The arc on the blue demon is super smooth and crisp. That’s just my opinion anyways. It’s my go to stick welder most of the time.
Brandon Lund I've had good luck so far ,but heard others had problems, if I run into that I will contact my credit card company for a refund, that worked for me in the past when a vendor wanted to play games !
Jeffrey Snethen I tried reaching out to them when one of my other welders blew up and they blew me off. I reached out to Ansen and ended up going with them for its high frequency start plus it has an automatic gas solenoid.
it is a pulsed unit yes it has fast and slow pulse as well. I think the unit right now 750 + 30 dollar shipping but there is another unit that is very similar by primeweld i think that is like 750 that has basically the same features. both are AC/DC machines. which is impressive for under 1000 dollars
actually with 7018 you really only need 125 max. with a 1/8th rod. It also looked like you moved a bit fast with that 7018. the bead profile was pointy. But who knows if the reading on the display is accurate?. Thats always the thing with these welders. I myself have an AHP alpha tig 200x. Anyone heard of that one before?
My old welder ran a little cold so I sort of had that in the back of my mind when I set the amperage for this. This one feels a little hot so I was compensating with travel, but like I said in the video, no practice and no editing to make me look good. My first weld was the one you saw me do in the video. I've got some seat time now and have been doing a bunch of experimenting. I recently ran 6010 rods down to 36 amps and I could not believe how well it did. Most wont even run a 6010 let alone start and maintain that low. It's a lot of welder for the money :)
I was going to buy the Amico with high frequency and the push button on the torch until I found out it is incapable of running 6010. They never claimed it would and if you contact them, they will tell you the same. I am comparing this to the Amico lift-arc model which supports 6010, probably the same inside as this one. What is the Open Circuit Voltage listed in the manual?
I have two mig machines at my shop and have been looking into getting a small TIG machine. I think I found it with this review. It looks to be everything I would need, including the lift start feature. Working on automobiles I prefer not frying control units in customer vehicles....they seem to frown upon that sort of thing. Thanks for the review!
How much did you pay for it when you got it? It's over $300 on that link above. Just curious. I'd like to start learning to weld, but wondering if I should just go with a Sub-$100 Harbor Freight stick welder unit for now.
$329.00 at the time of this post and it's remained pretty consistent. I haven't tried the Harbor Freight Welders but as I mentioned in this video, this welder has probably the smoothest hot start I have used for a welder in this price range. Your paying a little more for this than the Harbor Freight unit but your also getting fully setup with TIG. Personally spending a little more to get a complete TIG setup is a good deal but that's just my opinion.
Neat set, the features on the other welder you got were excellent for the money, but this welder is a great start into TIG, which is very handy for some jobs, and adds to your skill set.And yes, all welding machines do vary, as does the power supply at times in some areas, thats probably why your electric shaver does not work :)
Love the logo banner and shirt...very professional. Now, speaking strictly as a consumer, no.1 I wish I had pulled the trigger on that other welder I looked at like 15 times...no. 2i felt like I just watched a Billy Mays Hays (rest his soul) ad. It's great you're getting recognition but don't oversell it...you lose a certain amount of credibility when everything is 'awesome' maybe it's just me... don't be afraid to call them like you see them. That's what brought me to your channel...I'm looking forward to more great content.
Sherman, you got me wondering with your question 120/220 volt power so I tested it out (video will be upcoming), when plugged into 120 volt power, the unit is limited to 110 amps. It will go to the full 160 when plugged into 220 volt power. Hope this helps in the meantime.
Sherman, Thank you very much! You cant go wrong with the Blue Demon welder in my opinion. The hot start feature should work the same on 120v as 220v but your overall amperage will be limited to approximately half when your on 120v. I appreciate your comment and I will be doing an upcoming video with this welder on 120 volt running some different rods.
Brandon Lund ,Mr.lund i really want to buy this Welder mainly for outside stick repairs on my family property and can't believe how quickly the Arc starts , the hot start feature is amazing 🤔 I know you were running it on the 220 side, but do you think the hot start feature will run that good on the 115/120v side??, also can you tell me what the maximum amp out put is on 115/120v?,I hope maybe next time you could run some 3/32 7018 rods with the Welder on 115/120v thank You , really enjoy your videos 👩🏭
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