Amazing Welder! This is a 2018 model 180 AMP DC TIG, Stick, Hi Frequency, dual voltage inverter Welder, complete package! Includes 2T and 4T function. Reviewing the cheapest 180 AMP DC TIG AND STICK WELDER on Amazon! Ansen TIG 185S.
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Technically yes, using aluminum stick electrodes but the results are far from what you would expect. As far as a cheap machine to weld aluminum, your going to be spending close to a grand for an AC machine capable of welding aluminum. They really dont make a cheap ac machine
This welder includes everything and it's my go to tig machine, however, I heard from other viewers that there were gas leaks inside the machine. Sure enough I did find some gas leaks. https://youtu.be/UWAyqZWMyD0 Fortunately it was an easy fix. This is my only complaint. I love this machine. I have 2 actually
HangLoose_OG I love this welder, however I did discover a leak inside the case. If you you want to find out about this problem, here is the video on the fix https://youtu.be/UWAyqZWMyD0 Other than this, it’s a solid machine. I also have a follow up video on how to adjust the high frequency contacts.
2T is when you press the trigger and hold it, the arc initiates. When you let off, it goes out. 4T you press the trigger and let off and the arc stays lit. Hit it again and it goes out. 4T is like cruise control on your car. I personally never use 4T.
@ETM this is a great machine and it includes the regulator. I use it exclusively for TIG over all my other machines. It also has a gas solenoid so your not messing around with a valve on the torch. The one downfall I discovered in mine was that the Argon fittings inside the unit were leaking. I've also been told that most all of the imported welders have this problem to some degree. If your a handy person, it was a very easy fix but it is something that should be checked into since gas is not cheap. Here is a video on how I fixed mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWAyqZWMyD0
The listed link to "this" welder on Amazon is not 200 amp but 160 amp and sells now for $249.49 and is listed as model TIG-165S-160. Too many product reviews on YouTube have this happen to them on Amazon. Amazon has lost me as a customer for this kind of price gouging and other dirty tricks by Amazon and their partners.
I don't take offense to this at all buddy. I'm no different than you guys. When I buy something, I want the biggest bang for my buck I can get. If something is garbage, I will say so. I'm glad I put 209 for the price...I doubt we will ever see that again though. I'm not sure if your aware, but right after I did this video, the price started to increase. It's highest price on amazon (that I am aware of) was $1,299.99. I really wish the people that sell these things would not do that. It makes me look bad over something I have no control over.
Thanks Brandon for your reviews. I hope you don't think I was in anyway putting down your product reviews. I like to update information especially when I am about to spend my hard earned money. Product reviews are a wonderful extension of the Internet but Amazon partners take advantage of this situation and predictably increase their prices. Keep on reviewing products so the rest of us can learn these things without making purchasing mistakes. One helpful hint I can give is to know what the low price of the product used to be and search around for the product at or at least near the low price.
I have to agree as someone who is trying to show others what I think works and what it costs, then you guys go check it out and the price has been raised. Unfortunately I can not control their pricing. I appreciate you checking out my videos
+Profile Protected when I bought this it was at 209 and it was just their regular price. Looking at some of the comments it seems like the price fluctuates. I have not had any problems with this welder. I use this one mostly for tig welding and i do most all of my stick welding with my blue demon. I think the blue demon has a little better arc.
several people have had their 140ST's go out on them due to heat. There is a great video on how to fix the problem if you are an electronics expert and good with a solder gun. You'll also need to add fans to prevent it from happening again.
i wish that my experience with the Ansen brand was as pleasant. I bought this exact welder off amazon after watching your video review and it died within 2 days. when i opened the box...a large solder ball about lima bean size fell out of the welder before plugging it in and I should have put it back in the box after that. i only welded for about 2 minutes on some 1/8 " CR steel in tig. not happy at all with Ansen
Brandon Lund well be careful with that thing. I took it apart to see what happened and i was astonished by the small size of the board with alot of re-used stuff it appears and poured on solder where there should have been thicker pcb anyways. The controller doesn't restrict current to the max amperage at the torch...it will apply a current increase all the way up to max output of 180 as you turn the dial and the tig circuit cant handle more than 120 by looking at the components used and the small traces. Not to mention copper wire pieces soldered everywhere that current will be too much for the pcb traces to handle. And the single pcb is cut in between circuits that are going to get hot to avoid heat travelling thru the pcb to surrounding heat sensitive components. Nothing in the case is even rated for more than 105c and this small board is going to get hot, especially in a welder with such a poor design. This definitely helped me decide that i will be getting a refund because even a new unit with no shoddy electronics would be a definate fire hazard. A good unit probably wouldn't last more than a few months if that. If i hadnt unplugged mine...it would have burnt my shop down no doubt about that. I have pics if you care to look. Be careful man
Yes, that's now true...
But when Brandon did the video, he bought it from Amazon for $209... Thus the reason I bought the Amico tig-205 from Home Depot for $279... No waiting... And it didn't go from 209 to 1299 in a short time like the Ansen did...
You're a good man, Brandon...
While I'm bummed out about missing out on the chance of getting the Tig-185S, I appreciate you and your work in locating good and affordable machines... Thanks for all you do for us!
I would imagine that the folks at Ansen are starting to see their mistake, but I saw what they did and won't be forgetting it anytime soon... Those blastards...
Wolverine I totally agree with you. I will never buy anything from these folks again after seeing what they decided to do after getting some increased sales from me. Increasing the price from 209 to 1400 should be illegal. It was a real learning experience. As a side note, I've found a reputable supplier. Check out my Blue Demon review. You won't be disappointed and you won't have to worry about price gouging or warranty issues.
Nice Welder Brandon,hey can you tell me if that 220v to 120v adapter would work with my Lincoln 180HD Welder its 220, but I wish I could run it on 110/120v outlet thanks if anyone can answer my question please let me know thanks [email protected]
SHERMAN YOUNG sorry, I don't have first hand experience with that welder. I'm assuming your welder is NOT dual voltage where as it did not come with the adaptor but your best bet is to check your manual.
Brandon thank you for the great video. I have a A.C./DC tig/stick welder ,but thought I would get this one for my son to play with.Amazon did not have the 180 in stock so I got the 160 ($209.00 free ship). What can I say,it is a lot of welder for the money. I stick welded 3/32 7018 at about 90 amps on 220 volts and it ran fine. I tig welded on 110 and 220 and to my surprise it has high frequency start ,and is a solenoid gas delivery system. The H F was crisp and arc was smooth. Thank you for the great videos you produce always look forward to your next project. Regards Al
Al Ander that's awesome! Your boy is going to love it! It's $599.00 on eBay! Just so you know, every project I have ever done on my channel could be done with the 160 with room to spare so It's a LOT of welder for money! I'm glad you guys are enjoying It!
Good find, lotta features TIG wise for the money, good starter set for the home user getting into TIG. I'd advise looking out a WP9 torch, much neater n nicer to handle. Said it before, and say it again,the stuff from China is vastly improved from the first kit, and its putting tooling in a price bracket for the home user.
One point for newbies- I tell folks not to use soapy water for gas connection testing, because, if you get into the habit, and one day move into Oxy fuel kit, its not a good idea to test Oxy with soapy water, so I always say buy the correct leak testing stuff.
But, if you are only ever gonna use inert gases, then soapy water is ok. And you can shave with it-just sayin.
To be fair, the soapy water thing is an older no no, some soaps had fats in them, most soap solutions are probably made up with dishwashing liquid or car shampoo nowadays, so probably little risk of a "volcano" going off, that set reminds of Thermal Arc sets, which are good sets--http://www.thermalcut.com/thermal_arc_welding_machines_for_sale.html, enjoy the new toy-I mean tool.
Jaques Daniels I tend to agree. For a while it was hit and miss and some even had used electric components. They seem to be figuring it out. I have never heard to not use soap on an oxy setup? Good to know! I knew oil was bad thing but i never heard about the soap. You may be able to shave with the soap, but this is DC only, so no Al- lou- min-e-yum welding for you 🤣🤣🤣. I'll look into that #9 torch! Hope all is well friend!
I think it could be worth $200 just as a stick welder...and they included the conversion ext. AND a tig torch? It sounds like a win if it doesn't crap out early.
I have to assume that it is DC only so no aluminum...but again it's a lot cheaper than any of the DC , stick welders I've been looking at. Good on you!
Oh and my Miller mig came with one of those 'see thru' plastic hoses...LOL
Reality is, as you intimated, I'll likely never have use for a larger one...I'm afraid I've been left with my dad's theory of buy enough machine to do the biggest job you think you might do within the confines of your budget. At this price though you can justify getting this and still buying bigger down the road.
Spoiler Alert! I have run 3 pounds of ER70s2 3/32 filler rod so far, padding beads on plate and welding various positions. This thing is a beast! I have yet to hit it's 60% duty cycle. The tig video will be out Friday March 16th at 12:00 p.m. est. You won't be disappointed!
60% duty cycle means you can run this at its rated amperage for 6 minutes before needing to cool it down for 4 minutes. 40% duty cycle is 4 minutes on, 6 minutes off. Duty cycle uses a 10 minute reference. Cheers
Just new to welding been doing reviews and all welders and many seem to say blue or red welders the only way to go. There is a cheaper brand everlast but have been hearing a lot of bad reviews on customer service.
Joe Briggs the duty cycle on the MP Lincoln is a joke that’s only problem. Those Lincoln squarewave 200 and MP are made for weekend welders. Not saying it’s not better then this because it is. This isn’t avaible right now too.
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