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Old 02-04-2010, 04:24 PM
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Does anyone own/use a Lincoln Precision 225 tig welder

Give me some feedback please like and dislikes
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:00 PM
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Are you looking to buy one new or used??

What kind and thickness of metals

What machine do you Tig weld with now??

How many years have you been Tig welding.

These answers can have a big impact if you will like a welder or not.

Brand new out of the box a great unit within its limits
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:28 PM
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Ive got one and I like it a lot so far. It does everything that I need it to and I dont have any complaints about it yet. I have had it for almost a year and it is also what I used at school so I have become pretty familiar with it.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:55 AM
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Wyoming has a bunch of good questions that affect the answer...

I have its bigger brother (Precision TIG 275). Zero complaints with the machine in the six or so years I've owned it.

I have run the predecessors to the PT 225 (PT 185, and a square wave 175). Both weld exactly like my bigger machine, just less top end.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:56 AM
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I have 1 dose what ever I ask of it no complaints . I started off with a 175 and then a 185 never had a problem. If I had more power in the garage I would have a 275.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:35 PM
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I really enjoy mine, It does a large enough range for me. I would recomend a thicker shield for protecting the torch cable and a larger ground clamp.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:07 PM
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I have the PT-185 and wish it had more top end for AL, but it does a good job on a variety of steels to 1/4". I added a better flow meter and stick stinger to the "out of the box" set-up. In the spring I'll get around to finishing the water cooled torch addition, but all-in-all it's been GREAT!
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:59 PM
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I've ran the PT-225 and the PT-275 both for a good period of time. The PT-225 is a great machine for the home shop or even a small fab shop. If your really putting it to aluminum the torch can get a little warm but that expected with the air cooled torch. Great little machine!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:32 PM
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I have the Precision TIG 225, I really like it, and it welds everything I need it to!
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:56 AM
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I have a Precision TIG 185 for about 3 years and i very happy with this machine. Before i have a SquareWave PRO 175 and no problem too.

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Old 02-09-2010, 01:47 PM
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I have had mine for 4 years now. love it. I have welded lots of 0.25 chromo up to 1/4" mild steel, stainless, and aluminum. with it no problem. Runs all day! had a Miller for a year before but turfed it for the Lincolin
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:03 PM
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I have a PT275 at work I've used a bit. Mostly for welding 0.30 aluminum. Good times. I guess it's ok, though I don't know any better. I hate the pulse setting though. Supposed to help welding the thin stuff, but I just shut it off and weld normally.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:10 PM
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I hate the pulse setting though. Supposed to help welding the thin stuff, but I just shut it off and weld normally.
Same here...screwed with it for about 1/2 hour, and have never turned it back on.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:39 AM
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The only use for the pulse setting that I could see is to make dimes. But just straight welding of thin material, I just don't see how it helped.

One other thing I just thought of... I don't have a lot of TIG experience, just the PT275 and my Miller EconoTIG. With the PT275, I have a slight ramp down setup. So when you let off the pedal, it doesn't shut right off, but ramps down to help eliminate craters. When in that mode, the arc... is completely unstable? Instead of having a nice arc, it turns into like a little mini lighting storm. Is that normal? My EconoTIG doesn't do this at all, obvious. You get off the pedal, the arc breaks immediately. But even if I'm tapering off the arc myself, never does the arc get unstable like that.

I think the PT275 also does it when starting an arc with really low amperage. What's the deal?
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:24 PM
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AC, DC, or both? Mine does what you're describing on AC sometimes.
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