I bought a Primeweld this spring as well. Love it and how you can control your weld vs Mig welding.
My biggest issue has been fillet welds in aluminum. I solved that with an 8’ chunk of 4”x1/8” flat bar that I cut in coupons.
Switching hands for better welds is a catch 22, we all weld better with one hand but with Tig, there will always be a time when you use the other one unlike stick or mig.
Hey @David_R8, I finally got my hands on a PrimeWeld machine and wired my garage up with 240v. I haven't used it yet and just turned it on but I notice that the fan is fairly loud. It's on par or louder than my 60fb air compressor. Is yours the same and just to be expected? Of course this is my first machine and just want to make sure I didn't get a lemon and this is normal. Hope your TIG adventures have been going well!
I've only once in 10 yrs. had the fan in my Millermatic 252 kick in. I was welding a bunch of 1/4" tubing and I didn't know what it was when it came on.Awesome news!
Yup mine is the same. Funny thing is that the fan in my Millermatic MIG 130 is always on too and about the same volume and I never noticed it.
It would be nice if it came on when needed but honestly I barely notice it now.
No, not at all. It really comes down to amps and machine size. A MIG 252 is a much bigger machine and more industrial than a smaller TIG. Bigger components don't heat up as fast. And because I rarely run mine at close to full power or long enough, the fan almost never needs to kick in. But a smaller machine will heat up faster at even 30% of max power, thus the fan kicks it sooner and more often.So MIGs are generally less fan noise than TIGs?
Not that we buy welder types based on their dB level, but I just figured amps were amps & both probably had similar whirly things to keep things cool.
The price and offerings of this package was well worth it and I wouldn't have changed the decision based on db alone. Having said that, the DB does bother me and this is why I have a relatively quiet air compressor and also motorcycle helmet that perform better in high wind speeds. Eventually I will look into replacing the fans or hope there's someone that will post on Youtube how to do it. I would have spent an extra $50 easily if came quieter!