Hobbyist welder options: Everlast & Longevity

Discussion in 'Garages, Workshops & Tools' started by Aceshigh, Jul 5, 2011.

Which would you prefer and why ??

  1. Longevity

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Everlast

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Another brand in the same $$$ range

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Anyone here own an Everlast or Longevity tig & stick & plasma cutter that can give feedback on it ??

    I've sat and read about 10 threads on the WeldingWeb. Seems that forum is like a bunch of vendors nitpicking at one another non-stop and can't get a straight consensus. Half the people it seems are vendors in disguise throwing the other one's under the bus.

    For now I'm considering either of these 2 options mainly because.....well cut the BS aside,
    $$ PRICE $$....and I'm seeing them popping up everywhere.
    They offer Plasma / TIG / Stick altogether in one machine at a VERY fair price. I don't have $2,000 for a TIG welder as a hobbyist either. :screwup: So I won't be using this daily to justify that sort of investment cost for a Hobat, Lincoln, or Miller.

    They have their own 2 sponsored forums in the Welding Web as well.
    Like I said though, I don't know if I trust half the stuff that's thrown around there.
    http://weldingweb.com/

    Longevity Weldmax 205i IGBT based Inverter
    60% @ 200amp DC TIG welder, a 160amp DC stick welder, and a 40amp plasma cutter
    [​IMG]
    Everlast PowerUltra IGBT based Inverter
    60% @ 200amp Tig welder, 200amp DC stick welder, and 50amp Plasma Cutter
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  3. DevelsDaughter

    DevelsDaughter Veteran Member

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    Pirate 4x4 members are pretty hard core with there tools..If there liking them its definatly a plus.
     
  4. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Ya'll need to read that Pirate4x4 thread again, there's a reason why he was banned......
     
  5. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  6. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I posted the wrong thread.....the one below is the one I meant to post.
    He was banned initially for not paying the site owners for advertising is my guess.

    He came back with a new screen name and is still a sponsor.
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=782388

    Show me where you see this ??
     
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  7. K5JMP

    K5JMP Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    I can't comment on either as I have no personal knowledge of either one.

    my advice is to talk to the welding supply operators in your area. get some feedback from them as to what is selling, what requires the most maintenance.. etc. also which brands they stock parts for. around here it's mostly Airco and Harris.

    I have a L-Tec plasma cutter and it's almost impossible to get parts in a timely manner. last order was close to 3 weeks:screwup:

    while I agree price point is a valid issue in deciding on what machine to buy... you want a good robust machine that will do the job, not a harbor freight kinda MIG... you know which one I'm talking about too.. lol;)

    for example, a buddy up the street, a general contractor, was cleaning his box out a few weeks back and gave me a Milwaukee sawzall... it had a broken chuck, but otherwise was in excellent shape. it's the heavy duty, all ball bearing one. he didn't want to fart with repairing it and bought another, lesser quality one, at home desperate instead. I ordered the repair parts and now I have 3 of them. I put maybe 25 bucks into it.

    funny, I bet he calls and asks to borrow one of them before the month is over..lol:innocent:

    same with my plasma cutter... I have 150 bucks in it. broken when I got it for almost free, but working fine now.
    "used, but in good shape" is always another option. if you can get a higher quality machine for the same money, who cares if it's nice and shiny because it won't stay that way for long. also with the economy the way it is there are lots of deals out there...

    don't cheap-out on tools. buy once.. and cry once. then you get many years of good, dependable service out of them.
     
  8. sponge003

    sponge003 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I picked up a used LOTOS brand 3 in 1 off craigslist and it has worked well, the plasma unit works fine and the tig is only hampered by my lack of welding skill. I havent used the stick function yet.

    I had to buy all the consumables from ebay and yes they came straight from china.
     
  9. DevelsDaughter

    DevelsDaughter Veteran Member

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    Thats the killer..Some off brands use the same torches as the big names..Ya just need to shop around.The plasma tip, if your a fabbing fool like me youll appreciate running down the street when your plasma tip opens up on ya and starts to sputter.
     
  10. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Read that link I posted, it seems to be a hit and miss kind of thing if you get customer service or not.
     

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