Getting to know the Longevity TigWeld 200EX

posted in Equipment Reviews
Sunday, April 21 2013, 12:45 AM
Just got the 200EX last week and have been working with it.

First impression was "Nice looking but where are the knobs for adjustments on the settings?

All digital dashboard with a cool clear cover to keep things clean.

Nice power, Quiet fan! (Thank God!) Will miss my watercooled torch! Hopefully one will become available soon...

I am really liking the torch that came with the machine. Got a scroll wheel for amp adjustment. Goes from max setting on the machine to almost zero. Little awkward to get used to but I am getting there.

Long cables so you don't have to have the machine in your lap when working.

The only down side I see at this point is the 1/4 inch euro hose quick disconnect on the back of the machine to hook the gas to. Longevity sells the hose with connector separately!

All in all I'm liking this machine. Will make a vast improvement over the TigWeld 250 ac/dc I was using.

On sale right now for $1500.00 usd..

More thoughts to come and a video as well...
From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
www.kevincaron.com
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    Sunday, April 21 2013, 01:03 AM - #permalink
    Hope it works out for you Kevin. I did a lot of research when I was looking for a new rig and I chose the Everlast PowerTig 200DX. Got it for $1100.00 and couldn't be happier. Keep us informed on how this one works out for you. You're still keeping Tigger right?
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    Sunday, April 21 2013, 09:47 AM - #permalink
    Which one is tigger?

    The 200 ex replaces the 250 AC/DC .

    The high frequency start died and Longevity upgraded me to this one.

    Everything else is still here and ready for action!

    One thing I forgot to mention is the button on the torch. Push to start but if it gets a little too hot just push again. The amps cut in half! Push again and you are back to power.

    Way Cool!!
    From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

    AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
    www.kevincaron.com
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    Sunday, April 21 2013, 12:03 PM - #permalink
    didn't you have a Syncrowave?
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    Sunday, April 21 2013, 12:09 PM - #permalink
    Oh yeah, That one,,,

    She has been sleeping in the tool room since I started using Longevity. No way am I getting rid of that machine.

    Was using the Longevity MigWeld 250p and the Millermatic 251 at the same time the other day. Had two helpers going at once. Was interesting to watch both machines working. No difference in welds that I could see but just looking at the power cords on the two machines told me which one I want working more often. The power draw on the 251 is twice the 250 at the same amps!!

    That little dial on the meter was just a spinnin!!!!
    From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

    AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
    www.kevincaron.com
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    Sunday, April 21 2013, 04:34 PM - #permalink
    Maybe you should incorporate some spinning dials into your next masterpiece?????

    Could be a divine calling. You never know. ;)
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    Wednesday, April 24 2013, 12:10 AM - #permalink
    Did some stick welding with the 200ex today.

    165 amps, 100 hrtz. A/C with 1/8 inch 7018ac.

    Working on a base for a new sculpture.

    3/4 inch plate.

    http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb142/kevincaron/IMG_20130423_155012_zps73e30720.jpg

    Crappy close up of the weld,

    http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb142/kevincaron/IMG_20130423_162814_zps4fa13ef3.jpg

    Plate when I was done. Happy to say, the darn thing was flat on the table when I was done! ( thank you very much!!)

    Never a whimper out of the machine. Really liking this new machine.
    From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

    AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
    www.kevincaron.com
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    Thursday, April 25 2013, 06:48 PM - #permalink
    Any new updates?

    Inquiring minds need to know.

    Come on Kevin, Spill the beans! lol!
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    Thursday, April 25 2013, 09:56 PM - #permalink
    This is a great machine!!

    Was running 170 amps on stick today and not a whimper.

    Tig is solid as hell, was using the foot pedal today doing some bench work. Nice!

    Next up I get to play with the Multi process machine. 200 amps of Tig , Mig and Stick in one box.

    Even comes with a carrying strap!! It's that small!!

    But that will be next week....
    From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

    AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
    www.kevincaron.com
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    Thursday, April 25 2013, 10:26 PM - #permalink
    They're gonna make a real welder out of you yet! :D ;) :) :p
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    Thursday, April 25 2013, 10:55 PM - #permalink
    Heck, I just love playing with all the toys!!

    In all honesty I scare myself sometimes because I know how to do some of this stuff.

    Doing the off center boring on the lathe and then setting up the mill turntable for the opposite process and getting it right!

    Had a machinist buddie stop by today to check what I was doing and he said "Perfect!"

    Knowing how to weld different thicknesses of metal and aluminium. Copper and brass,,

    Damn, I just might get the hang of this job yet!:D :D :D
    From the desk of Kevin Caron, where the answers are stranger than the questions!

    AHP Alpha Tig 200x Longevity ProMts 200 Everlast PowerTig 255EXT
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Millermatic 251
    www.kevincaron.com
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    Thursday, April 25 2013, 11:00 PM - #permalink
    A little Yankee ingenuity goes a long way sometimes. ;)
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