I am John from Western PA. I am a Mechanical Engineer and as my screenname suggests, I am into sportbikes. Not your typical machines though, as I build and drag race a 484 rear wheel horsepower turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa
I currently do not own a Tig welder, however I do use welders from some other shops that allow me to do work. I am short on time these days and the shops are quite a drive to get to , so I am looking to give myself a slightly belated birthday present and get my own tig to have in the garage so that I don't have to be away for so long to fab a few parts or make a repair or two when needed.
I have a fair amount of welding knowledge from designing and working through manufacture of a variety of items from small brackets to large robotic ground combat vehicle prototypes made form 3" thick 5456 welded Aluminum and welded titanium suspension components.
I have been researching the Everlast brand, through quite a bit of internet research, as well as sitting with our machine / welding shop manager for about an hour this afternoon looking through the specs and videos relating to Everlast welders (tig adn combo units)
Should I decide to purchase an everlast unit, I will likely bring it into our shop to do a fair amount of testing with amp clamps, while welding to compare to some of the other welders we currently have (mostly Miller products, from a few different syncrowave's an aerowave, quite a few large industrial power supplies from Lincoln (mostly used for gmaw and sub-arc). We even have a plasma welder, but I likely will not be comparing anything to that.
I am sure I will have questions relating to specs of specific welders as I continue my research and I will post in the relevant forums as appropriate (sometimes I think maybe I need t just take off my Engineer hat and make a decision on a whim rather than research and test things to death...)
I look forward to getting a tig unit and completing some changes on my race bike to dip into the 7 second range at 185+ mph in the quarter mile, all on a DOT approved tire and no wheelie bar :-)