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  1. Default New to the forum, and new to welding in general

    Names Tom, and Im a retired tradesman looking to get into welding as a sideline. Its my intention to wet my feet by starting out with MIG, but would like to keep my options open to eventually get to doing some mobile stick, to service heavy equipment repairs for local farmers. It goes without saying that I wouldn't dream of selling my services until such time that I could be at the very least competent, and do safe welds. The ultimate goal of all this would be able to do some hobbyist TIG for the purpose of building my own motorcycle drag race chassis, and components. The question I have for this forum is that I would very much like to buy once and cry once, by purchasing and growing into a multi process machine like the MTS 225 or the MTS 275. Would such a machine be suggested for my intended purposes, or would I be buying into a "jack of all trades, master of none" scenario? Or should I start with process specific machines? Ive also learned that should I purchase the MTS 275, that a water cooler would be required to run the included water cooled TIG torch. In an effort to ease into the cost of all of this, could I, when the time comes, purchase an air cooled TIG torch and just run that at lower power levels, without burning stuff up?
    Last edited by turbotom1052; 05-31-2022 at 11:38 AM.

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    Welcome. The MTS series does everything quite well. Yes, you need a water cooler with a water-cooled torch. Anything over 200A will require a water cooled torch anyway because the largest air cooled torch made is only 200A rating. Never run a water cooled torch without water or it will burn up quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Welcome. The MTS series does everything quite well. Yes, you need a water cooler with a water-cooled torch. Anything over 200A will require a water cooled torch anyway because the largest air cooled torch made is only 200A rating. Never run a water cooled torch without water or it will burn up quickly.
    Thanks for the quick reply Mark. What if I were to purchase the MTS 275 along with an additional air cooled torch and just kept the amps down below 200 or even say 175A? Then as soon as I was ready to dive seriously into TIG I purchased the cooler? My plan was to not even attempt serious TIG welding until I gained enough proficiency at MIG which could take awhile from what im understanding.
    Last edited by turbotom1052; 05-31-2022 at 09:03 PM.

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    That's what I'd do if I wasn't sure.

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