AHP AlphaTIG 200X Review

AHP alpha TIG

Big, flexible amperage range, AC/DC capability, amazing arc stability, 60% duty cycle and the ability to handle anything between 1/4’’ aluminum to 3/8’’ mild steel make this one nice welding machine.

Short Summary

POWER: 95%
VERSATILITY: 85%
PORTABILITY: 80%
DURABILITY: 80%
PRICE: 85%

Overall Rating

85%

TIG welding is the most aesthetically pleasing welding type or all. It is the cleanest and produces no splatter and no waste, making it a favorite amongst experienced welders.

That being said, TIG welding is a very fine art, and produces the cleanest and the most beautiful welds.

It is a slower type of welding, so you’ll need a lot of patience, skill, and, of course, a solid TIG welding machine.

Whether you are a welder by trade or just doing it in your spare time, you should take a look at the AHP AlphaTIG 200X Welder.

What is this Machine Best For?

The AHP AlphaTIG 200X weighs about 50 lbs., so it is a portable welding machine adequate for a garage, studio or small shop.

AHP includes standard TIG accessories and a control switch for the torch as well as a foot pedal to make using the TIG torch easier. It can handle heavy currents and voltage, which is especially nice for working with thin gauge metal.

This dual-purpose welder can be used by professionals and beginning welders as it is pretty easy to set up.

The thin rod and the outstanding precision of the weld from this TIG welder is very useful for precision welds on motorbike, cars, sculptures, bronze castings and other projects where a smooth surface is desirable.

AHP AlphaTIG 200x review

Pros

THE AHP AlphaTIG 200x is a combination TIG welder and stick (arc) welder, which offers you a wider range of welding projects you can tackle.

The first thing to look for in a good welding machine is the amperage range of the machine.

The bigger the amperage range the machine offers, the more versatile it will be. A machine that has an output range of 5-230A will allow you to weld pretty much anything.

Dishing out a whopping 200 amps and with a range of 100-220 V and an array of pulse features, the AHP AlphaTIG 200X is one of the most flexible on the market.

Another thing this machine offers is AC/DC capability. If you’re working with steel, then DC is quite enough, but if you’re working with aluminum, you will want your welding machine to be able to use AC current.

AC current allows the welder to clean the oxidization on the material and weld it at the same time. Of course, if working with AC, you will also want to have a balance control for the AC, as it will allow you to attune the welding to the metal itself by lengthening or shortening the cleaning and welding cycles.

The IGBT Technology makes it easy to switch on and off for AC/DC modes.

Combine that with amazing arc stability, a 60% duty cycle that allows you to work long hours without overheating, and the ability to handle anything between 1/4’’ aluminum to 3/8’’ mild steel, and you get an excellent tool for even the finest of welds.

Cons

Though the AHP AlphaTIG 200X welder is an astounding product, the accessories leave a lot to be desired.

The regulator is not precisely calibrated, and you will get a discrepancy between how much argon you think you have left, and what you actually have left.

The display screen does not accurately shows the amperage the machine is set on. Even if you adjust the amperage knob, the display won’t change until you reach 2T.

This leaves you having to sort of guess the setting hit or miss until you find the right amperage level for your job.

Warranty Information

All AHP welders are warrantied for a period of 3 years from the date of purchase against breakage, malfunction, or other unit failure resulting from manufacture defect. The faulty unit will either be repaired or replaced with a new or factory reconditioned unit at AHP weld’s discretion.

Consumable items are not covered by the warranty. Torches, foot pedals and spool guns are covered by a separate 6-month warranty and, if necessary, can be serviced without having to return the entire welding machine.

Conclusion

The AHP AlphaTIG 200x is a powerful combination TIG and stick welder.

Big, flexible amperage range, AC/DC capability, amazing arc stability, 60% duty cycle and the ability to handle anything between 1/4’’ aluminum to 3/8’’ mild steel make this one nice welding machine. 

AHP needs to work on improving the regulator and the display screen, as they do not precisely show you what you need to know in terms of argon level and amperage level. For the money, though, this is a great welder for its versatility and ease of use.

This post was last updated on September 13th, 2018 at 01:26 pm

About the Author Gregory

Hi, my name is Gregory! I have been welding practically all of my life and love it. As I have gotten older I have started to weld less and less, so in order to continue my love for welding I created this website. I like to write about my experiences and help you all become welders. I hope that you enjoy the site!

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