I currently own a Miller Diversion 165 TIG welder, which I purchased for the sole purpose of building custom recumbent bikes. I'm only on carbon steel atm, but plan to move up to aluminum as my skills increase. I just finished my first frame, and decided I really don't enjoy the TIG process, mainly because it's such a slow, tedious process. In fact, I like it so little I've almost gotten to where I dread working on the bike.
I'm considering selling the Diversion and getting a HH210 or IM230. I'm pretty familiar with the capabilities of TIG, but not as much so with the MIG process when it comes to thin walled materials. In fact, I've never used solid wire MIG, but I have done a bit of FCAW.
Am I making a mistake switching from TIG to MIG for bikes? I know TIG is probably better for this, but will the HH210 do what I'm looking for? I'm mainly working with 16 ga. and 14 ga. material, and plan to start working on aluminum frames in the next couple of months. I'd also like to work on other projects in the future such as a custom bobber (frame, tank, fenders, etc), and if I get really motivated, I have plans to build a 3 wheeled V-Twin powered project car, but that's a couple of years off.
I'm mainly trying to avoid hitting a wall with MIG and finding out that I need TIG to finish the bikes (and other projects) later. If I can do it all with either an HH210 or IM230 I'll be a happy camper.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
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