I have a couple of Everlast machines. The Powerplasma 50 and the Powertig 250EX.
So far they have been great machines with only shipping damage on my Powerplasma 50 which they fixed with a new face plate.
It seems that those who speak out the most loudly about how bad Everlast machines are, are those who don't own one but hate the idea of them being made in China.
The argument goes that the American Machines mean American jobs....but if you look inside the American machines, they are full of parts made in China and are often built in China or Chinese parts assembled in Mexico.
That argument has been going on for quite a while as we have been sold out by our government that allowed that to happen. Seeing how most large corporations are no longer considered "American" by themselves as they have put production of their products out of America for tax and other reasons. Thank you Bill Clinton and all the politicians for selling out the American worker with NAFTA and GATT.
That argument aside, the Everlast machines have been reviewed by quite a few people and so far there seems to be very little difference in the welds.
The main difference between Everlast and say, Miller or Lincoln is price. The Chinese machines have been very good at using IGBT technology and have made machines smaller with more bells and whistles than the supposed "American" machines.
The advice I have gotten from salespeople associated with the Chinese welders (3 companies) is that the 3 in one machines have more to go wrong and so are more problematic. They recommended that I get a Plasma cutter and a Tig machine. If one goes down, the other is still there.
I've been using my Everlast machines for almost a year heavily and so far not one problem. My Hobart Handler 210 I've had for two years and it has been flawless also. I only wish that Hobart would build comparable machines in price to Everlast as I would buy from them in an instant.
If you were to ask me about Everlast, I would say that yes, there is the thought that warranty work (5 years which is awesome) is done by sending the unit back where the Lincoln, Hobart or Miller is take it to a dealer for repair. The idea is out there too that Everlast is a newer company and may not be around. In business, there are no guarantees that even Miller or Lincoln will be around. So you take a chance with whatever machine you buy.
Here is the pluses and minuses of Everlast.......
1. Price.....way less expensive than the comparable Lincoln or Miller.
2. Technology.....IGBT technology has come a long way and makes for a compact easy to use machine with all the options that anyone could want.
3. 5 Year warranty.
4. Excellent technical support. Any questions can be answered by guys who designed the machines (designed by Americans). No talking to some person who just learned to speak English.
1. No dealer support....not yet in many areas....but Everlast is selling through some Airgas dealerships. I hear repairs will eventually be supported at some Airgas dealerships.
2. Repair......have to send it back....shipping cost.....not cheap.
3. Resale value.....to be determined. So far there are very few used Everlast machines available. This will require time to see for sure. Miller's hold their value quite well as does Lincoln.
4. Being a newer company, they are going through growing pains. Some products are selling so well that they have backorder problems.
I don't work for Everlast, own no stock in the company and get no enumeration for any comments made about Everlast here or anywhere else. I only tell it like it is.
I would buy but get the Powertig 250EX. Stay away from the multi units.
Last edited by Steve from Ohio; 05-26-2011 at 02:30 AM.
Cobra 2000 A/O torch ( all USA made)
Everlast Powertig 250EX (US company, Chinese MFG)
Everlast Powerplasma 50 (US company, Chinese MFG)
Hobart Handler 210 (US company, Chinese parts)
GoWeld portable mig (US company, Chinese parts)
Evolution rage 2 cold saw (USA company, USA parts)
various other metal working tools