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Old 02-21-2019, 09:51 AM
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I ordered my AHP 201 yesterday. I am heading to California in a month so I am having it shipped there and drive it home with us.

First impressions: AHP makes it really hard for Canadians to buy. Credit card billing address has to match shipping address. No Canadian shipping options on their website. Won't accept Canadian CC. I got my FIL to pay with his US card/address. If they didn't have a house in California I might have been asking an SFT member along my way to pay and hold onto it!

Shipping and taxes:
$30 flat rate shipping in the US. I had considered having it shipped to northern Montana and picking it up there. Again, won't take Canadian CC, billing and shipping address must match. This is dumb and they are probably losing a lot of business because of it.
Got hit with $68 in California sales tax and then I will get hit with taxes at the Cdn border too. California is not a state where non residents can apply to get their taxes back. North Dakota is. Montana apparently just doesn't charge tax. Novel concept.

The welder has really good reviews even from people that run name brand machines all day at their day job. Mostly the bad comments pertain to the foot pedal. Guys are bolting it to strips of rubber so it doesn't slide away.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:18 AM
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This is a vid on the 2016 200 model. Mine should be similar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlNAGYcdZlQ
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:49 AM
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Declared my welder at the border ($240 over my personal exemption) and border guard let me through, so I didn't have to pay Canadian taxes on any portion. 29 hours driving time home. Palm springs to Layton UT to Calgary AB to Saskatoon.

Got it back home and eventually grabbed a cylinder of argon and got to playing. First I used it to burn a couple arc rods. At first, playing around, but then I actually used it to weld a Jetta rear beam axle under a flat deck I removed from the truck. Made much easier to move the deck around.

People complain about the foot pedal a lot. I have just been putting my heel on the fixed part of the pedal and using the toe to press the gas. Works fine, doesn't slide away that way. The whip is nice and flexible. Flex head torch is nice.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:03 AM
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First pic is 7018. First rod I'd burned in a couple years. Fooled around with tig on mild steel, some stainless, aluminum.

First impressions. Everything seems to work great. I love the pulse, really helps a beginner slow down and work on timing and adding filler.

The longer bead was my first aluminum weld (I had about 5 minutes of fooling around on Al with my buddy's Miller DX200 previously). I have trouble getting the two pieces of aluminum to first join up but then it seems pretty easy. Reminds me a lot of oxy acetylene welding where its mostly about pushing the puddle. Interesting to watch the impurities jump into the pool when you've got a good clean puddle moving along then you dab a dirty filler rod in there.

So far just been using Lanthanated for AC and DC. I'll pick up some ceriated to try I guess next time. Got a buddy who wants me to weld a bead around his turbo already (1.8 Jetta with an hx35 that seems to take in excess of 30psi). Not sure I'm ready for that.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:50 PM
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Looks like a good start.
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:56 AM
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I've got the 200 and love it. Welds great for a cheap little welder.
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Looks awesome Kev.
I know where to go to have a custom stainless or aluminum fuel tank built.
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Old 04-11-2019, 01:22 PM
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Looks awesome Kev.
I know where to go to have a custom stainless or aluminum fuel tank built.
Yep.. Prairie West Fab on Faithfull will hook you right up. lol
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:57 AM
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Yep.. Prairie West Fab on Faithfull will hook you right up. lol
I somehow think that option is not what he had in mind .
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:30 AM
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I did a short job for a shop in Minnesota and the engineer was running one of these helping out bench welding some small pieces of stainless. He couldn't stop talking about how much he was impressed with the machine. I was laying nicer welds than him with my air cooled lift arc Maxstar but I am sure I have tens of thousands of hours more arc time so tough for me to judge based on that...

I would like to pick up an AC machine for at home so I am definitely keeping my eye out for the right machine. Right now a Synchrowave is out of the question due to being too big and heavy for a guy with no shop. I don't get enough work opportunities that require AC to justify a Dynasty. So a hobby purchase at this juncture.

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