If you’ve ever watched the hardcore guys weld on aluminum, stainless, or chromoly, they’re often holding a TIG torch in their hands. TIG rigs can be a little frightening at first but are super-handy for automotive fabrication work. With the new Diversion 165 TIG welder Miller has attempted to simplify the correct TIG unit setup and provide you some power as well.
The 165 features a 20-percent duty cycle (which means it can weld for two minutes out of ten before it has to rest) and a new dirt-simple operator interface. Now you can work the machine with only three switches: a power switch, a material selection switch, and an amperage control/material selection switch. Select your stock and the amps (there’s a 10 – 165A range), then kick it on and go — not too scary at all.
The sticker shock might scare a few folks, though. This machine can add a lot of power to your shop, but the 165 lives north of $1,200 for the base unit, and accessories’ll cost you a bit more after that.