Hobart wants you to venture into TIG, and to help you along they’ve introduced a new model in their EZ line: the EZ-TIG 165i. Like Hobart’s other EZ models, the 165i features a single knob control, simplifying the learning process by combining some of the most common settings into easily-selected presets. Just select your metal type and thickness and you’re good to go.
Though the 165i does require a 230V 1-phase power source with a 6-50P three-prong plug, it weighs only 50 lbs — a whopping 90 lbs less than Hobart’s other TIG units. You also get 12.5′ of lead and Hobart’s Lecacy 17 Weldcraft TIG torch. (You can add finger-tip amperage control separately for extra dough.) It’s affordable, too, starting at around $1,300.
But most importantly, you get the ability to expand your home welding projects beyond mild steel. Want an aluminum coffee table? A stainless steel truck box? A chromoly bike? This isn’t a bad place to start.