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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.

The EZ-TIG 165i [Hobart]
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5 Responses to Hobart’s New Starter TIG Rig

  1. Toolaremia says:

    Sweet, but how’s the duty cycle compared to the 90 lb heavier unit? Specs says 20%, so that’s two minutes welding, eight minutes grinding out the weld you just made in the wrong spot while the welder cools down. 😉 There are no other TIG welders on Hobart’s site…

  2. fred says:

    For field work we replaced our older Hobart unit with a Miller Trailblazer – and have never looked back.

  3. allenworks says:

    My lincoln invertec v205-t tig weighs less and cost less and has never failed me. The 205 has all the range that most anybody needs. I run it off a lincoln GTX motor driven welder I can tig weld any where. I have never had good luck with hobart’s

  4. cjd says:

    I know it’s not a comparable welder but i picked up a Miller Maxstar 150 Stick/Tig (DC only) years ago. It’s nice being able to run it from a small generator and a regular outlet.

  5. Gerard says:

    Looks to be the miller ez-tig thing they just came out with only in grey and orange

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