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Many welders go for the American or European brands when buying welding machines or plasma cutters. There’s nothing wrong with choosing Lincoln, Miller, or Hobart. But there are also countless others who explore other brands, especially the Chinese-made ones. Primeweld is an example of a Chinese brand of welding equipment that has seen a growing American customer base (1).
Are Chinese-made welders good?
This is one of the questions that needs to be discussed when we’re talking about the maker of Primeweld welders. Like any budget brand, Primeweld is made in China. But that doesn’t mean it is a terrible brand. The company ensures its products are of good quality and are ideal for customers who don’t need to spend tons of money on good welding equipment.
Primeweld believes that people have different needs, and it caters to a market composed of people who are not into industrial, heavy-duty welding operations. Nonetheless, a quick trip to the product line of this brand lets you see an assortment of machines for different users of different needs and budgets.
Tackling the bias against welders made overseas
If you’re a manufacturer who wants to attract a sector of the market that isn’t into the topnotch brands that are intimidatingly costly, you’ll have to either resort to using substandard materials or find cheaper manufacturing cost. The former can be an option if your goal is to irk your buyers. The latter has been the strategy of so many businesses in the United States and Europe.
There’s nothing wrong with outsourcing manufacturing to Asian countries, which have lower labor costs. The point is to reduce overhead so the prices of the products can be reduced as well. That’s why you can buy welding machines with the same specifications and features more or less but not as expensive as your favorite brands.
But do they work, you may ask. We can sugarcoat all we want, but you can check out reviews of Primeweld machines. Of course, you’ll see some fair share of negative feedback, as you will with any brands out there. But you’ll see more positive feedback from satisfied customers. The Primeweld TIG225X has a 91% 5-star rating on Amazon.
Again, it all depends on expectations. If you’re buying a Primeweld welder or plasma cutter for long hours of heavy use, you’ll definitely be disappointed.
Perhaps, what’s worthy of consideration is the technical support offered by Chinese-made products. There have been unhappy customers reporting about bad customer support. However, American brands receive the same criticism. Even Lincoln has had its share of bad rap from buyers who are dissatisfied with its customer service. Nonetheless, Lincoln is one of those relied upon brands by those looking for topnotch quality and durability. Then again, you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars as well. For beginners who are still figuring out whether they will be doing metal fabrication as a passing hobby or as a long-term endeavor, investing in inexpensive brands isn’t a bad decision.
So, basically, what Primeweld does is offer you a rational alternative if you’re not yet ready to invest big in your hobby or your occasional weekend welding gig. We consider the Primeweld 50A, also known as Primeweld CUT50D Plasma Cutter to be one of the best on the market.
What Primeweld Offers
If you go to its website, you’ll learn that it claims to give its customers the best welding experience and maintains the highest standards in welding safety. Note that Primeweld only makes MIG and TIG welders. Stick welding aficionados may choose between two options, one of which is the famous Primeweld TIG 225X.
For Primeweld, your satisfaction is as important as their reputation. Hence, the company adheres to strict manufacturing standards to ensure that the machines perform with precision, endure years of use, and allow convenience for beginners. Primeweld’s technicians use standard component parts for their inverters, and that’s one way the brand builds equipment of the best quality.
Primeweld TIG 225X
A few review sites list the Primeweld TIG 225X 225 Amp GBT welder as one of the best TIG welders out there. This is a versatile TIG welder that professionals and hobbyists can use. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find the features of this product quite friendly as well. As a matter of fact, this welder hits the sweet spot between a hobbyist and a professional machine. It has the durability that professionals, who weld more often, need. But what makes it appealing to amateurs and hobbyists is it’s very easy to use.
From a technical point of view, the TIG225X is a relatively versatile tool with a good combination of features an AC/DC TIG welder can offer at its price range. When you have a welder that can TIG weld from 10 amps to 225 amps, you have a wide amperage range. That means you can weld on thin sheets without burning holes through and you can weld much thicker metals as well.
Another remarkable feature is the 200-hz, which means smooth, clean welds. But what’s really awesome is a whopping 100% duty cycle at 108 amps. You can continuously weld ⅛-inch-thick metals. At 225 amps, you can still get a good 40% duty cycle. With its 3-year warranty and US-based customer support, it’s hard to look elsewhere. Not to mention, the package includes a metal foot control, a regulator, and a CK17 torch.
Primeweld TIG225C TIG/Stick Welder
- 225 Amps TIG/Stick Welder with Pulse Function
- 3 Year Warranty / 7 Day Support
- Comes up with many Accessories
- Also comes with foot pedal for ease of use
Primeweld has been making welders and plasma cutters for several years. It has reliable after-sales service, and that’s part of its commitment to provide quality products and service to its customer base. It doesn’t matter where the manufacturing operations are being done as long as the machines actually work and are durable.