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If you weld or cut metal, you need consumable items...In addition to filler materials, the MIG nozzles, tips, TIG electrodes, cups, diffusers, shielding, plasma torch pieces and a host of other parts get consumed during normal welding and cutting processes. For years now, HTP America products have been prominent at the magazine's welding shop/studio. Fabricators rely upon HTP America welding and other equipment, and HTP America is also a surprisingly well-stocked source for consumables—and not just for the HTP America line of equipment. HTP America has expanded into quality consumables for many popular welders, including Miller, Century, Hobart and, yes, even Harbor Freight! This is our HTP Invertig 221 machine at the magazine's shop studio. The liquid cooled machine replaced a bulletproof HTP Invertig 201 that delivered exceptional service. If you need reliability and performance in an easy to use inverter TIG machine, the Invertig 221 unit with cooler option deserves your attention! Here are all of the details: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/moses-ludels-4wd-mechanix-magazine-htp-america-invertig-221-stick-tig-welder/. For consumables, we also turn to HTP America. These consumable service components for the 221 torch are readily available from HTP America! At top are the common Piecemaker (Miller and Hobart application) consumables that we have sourced from HTP America for years. Piecemaker parts are no longer readily available, and HTP America offers a retrofit kit (bottom photo) that uses a currently available and common nozzle. See the HTP America listings for your welder's needs! Consumers find the HTP America consumables and sizing "kits" especially useful and handy. These are well conceived and binned boxes with a commonly used array of pieces to service a particular machine. We rely on HTP America for our Hobart Beta-MIG 170 consumables, including the Piecemaker conversion kit that is now available. One-stop shopping at http://www.usaweld.com! The liquid cooled HTP America Invertig 201 (at left) was our first use of an HTP America TIG machine. This unit was bulletproof, and we replaced it with the equally reliable and compact Invertig 221 (at right). Considering TIG for the first time? Consider a used HTP America Invertig 201 machine in good condition or the latest line of new Invertig 221 machines. This user friendly, energy efficient design will deliver! Service parts are readily available from HTP America. Whether you have a newer or earlier HTP America machine or any other popular brand TIG, MIG or plasma cutter, parts are available from HTP America. If you weld and need consumable supplies and parts for your welding gun or torches, visit HTP America and check out the online or print catalogs. You'll be impressed! Go to: http://usaweld.com. Moses
My tools include Snap-On, Mac, Sunnen, Matco, Craftsman, Proto, Stanley, Hitachi, Walker, OTC, Miller, Lisle, K-D, Hobart, HTP America and other brands, dating over a half-century back to the present. Today, my tool choices also include Harbor Freight. I stumbled onto a real bargain in a Harbor Freight Plasma Cutter years ago. When opened up, the internals were Panasonic! Paid around $400 and got a $1200 equivalent machine. (This model was "passing through", and it no longer appears in the catalog.) More than happy with it, and the consumables are common replacement pieces. The current Chicago Electric Inverter 240V unit looks good, though I haven't seen its internals: http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/plasma-cutters/240-volt-inverter-plasma-cutter-with-digital-display-62204.html. Price is around $650. I buy Harbor Freight products on a select basis. They have "lines" that also indicate quality. Pittsburgh Pro is reliable quality, I beat the living daylights out of the impact sockets and save hundreds over Snap-On or even NAPA. Chicago Electric is my limited use bench sander and line choice for electrical stuff. I own HF jack stands (go overkill, for a 4-ton stand capacity, I get a 6-ton rated), floor jacks (for 2-ton capacity, I get a 4-ton rated) and the hydraulic motorcycle lift ($299 when on sale, this is the best buy on the planet, it's rated much higher than my dual-sport converted Honda XR650R, which weighs only 320 pounds wet, so I'm well covered here). I do best with Harbor Freight's steel products like the lifts, stands, jacks and presses. Must say the lathes are often attractive though my biggest concern would be replacement parts for a given lathe or machining tool that is "passing through" or sourced from a variety of job shops at China (no two alike syndrome). Brakes and hydraulic items are often high grade. Others may have different experiences. I'd like your feedback. What is your experience with Harbor Freight Tools? Moses