The Lincoln Square Wave Tig 200 is a multi-process TIG and stick welder that is simple to use, reliable, and one of the top models on the market. It’s so good, in fact, that it won the Global Media Award in 2015. Now that the critics have weighed in, let’s take a look if this is rated a STUD or a DUD…
Who Should Buy (and is there a Lincoln Square Wave TIG 200 Rebate?)
Pretty much any do-it-yourself person can operate this unit. It is easy to set up and the interface isn’t really complex at all.
I can see someone that works on automobiles getting good use out of this, and those that weld as a hobby will enjoy stepping up to the next level with the Square Wave. However, don’t let “hobby machine” scare you away – if you want to do some real work with this and turn out pieces that you can earn a living with, this unit might still do the trick.
That versatility really shines if you want to switch from TIG welding to stick welding, and it especially works well when using this with a variety of metals too. That just saves a bundle on not having to purchase and stores multiple welders.
Those that weld aluminum especially will find this welder useful. And the best part: it weighs just a little over 40 pounds, so you can take it to the location that it’s needed rather than trying to bring the big project to you.
How is it so portable? Well, since it does run on a 120 v out put, it can connect to outlets nearly anywhere. You can carry it back from a deal for a little under $2000.
What Does the Lincoln TIG Square Wave Include?
With this package, I guess you could ask “what doesn’t it include”, because it kind of has it all – torches, foot amp, regulators, holders for electrodes, clamps and cables, and both 120 and 230 volt cord.
Combine that with the super easy to understand monitor (see below) and you can have this puppy out of the box and welding in half an hour.
Lincoln Square Wave Problems – Why Might This Welder Not Be PERFECT?
This model is great for tradesmen and women that need an extra boost in power, but a hobbyist might find it a little too much power. It’s really strong – the Lincoln Square Wave 200 post flow at 150 amps is calculated at 17 seconds and that means using more gas even if you’re working on a smaller project that just requires a few tacks.
Another thing you might want to adjust is making a change to the gas lens, because the original lens doesn’t shield very well since it is not centered on the tungsten part.
The other issue that sometimes comes up is what happens if the thing breaks. If you get this and have issues, you will have to contact Lincoln and go through their recommended repair outfits. Lincoln is one of the most trusted brands in the welding industry so that should actually give you confidence with the fixes, but I guess that takes away some flexibility.
So What Do You Think?
I’m glad I had the chance to do a Lincoln Square Wave 200 review so I could see what all the fuss is about. This machine has really grown in popularity after winning such a big award, and after doing a deep-dive into the specs and reliability it seems like this is the one I’ll be recommending. Especially if you need:
- portable unit that you can take anywhere
- easy to operate for beginner to intermediate users
- flexibility that works with tons of projects
Then this fits the bill. For those that are curious, here’s a video of the Lincoln Square Wave 200 setup:
and part 2 is here:
Thanks for reading.