If you’ve been in the hunt for a well priced, well balanced and moderately powerful DC stick and TIG welder, then you know that pickings are slim. You can find a well priced unit, but does it honestly have everything you might someday need? Sure, it will work and get you by for now. But do you want that nagging feeling of wishing you could have gotten more in the way of features and performance? If this sounds familiar, then you might appreciate the fact that in our redesign of our PowerARC line, we did not forget about you. The new PowerARC 161STH offers you about everything you could want, but does not overwhelm you with things that, well you might need a engineering degree to figure out. The new digitally controlled PowerARC 161STH was designed to be a clear improvement over the older analog PowerARC 160STH, without sacrificing the things that made the older unit so popular.
We took quite a while to develop this new product, and while doing so, we listened to our customers “wish list” of ideas that they had about their units and tried to implement them in a simple, intuitive way in this new unit. One thing is clear, the older PowerARC 160STH favored TIG more than stick performance. With this new model, both stick and TIG performance shine equally well. As far as added Stick features go, the most noticeable is the addition of the 6010/Cellulose capability. This is welcome news for those pros wanting to use this machine for pipeline or portable repair. 6010 and 6011 are go-to rods when fit-up and rust are problems. So we improved the stick performance and went with this added feature. But also, we added in other features such as VRD (voltage reduction) and anti electrode stick for safety. And now the welder will let you choose how much arc force and hot start you use so you can tailor the arc performance to your welding style and operating environment, instead of having it preset at the factory.
As far as TIG features go, well, what more could you want in a basic DC TIG welder? Along with the HF start that was standard in the older model, we’ve added Lift start and a new “Live Lift” which allows you to keep the Tungsten “live” when a foot pedal or a torch switch isn’t an option. Also, we’ve added a pre-flow and down-slope to go along with the post flow of the older model to make the unit complete. Well, almost complete. Now you have the option of selecting 2T or 4T switch operation, to more precisely control the arc cycle when TIG welding, which really does round out the unit and it’s capability.
Oh, wait! Did we mention, that the new PowerARC 161STH also has a simple-to-use Pulse function, which offers adjustable pulse frequency? No? Well if you weren’t fully convinced before that the PowerARC 161STH does you everything you could need in a small DC welder, then we sincerely hope that you are convinced now.
Take a look around if you haven’t and take time to compare. But if you have and if you are looking at other “161” or “160” type units, you will be hard pressed to find something more at a price point anywhere near this unit’s price. Check out all the details below for more and complete info on this new, well rounded competitor.
1) Use only with generators that are certified as clean power (5% or less total harmonic distortion) by the generator manufacturer. Use with at least 3500 watt generator for 120V use, and a 6500 watt generator for 240V use. Damage to units caused by underrated, or “dirty” power generators is not covered under warranty.
2) This unit is DC output only in TIG and stick modes. It is not designed to weld Aluminum in TIG mode. In stick mode, it can be used to weld aluminum with special flux covered electrodes designed for aluminum welding.
3) This unit is suitable for E6010 electrodes and E6011. Use the E6010 setting for both.
4) Foot Pedal optional. Any Everlast non-MTS 22k ohm pedals will fit except NOVA.
5) Specifications and accessories subject to change without notice.
6) Because this is a basic entry level unit, to accurately adjust maximum TIG amps, the adjustment to amperage must be made before the pedal is plugged in. Adjustment can be made, but will not reflect in digital display.