Hobart Introduces the EZ-TIG™ 165i TIG Welder
Hobart’s EZ-TIG™ 165i is introduced as the quickest and easiest AC/DC TIG welder to setup and use. Designed for first-time welders, this affordable TIG welder has a list price of $1,617 and features a unique single-knob control to make welding steel, stainless and aluminum easier than ever before.
Highlights/Key Facts• Ideal for first-time TIG welders who want to take on TIG welding applications in auto body repair and fabrication, home hobbies, metal art, vocational training and sign fabrication.
• Simple 3-step interface: power up, select material, set thickness range
• Comes with Legacy 17 Weldcraft® TIG torch and remote foot control.
• Offers an infinitely adjustable amperage range of 10- to 165-amps (150 amps at 20 percent duty cycle), to weld 22-gauge to 3/16-in material.
APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 4, 2010⎯Continuing their mission to make welding easy, Hobart Welding Products has introduced its EZ-TIG™ 165i inverter-based TIG welder. Designed to be the easiest-to-use, most affordable AC/DC TIG welder ever available, the unit offers numerous benefits to first-time TIG welders. The EZ-TIG 165i features just two controlsone for selecting the metal type and one for selecting the thickness.
Built with inverter technology, the EZ-TIG 165i is portable weighing only 50 lbs. (90 lbs. less than other units). The welder connects to 230 V, 1-phase power using the attached standard 6-50P 3-pronged plug and only needs a 25-amp circuit breaker to produce its full welding output of 165 amps (150 amps at 20 percent duty cycle). The EZ-TIG 165i can weld material as thin as 22-gauge and as thick as 3/16-in. in a single pass with its 10- to 165-amp output.
The welder comes with a remote foot control and 12.5 ft. Legacy 17 Weldcraft® TIG torch, (finger-tip amperage control sold separately.) Together, the EZ-TIG 165i delivers a stable arc and positive high-frequency arc starts make it easier for beginners to achieve good results.
“Retail shoppers now have a simple 3-step machine for TIG welding,” states Scott Rozmarynowski, product manager, Hobart Welding Products. “Simplifying the machine setup gives users confidence to focus on their technique and learn faster knowing that the welder is set correctly.”
Available through farm/ranch and hardware/tool retailers in the US and Canadian markets, the EZ-TIG 165i has a MSRP of $1,617 US; prices will vary by retailer.
Benefits of TIG
TIG welders offer the flexibility to weld almost any metal, including steel, stainless, chrome-moly and aluminum found on cars, boats, trailers and aircraft and the copper, bronze and brass seen in metal art and other applications. The only metal not typically suitable for TIG welding is cast iron.
The TIG process produces visually appealing weld beads with the classic “stacked dimes” look, and it can create high-quality structural welds suitable for ultra-critical applications, including motorsports and aerospace. The TIG process precisely controls heat input, allowing users to watch the weld puddle and make adjustments while welding. Users can weld on wafer-thin materials and weld with minimal distortion on surrounding metal. And unlike MIG, Stick or flux cored welding, the TIG process does not produce sparks, spatter, smoke and slag.
Hobart backs the EZ-TIG 165i with its 5/3/1 warranty, which covers the PC boards, switches, controls and valves for three years and the torch for one year.
About Hobart Welding Products
Hobart Welding Products offers a complete line of industrial-grade Stick, MIG, TIG and spot welders, plasma cutters and generator/welding power sources designed for easy use. Hobart products are available through farm and tool retail stores as well as welding supply distributors.
Hobart Welding Products is a division of Hobart Brothers Company, Troy, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). Based in Glenview, Ill. ITW is a multinational Fortune 200 company that engineers and manufactures welding products, fasteners, components, assemblies and systems for customers around the world.
For more information contact:
HOBART Welding Products
1635 West Spencer Street
Appleton, WI 54912-1079
HOBART Welding Products
P.O. Box 100
Lithonia, GA 30058.
Web site: www.HobartWelders.com 
E-mail: [email protected]
Sales & Customer Support: 1-877-HOBART1 (877-462-2781)