Anyone who says a hand control is no good doesn't know much.
I do tig repairs on anything that people can dream up....daily in my job shop.
I've been trying to get Worldwide to build me my "ultimate" hand control tig torch for about 8 (?) months now....a crappy company to deal with BTW..
In that time I've been using a foot control again.
I absolutely hate it. Even on a larger bench job it takes many times longer as i'm always draggin the damm foot pedal around...trying to position it so it'll work etc. What a pain in the a$$.
Yep...the Lincoln thumb slide control took a little getting used to and is not ideal but it's at least a thousand times better than bending over and repositioning the foot pedal every two minutes.
Or trying to make the pedal work when you are shoved up under a snowmobile tunnel to weld a cooler...that's very flippin fun also.
My part time weldor learned to tig with a hand control. She now is trying to use the foot pedal. She absolutely hates it also.
Give me almost ANY hand control anyday...
I have tools I don't even know I own...