I appreciate the inputs received so far. I went to my local welding supplier and asked about small TIG welders. Since he is a Miller dealer, he was pushing Miller products. His recommendation for my needs was the Miller Dynasty 200 DX. He said it would do all I wanted it to do. Then he quoted a price of $4,450 which included all of the cables, valves, holders, etc. and a tank or argon gas. I was totally blown away as I didn't realize welders were that expensive!
I realize that a quality machine is not going to be given away but that is way out of my buget range. I was thinking more of something in the $500 to $1000 range. Am I out in left field? Would something that inexpensive work or would it be money thrown away because after a while I have to get the more expensive machine to do what I want to do? I envision the welding I'll be doing is tack welding, putting two parts together so they won't move relative to each other. Somenting like tacking a 1/8" sheet to a 1/2" dia rod to make a wind chime sail. No long weld beads.
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