Thermal Arc launches 3-in-1 MIG-Stick-TIG Welder

Thermal Arc® has launched the Fabricator® 252i “3-in-1” MIG-Stick-TIG welding system. With an output range of 5- to 300-amps (250 amps at 40% duty cycle) and weighing in at 66 lbs., the Fabricator 252i is the second in a new category of welding products: multi-process, fully integrated, portable welders. With an MSRP of USD 2509 for the base package, the Fabricator 252i provides three welding processes for the price of competitive MIG-only units. The welder allows users to choose the best process for the application at hand; its MIG and gas-shielded flux cored outputs provide maximum productivity in the shop. The Stick and self-shielded flux cored processes work better in windy and outdoor conditions, as well as on rusty or dirty metal, while the DC TIG process enables users to weld stainless, nickel, bronze or brass alloys. The Fabricator 252i has been designed for light industrial fabrication, mechanical contractors, farm/ranch, motorsports, maintenance/repair, light construction and continuing technical educational and training facilities. Incorporating advanced inverter technology to optimize arc performance for all three welding processes, the Fabricator 252i includes features including MIG inductance control to improve arc stability and reduce spatter; MIG spot and stitch welding control; stick hot start to prevent the electrode from sticking; stick Arc Force Control to adjust arc characteristics for all electrodes (including E7018 for structural steel and E6010 for pipe welding); and LIFT TIG for arc starts without high frequency. “The 3-in-1 design approach delivers superior features and value for our customers,” says David Wilton, Vice President, Welding Products. “Exceptional arc performance across all three welding processes coupled with lightweight portability means customers no longer need to purchase two or three welders to achieve multi-process capabilities.”

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