Fear No TIG: Diversion 165 AC/DC TIG Welder

Miller’s Diversion 165 AC/DC TIG welder makes TIG welding steel, stainless and aluminum easier than ever before because it features just two controls. Designed for first-time TIG welders, this affordable TIG welder has a list price of $1,617.

Highlights/Key Facts

  • Designed specifically for first-time TIG welders that want to take on motorsports TIG welding applications, such as chassis fabrication, patch panels, aluminum oil pans, stainless exhaust systems and chrome-moly roll cages.
  • Fewest controls of any AC/DC TIG welder ever introduced.
  • Comes with 68-page TIG Welding for Dummies book and a DVD on how to set up, operate and weld with the Diversion 165, along with some basic TIG welding tips.
  • Amperage range of 10- to 165-amps (150 amps at 20 percent duty cycle), infinitely adjustable throughout the entire range for both the AC and DC welding outputs.
  • Weighs just 50 lbs., uses 230 V, 1-phase “dryer-type” 3-pronged plug.

APPLETON, Wis., Nov. 17, 2008--To encourage personal users in the motorsports market to take on TIG welding projects, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced its Diversion 165, the easiest-to-use, most affordable AC/DC TIG welder ever available.

The Diversion 165 features just two controls: one for heat input and one for selecting metal type and has a list price of $1,617. In addition to simplicity and affordability, the Diversion 165’s stable arc and positive arc starts make it easier for beginners to achieve good results.

The Diversion 165 weighs 50 lbs. (90 lbs. less than other units), connects to 230 V, 1-phase power using a “dryer-type” 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 Diversion 165 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. Every Diversion 165 box includes a 68-page TIG Welding for Dummies book and a DVD on how to set up, operate and weld with the unit, along with some basic TIG welding tips.

Miller Product Manager Quotes

“We designed the Diversion 165 specifically for first-time TIG welders that want to take on motorsports TIG welding applications, such as chassis fabrication, patch panels, aluminum oil pans, stainless exhaust systems and chrome-moly roll cages.

John Swartz, product manager, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

“The Diversion 165 removes the three barriersprice, product complexity and perceived process difficultythat typically prevented DIY motorsports enthusiasts from learning to TIG weld. With practice, the Diversion 165 enables anyone with decent hand-eye coordination to create TIG welds suitable for most hobby-level motorsports applications.”

John Swartz, product manager, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

Additional News Release Information

Reduced Learning Curve

When developing the Diversion 165, Miller engineers borrowed from the proven technology used in the company’s industrial, inverter-based TIG products. As a result, the Diversion 165 starts with a positive, crisp snap time-and-time again. There’s no “arc stumbling” or “arc wander,” which can be a problem with some other TIG welders.

In addition, the Diversion 165 produces a focused arc cone, which provides better weld puddle control and greater directional control over heat input. Users can direct the arc precisely where they want it and keep the heat off areas they don’t want to weld. Finally, the Diversion 165 has a great low-end TIG arc in both the AC and DC welding modes, making it suitable for welding thin material and delicate work. Combined, these capabilities can enable users to begin producing quality welds in a shorter time.

Designed for Personal Users

While the Diversion 165 offers the arc starting and arc stability characteristics of Miller’s industrial TIG welders, Miller designed this machine strictly for personal users. The Diversion 165’s feature set, output and duty cycle are not recommended for professional or industrial fabrication. For these applications, Miller recommends its Dynasty, Maxstar® or Syncrowave series TIG welders.

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.

Unlike MIG, Stick or flux cored welding, the TIG process does not produce sparks, spatter, smoke and slag.

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About Miller

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in Appleton, Wis., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller brand arc welding equipment and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW).

For more information, visit Miller’s Web site at www.MillerWelds.com, call 1-800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553), e-mail info@millerwelds.com, fax 877-327-8132, or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

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