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I have a great little Lincoln Mig setup, but would love to have a Tig for all the aluminum applications that I constantly run up against. I think it's not really an either/or situation. If you can afford it, run with both to accomplish the task at hand, rather than try to fit an unworthy tool to the task.
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Check the guys on Orange County Chopper. I have never seen them do a finish weld on anything - it is all MIG tacks. Which are not much more than staples. Someone else comes in, or they ship it out, to have the job done by someone with real skills. Their welds are visible and there is nothing worse than requiring your welds be ground smooth because they won't pass a visual inspection. Lots of extra work and you usually end up picking up the undercut and other junk that gets dug out of a visually shitty weld.
Good analysis. You obviously have laid a bead or two. I'm sure your experience is the same as mine for finding a real pro welder. I have known dozens of guys who proclaim to be good welders, but can do no more than make a visual mess. The best can get proper bead with good penetration and little to no sink. With nearly 40 years of shop experience I think I can count the good ones on one hand.

I too have noticed that OCC seems limited to tack welding. They probably learned the hard way that their skills lie in different areas. It's a good lesson for everyone that if you don't have the experience, don't weld something that your life will depend on. It takes a lot of hours under the hood to do a clean and proper job. Anybody can lay down a blob and grind it off but what damage did you just do to the surrounding material? I was good as an apprentice Tool & Die Maker but it didn't really click until I was a Master MoldMaker. Experience counts. Take a class at the local college. It'll be worth your time.
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