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Locutus
02-27-2009, 10:48 PM
Harbor Freight is having a "parking lot sale" on March 13, 14, 15 (2009).
Among the advertised specials is a 90 amp MIG welder for $87.99, similar to this one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/98800-98899/98871.gif

Now, I already have a 70 amp stick welder. I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to snag up one of these MIGs? Will I get cleaner welds with it? (I spend a lot of my welding time scraping flux and digging it out of voids. Will a little MIG welder like this reduce the flux cleanup?)

rickairmed
02-27-2009, 11:25 PM
Locutus it will help a little but your best bet is to stash that $90.00 and start putting away a little more when you get a chance and before long you will be able to afford a better machine . That machine cant be converted over to mig and also the wire is hot all the time ( which granted comming from stick might be easier to overcome ) . I started out doing MIG welding with an HF mig but it was a little better machine than that one it had a cold wire untill you pulled the trigger and could be converted over to gas which I did . I would keep an eye on your local craigslist and TSC for actual Migs I think you would be much happier . I would consider The Hobart 140 a much better welder .

http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_10551_10001_36277_-1______14151%7C14220%7C14238%7C36277?listingPage=t rue&Special=false

Even this one from HF can be run with Gas for not much more although it is 220 volts.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=55250


Rick

jimFPU
02-27-2009, 11:34 PM
That's a great little welder if you don't have one already. That same one built the Baby Wolf, and the Not-So-Baby Fox, and is working the RR mods...

Good for the price, IMO.

rickairmed
02-28-2009, 12:02 AM
Ok I will admit after thinking about it for the price it would introduce you to mig style welding and yes there will be less flux to clean off although due to the fact it runs flux core wire there will still be flux but it usually brushes off pretty easy with a hand held wire brush.

Rick

scootdaddy
02-28-2009, 12:52 PM
Locutus it will help a little but your best bet is to stash that $90.00 and start putting away a little more when you get a chance and before long you will be able to afford a better machine . That machine cant be converted over to mig and also the wire is hot all the time ( which granted comming from stick might be easier to overcome ) . I started out doing MIG welding with an HF mig but it was a little better machine than that one it had a cold wire untill you pulled the trigger and could be converted over to gas which I did . I would keep an eye on your local craigslist and TSC for actual Migs I think you would be much happier . I would consider The Hobart 140 a much better welder .

http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_10551_10001_36277_-1______14151%7C14220%7C14238%7C36277?listingPage=t rue&Special=false

Even this one from HF can be run with Gas for not much more although it is 220 volts.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=55250


Rick

locutus
i have the hf dualmig 151 that rick is showing i love that one i can weld 22 g
sheetmetal up to about 3/8 in with gas and solid wire
a friend of mine has the 90 amp flux core machine niether of us was really happy with the way it performed


keith

jimFPU
02-28-2009, 10:44 PM
The opinion on this welder comes from a first time owner/ novice welder. FWIW, YMMV.

macka
03-01-2009, 11:17 AM
Locutus, save and get the dual from HF, for an extra $12 you can get a much better welder.