View Full Version : What do you think of this welder for a total newbie?

06-17-2010, 12:49 PM

Thanks in advance for the feedback!

06-17-2010, 12:52 PM
It's perfect for what we do here. I got mine on Craislist (it was still in the plastic wrapper). I'm on my 4th and 5th projects. I modded the wire feeder so I could get the big roll, and it works great!! Pics later...

06-17-2010, 01:55 PM
Have to agree... This is close to my current welder. Only difference is mine is 20 amp house (wall) breaker circuit
and this one is 15 amp (wall) breaker circuit, perfect. Between myself and friends borrowing it, it's been used
I'm sure over a hundred times. It's by far NOT the best out there, but for what you need it for it should
do just fine for the cost. (My opinion only)

06-17-2010, 10:35 PM
I was eyeing this 1. (http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/arc-welders/120-amp-arc-welder-98870.html)
and also this 1 (http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/arc-welders/80-amp-inverter-arc-welder-91110.html)
Would the 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder be a better choice?

10-07-2010, 07:57 PM
I am wondering the same thing, the arc or Mig? Mig is easier but I have only used 220 gas shield Millers where you can adjust everything. This mig only has two settings and wire feed speed. The Arc is harder to get the hang of but has an amps adjust and you control the speed. Just don't want to be disappointed if the unit does not create a good weld.

10-07-2010, 09:01 PM
first welcome aboard ...

that little stick welder was the first one i bought

when wired for 110 it would only do very light stuff
once i wired it for 220 it is awsome i can weld from very thin sheetmetal up to

1/2 in plate

10-07-2010, 11:24 PM
I have the little 80A inverter welder, and for a 110V welder it works well. It's extremely small and lightweight, so it's very easy to move and store. However, if you have access to 220V, a 220V welder is the way to go.

10-08-2010, 09:59 AM
When you say light stuff do you think wired for 110v it would weld chrome moly tubes to a bottom bracket?