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I sent for a catalog from Harbor Freight and it came in yesterday. The was a Chicago Electric welder in it for $99. Would this be good for anything, such as making bumpers, mild stuff like that?? It said it was good for material up to 1/4".
Don't laugh to hard, but I know nothing about welding, and if something that cheap would be good for learning with, I might pick it up...
 

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Its probably a piece of crap. You would have to go real slow with the juice cranked all the way up and even then you would probably trip the breaker in it every 10 seconds. Those things are for welding sheetmetal. Save the cash and buy a decent $300 220v stick welder or a good 110v mig if you dont have 220v. I bought a used LIncoln 220v 225 amp stick box for $100 and built an extension cord to go from my clothes dryer outlet. It worked great for over a year. I sold it and I have a Readywelder now. The Ready welder is the best way to go if you can afford it. Makes a great shop welder and you can take it with you on the trails.
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If you have a Home Depot near go check them out. I got a Lincoln 155 mig welder for $500. Works great but is 220v. They have a 110v model also which is a little cheaper. Mig is easier to learn than stick but whatever you buy try to get a fairly good one. My .02 cents! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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your 99 would be better spent on a battery and some jumper cables, it would weld better. You can often find a used lincoln buzz box for around $100 too. That is the route I would go.
 
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LOL,
Thanks for the opinions guys. I just wasn't sure if it was complete garbage, or maybe worth it for smaller stuff. I'll save the bucks and look for something halfway decent when I'm ready.
 

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mark, i have a lincoln weldpak 100. it works great . i use it every week for something, i have had it for about 10 years with no proublems. i use flux core wire without the gas . best thing i ever bought .i also have a stick for the heavy stuff . we need to get ready for fall wheeling! how did you like rock alley? later Rob
 

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I've had a lincon 225 AC stick welder for 15 years, still works fine, plugs into the dryer outlet and will weld allmost anything.

harder to use than my mig welder but probably the best $150 (bought it new) I've ever spent. These can still be had for $300 brand new.<IMG width=144 height=144 SRC="http://www.pirate4x4.com/ubb/uploads/lin_k1170_sale.gif">
 

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i got a 90$ new stick welder at WAL-MART and its great! for the one time i needed to weld my exhaust other then that it suks ass and was a total waste of money (you get what you pay for)im a stoopid fukr for buyin it. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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the 110V stick welders are fine for what they are designed for 1/8" thick or less, its a decent way to learn since you dont have to have access to 220V.

ive used a few differtn ones and they work just like that larger ones, just with alot less penetration power.

FINE for building some small projects, if you need to do any thing over 3/16 that HAS to be strong then get a larger machine.

BTW the lincoln listed above is $210 at Home Depot, $300 is the AC/DC version ( I have an AC/DC miller)

if you go to a 220V stick, get the DC version too, then you can ad a TIG torch.
 

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I bought a 110v a/c arc welder for $25 and this was a waste of money. It sucks. They have no penetration, you get what you pay for.
 

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it probably has aluminum winding like the piece of [email protected] i got in the garge from harbor frieght.(mig) it will work at the low setting for sheetmetal and such. but about a 6 second bead on 1/4 plate and it went poof. now i have a lincoln 125 plus and have yet to run a bead. i gotta quit work so i'll have more time at home.
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my brother picked up a wire feed unit, takes regular spools, weights in about 70-80 pounds for i think around $300. it is a 110 unit and it welds 1/4". he got it from grizzly tool co. if you need a number e-mail me i can get it. i would also look at a ranch/feed store here in california i've seen the same unit at fisco's. <IMG SRC="smilies/fj.gif" border="0">
 

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got my 220v Lincoln AC/DC arc welder at home depot for $350....throw in a couple box of rod, wire brush, helmet, gloves, slag hammer.

of course then you almost have to make an extension cord for it so probibly up to around 500$
 

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hate to buck the tide but.

I got a flux core wire feed 110 chicago
electric from harbor freight.

it is over 5 years old now.

I have used it for a lot of stuff and
have been amazed that it still works.

the only advise I can give is that you
must coat the tip whith anti splater
spray.

ps even thoe it is still working I did
up grade to a newer unit from home depoe
so that I can use gas for a nicer looking
weld. for auto body purposees.


botom line I recomend the flux core for beginers,,,,
 
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