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90 Amp Flux Wire Welder from Harbor Freight

 
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bdodd444
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05 10 4:06 am    Post subject: 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder from Harbor Freight Reply with quote

I know this has been mentioned in other posts I have searched out, but the bottom line is I want something I can do some occasional work on my UDS, maybe build a small cart, weld my expanded metal charcoal basket etc. I have never welded before. With the sale and coupon, I can pick this up for about $80. For what it is, it has great reviews on the HF site. What do you guys think? Thanks.

Brian

http://www.harborfreight.com/90-amp-flux-wire-welder-98871.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05 10 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bdodd444, For what you are wanting out of a welder, this little machine will probably do you just fine, just keep in mind, the old saying is very true, you get what you pay for. But, with you never welding, this machice will serve your needs okay and if you weld some and start to enjoy it more, you can always upgrade to a better machine later. Just my thoughts.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05 10 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's kind of what I was thinking. Thanks for your input.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05 10 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree with trailerbuilder.

An 80 dollar welder will weld like, well an 80 dollar welder. I dont see any reason why it shouldn't work well for what you are asking it to do though.

I would reccomend picking up some scraps of 10 or 12 ga sheet metal and you can practice running some beads on it to sort of try and get it dialed in and get the hang for how to do it. You may also want some leather gardening gloves, and maybe one of their cheapo auto darkening helmets ($40?) because it will make it easier to get the weld where you want it to go when you are starting out rather that having to try and hold or flip a fixed shade down.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05 10 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the others you get what you pay for. I have bought some stuff from HF and it has lasted, some has not lasted at all. I would highly recamend buying the extended warrenty that they offer. On something like this it will be about $15-$20 extra but they are very good about giving you a new one if it breaks. Just my thoughts.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11 10 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at the welding gloves too while there. They sometimes have three packs on sale pretty cheap. They work good for smoking too. Always use my welding gloves when I use the smoker.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 10 1:17 pm    Post subject: Flux core cheapo Reply with quote

I welded my smoker up with a cheapo flux core welder and it did pretty good. It's alot more time consuming than if you have one with gas but it did the job. It welded all of the 7guage (.179) mild steel. i tried it on the 1/4" but had to heat up the steel with a torch before it would get hot enough to lay a decent weld.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16 10 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one, picked it up for $75 when it was on sale and had a 20% off coupon.

Works for any of the small stuff you'll need to do on a UDS.

Buy some Lincoln wire after you get the hang of welding.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16 10 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

polishdon wrote:
I have one, picked it up for $75 when it was on sale and had a 20% off coupon.

Works for any of the small stuff you'll need to do on a UDS.

Buy some Lincoln wire after you get the hang of welding.

And tips.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22 10 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welders are not eligible for the 20% off anymore...

I would say suck it up and wait till the MIG151 goes on sale...Best 160 Ive spent!
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