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#1 bgkid2966 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 01:18 PM

I got an email about this welder being a top 5 pick. I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with it.

 

 

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 01:32 PM

Geno, I have never used that model, but it looks a lot like the one a buddy of mine bought from harbor freight and his does a good job on most thickness of steel up to 1/4" If you want something to use in your garage every once in a while, this would probability be the way to go.

 

One of the BIGGEST things that people don't do but should, if you don't weld at least once a week, pull your spool of wire and wrap it back up so it doesn't draw moister. When the wire starts to get corrosion on it, it leaves that corrosion in the liner of your gun and that will cause problems later,


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 01:53 PM

One of the BIGGEST things that people don't do but should, if you don't weld at least once a week, pull your spool of wire and wrap it back up so it doesn't draw moister. When the wire starts to get corrosion on it, it leaves that corrosion in the liner of your gun and that will cause problems later,

 

I didn't know that, maybe that is the reason I have so much trouble getting the wire to run through.  What is the best way to clean it out?  Thanks


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 02:13 PM

Thank you for the info, I had never thought about that.

 

 

 

 

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 02:17 PM

I didn't know that, maybe that is the reason I have so much trouble getting the wire to run through.  What is the best way to clean it out?  Thanks

 

 

Replace the liner.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 02:18 PM

I didn't know that, maybe that is the reason I have so much trouble getting the wire to run through.  What is the best way to clean it out?  Thanks

 

Bill, If the wire still pulls thru it with little effort, you can use a solvent that they sell at the welding supply that will clean and lubricate the wire and liner..I have taken the lead off the machine and sprayed down thru the liner with brake cleaner to flush the liner out.Use the straw that comes with the can and don't be afraid to use the whole can. Then I blow out the liner with compressed air. Let it dry the rest of the day and then re-install the lead back on the machine. My big machines have a replaceable liner, but I don't know if you can replace the liners in these lower end machines. I also use "Weld-Aid- Kleener Pads & Lube Pads" along with Their lube and cleaner solvent on these pads.

 

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 02:55 PM

Thanks Brian, I'll have to get out there and check the machine out. 


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 03:30 PM

Brake cleaner likes to eat plastics at times, I'ld be careful with it. The outer case and not sure what liners are, but if woven may bleed thru to eat at plastic??  I had a cheapy welder one time and the gun was the most trouble and the wire feed wheels were plastic and slipped.  Got a lincoln next and was really nicest I owned. Also have had Hobart and was good, but not as nice as lincoln. Better guns and metal drive wheels on the later two. And GAS, wouldn't buy one w/out gas set-up.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 04:24 PM

  Most of the 110v migs are at absolute capacity on 3/16" iron. The problem is they don't get good penetration when the parent metal is too thick unless you preheat it. A mig can make beatiful welds but if there isn't enough penetration then it's not much better than JB weld. I use the dry felt pads on my wire and have had to blow out the liner twice in 4- 10 lb rolls of solid wire. I use a large butterfly paperclip to hold the folded felt on the wire.

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 05:19 PM

Reading the description of the welder linked above, two things popped out at me. One, it had the adapter to accept larger spools of wire. That will save some money there. Second, it has standardized replacement wear parts.

 

I've welded up to 1/4" stuff with a little 110 flux only wire feed a couple of times, doing multiple passes. The max size wire I can run through it is .030. I've had to re-do some welds that I thought would be an issue, but I haven't had one fail yet. I picked mine up off from CL for $30.

 

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Have you checked your local Craigslist, Geno? Just checking mine, I saw a few units between $100-$200 that looked like good deals.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 06:04 PM

That welder looks a lot like my first welder, a Lincoln sp135. With the hood open it looks just about identical. Lincoln doesn't offer the sp135 anymore, they went to a 140, I wonder if they are still making the 135 for sale under the northern tool name. You might be able to find some pics of the lincoln sp135 on the net and compare the two. The lincoln sp135 was a great machine I just need to be able to weld heavier material so I sold it and got a lincoln power mig 180.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 06:38 PM

I just bought the Eastwood 135 for $299.99 reg $340.00, but goes on sale several times a year.  I am sure if you call they will honor that price.  Free shipping also.  As I researched the hobby priced units (century, longevity, Northern Ind, Eastwood, and a few others they all compare, but the Eastwood has a 3 year warrenty, I'm sure with plenty of limitations, no extra cost. I think the one you are looking at has a 1 year for an extra $35.00.  It has been great right out of the box.  If you are just looking for a hobby welder you cannot beat the price.  I got a 60lbs gas bottle from airgas for $122.00 with tax and a cart from HF for $39.00. I have also heard the wire can get contaminated (rust) if left in the welder.  I was told to pull it out and put it in a bag with desicant packs.  Warning, Eastwood is an autobody supplier with aggressive online sales, you will get blasted with a daily sales flyer. 


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Did not know about the rusted wire thing, good thing to know in the future.

I have a HB mig151 220V, being my first welder, it has done well for me. Other than having to take apart handle and fixing spring, no problems out of it. I paid $150 on sale so I'm no complaining. One of these days I will get regulator and gas and convert over to true mig and get away from flux core. Just being a garage project welder, it works fine for me. I can do some upgrades to make it better also.  

I would recommend 220 over the 110 though for thicker stuff longer duration.


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