Well reluctantly & sadly to say I pulled the trigger on this Eastwood 135 Mig. Got the first one about three weeks ago couldn't get the wire to feed out of the machine. After several times trying I noticed the plug for the gun hose was way off center not allowing the wire to get inside the gun hose. Called the next day & the young lady was very polite & concerned. She first told me she would send me a new driver then I explained what my problem was not the driver but the misalignment in the cabinet. They sent Fedex to pick up the welder...shipment on them.
About two days later I get an email from EW telling me the driver is on back order for two weeks. I called once again & explained I don't need a driver I want a new welder. The lady once again very pleasant & concerned told me she would ship out a new one.
The new one came a few days later. Right out of the box I noticed the driver housing was cracked where the driver wheel shaft comes through the housing. I figured not right but it should still weld. I set it up for flux core & welded a few beads...worked real good surprised until the wire jammed & wouldn't feed. I cut the wire off & pulled it out of the hose & tried again, same thing welded good for a little longer then once again wire stopped feeding. I tried three times same thing then gave up.
I went online & apparently something happened between now & a couple of years ago. I noticed a lot of people recently have had trouble with the driver & wire feed jamming. I called the next day & explain I've had enough & I want a full refund. They were again very pleasant to deal with & said I would be refunded except the first shipping of $21. that I paid when I first ordered. I fussed for awhile about the shipping & was told that was standard procedure.
Once I get refunded I'm going to make some calls. I just don't see how I should be inconvenienced for three weeks of trying to get a good welder then it costs me $21. Several things I noticed, the driver mechanism was very cheap mostly plastic, the cabinet that you see was a little crooked bolted to the frame, a dent in the handle & the ground clamp was junk. I know this welder only costed $279. but it really wasn't worth that. I have ordered other things from EW but I'm very disappointed in them keeping my shipping costs more than I am about the welder.
I still think I would like a 110 small Mig because of it's portability & using my Lincoln stick welder for the heavy stuff. I will definitely go with maybe a Hobart 140 or a Lincoln, these are normally around $450.- 500. Hope this helps someone in not making the same mistake I did.