Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Austin Very capable little welder
So far, I have used this little welder with four different brands of electrodes and all have worked reasonably well. I have been practicing on scrap 1/8" thick steel and after several practice beads this welder produces some nice-looking welds. My only previous experience welding was with an old-school Lincoln 225 tombstone welder so I was pleasantly surprised how well this little guy works. I plan to use this to build some rails for a utility trailer in the near future. I'm very happy with the purchase.
In the picture, the weld to the left was my very first attempt and the weld to the right was my second attempt. Those beads are about how far you can expect to get with one 1/16" electrode each.
Also, the face shield that comes with this is worthless. Pick yourself up a nice auto-darkening helmet and it will greatly improve the quality of your work.
November 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by doubbleup Works well for a 15A outlet
I have never used a stick welder and have not welded anything since using the MIG welders in high school shop class. That being said I was able to plug this in an go without too much trouble. The only downside of this product is that instead of being able to vary the heat settings with a dial, you have a high setting (20A outlets) and a low (15A outlets) setting. I only have 14 gage wire in my garage and have only used the low setting.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sghoover Great welder for a low price!
Having already tried out this welder, I was impressed with its ability to do the job of welding fairly heavy steel. Now this isn't some construction type of welder for large projects with 1/4 inch thick steel, but it does great for lightweight work around the house or when you need something portable for cars or bikes.
June 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hawkeye Good for home projects
I used this to repair a riding lawn mower. I haven't done any welding in many years but it worked well on the high power setting and using 1/16" rods. I tried using 3/32" rods and it was difficult but I'm sure with some practice it would work well. I liked that it worked well on a standard 115 v outlet.
November 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Douger works just fine for what i need it for
the welder works well for what I need it for. the price is right for this welder
April 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Alfredo Smooth welds once it gets started
At first, I wasn't sure if the machine was on. I couldn't here the regular humming sound a 220 welder makes when it is turned on. However, as I later found out, the machine was on. This feature(barely a low humming sound) is normal for this size of machine. I tried it on the low setting, and I could not get it started( a spark). So I switched it over to the high setting. Still did not work. However, and this is extremely important, I remembered what redneck computer geek said on Youtube when evaluating this welder: everytime before you strike, take a pair of wire cutters and snip off about 1/8 inch of the flux from the tip of the rod, leaving the 1/16 inch rod core exposed. This will give you the strike that you need to start the weld. Otherwise, if you don't do this, you will have a very hard, if not impossible, time starting the weld. Once I did this, it worked extremely well. Oh, and the 1/16 inch rods that come with the machine do work. You can buy additional rods at Harbor Freight or Lowes. Great for welding 18 to 10 gauge blackiron metal. I used it to fix some lawn furniture. It worked very well.
June 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fidgety2 if you are looking for a excellent welding machine for small projects look no further
for me the duty cycle is not a problem at all i have never in the three weeks that i have owned this machine tripped the thermal protection switch also this machine is able to be run off a standard 115 volt outlet which for me is a must
the rods are very difficult to find
October 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by esalio505 stick welder
pretty good sparkler machine works great best to have if doing minor repairs or learning to weld haven't failed me yet
August 19, 2014