Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15
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 5.0 out of 5.0 by JDH Great entry welder for the price.
Has been good welder to play with. Has not been a problem with 110v outlet. Even spot welded some thin stainless steel on bbq grill
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dman1960 Dynamite Comes in Small Packages
Easy to use with lots of welding power capabilities.
April 6, 2016
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 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 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 3.0 out of 5.0 by treeDodger Underpowered, hard to find rods
This little guy really has trouble maintaining an arc if you don't use the tiny 1/16" rods. These rods are nowhere to be found in my locale, so ordering them is a big headache. I have however found this box will run 3/32" 7014 rods, but with quite a bit of splatter (in a pinch if you can't find the 1/16 rods)
July 17, 2014
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