Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chopdoc67 Poor choice
Only works a small portion of the time if the ground isn't within a inch it won't work and when it does the bead flow is so inconsistent and no penetration that I would have been better off using glue. Extremely disappointed
October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LCSalvage Campbell and Hausfeld makes great equipment (I have used one of their compressors for years) which made this purchase easy to decide on, not to mention the great price. I won't erect any bridges or skyscrapers with this unit, but, it is good for making improvements and repairs on equipment that I use in the field and around the house. It works best with the 5/64" electrodes on the 20 amp setting - easier arc start, good heat control, no slag inclusion. My #10 hood lens is a bit too dark for the arc produced by this welder. I haven't had any problems with duty cycle shut down or tripped circuit breakers on the household electrical panel. It can be a pretty productive machine for the size and output.
October 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WayneDBJr1978 A great value
TGIF is a great 110V welder for small jobs in the field. Great price too.
September 22, 2016
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