Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 12
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Great starter welder but....
It isn't very user friendly for a beginner. What I mean is, the controls don't give any details. No way to set wire feed speed in inches per minute and no way to know exactly what volts or amps you're using. I've never welded before and when I ask for advice from others, they always talk about wire feed and amps and volts and this machine only has a knob from 1 to 10 for wire feed and two rockers for the amps etc...
I guess that makes it easy to use but very hard to adjust. Takes a lot of trial and error to do things that's could be done quicker if it just told you the wire speed, amps, etc...
I still recommend it for a beginner like me...just know you'll waste a lot of wire trying to learn where things need to be for certain jobs. After I get a bit better, I'm definitely upgrading.
August 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by metalurgy Don't settle for less / this unit has limits / spend some cash and get the good gear
This little flux core welder is great...If your welding garden art sculptures or ultra clean 1/8" tube.
Note that the wire feed motor runs at an inconsistant feed speed causing pits and drop outs in beads as you drag your puddle forward. I need to stay close and tight on some materials and run several extra beads
to ensure an acceptable weld bond. the amperage drop switch is quick and easy for soft metals. Sure it's great out of the box and a nice addition to grandpa's garage, but seriously for another $200.00 you can get a great Lincoln welder thats more versitile and is worth learning all the basic welding techniques with. Nice unit if you have a quick project or you could find a professional welder and get the job done right. So whats your time and frustration worth?, add that onto your savings at this price. This unit is not for commercial purposes. Hey business owners, don't burden your employee's with the wrong gear. Do some research and spend some cash. You may encounter a need for a real welder in the field.
January 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GR Decent welder for the price
I have had this welder for a couple of years now and it welds as well as I can. I'm not an expert welder but have used this for myriad jobs from welding thin stock to putting together a series of 1/4" plate for a tractor weight. If I was a more skilled welder I'm sure it would do a great job. With me at the controls it does a very acceptable job.
July 3, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by WIREMAN I USE THIS WELDER AT WORK TO REPAIR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT. IT SMALL AND LIGHT WIEGHT WHICH IS A GREAT THING WHEN YOU ARE MOBLE. IT MAKE WELDING EASY WITH NO DANGEROUS GASES. THE WELDS ARE SMOOTH AND STEADY, THE MACHINE OPERATES WITH EASE. GREAT FOR LIGHT WIEGHT METAL AND SMALL JOBS. VERY RELIABLE WELDER TO HAVE. I STRONGLY RECOMEND THIS PRODUCT, I AM GLAD TO OWN ONE.
December 17, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer I expected more from it
Before buying this welder I did a lot of research regarding to performance and value over all. Most reviews showed it to be a good purchase but It is not such a great welder. Being this one a Lincoln I expected more. I tried using different flux wire and still, not much difference. I would just say it is way below my expectations.
June 11, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Juddster like dynamite
This small welder is perfect for my shop . It is small , but plenty of power . Like a little stick of dynamite . I bought it to replace floor pans , rocker panels and such on my 65 mustang . I don't have much welding experience , so I went to a junk yard and bought a scrap piece of car to cut and weld on for practice . It's a lincoln!!
December 27, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Nickname Good price/value, but...
...but the wire feeder was running weird, not at constant speed. Hard to weld like this. The good thing - it's not getting hot, even when running at maximum heat settings.
March 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SteveC Lincoln Electric Century 80GL Welder (FOR HOME)
This is perfect for small welding jobs around the house. Just make sure you have a 20 Amp circuit available. Well worth the money. You can spend more and get less, but remember, this is a "Lincoln" welding machine.
September 7, 2011