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Lincoln Electric

Model # K2185-1

Internet # 100596739

Handy MIG Welder

$333.38 /each
  • Plugs into household 115V outlet, 35-88 Amp welding output range
  • Welds up to 1/8 in. mild steel both MIG and Flux-cored
  • Compact, portable, lightweight and easy to use

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Model # K2185-1

Internet # 100596739

The Lincoln Electric Handy MIG Welder is a user-friendly, compact portable and lightweight wire-feed welder that plugs into a 115-volt, 20 Amp outlet. 4 voltage settings and a continuous wire-feed speed adjustment allow you to weld mild steel from 24 gauge to 1/8 in. thick. This handy welder includes gun and cable assembly, work cable and clamp, gas nozzle, gas regulator and hose, spool of solid wire, contact tips and a hand shield with filter plate and lens.

  • Welds both MIG (shielding gas sold separately) and flux-cored
  • Welds up to 1/8 in. mild steel
  • Plugs into a household 115-volt 20 Amp outlet
  • Includes gun and cable assembly, work cable and clamp, gas nozzle, gas regulator and hose, spool of solid wire, contact tips and hand shield with filter plate and lens (shielding gas not included)
  • Also includes a spool of self-shielded, flux-cored wire, contact tips and chipping hammer/brush so you can weld with gasless flux-cored wire

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SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Product Depth (in.) 
18 
Product Height (in.) 
16.75 
Product Width (in.) 
10.31 
Details
Color Family 
Red 
Maximum amperage output (amps) 
88 
Minimum amperage output (amps) 
35 
Power Tool Product Type 
Welding Supplies 
Product Weight (lb.) 
46 lb 
Returnable 
90-Day 
Tools Product Type 
Power Tool 
Torch included 
Yes 
Voltage (volts) 
17 
Welder Type 
MIG 
Welding Supplies Product Type 
Arc/Stick Welder 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty 
One Year on parts and labor 

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Price: $300 - $400
Brand: Lincoln Electric
Review Rating: 4 & Up
Voltage (volts): 17
Welder Type: MIG
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how thick of a plate will it weld and does it stick good

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June 4, 2013
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July 17, 2015
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Great Question T.T. 1/8'' thick per manufactures specs.
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Liberty Lake WA
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June 26, 2013
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It can just manage good penetration on 3/16 thick metal but not if you are just spot welding. It isn't powerful enough for quick penetration when just tacking things together. Not bad though when you start running a bead but it's better used on lighter stock. Great on sheet metal.
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Medford, MA, USA
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June 6, 2013
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I used this welder to repair cancer in a 1/8 frame without a problem using the flux core wire and it worked great. This is an outstanding welder for the DIYer.
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June 5, 2013
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At max power it should weld 3/16ths for a short duty cycle. It will do so for 10 to15 min with adequate penetration. Any thicker and I would recommend a 220 volt arc/stick welder.
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Eastern NC
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June 5, 2013
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Recommended max plate thickness for this welder is 1/8", although you should be able to weld 3/16" steel with little problem.
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June 5, 2013
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On the wielder I think it says it will do 1/4 inch, but I have not done anything that thick with it. Just 1/8 is the thickest I have done. If you are a good wielder and know what you are doing I would say 1/4 with it would be fine, but if you are just a beginner your wield probably wouldn't hold going that thick.
It is a very good wielder but it is meant for small projects.
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June 5, 2013
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It's good up to a metal thickness of 1/8" or about 11ga. You might be able to push 3/16" thick steel but I wouldn't do that for something structural or heavy load carrying. The weld won't penetrate the thicker steel as well meaning the joint will be weaker. If done properly, the weld will be stronger that the steel it's joining...so, yes, it sticks good.
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June 5, 2013
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The K2185-1 MIG wleder can weld up to 1/8 in mild steel and it does an excellent job on steel.
This is not a stick welder.
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Clinton, IA, USA
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June 5, 2013
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I dont think this machine is a stick welder. It is a mig welder only. I would say it will weld up to 1/8" plate and maybe more if you take your time and run multiple passes.
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Do I have to weld with shielding gas to get agood weld with a mig welder.

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Great Question buzzard. Shielding gas is ALWAYS required for MIG. You will have better welds vs. Flux.
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May 30, 2013
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It is way easier and cleaner with gas. It is not a must though as it comes with flux core wire.
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May 6, 2013
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Shielding gas can give you a nice clean weld. Minor cleanup for soot etc, and you can finish with paint or varnish and be happy with the result. I used it on interior iron stairs. Practise first and watch out for fires etc.
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April 22, 2013
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Using shielding gas will give a cleaner weld. Flux core welding wire will make a good structural weld and many argue that it penetrates better than solid wire (used with gas shielding). The main difference is that flux core wire leaves a lot of spatter and residue. Even so, if welding outside especially in the wind you will want to use flux core wire. If welding indoors, it is nice to use shielding gas.
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No, if you use flux-cored wire, you don't need to use gas. It is advantageous to use flux-cored wire outside because you do not have to worry about the wind blowing your gas away. Flux-cored welding will create a slag on top of the weld that you will have to chip off. Using gas with solid wire (MIG) will give you a cleaner looking weld because slag is not formed and you do not have to chip anything Read More
No, if you use flux-cored wire, you don't need to use gas. It is advantageous to use flux-cored wire outside because you do not have to worry about the wind blowing your gas away. Flux-cored welding will create a slag on top of the weld that you will have to chip off. Using gas with solid wire (MIG) will give you a cleaner looking weld because slag is not formed and you do not have to chip anything away. Read Less
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April 19, 2013
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MIG gas is generally used on aluminium and alloys. For regular metal the flux core is the best. The manual that comes with the Handy MIG explains it quite well. I bought the MIG as it was only $20 more and came with the gas option. This Handy MIG is a great welder.
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April 19, 2013
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For a good weld yes. It protects the weld from oxidation till it solidifies. There's a lot of info on the internet about MIG welding even how to do it. Most importantly is practice if you want to get good before you start on any project. Wire feed welding is the same but w/ but you can weld w/o an inert gas.
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Really, it depends on you definition of "good." You can get two prices of metal to stick together with flux core. I think the main difference is it is easier to get proper welds with MIG. With gas there is better heat control, less splatter, less carbon in the weld, less porosity, ect... Learn how to weld a straight, clean, bead with with proper penetration on a clean sheet of metal with flux core. Then, Read More
Really, it depends on you definition of "good." You can get two prices of metal to stick together with flux core. I think the main difference is it is easier to get proper welds with MIG. With gas there is better heat control, less splatter, less carbon in the weld, less porosity, ect... Learn how to weld a straight, clean, bead with with proper penetration on a clean sheet of metal with flux core. Then, switch to shield gas and do the same. The main benifit to flux core is low cost, not the weld it produces. Read Less
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Technically, no. The Handi Mig is a wire feed flux core/MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welder. You can weld with flux core wire (no gas) or solid wire (with gas). Both have their advantages. The flux core wire can be used in windier conditions, spatters more than the solid wire and requires removing slag from the weld. When done properly, the weld will look good & be solid. The solid wire (true MIG) weld finishes Read More
Technically, no. The Handi Mig is a wire feed flux core/MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welder. You can weld with flux core wire (no gas) or solid wire (with gas). Both have their advantages. The flux core wire can be used in windier conditions, spatters more than the solid wire and requires removing slag from the weld. When done properly, the weld will look good & be solid. The solid wire (true MIG) weld finishes much cleaner (much less slag) looks smoother and seems to penetrate the steel better. Common concensus says that the MIG welds are superior to the flux core welds. That may be but both do fine. If you have no intention to weld with gas, buy a flux core wire feed welder only. You're paying more for the MIG (gas) capability. Read Less
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I just ordered a lincoln model #K2185-1 welder and wondered what kind or size flux cored welding wire to order for it

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Great Question bill. You don't need to it comes with both types, Flux and MIG so you'll have a reference. Or .035 is it's size. Hope this helps.
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March 31, 2013
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The Handy MIG uses 0.35 in. (0.09 mm) flux core wire and 0.25 in. (0.06 mm) solid core MIG wire
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Hello BillMississippi. This is your friend WelderGuy. It is reccomended that you use .045 welding wire for MIG and .045 flux-core wire for the (FCAW) process.
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0.35
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January 24, 2013
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Hello,
The answers you have received are correct, but just ensure you use the same size contact tip as the wire you use.
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January 18, 2013
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The handy mig welder comes preset for flux with .030 wire, if using for mig with gas then use .025 mig wire and reverse the polarity of the machine.
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January 8, 2013
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If you get the welder in the kit (I think that is the one you ordered) it comes with a 2.5 pound spool of .035 flux core wire. This welder will operate with either .035 flux core or .023 - .025 solid core wire. It will fit up to a 12.5 pound spool inside.
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The machine comes with 0.035. Good enough to practice with. Flux core makes a mess. You need to go your local welding supply and get a small bottle of mixed gas (25% Co2.) You will not believe the difference.
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How long are the leads?

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January 26, 2013
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Great Question Ray. Approximately 30'' these are short leads so you'll need to be up close but agreat welder none the less. Hope this helps.
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April 11, 2013
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The cable clamp (Grd) is 8' so I think the wire feed is the same. I tried looking for that info but nothing showed up.
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The leads on mine are about six foot.
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The leads are 6 ft. long however the unit is portable. If you have it on a rolling stand there are no problems. Longer leads may have problems with wire feeding and voltage drops.
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Approximately 7'
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The a/c plug in and the argon hose are 6 feet while the welding cables are 8 feet.
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January 28, 2013
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Hello,
The Handy MIG has a 10ft. gun lead and a 10ft. work clamp and cable. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 114 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Little Lincoln that could Awesome machine. For a 115volt it really does good. May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A very nice welder Nice welder for the price. Good packing in shipping and nice to have it sent to my home free. Great deal. May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Perfect for the hobbyist I upgraded to this welder to aid in my restoration project. Works great, used it to weld in a new floorpan April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WORKS GREAT FOR MY PROJECT THIS WELDER CAME WITH EVERYTHING I NEEDED AND IS EASY TO USE April 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NICE LITTLE WELDER it works just fine for my street rod project. it replaces another brand that just wouldn't weld sheet metal like I needed. April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice item Great buy and a high brand to be sure of. Fast shipment right to the house so no hassle going to store for pickup. April 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good welder for the hobbyist The welder is easy to set up and adjustments are simple. My only gripe is the mask; it is cumbersome to hold the mask and weld at the same time, and the lens might be a little too dark; I had a difficult time seeing the "puddle" while I was welding. April 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nice welder Great welder I am only using Flux. I am building a BBQ pit. April 4, 2016
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