Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 55
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WVirginiaWelder LINCOLN WELD PACK HD
I bought this for portability and convenience instead of having to drag a full size MIG and bottle around and for its 115V power requirement instead of 230V. Breaking it down, this is NOT a welder capable of butter smooth welds like using an actual MIG with an Argon blend. This is a wire feed unit so you should expect considerable spatter - because it uses flux core wire. Does it do the job? YES. It works well outside and in windy conditions. The welding "shield" that comes with it is CHINE5E junk as is the brush / hammer so toss these and get an auto darkening helmet. OVERALL this is a GOOD unit if you need a small welder for small jobs.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FredB Very tickled to have this thing.
I have never been so pleased at buying a piece of equipment in my life. This thing is cool. I can weld stuff now for Pete sake. lol Spend an hour reading the manual for basic welding technics and your off.. I welded 1/8 inch metal to 1/4 inch without problems. Tested the welds with a 6 lb sledge all held fine. My wife may have to hide this thing from me or I may weld stuff she doesn't want welded. =D
February 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jackson Initial Review
I gave this machine only 4 stars because I've never used a flux cored machine before and I'm not sure exactly what I have yet, but so far I'm very impressed. Everything that was supposed to be in the box was in the box. Everything worked fine and the instructions were easy to read. All machine parts are labeled in the owners manual so it's easy if you want to learn how to use this machine for beginners. I am a certified stick welder so I know what good looking welds are supposed to look like. I had no problems understanding the directions. I took my time and got used to the names of all the parts. I spent an hour reading through the manual and followed the step by step directions. So far, I am impressed with this machine. It looks to be built sturdy. I'll update again in 6 months or so. I think if the low quality shield and wire brush with the lenses were left out of this package, it would make this machine a better buy. I think any beginner needs 2 hands anyway and that shield requires you to hold it with 1 hand and that is a bit rediculous, and anyone who knows how to weld already has a good shield of their own. I would have liked to see no shield, no wire brush, and a cheaper price.
December 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LookoutRanch Nice little welder
So far I've used this to:
- Extend bed rails to make a twin bed into a twin XL
- Fix a drawer in a filing cabinet where a spot weld failed
- Reattach a rod on the foot board of a wrought iron bed frame
The ability to do the latter surprised me. I thought it might be beyond the little machine's capability, as the iron rod was a good 3/8ths or more in diameter, and I was reattaching it to something even bigger than that. But it did the job just fine.
It's great that it uses 110V rather than 220V. My little work shed isn't wired for 220V, so this is a great option.
I'm a DIYer who hasn't welded anything for 30 years, and I was able to use this well enough after reading the manual and practicing a little.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Souther My favorite new TOY! (Oh, and I do serious work with it, too)
I haven't welded in 20+ years but suddenly needed a welder after picking up blacksmithing as a hobby. I needed simplicity of use at a reasonable price. Looked at a LOT of welders, read all the reviews and finally decided on this one. I like that it runs on household current (though I did take the measure of having an electrician install a dedicated line for it in my shop), that it just requires wire instead of tanks, and that wire-feed welders are nearly (but not quite) point-and-weld.
Unboxing this, the only difficulty I had was initially getting the wire to feed through to the tip, after some trial and error and cursing it turned out there was a tiny kink in the wire - snipped it off and got it to feed properly. You should also follow the instructions to THE LETTER on placing the coil in for the first time, to prevent it from uncoiling all over you. I "sorta'" followed the directions the first time, and got a lap full of uncoiled wire. REALLY followed the directions and it held in the machine just fine. Also another tip, when you unwrap the cellophane and tape off the wire spool, HOLD ONTO THE WIRE or it will uncoil on you before you even get it to the machine to set up.
Like riding a bike, welding came back to me after a little bit of trial and error with the controls and settings. But basically, this truly is a point and weld machine. This past weekend I had a TINY little tack weld I needed to do, and the simplicity of rolling this thing out, plugging it in and going was just a DREAM. This is one of those "where has this thing been all my life" purchases, should have made it years ago even for just household stuff.
The accessories that come with this, beyond the wire and extra tip, are really pointless - they should be eliminated and the welder should be sold as a standalone item. The hammer/brush is flimsy and useless, the wires on the brush are so spread apart it renders it useless. The hold-up-to-your-face piece of a welding mask/helmet is just ridiculous, it MIGHT be something you'd hand a spectator to your welding, to protect them while you weld with an actual welding helmet on, but otherwise it's just a waste of space.
Overall, I'm just VERY pleased with this. I purchased a welding cart at another big box retailer because it was much less expensive than HD (sorry HD!), and that makes moving this around the shop super easy, as well as providing a space for storing my helmet, gloves and tools.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced welder, for quick and easy jobs around the house this is the right tool.
March 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Awesome Welder
Bought one because i wanted to learn. I needed to weld in new floor pans and my exhaust in my 69 camaro SS. After a couple of practices I jumped right in. Easy to set up and even easier to use. Floor pans and exhaust came out perfect. Note... wear gloves after welding and picking up exhaust. Went on to weld a steel gate for my friends property and weld a steel deer stand for his father. Excellent product!!
June 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pat Excellent Product works Great
First I would like to say thank you to the people at the Home Depot in Brunswick GA. They were great in helping me with a big problem. Traveling from NJ to Florida with out 5th Wheel travel trailer I noticed that the Chassis on the trailer was cracked and the spring perch was about to come off. Montana Trailer by Keystone, beware before you buy one, not good, long story. It was 8:30 at night in Georgia on Friday. Tried to find a local welder, no good. Called Home Depot and they had the Lincoln Welder. I am an experienced welder, mechanic etc. It was 115 volts so I purchased it along with angle iron, flat stock and a hacksaw. It was a complete kit, my biggest concern was it was going to blow the circuit breaker at the campsite. I made the necessary repairs and I must say the unit worked great! no problem with blowing the breakers and it welded the frame and other steel very well. I was able to make it to Disney and while I was there I did some further welding, again working great. Very nice unit high quality for general repairs. Again thanks to the people at Home Depot for the great Customer Service
November 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EdwardH A Year In Review (Still SUPER)
I was just purchasing some additional supplies and welding wire, and thought I'd give a review on this welder after a 14 months of working with it. I am a long-time welder, but do it only as a hobbyist/handyman around the house.
This is a great purchase for any home/hobbyist based on high-quality and affordable price. I have used it extremely reliably for past 14 months with zero problems whatsoever on projects, including restoration of my classic car, light utility fencing, and tons of house-hold projects, etc.
I have also gotten my teen son learning to weld by showing him how simple it is, beneficial as a skill and rewarding in results, and of course fun to do with this excellent product.
I strongly recommend this for anyone with metal projects (less than 3/16" in thickness, which is essentially most every household and automotive jobs).
March 3, 2013