Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 25
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BlueDog Unusable out of the box
Excited to use this for some small home repairs. After building a stand, I watched the dvd and began to assemble the product. I took out the gun cable to find the brass fitting on one end, and NOTHING at the other end of the cable. It looked like it had been cut off. There was nothing there! I've attached pictures. I don't buy things that are repackaged, so I can only assume it was shipped like this. INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED.
December 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JustCallMeMike Great Price, Better Welder.
I wanted to learn to weld for simply DIY home/auto projects, But did not want to spend major cash. It works fantastically. Have not had any issues. It was fairly easy to set up and easier to use.
Haven't tried any heavy duty welding. Just basic stuff.
Really nice for the hobbyist/DIY-selfer.
March 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chris The best portable welder available
This unit is absolutely trouble free and easy to operate. The wire feed is steady and the power supply in this unit is powerful enough for the larger jobs. I was surprised that the weld quality was so high being that this is not a gmaw and uses flux wire. The wire feed is as good quality as the lm-7 units I use at work. Im very impressed at the performance of this compact unit. Do yourself a favor and get this unit instead of a cheap copy that claims to have as much welding power. You absolutely get what you pay for. You will need a 20 amp outlet and if you use an extension cord it will need to be 8 gauge or better. This unit needs at least 20 amps to operate on high power or it will not start an arc. I use HD's 389cc Power stroke generator to power it.
August 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Domthewelder Awesome Welder
This welder really sizzles! Assembly was easy, it runs perfectly (and quietly) on a dedicated 20 Amp circuit. Long leads, a comfortable and precise wand/torch, and all the controls can be adjusted while wearing gloves. I quickly went through the supplied roll of .35 wire and am using .30 until a 10LB roll arrives which HD sells online for $64 (shipping included).
Feeding-in the new spool of .030 wire could not be easier; up and running again in less than 5 minutes.
Home Depot had it in stock (a Western-Oregon rarity) and they knocked 10% off the price for my military service; thanks!
Online product registration was easy.
Great product, great price, & a great retailer; totally-worth the 40 minute drive.
March 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Boats OUTSTANDING!!!
Bought to make a small utility trailer for the yard. First time with wire feed. I last welded about17 years ago on a Lincoln buzz box. Instructions were good and clear. Did a few practice runs then got to work. Made a 4x8 trailer out of 3x3 square tube steel that is an 1/8 in thick. No disappointments. When I was done I smacked it a few times with a sledge and every weld held. Take your time and practice.
November 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by blackz28 Great machine
This is a great little welder.
But "little" is probably an under-statement, this thing has handled everything I've thrown at it so far.
Great machine for the money.
I was really hesitant to spend $400+ for an entry-line welder. I really just wanted to get one of those "cheapy" $150 machines that I keep seeing everywhere.
But I soon learned those cheap-o's just DON'T cut it.
They have inconsistent feeds, and can't weld for more than a couple seconds without shutting off.
Trust me, just save up for the Lincoln 125 or 140!
They are made rock solid, and you can weld all day long, and not worry about problems.
And these things hold their re-sell value like crazy.
I do 1/8's Flat and Angle Iron all the time, it welds like a dream, 1/4 inch, no problem.
I've done half-inch rod, no problem.
But it also does small stuff like 3/16 rod well too.
But smaller stuff is tricky, gotta have a steady hand.
Bigger stuff is easier.
This machine is PERFECT for beginners and someone who needs a portable Back-up welder.
It's definitely not a machine that you just "grow" out of.
When you're ready for a bigger machine, you just throw it in the back of the truck, or keep it in the garage.
Because this machine will get in places that your bigger 225v CAN'T.
You can do some REALLY tricky weld angles with this thing, and still have good quality welds that hold.
And this machine still puts out tons of power for a 115v machine. I've blown my breaker a few times, and popped out the surge protector a couple times! So make sure you buy a shop surge protector, that way all ya gotta do is Flip Her back on if you blow it out.
If you plan on doing sheet-metal of any kind, thick or thin.
Get the MIG conversion kit!(gas kit)
Because this baby will burn right thru sheet metal without even trying!(kinda like a plasma cutter,haha)
You CAN tack-weld sheet, but it's kinda "iffy".
You REALLY need the gas-kit to do it right.
Definitely buy yourself a nice mask, because the one they supply you with is a joke. It does the job, but you have to hold it in One Hand, and weld with the other.
The arc flash is too distracting, unless you're wearing a head-mask!
Also get a fan setup to blow all the fumes away, this baby will put out some smoke! You might want a small welding-filter mask too, the ones with interchangeable filters, not the $2 dust masks.
(ventilation systems ARE a better idea....so you could do a cheap-setup if your really worried about fumes.)
And DEFINITELY get a set of gloves, anything you weld for more than 2 seconds can literally get Red-hot. And even if it Isn't red hot, it's still going to burn you badly.
You won't even feel it, with welding gloves.
Get a wire-brush too....absolutely necessary to brush your welds afterwords, that way you can see the weld clearly.
Overall, it's been a fun machine, had tons of good times playing around with it!
I've spent countless hours making repairs, and building all kinds of stuff for the garage.
December 14, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Great welder... Misadvertised
Ok, so I bought this welder needing to do some outdoor work right away, with the intentions of eventually getting the gas conversion kit, box and home depot shelf says the 125 can be converted to use gas, didn't want to fork out the additional cash right away for the gas so I took the 125 home. Turns out that certain 125 models can not be converted to gas and apparently I grabbed the one that can't be converted, I'm a little irritated in the fact that the box and the home depot shelf both say that it can. Overall the 125 performed flawlessly, I have MIG welded with much larger industrial machines and I can defiantly say that this works just as well on the gauge metals it is designed for, highly recommend if you just need to do some light fabrication and don't need or want the gas. If you do need or want the gas make sure the unit you grab can actually be converted or step up to the 140
April 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jbfranklin61 Really like my "little" welder.
Really like this welder for several reasons: 1) 120v (vs 220), 2) flux wire out of the box, 3) convertible to MIG. So easy to use, like spreading butter on your toast. I've had better luck with .030 wire than .035. Among other things, made myself a 4x8 trailer with a 3500# axle to carry my "art" projects and landscape projects. No broken welds yet. May upgrade to the HD140 some day but very happy for now.
January 30, 2014