Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rattling12v Great hobbyist machine
I picked up one of these machines about 8 months ago and love it. I also have a miller 140 at work I use quite often which is basically the same machine as this but for 110v only. My lincoln welds much, MUCH nicer than the Miller does at comparable settings (obviously it can do a little thicker but at same setting with same wire it's much better) I call it a hobbyist machine because even though it is worthy of being in my heavy equipment repair shop, it really is only good for up to 1/2" (it says 5/8" but that's too much for this little guy, and yes it's too much for my miller but I mainly use it for small repairs, I fabricate heavily with my red machine at home) and only carries a 60% duty cycle when running real hot. It is near 100% for smaller stuff. If you plan on welding mostly thin guage metal I would buy the smaller machine though as this one is a bit hot on lowest settings for stuff such as Auto body repair. Also, it comes with a 3 year warranty so make sure you register it. Parts such as liners, tips, and nozzles are also widely available from many different manufacturers. You will also need a 230v plug, and I highly recommend a dedicated circuit just for the machine. If those things don't matter to you then I would definitely recommend this machine also, get a gas bottle. It will run flux-cored just fine but excels with the hard wire MIG. Only thing I dislike is the voltage selector, if I bought it again I would get the 180c which has infinite settings (Google that if you don'tunderstand) all in all this is one of the nicest compact welders available for the price. And if you're reading this and saying "well I can go to Frarbor Height or fleabay and buy same size machine for 1/4 the price", DO YOUR RESEARCH on them and READ about cheap and knock-off machines exploding and lighting on fire, in turn burning down your garage or shed! Spend the money once, I can and will assure you you won't be disappointed
May 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Great Welder
I by no means am an expereinced welder, But I can popcorn weld with the best of them. This welder is very easy to use and get a good penitrating weld. I have been using the flux core wire to avoid buying the argon bottle and it is still very easy and fun to use. I would recommend this welder to anyone that needs a good welder for there shop. I don't know if this would hold up to everyday welding but great for the part-time guy.
It is easy to adjust for different applications with the wire spped nob (how fast it feeds your welding wire) and the amps(the amount of power its using to make the weld)
Ihave chamged the wire and that is a bit tricky but still can be done by anyone that can readthe directions. It hold up to a 10lb roll which last nme quite a while.
October 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OHYEAAHAJ Best MIG in your home garage
I'm a welder my self and I'm surprised to see this welding machine function the way I weld at my shop. I bought this to build my Honda ruckus. I bought the 75/25 gas mixture hooked it up and went on to welding. There's different settings to get the perfect weld. I set it up at 3 C AND GAS AT 10. All around best setting for any thickness. Just remember to have the ground on negative and whip on positive.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jbee Excellent! right out of the Box
New to the Wire feed world. The welder worked right out of the box. NOTE: Buy yourself a big spool of wire with it maybe 2. I bought an extra 1lb spool of wire. I went through 2lbs in the first day. I have attached a pic of my project in progress.
My Wife misses me as I am playing with my new toy in my shop. LOL
August 27, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sixpair A very good machine
This is not a cheap low quality machine. I bought mine almost a year ago and have used it on my hot rod chassis and suspension as well as all other fabrication work.
Many items with HD on the name usually imply Heavy Duty. In this case the HD means Home Depot. This means that the HD model is slightly different than what you'd get at a welding supply store. On the HD model, many of the interior workings are plastic, not aluminum. If you intend to use it professionally, get the other. If you are a weekend warrior like me, buy the "HD". The 100 to 150 bucks you save will buy a lot of grinding discs.
Either way, it's a great machine.
March 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jmbarr Versatile and easy adjustments
I have owned this welder for over a year now and had great success making solid clean welds. I am using shielding gas to aid in the process. I am not an expert welder, but my career is in the weld inspection field. I know what a good weld should look like! I have found the instructions easy to follow when changing settings for different materials and thicknesses. Their table inside the cover gives great starting points for setting the controls on the system. You may have to make minor adjustments to get the best welding performance out of the system. It has been a solid performer with no issues in the year + I have owned and used it.
September 18, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oregoncoast High Quality Unit
MIG welders are a total joy to use and it's easy to understand why they've replaced most of the stick welders. I added an 87 cubic-foot tank of argon/CO2 and a cart. The unit arrived set up for flux-core welding wire and I needed to change gun tip, feed roller, and polarity for use with gas. The gun has a nice 10-foot lead. You will soon need a 10 or 12 pound spool of wire, but the sample roll is certainly enough to use the first day or so. This is a high quality machine for home use with accessories and parts available. I asked several professional welders and they recommended this 220 Volt machine.
December 4, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tweakzilla You can't plug it into existing 220 outlets.
It's extremely unlikely you will already have a proper power receptacle. Just bought the 180 welder to finish some urgent work. I won't be welding anytime soon because the plug won't fit any of the three types of 220 outlets in my garage or workshop. I can't plug it into my 220v 20A or my 220v 50A outlets in my shop, even though I had those outlets installed specifically for a welder when I had the shop built. You can't plug it into a dryer outlet either. You can buy an adapter from a welding supply. They're expensive. Cheapest I've found was $35. Most were around $60, up to around $120. Or, you could pay for the permit, the electrician and inspector to install a receptacle. (You give your homeowners an excuse not to pay a fire claim if you change the outlet yourself without a permit and inspection.)
September 1, 2014