Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 32
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Great welder
I purchased this welder 3 years ago and have used it much more then expected. I have had no problems with it nor has there been a problem with the welding wires I have used. I do not have a gas tank for it yet, but with the flux wire I really don't need it for the work I do. The only thing I would do differently is to get a traditional type of helmet instead of the auto darkening one I have.
April 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EW51 I should have bought this a long time ago.
I love my new Lincoln wire feed welder, it was very easy to setup with the easy to follow instructions. I've been welding with it for several weeks now and it performs great. I have several welding projects lined up and this welder will make my projects a lot easier.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GarageCreationsEtc Impressed
I set this welder up and within minutes was able to adjust the speed and temps with ease. I am hooked up to argon and very impressed with the bead quality and penetration this small unit gives me. Good job Lincoln
July 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rufus Quality unit
Seems great! Would recommend!
Lincoln electric quality for an affordable price!
August 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SanChes Great Welder + Great Price= Good Sense
After doing a bit of research we found that this was the best for the average do it yourselfer. It's a great package for the occassional welder. Looking forward to getting many past due jobs done. I feel that I am going to get great performance with this Lincoln Welder. Have a Lincoln stick welder for years and it works great still. I would suggest this welder to anyone that is need a good dependable welder at a great price. Happy Welding!!!
February 20, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EST1 Great welder!!
Just got this welder, I was a little skeptical as it is a lot cheaper than something like a Miller of the same size. I didn't have time to get the argon but had a project to do. Ran the .035 flux wire. I had to weld some 1/4 inch and some sheet metal. It did both with ease!! Very easy welder to use, works flawlessly! Perfect for home projects, car repairs,etc. Great deal!!
July 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by watsey1970 This is one great little welding machine
I've been a welder/fabrication mechanic for over 25 years,and have used quite a few welding machines,and this machine is ,for the price,the best machine out there. I bought this one to replace the Lincoln 175 hd,that I bought,brand new,7 years ago. That one still works,but i wanted to do aluminum,so i needed more heat. This truly is one great little machine.
April 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TCguy Great welder and customer service through HD
Excellent welder for light to moderate welding. Previously had a 120v 100amp mig welder. While the 120v worked great on fixing light metal like cracks on mower decks, light brackets, etc. it lacked the punch to weld deep enough to get a strong hold on thicker metal or anything that received any significant stress.
In comes the lincoln 180. I had a crack in my trailer that the weld consistently broke from my 100a. I fired up my new lincoln and put it on it's second to highest setting and got a deep burn and fantastic pooling using flux on 1/4 steel. I finally have a weld I feel confident that will hold. Fantastic welder, I finally have a welder strong enough to fix frames or breaks on any of my farm implements.
Also kudos to HD customer service, The original purchased unit had a broken amperage knob. Took it back to HD and exchanged for a new one no questions asked. Was in and out of the store in less than 5 minutes.
March 8, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan Good welder BUT....
This machine welds steel without missing a beat. It will not weld aluminum out of the box. you need to buy the additional 200$ spool gun to go with it. That little piece of information is not provided. Lincoln advertises it will do it all out of the weld pack box. Tack on another 200$ more it will.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rbwhale powerful yet compact
I purchased this welder when my 20 year old Lincoln 140 gave up the ghost. Every aspect of the welder has been improved, I'm happy to say. The arc starts faster and smoother, the wire feed mechanism is easier to use and has a more positive feed, and the unit has sufficient power to easily weld 1/4 inch stock, with excellent penetration. (I've sawed welds in half to check that). The regulator supplied also functions quite well.
In making the sculpture pictured I had to attach 700 3/8" diameter14 gauge wire rings to the tentacles; that went quite smoothly, despite the fact that the tentacles are 3/8 inch steel.
The power cord is flimsier than I would like, and the placement of the power switch could be better. I may swap out the cord to a heavier gauge.
Other than than that I'm extremely satisfied. The price was lower than any other dealer or E-Bay seller, and I was able to pick it up at my local store the same day, which was a great convenience
March 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by desi reviews are important
did not believe that reviews are real but here i am writing one so anyway.... i wish they could make a 120 volt model this stong it never over heated and i welded some perty long beads... i have no regets..... when this one goes out ill buy one just like it... i have no use for anything stronger the 180 is great
July 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by scrapman This is a great [ small ] welder .
This welder is limited to how thick of steel it will weld. For its size . it works well. I need to buy a larger mig welder for the stuff I weld. This is portable and lite. I will keep it. I am still shopping for a bigger one [ 250 amp mig].
October 8, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by drpepper Great welder
I have been a welder for 20 years. This is a great little welder, it will handle all you home task and lite industrial.It is a very good price and a very good welder, works great with the gassless wire too. I would not hesitate buying another one just like it. It does a superburb job.
December 28, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Thomas First time welder and I love it.
I bought this as an all purpose welder for my property. I have already used it to repair a fender on my log splitter and to fix a broken hinge on my hydraulic landscaping trailer. I have yet to get to all the features but have had great results with what I have done.
September 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheGoodWife After researching several welders, I purchased this welder for my husband as a gift. He LOVES it!! So many outdoor projects have been completed with the help of this welder!! Great product with a great price!! Good for the experienced welder or the beginning welder!!
September 18, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigE Great welder
I bought the lincolin 180hd its a great mochine to use also easy to use my wife can even weld with it
April 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LawnGuy26 Great Welder
Works great, easy to use. Since I purchased it I've made a 7x14 trailer with it and have had no problems. Makes welding 1/4" steel together easy,
July 10, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Works very well
The welder took some getting use to but after a few test welds I was able to adjust it so everything works great now.
February 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by joecontractor Great little welder
I have been welding for ten years and have owned many welders. This one performs well right out of the box, easy to set up and makes a good clean weld.
July 5, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shockme Excellent product
Works very well, priced the best of any I could find, and delivered very quickly.
May 13, 2012