Rated 4 out of 5Â by 6
Rated 4 out of 5Â by hpiguy Quality Welder for Homeowner Tasks, Simple Operation, Adjustable Current
This 90 amp wire feed welder by Speedway is good enough to get a lot of basic welding tasks around the home or garage done. You plug it into regular house voltage, no special power lines are required, just make sure the outlet you are using has a 20amp breaker/fuse.
It's not a professional welder of course, but if you need to fix a trailer, weld some yard art, work on the 4x4 here and there, it gets the jobs done.
It's packed in styrofoam, but the wires are just rammed into the box. Take some time to straighten them out so they aren't so tangled up. It makes using the welder much easier.
This welder is supposed to have two different sized tips included. .030(.8mm) and .035(.9mm). Mine didn't. It had two tips included, both .035 size. I wanted to use .030 wire so I had to go buy a tip for it. I wasn't very pleased about that. It should have been in the box.
Also so you know in advance, no welding wire is included. Go to Home Depot and pick up a small spool (max size 2lb spool) of the wire size you prefer, either .030 or .035. NOTE: This welder will not fit ten pound spools.
The manual is poor, the writing is obviously translated from another language and it doesn't help much. It will get you set up and running, but after that you're on your own for the most part. Read up on wire feed welding if you have never done it.
The welder has an adjustable current output, you get a "Low" and a "High" setting. The manual and the welder do not tell you the amperage that each switch gives. For thicker metal and deeper penetration of the weld, use the high setting. For thin metal use the low setting. It takes practice to know which setting, but you'll get the hang of it. The manual says it will weld steel up to 3/16th inch thick and I agree with that. Maybe even just a bit thicker if needed. It has an overheat warning light if you push it too much. It has a duty cycle of 10% at 90 amps.
The wire feed speed is also adjustable, there are no numbers on the dial to tell you how many inches per second you'll be feeding wire at. Again with this welder, it's a learning curve and you'll quickly find out how fast to feed wire while you weld.
The welding handle itself and the ground clamp has cords about six feet long each. The welding handle fits nicely in a gloved hand and the feed lever is easy and comfortable to operate.
WELDING: I was able to get some nice welds with it. I am not in any way shape or form a professional welder and I do not pretend to be. I practiced, I watched videos online and I read all about it. After a few hours of messing around, I was able to get strong welds that weren't totally sloppy. I'm still learning of course, but I think this is a good welder to start with. It's not complicated and it works good. No gas is needed, wire for it is not expensive at Home Depot and it has plenty of power to get the type of jobs I've been doing around the house and garage done. Get a welding helmet (mandatory), some welding gloves and get to work.
Works easily and reliably
Adjustable wire feed speed
Adjustable welding current (two settings)
Carrying strap included
Welder is light enough to move around to jobs
Loading wire, changing spools is easy
Manual is poorly written, gives little help
Didn't have two different tip sizes as listed
May 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by HDKevin A good homeowner's welder
This welder would be perfect for light duty fixes.
It will only weld 18g or 3/16" steel which is adequate for most home owners.
It was a little challenging assembling it due to confusing directions but it went together ok. I was surprised there was no flux core wire included. I had to buy some separately so keep that in mind.
It worked nicely on 1/8 thick steel for my snow blower skids. I added little skis to help it float over a gravel driveway better.
Make sure you purchase all safety equipment when using the welder
May 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ralphie Works well on body panels on my old jeep!!!!
This product showed up on time,did the job just fine and is very easy to use,I'm glad I picked it up and with all my discounts I paid half price....
January 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sam1 very pleased with gift
my husband is thrilled with this welder. He thinks it is even better than another one he was looking at at another competitor.
He stated he felt that this had even more features and is better quality.
January 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by mike good for home use.
this welder works fine the price was very reasonable.
August 21, 2012