My family bought this welder for use in building railings for a deck. Both my brother and I had previous welding experience. We each spent several hours using this welder. Our materials ranged from 3/8-inch cold rolled round to 1/8-inch thick x 2-inch tube to 1/4 x 2-inch hot rolled bar. Setting up was easy, and the pictorial and graphic set-up aids on the welder were quite useful in selecting heat settings and feed rates. We found it easy to over-tighten the feed roller, thereby smashing the wire and stopping the feed. Once we got the feeder adjusted correctly, the project went smoothly. When the wire ran out, feeding a new spool was bit of a learning experience. The wire would not always start into the hole in the feed cable. The cable had to be disconnected and the wire manually threaded into the hole in the tube. Then the cable could be reconnected and the wire fed the rest of the way using the feeder. This takes about 5 minutes, which is a drag. We tried re-trimming the wire end, twisting it, and shaking the end lightly, but to no avail. I didn't expect this, as another welder (same model) we rented did not have this problem. Did something change in the design perhaps, or is the unit we bought just a bit more finicky? Not sure, but we adapted to the idiosyncrasies quickly. The weld quality is acceptable. Penetration was good. Splatter and slag buildup were tolerable, and about what you'd expect from a non-gas welder. We got our sizable project done quickly. It looks nice, is strong, and we saved ourselves thousands of dollars in the process. This nice little welder will be on hand to help with a host of other projects. I'm impressed with the overall quality and usefulness.
Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight