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  • Cheapie arc welder...

    Not normally a fan of cheap tools...I was wandering around Harbor Freight and checked out the welding section. As it so happens, they had an stick welder on sale (close-out?) "ARC-180" for....$119.00.

    This is a 240V machine, AC/DC no less, with wheels/handle, and accesories. It goes up to 150Amps (or more) depending on if you believe the owners manual or the sticker on the machine. Anyways, I thought for a hundred bucks I would try it out. It actually has been working well, I have been using 3/32" rods to weld up 1/8" mild steel. (I am making a welding tabel). Hasn't overheated or had a problem yet. Beads look consistant.

    I figure this will tide me over until I pick up a MM210 or TIG inverter machine...

  • #2
    Not normally a fan of cheapie tools either. Sometimes they're priced such that they are worth the risk. Congrats on the welder!
    Proud Owner of the MM251 and Spectrum 375 Cutmate


    • #3
      I get stuff at HF all the time, I have 4-4.5" grinders [with paddle switches] and a $50 14" chop saw that I use a lot. If that welder says "made in Italy" then its probably made by SIG, they sell a whole bunch of welders all over the world. I hope that it works out for you, good luck and lets see some pictures of that welding table when you get it done. And welcome to the group...
      Regards, George

      Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
      Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
      Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

      Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
      Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter


      • #4
        I got a HF special for free that I have been learning to weld with. It is a 120V 70 amp unit made by a battery charger company that's name begins with "S" (dont know if company names are appropriate here). It will weld with 1/16 inch rods and claims at the high end that you can use a 3/32 rod. My experience is that I cant even strike an arc with a 3/32 rod. Anyway, I will be getting a Hobart or Miller AC/DC stick welder soon to replace my little POS. Also, I uderstand that this problem may not be the welders fault but the weldors fault.
        HH 175
        Monkey Wards AC/DC Stick