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Old 01-09-2013, 12:33 PM
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Review of Eastwood MIG 175 Welder

Hi all,

If you are like me, your welder is an important part of your lawn care business. Always modifying equipment, or doing repairs etc. I upgraded my welder recently from a Lincoln Weld-pak to a Mig 175 from Eastwood. I thought I'd do a review for anyone else who may be looking at getting a new welder.

Feel free to ask questions, here or on youtube.
thanks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C8nbD_3m50
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i got the eastwood tig 200 love it i weld mag chainsaw cases with it as long as you have the right rod no problem

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:40 PM
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I saw this item on Eastwood and was interested. The 115v leave much to be desired but this is a 220 model. Same price as a good DC stickmate without the learning curve. How is the duty cyle? It would be a great piece for any garage or small shop. You won't find any other one at that price with a spool gun which alleviates many complaints on low end machines.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:53 PM
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The duty cycle is 30-35% at 130 amps. I know it's weird to post a range like that, as it is usually just X% at X amps, but I have found both numbers in their literature, so I am guessing it is somewhere in between. I have made some long welds on 1/4" plate, building a coal fired forge, and have yet to max out the duty cycle.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:19 AM
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After many hours of use, and welding up 6 or 7 fairly large projects; I made a list of my likes and dislikes. It may be helpful to anyone thinking about this unit.

Likes:
-Price ($499 with a spool gun, 4lbs of wire, extra tips, hoses regulator & free delivery)
-Finish... let's face it, black is cool.
-Tweco standard accessories. I really like the gun, but if I didn't, I could just pull it out and pop in a gun from another welder.
-Warranty, 3 yrs on everything but consumables
-Infinitely variable power (this is a big plus for me, coming from a welder with just 4 taps)
-Works perfectly so far
-Power, this machine easily has the power Eastwood claims... probably more.
-Smooth wirefeed.

Dislikes:
-They do not make a serrated drive roller for welding with flux-core wire. The welder comes with a roller grooved for both .023 and .030 wire. You can run .035 flux-core through the .030 groove, and I haven't tried it, but on other machines I have used, a smooth groove works fine for solid wire, but will wither slip on, or squish flux-core. The only reason this would be an issue is if I was welding outside in the wind, or ran out of shielding gas, and needed to finish something.
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I would think using the spool gun would eliminate the need for a serrated roller.
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I would think using the spool gun would eliminate the need for a serrated roller.
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I am sure it would. It only accommodates up to a 2lb spool, and is primarily designed for use with aluminum, but I suppose you could run flux-core.

I haven't actually used the spool gun yet, or welded aluminum. I need to get a bottle of pure argon. I am anxious to try it. I have an Accelerator which needs major repair. Last time, I paid a shop to weld it up, because I couldn't weld aluminum, it cost me nearly as much as a new Accelerator!
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