1. LazerFan

    LazerFan LawnSite Member
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    I have been thinking about buying me one of those welders. I can't count how many times I have had a welding emergency and had to beg shops to jump on my stuff--most do and some say leave it. I leave and go to the next shop or jack leg. I am sure with practice I could learn to do my own work and maybe do parttime work for others. I got to small jobs out there that need doing but are not emergencies. I even had the trailor tungue break almost in half while pulling up to a job and had to call one of those mobile welders. Charged me 125--his minimum and took him about an hour. He did a great job though and got me back to work fast. So it was well worth it
  2. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987

    First thing you need to do to figure it out is to put that faceshield thing away and go buy yourself a real helmet to weld with. That is basically for an observer. Sears sells a nice one with a large front glass for $20. I have used it for quite a while. That shield may make yo look like this------->:alien:
  3. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    made anything yet?
  4. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    Thats the same welder I got..
    Great little welder, you can't go wrong with them for the price.
    Lincoln and Miller make the best welding equipment.

    I got mine used (practically brand new) cheap from a guy who needed money bad.:cool:

    If you run the "heat" all the way up to "D" and run the wire speed low, it will weld some pretty thick stuff. Just need patience.
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Merlin that came with the welder but I already had a good flip down helmet (can’t afford auto darken one right now).

    Jwingfield2k, yeah a few creations have come out of the shop, no take that back, a lot have come out welded up nicely :D I love this welder use it all the time and people will find out you have one and bring stuff to you to weld too LOL. Friends always have projects to be fixed or built.

    Billy, yeah they’re great aren’t they! Mine’s rated for ¼” on “D” in one pass, which means you can weld a lot thicker if you just make more passes. I generally only work with 1/8” and 3/16” for the most part so this works great for me. I sometimes weld thinner sheet metal but not too often. I haven’t figured out how to weld at higher speeds, for 1/8” steel I’m at heat setting “C” on speed setting about 2.25. Not fast but the welds are really strong (none broken yet) and look pretty good so I’m just scared to play around with it yet LOL.
  6. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987


    Yea, I figured you would. You are not going to believe the deal I got yesterday. Was in my local AG-Supply store and there was a auto darken helmet on the clearence section. It had a small crack in the neck area. I was even allowed to run a bead at the store to test it. I fixed the helment with a dab of superglue.......and the best part.........the price.........THEY GAVE IT TO ME FOR $10.00, yes that's right not a typo. Kinda hard to get used to though because you are used to not seeing anything before you strike the arc and no you can see everything and I almost for got to put the sheild in the down position before striking.....get one when you can!
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 95


    Will you be able to weld aluminum with that welder? Do you have to make any modifications to it to do so? I've looked around, and that seems to be the best deal in my area, even though the price at Lowe's is now $427 (Holiday gouging I guess). I can get a Hobart a little cheaper, but it does not come with the valve/gages for the gas, or the other extras.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Merlin that’s awesome.

    Cheryl, yes I’m positive I read somewhere it is capable of welding aluminum so I plan to check into that this winter, may make myself an Accelerator look alike bagger :) Mine was $397 plus tax and all if I remember correct, just over $400 out the door. Well worth it for me but if you know me at all you’d know I use it all the time and am always creating stuff. I don’t know what mods have to be done to weld aluminum. Don’t quote me but it may be that you can use shielded inner core flux wire of a certain kind so that you wouldn’t need all the gas stuff I don’t know. I have never bothered to get the gas tank and hook it up for that, I’ve only ever used it for flux core wire and very happy with it. Hopefully this winter I’ll have time to play around with it and do some aluminum welding and MIG’ing. Yes 427 alittle steep but you can always justify it with the fact that they give you a training video, everything you need except a gas tank and gas, and a warranty plus the name Lincoln. About like Stihl or Echo is to two cycle stuff. I’m happy with mine, have had no issues at all with it. Great little unit. I would have gotten a 220V welder but no 220 to the garage and my dad (electrician) said there was no good way to get 220 from the laundry room to the garage. Oh well this has enough power for what I do. Good luck & happy shopping/welding :)
  9. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    al might take a new liner in addition to a tank of pure argon and al wire, spoolgun's are the best on al material, not to mention the patience and persistence of a genius!!, you haven't had a headache until youv'e worked with aluminum!!!!

    Cheryl, check out notherntool.com you can get a hobart handler 125 welder with a gas shielding kit for under $400, it is a usa made machine that has the power to fullfill your steel, stainless and aluminum welding needs. Or you could invest in an ac/dc stick machine from Hobart Or Miller and have aluminum capabilities and a scratch start Tig setup!!!
  10. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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