Re: Best value flux core welder?
My main gripe about the HF welder is the fact once anything fails on it,it's most likely not going to be possible to obtain any parts for it,and due to the low price,it is considered "disposable",that is the biggest drawback to HF tools....that and the fact it wont weld thin stuff without blowing holes,or anything thicker than 3/16 ,the penetration just isn't there..
I'm glad I didn't pay their full price for it at the store,I'd have been much more disappointed with it if I had..I haven't used it much,perhaps if I practice with it I'll get better at using it..
I know you cant expect miracles for under $100,but you shouldn't have to open it up and modify one with a DC rectifier in order to make it work better either..
I suppose they are better than having no welder,but I consider the $50 I spent on an old AC/DC arc welder off craigslist a better bargain..you can do so much more with it..
I know guys who bought the larger 220V Harbor Freight MIG welders and they seem to be working well and holding up good for them,one uses his in a repair shop often,sometimes daily--his biggest fear is if he'll be able to get a new "gun" and other parts for it once things start wearing out..the new Vulcan welders they recently introduced do look promising though..