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OldRedFord 12-06-2010 11:24 PM

A welder for Christmas
Im thinking about getting a mig welder from Harbor Freight for Christmas.

Any thoughts?

Tom Zachman 12-06-2010 11:40 PM

I do believe you are our best representative to own and operate this welder.

Bring it on!!

cutter 12-06-2010 11:52 PM

How much does it cost to set it up for shielding gas?


Comes set up for Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) for hassle-free operation at the start. Add gas components for full MIG welding with shielding gas later on.

Matt Shade 12-07-2010 07:49 AM

Here's a hobart for the same price, you can add a gas kit for about $100

If you intend to stick with fluxcore:

A little more, but it already has a gas kit

Personally I can't see buying the harbor freight when you you can get a hobart for the same money and have easy parts availability and customer service.

digr 12-07-2010 08:14 AM

I have to agree with Matt, service is a big thing, can you imagine going to HF and ask one of the kids for parts or advice! This one looks good.

randydupree 12-07-2010 09:16 AM

Parts will be important in a few weeks,errr,years..
I have a miller 200 thats 20 years old now,works great,i have replaced the gun once.
Its had the shit run out of it.
Buy good will never regret it.
You can always sell good tools,horrible freight welders,not so good on resale.

tnmike 12-07-2010 09:29 AM

If you have the money get a Hobart. The HH 187 is a great welder. Hobart support is great. (Miller and Hobart are owned by the same company)

Whatever you buy do not get a 120 volt mig. You will not be happy with it for fabrication. There is just not enough heat to weld anything much over 1/8 inch without a lot of prep work and multiple passes.

You can get away with using flux core and for outside work its preferable. (Especially in any wind) The new wires they have create very little slag and what slag there is brushes off easily. You get better penetration with flux core wire as well.

I highly recommend the HH series of Hobart welder. I own the HH210 and its a great welder. Both welders below are gas ready if you ever decide to use it. All you need is the gas.

Pyro J 12-07-2010 09:52 AM


HH = Hobart Handler

I remember :)

Shade Tree Welder 12-07-2010 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by OldRedFord (Post 392163)
Im thinking about getting a mig welder from Harbor Freight for Christmas.

Any thoughts?

My opinion, do not purchase an HF welder. I think you would be very sorry.

You might want to look at this company/machine.
Half the price of a Millermatic 210/212.

Talk to Mark at Everlast: (877) 755-9353 ext. 204

Pile Buck (yes he is still alive and well) has one of their Stick Tig machines
and is impressed by it. I am sure they are asian made, but with Siemens
IGBT, so they are not as cheap as the low end stuff but still considerable
cheaper than comparable Blue, Red or Yellow machines.

USMCPOP 12-07-2010 11:21 AM

If you have to go 120v, a Handler 140 is around $475.

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