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Old 09-19-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Question Harbor Freight MIG ?

Does anyone have any opinions on the harbor freight mig welder?
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Harbor Freight MIG ?

Save up and get a real welder. The hf's have very short whips and ground clamps, the duty cycle is less then desired and the consumables can be impossible to find.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: Harbor Freight MIG ?

I totally agree with reuben!! I got antsy and wanted a mig sooner than later. But I waited a while b/c I didn't really need it yet. Talked with several pro welders and was advised by all to step up to a 220 unit. I waited and did. I bought a hobart handler 185 @ tractor supply on sale and am completely pleased!!!! The store is close, consumables always in stock, no issues so far. Definitely worth the wait & extra cash!!!! I've heard several times since my purchase "I wish I had gotten a 220 unit!!!" buy it once and be done!!!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Harbor Freight MIG ?

Basic rules for harbor frieight tools:

1) does it have a lot of moving parts and does it cost more than $20? <-- don't buy it.

2) does it plug in and cost more than $50? <-- don't buy it.


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Old 09-20-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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Default Re: Harbor Freight MIG ?

Sweet thanks for the tips. I was thinking a hobart anyway.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:59 PM   #6
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Default Re: Harbor Freight MIG ?

+1 on the hobart handler at tracter supply on sale 549

I had a clark 135/craftsman

it was ok for small stuff, but compared to the hobart its a toy
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