Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun

Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun

Product Review (submitted on September 19, 2010):

I took the risk to import one in Mexico because, including all costs, the price was less than one half of the 180 Lincoln with spool gun sold here without true warranty. Too tempting...
First, the general quality is very good, the details speak by themselves:
- Very nice shipping pack with double carton boxes and a thick layer of PVC foam.
- Good metal case well painted.
- Good hinges.
- Very clean inside (see the pics). 2 transformers...
- Nice wire feed system with a very convenient change of groove size without tools.
- The blower moves a lot of air and cools very efficiently the welder.
The manual has to be modified for the changes of the wire feed. The gas setting recommendation of 25-30 CFM is far too much, in most cases 15-20 CFM is enough.
A chapter about the change of liner and gas diffusor must be added.
The manual is well written and clear.
How it works? Very nicely. The wire feeding is strong and it's very easy with the sensitive potentiometers of amperage and wire speed to get the best tuning. Excellent penetration.
The spool gun looks at first sight cheapo, but it's a false impression, it's well made and works flawlessly. And yes it welds aluminum from 14 gauge to 1/4.
Small tricks:
- Use an oversized tip (035 for a 030 wire) and clean the aluminum with a SS brush and ethilic alcohol. Preheating to 300°F solves a lot of problems in big pieces.
- Argon can be used for welding SS, so no need for a trimix gas. Con: the heat affected zone will be greater.
- Drill bits of 025, 030, 035 and 040 are a good investment for maintaining the tips.
Tips and nozzles are common Tweco type you can find everywhere. The gun is the ordinary chinese standart, so you can get a longer one easily. But it's better to have a cart and to use the shortest possible gun...better wire feeding.
With a 30 day money back and a 3 years warranty, the risk is small...I think that this welder will last if the electronic components are of the same quality as the outside welder.
The welder uses only 23 measured Amps at max and a 25 Amp double breaker will be the good one. The 50 Amps plug is enormous, I changed it for 20 Amp industrial one as I need extensions.
The welder works as well as a 180T Lincoln.
And Eastwood has been very serviceable with all the complications of invoice, payment and shipping.