Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun
Product Review (submitted on September 23, 2010):
I have had my old Millermatic 180 die on me. I have been meaning to get a spool gun add-on for it before it died, but it seemed rather pricey. I saw this EW unit on eBay while I was searching for a spool gun to see if it was worth repairing my Miller and saw the price was WITH a welder?! So I ended up purchasing the EW unit with spool gun. Trying this thing out the second I got it with 75/25 AR/CO2 and wow. It took a couple of tack bead tests to get the settings right on my work area, and it seems to weld so smoothly! I then switched to AR 100 gas and put a roll of SS316 in to play with, and it's just as easy and smooth. My Miller was never this easy on me. It usually took a lot of tweaking with duty, feed, and gas volume to get things right. So now to test the spool gun on a piece of old cast aluminum with AR 100. At first I kept getting burn backs, but just pulled the gun further back for a longer stick out (1/2-3/4") and turned the gas up. Now it was just spraying into the weld. From my view I can just see a big cone from the tip of the wire and on the work surface it just turns into a puddle. Taking my mask off revealed a beautiful aluminum weld with full penetration on 3/8" cast aluminum (suspension knuckle piece). This is my first time trying aluminum or a spool gun. I turned down the duty and got some nice aluminum piping welded together for my inter-cooler. This welder made me forget about my Miller on day one. First timer welders or experienced welders will not be disappointed by this thing. The only thing I noticed was the cables are rather short compared to my Miller. No big deal, because I have the unit propped on my work cart and roll it around close to the work area anyway.