Eastwood MIG Welder 135 Amp

Eastwood MIG Welder 135 Amp

Product Review (submitted on November 10, 2012):

I purchased this Eastwood MIG based on it's very positive reviews. I am a novice welder and figured this would be a good start up unit. I added gas to the unit and here is my review.

PROS: You get a lot for you money ($299) compared to other units (Lincoln, Hobart)

The instructions are complete and easy to follow.

The unit lays down a good bead and does well on autobody sheet metal.

CONS: Despite purchasing the Eastwood spot welding kit, The MIG 135 doesn't cut it. I spent a good 2 hours manipulating the controls trying to get a spot weld. I DID drill a 3/16 pilot hole in the facing metal. The weld looked and sounded great, lots of penetration, but no adhesion. My best guess was that the unit does not have the power to combine the metals (16G)

Also, I replaced the supplied solid core wire with a thicker Lincoln spool. The Lincoln spool does not match up to the Eastwood axle. I had to use a homemade spacer to get it to work.

Summary: I would still buy this unit again, IF I didn't need to do any spot welding.