Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun
Product Review (submitted on November 16, 2012):
Purchased welder not initially for automotive use, but rather to weld 3/16 steel on a custom made fence. I began project in one of my friends commercial welding shops using his big Lincoln machine--he retired before I finished leaving me without a welder. So far, I have used 10 small rolls of wire and half way through a large roll, two bottles of argon mix--and all I can say is this welder is awesome. When compared to my friends commercial welder, I couldn't notice any difference on 3/16 steel, if anything, I think the striker trigger was more controllable on the Eastwood. The instructions that come with the unit--and the videos set the standard for all tool manufacturers--they are top-notch and simple to follow. If I had any complaints; the first isn't related to Eastwood, but rather the shipper--the box is kind of heavy and they smashed two units--Eastwood sent out new ones right away--the last one they only broke a door hinge and Eastwood sent me out an entire new door (great customer service). My last desire is that the striker hose was longer--maybe 10-12 foot long instead of the 8 foot. I have yet to use the spool gun, but I keep looking around the shop for something aluminum to break so I can try it out. All in all, this welder performs just like the big boys, but as it is equipped, costs half the price, and has better warranty.