Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun

Eastwood MIG Welder 175 Amp with Spool Gun

Product Review (submitted on October 13, 2013):

First of all let me say, it is nice having a outlet such as Eastwood where you can pretty much do a one stop shop for about anything automotive. A little about me so you know this review is real. I am a professional guide on the west side of Kodiak island AK, I grew up on the east coast either behind the wheel of a hot rod or blasting the back roads on a motorcickel. Rusteration was my job so I am no dummy with it comes down to building and tinkering on things. Being remoter you have to do all your own repairs, I thought I did my home work comparing Mig welders. I need something that will weld aluminum, all my boats are aluminum. OK down to the nuts and bolts.. I chose the Eastwood 175 MIG with spool gun welder because of it's over all offering. I didn't want to pay a big price for a welder that would be setting around most of the time, but I need something that will work when it needs to work. Out of the box Argon wouldn't shut off on my Eastwood Mig 175. I tried everything no luck. I had to weld so burned up a $500. bottle of argon with just 3 spools of wire and still didn't get the job done so bolted the project together. Eastwood sent me a new gas solenoid, after several months I had time to swap it out so I could finish my boat project. No luck, same issue gas won't shut off. So after several emails, ( because i have no phone) I get word from one of my customers in seattle WA that was shipping some freight up to me that I have a package from eastwood at the freight company? Seems Eastwood so kindly send me a new stiinger/toarch for my welder. Even though it is the spool gun I am using. I had to have the welder drop shipped to Seattle WA back when I bought it because Eastwood wouldn't ship to Alaska? Ok I get the stinger even though I need a spool gun, I make it to a phone and can't get anyone to talk to me, so have to go back to email. Once I get someone to respond they say they can't ship to my po box because I had the welder shipped to Seattle?? Ok what ever send me a new spool gun. Ok, So the spool gun goes to Seattle, I have my customer/friend pick it up and mail it to me. WEE-HAWW I am all excited finally get to finish my boat project. All dressed up, so excited to finally finish this project. WTF!!! Same thing, gas won't shut off when finger isn't on the trigger. I have been asking eastwood via email for a wiring schematic for this MIG 175 so I can trouble shoot it, for over 6 months now with no response. I have been emailing Eastwood, customer service, tech help and the President for a month with no response.. WTF. This is why I titled this All Fluff! seems Eastwood will be all fluffy and nice at first, then throw you a bone to get you to go away, but when it comes down to standing behind there product when you have a real issue. They are no where to be found.. I think this Mig can do the job? I rate this Eastwood MIG 175 with spool gun at 1 star for quality, price and Value because it's worth nothing when it don't work!! Spend the $ and buy a real welder. I will let you know if Eastwood comes around and helps me resolve this issue. Sounds like you were Lucky Doug. Stay tuned in for my review up date. ~Steele~