Chicago 90 amp flux core welder

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dirtsailor2003, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I see that Harbor Freight has the 90 amp Flux COre welder on sale this weekend for $89.99 (normally) $149.00. I am thinking about picking one up for doing small welds like those needed on some of the smokers I am building. I have looked at the reviews online and they seem to be pretty positive for the machine. I wouldn't be doing anything other than hobby work with it. The fiancee has a long list of "if you only had a welder" projects...
  2.  90 AMPS is not enough power to weld anything but the thinnest of material you would probably hate yourself in the morning
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    NoOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO............................ I would stay away from the off brand units, Try to buy something like lincoln, hobart or miller. If you cant and your budget is around 100 dollars . Look at Craigslist in your area.........look this one up.....HF Mig welder - $100 (South Eugene)
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  4. Don't do it Case!!!! I personally know 2 people that bought HF welders (despite several  warnings from friends  [​IMG])  & they both wish they had listened!  Trust me - you won't be happy with it if you buy it. I've worked on them & seen how they are built. The duty cycle is pathetic on them too. Joe gave you great advice - try to get a Miller, Hobart or Lincoln & you won't regret it  [​IMG]

    EDIT:  Oh yeah - the 2 guys that bought the HF welders both ended up getting Millers shortly after trying unsuccessfully to get the Chicagos to do what they needed...
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

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