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Have had a harbor freight $90 90 amp flux core welder for a while.
It is ok but not impressive.
Just got a $200 Eastwood 135 mig and am very impressed.
Have just run flux core wire so far. It lays down a nice bead.
Fully adjustable voltage and wire speed.
Came with regulators and hoses for shielding gas.
No tank yet but will get one.
I did stick welding for several years in a few nuclear power plants in the central USA. Certified welder. Have a good dc welder in the garage .
Was not into mig but this machine is changing my mind.
Anyone else into mig welding?
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Harbor Freight mig is a crap shoot. Most I've heard hate them although some have had good luck with them. I'll say this. If you can learn to lay a bead with the HF POS then you'll really enjoy ANY other's. I use a Lincoln 180 after I happily trashed the HF POS I had. The heat was not controllable, the wire feed was dodgy and sporadic. I don't use gas bottles with mine since Flux takes care of most everything I do at home even though it's capable.
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I love gasless flux core wire. My little Lincoln 180 with .035 wire can weld about anything. Even 3/4" thick plate for hydraulic cylinder bracket. Lincoln NR211 in 10 pounds spool is my favorite. With regular GMAW with solíd wire and gas, a 140 can only go shorts circuit, might end up with lack of fusion. The flux core on negative electrode give a very good penetration.
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I also use Pam cooking spray on my joints before welding them. It helps stop the spatter and produces a cleaner looking weld. Plus I like the smell afterwards. An old gunsmith gave me that one. You just simply weld through it.
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Or pay 15 dollar a can for that soy lecythin that welder outlet sell, same stuff.
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Just got a $200 Eastwood 135 mig and am very impressed.
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When you get a bottle and ditch the flux core wire it's a whole new ballgame. I ran a spool of flux core through one of my Miller's and it was ok, but solid wire with argon co2 is much cleaner and more consistent.
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Solid wire and gas is only more consistent in lack of fusion compare to FCAW. IMO
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I also use Pam cooking spray on my joints before welding them. It helps stop the spatter and produces a cleaner looking weld. Plus I like the smell afterwards. An old gunsmith gave me that one. You just simply weld through it.

Good advice. Thank you.
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