80 Amp Inverter Stick Welder

Discussion in 'Welding' started by rbstern, May 20, 2019.

  1. rbstern

    rbstern Administrator Staff Member

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    Aug 24, 2017
    HF is phasing these out in favor of the new Titanium stick welder, so I took advantage of the $129 clearance price and grabbed one, along with some 1/16" and 3/32" welding rods. Had a 30% coupon that knocked the price down on the welding rods (coupon was for under $10 items).

    Did a couple of projects so far and have been pretty happy with the results. As long as you don't ask too much of it, it works and produces neat welds. Got pretty comfortable welding 1/8" stock with it. Struggled a bit more with 3/16" stock, and the 3/32" rods are tough to keep from sticking, but it does work. The inverter setup does a decent job of minimizing spatter. Produces neater welds than the Chicago Electric MIG welder I've had for a while now. The MIG welder is capable of welding heavier stuff, but the downside is sloppy welds from the inevitable the splatter of the AC current.

    It's also insanely portable. It's a tiny little box, smaller than a 2 slice toaster. Definitely worth having around.

    Last edited: May 20, 2019
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