Got all the goods delivered. Spool gun showed up damaged, looks like Brown punted it a few times, pieces of plastic in the box that I couldn't figure out where from and something loose inside the gun so it went back. Welder came seperately and it was in pristine shape. Packaged well and definitely decent build quality. It is not a Hobart or Miller, but it isn't a total piece either. For 215 dollars you would be hard pressed to find a machine that is this well equipped. Anyways, on to the pictures.
Finally a complete welding rig, I have extra wire, magnets, brushes, and a decent cart. Not used to having everything in one place.
Decided to run it with the cheap flux crap wire it came with so if I didn't like it, I could just send it back spooled. Not bad at all on flux, 3/16" plate. Before anyone pipes up about the weld, I did ZERO clean up of the steel and hadn't even adjusted wire speed at all, just guessed and went at it. I wanted to see what it would do with the cards stacked against it. When I get ready to build my rear bare bones bumper, I will switch to gas and .030 wire.
Decent penetration. Definitely running hot enough for 3/16" which was my primary reason. Bumper time!
For the money, I am pretty pleased. Between the cart, the welder, and a new large view passive helmet, I am around 350 dollars into this set up. I would recommend this welder to anyone wanting to weld on skids or build their own plate steel bumper for sure.
One recommendation I would make, tie this unit to a non GFCI 20 amp outlet. I tripped the 15 amp breaker 2.5 inches into the first test weld on the plate steel. I will probably add a 20 amp in the garage and get a heavy duty extension cord to be able to weld outside.
I hope this adds another option for those on a budget trying to build our own junk.