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New welder!

I have been looking for something slightly more powerful than my 8 year old Lincoln 90A Mig, something that can weld .188 on gas, single pass without breaking a sweat on a standard 15A/20A wall outlet. Something that CAN weld .25 with flux core on single pass. Oh yeah, wanted to avoid spending almost a grand... :lol: I came across a company that produces welders and torches, not familiar with their stuff, but the reviews I have read seemed promising and for the value, I said what the heck! They claim the machine can burn .313 on flux in a single pass in their literature, i'll be happy with good penetration on .188 and .250 using flux.

I ordered a 125A Gas Ready Mig that uses standard Tweco handles/tubes and is spool gun ready. I'm hoping it's not a turd, i'll do a review when it comes. Here's the breakdown of what I picked up and price.

KDAR Hot Max 125A gas ready welder -Spool gun ready - 215.00 on promotion at Amazon
KDAR Hot Max Spool Gun - 123.00
KDAR Hot Max Flux Nozzles x3 9.00

For less than 350 bucks this should be a pretty nice set up.

Link.

www.amazon.com/Hot-Max-125WFG-Ready-Welder/dp/B00440DV80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345927912&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+max+125wfg
 

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Dumb question

What are the advantages of using the spool gun over the wire feed that's on the welder? I welded back in high-school way back when with a Mig welder but my most recent welding experience welding was with Tig. Would love to get a Tig setup but so dang expensive.
 

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R.I.P. Mr. Nibbles!
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Update...

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. :beer:
 

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Nice! Wanna come over and weld up about 50 small holes on the CJ for me? :bounce:

I regret selling my Hobart a couple years ago...

-WRM
 

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PM me Rich, we can probably work something out.
 
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