Bought a Harbor Frieght wire feed welder today.

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Re: Bought a Harbor Frieght wire feed welder today.

Postby undertakerman » Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:54 pm

I spend this morning at a friend of mine's house before I read the replies to this thread. He had bought a HF 90 Amp welder at a garage sale this pass weekend. He got the welder, hood, gloves and 2 rows of .030 Flux core wire and 2 .030 wire rows. The guy didn't have the manual that went with it. My friend got it all for $40.00. He said the guy started out at $80.00 for everything. But my friend got him down to $40.00. Its the same model like I had 3 or 4 years ago. We cleaned it up and we got a new revised manual off the HF site. I put .030 Flux core wire in it and set the output switch on LOW which is 63 to 68 Amps and set the wire speed at about 1.5 IPM per the manual and tried some sample welding on 18 and 16 Gauge. I did a butt weld with 18 to 18, a spot weld with 16 on 18, a spot weld on 18 to 18 and a lap weld with 18 on 18 and one with 16 on 18. Did tack welds, stitch welds etc. Well needless to say the HF 90 did okay. No burn throughs, a little spatter. I did have to adjust the IPM setting a couple of times. Its now set about 1.75 or 2. Overall I was pleased with the out come. If I were rating the unit now I would give it 2 1/2 or 3 Stars. :thup: :thup: :thup:
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Re: Bought a Harbor Frieght wire feed welder today.

Postby jhonlee2050 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:08 pm

it is a good deal with cheap price and equipment is good i would give it 3 out of 3 marks

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Re: Bought a Harbor Frieght wire feed welder today.

Postby hfdco4 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:47 am

I have run at least 12lbs of wire through my HF 90 mig. I have welded everything from 18ga to 1/4" and it has done it well. I am sure the Lincoln and Hobart are better, but for my money it has been great!
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