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    Harbor Freight - Worth it?

    http://www.harborfreight.com/240-vol...der-66787.html

    Will this get the job done for a hobbyist wannabe gunplumber?

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    It will work just fine... I have seen one used to build tons of guns and was still running before put out of service....

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    Keep in mind that is 220V... I have wired a spare 220v plug straight from my braker box for a welder or a big air compressor, but most homes will only have 220 outlets for the dryer and stove, and sometimes the water heater. You may want to look into what it would cost to get you wired up to run that thing if you don't have a spare 220 plug. Wiring can get REALLY expensive REALLY fast.

    If its just small stuff, a 110v Mig welder would probably be the better option IMO. I can't think of anything really in the gun world that would need more than 110v.
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    Recommendations from Harbor Freight? I'm only going to be doing a few projects.

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    From Harbor Freight, I have no recommendations... Normally, I'm all for going the cheap route... Unfortunately the ONLY good thing I can say for Harbor Freight is that they will take ANYTHING back on return. I will occasionally buy mechanics tools from them if I'm in a pinch, but have never had anything electric from there that wasn't a giant turd. I broke one of their sawzalls in less than 5 minutes, and a drill almost as quick.

    I'd look on Craigslist for a used Mig Welder made by Lincoln, Miller, Hobart... I've seen some really good deals in my area on welders. As always, YMMV, but Harbor Freight is what it is... a cheap tools supplier. Sometimes you get a good working tool, sometimes it only lasts 5 minutes. I got tired of breaking and returning stuff especially when I moved further away from the one that used to be REALLY close to my house.
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    i have had good luck with the welders ,chargers and few other tools, just keep in mind that what you pay for it does'nt make it last 25 yrs. I always assume it's good for a yr or two after that just buy another one.

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    I don't have experience with the wire flux welders, but someone recently told me, that the gasless welding (the flux type) was not as good. For Stormfront's and my info, is this true???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperpuncher View Post
    I don't have experience with the wire flux welders, but someone recently told me, that the gasless welding (the flux type) was not as good. For Stormfront's and my info, is this true???
    Your welds won't look nearly as nice as with gas, and will be more porous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weasel_master View Post
    Your welds won't look nearly as nice as with gas, and will be more porous.
    Thanks for the info...

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