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Bunk
04-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Well I was looking for a nice 110 volt mig welder for awhile. I looked at Lincoln, Miller, Hobart, Century, Clarke, etc... Checked prices for awhile and found a Clarke 130EN kit. It's a 130 amp Mig welder gasless/gas that comes as a kit that includes the welder, cart, valve for gas welding, helmet and some tools and 2 spools of wire. I have seen prices here locally for $499. Eastwood company had it for $439. Best price on Ebay was $389 plus $50 shipping. A week ago I checked one of the flyers in our newspaper and Fleet Farm had the exact kit for $359. So I took a 100 mile ride to buy it. Found out that if I sign up and get a Fleet Farm card that I get 10% off my first purchase, 90 days no payments no interest. So ended up paying $324 for it plus tax. So all in all I was pleased with the price. I have only had a chance to do a little bit of welding so far and it has performed great. Now I just need to get and auto darkening helmet.

Here is a link to the kit on the Eastwood site to see what the kit is like
http://www.eastwoodco.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1287&itemType=PRODUCT

Kyle

Edit: Well I broke down and just ordered a Auto Darkening welding helmet. Searched around and found a fair deal at Northern Tool. With 147 positive reviews I assume it's a pretty good one. Plus no batteries to worry about.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200311850_200311850

dharouff
04-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Since the hood say solar powered. let it sit out in the sun or someplace bright. I took one new out of the box, put it on, went to weld and it didn't darken. Thought something was wrong with the hood, no just the operator. It needs to be charged before you use it.

Bunk
04-27-2008, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the heads up. It only has been sitting in a box its whole life but I probably would have forgot about letting it a get a charge first. Usually it's something so obvious that gets forgotten.

Kyle

Richie Rich
04-27-2008, 10:58 PM
That's a nice looking welding setup. I like the cart.

It's interesting to note that it's made in Italy at a time when most things seem to be coming from Asia.

Let us know how you like it.

.....Richie >>

TheKid
04-27-2008, 11:12 PM
For those of us who only need the welder, here's a link:

http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/WE6523.html

They also have packages, but at a higher price than $359 for everything. The nice thing about this welder is that it takes 10# spools without having to buy an adapter. Flux core usually sells for about $10 a pound. Buying 10# spools comes to about half price, and you don't lose 6 or 8 feet of wire every time you use 2 lbs. Compare. The first link is for 10#, the second for 2#

http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/71TGS03010.html


http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/71TGS03002.html

And the savings for MIG wire:

http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/S602311.html

http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/S602302.html

Bunk
05-06-2008, 09:35 AM
Well I have only had a little bit of time to play around with my Clarke 130EN welder. It works nice so far. I got tired of flipping the helmet all the time so I picked up an autodarkening helmet. Wow what a great item to have for welding. You see exactly where you start and instantly it goes dark when you strike your arc. Some of these helmets are expensive and I was hesitant to buy a cheap one on ebay. After seeing all the positive reviews on one helmet I had to buy it. The price was right at $49.99 from Northern Tool. The only reviews that had anything negative was that the headband was the problem because it wasn't comfortable to wear all day. But for us hobby guys that shouldn't be a problem. Granted a Miller autodarken helmet is one of the best and is made for the production welder. But at $250 it's almost the cost of my welder.

Here is a link to the helmet I bought
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200311850_200311850

Kyle