FWIW, I just got a refurbished Campbell Hausfeld 225A/220V stick welder
from Amazon for $125, with free shipping. It's comparable to the
classic Lincoln stick welder in specs. It got pretty beat up during
shipping (poorly packed from CH), but Amazon made it right (let me know
if you want more details). I added the 50A 220V circuit this weekend in
about 20 minutes (first time doing that). The welder works great, lots
of power, smooth arc, infinitely adjustable output amps.
I quickly repaired a massive 1/2" chip in my pick-axe, just for a test
project. At 160 amps, I accidentally instantly melted a section right
off the blade, but the repair worked fine at about 90 amps. Like I
said, plenty of power. It should be enough power to butt weld 3/8"
steel in one pass.
Here's the welder:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
The maintenance shop at work.
Tack welding ( no grinding), butt or single angle welds Cup of coffee
Watertight welds up to 10", metals over 1/2" thick Six Pack
Go cart chassis from tubular steel, major repairs Full case,
and not that Lite crap.
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