MIG Welder

Cheap MIG Welder

| January 6, 2017
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I bought a cheap MIG 130 Welder off of Amazon. There are a ton of things around the property I frequently want to weld, or at least tack weld. Whether its a cage or fencing material, a part on a BBQ, a custom bolt head, a gate latch, or automotive related stuff, like the cargo carrier we used on the back of the Jeep Wrangler to haul out my girlfriend’s Elk last hunting season.

There always seems to be something that could use a weld, even if its a marginal one done by yours truly. I decided to be cheap. I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for, but I’m not trying to do large jobs, so the FDS MIG 130 Welder from Amazon should get the job done.

I unpackaged the welder and looked at what was included. The build quality of the welder seemed fine, but the included instructions, brush and mask were crap. Which is to be expected at the price point. A couple extra welding tips and fuses were included. Everything smelled like it had machine oil on it, like when you buy a cheap air gun, and the styrofoam packaging seemed to melt while in contact with the cables of the welder. It left a white patterned residue that you can see in the photos. Perhaps there is a petrol based finish on things that melted the foam, and that would make sense from the smell.

The FDS MIG 130 Welder checked out fine upon visual inspection. So Installed the flux core wire spool, and got ready to do some welding. I grabbed a completely unprepared pieces of 1/8″steel angle, and tack welded it to 1″ steel square tubing. The tack weld is as shitty as one could make, as I needed to get used to the speed of the wire feeder, holding the mask, and power settings.

Sure I made a crappy looking weld, but it worked, and I was pleasantly surprised that the FDS MIG 130 welder managed to do the job. For 100 dollars, its seems like it should do what I need it to do, and I’m actually looking forward to finishing some projects with it.

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