120 Volt Stick Welder

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Old 09-22-20, 09:49 AM
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120 Volt Stick Welder

I used to have a pretty big shop in the country with 240 volt service and a big Hobart AC/DC welder. However I have since moved to town and the little workshop I have now only has 120 volts. I really don't want to go to the trouble and expense to run 240 volts out to it since I don't do much welding anymore. I'm looking at this little welder and wondered if anybody else has had any experience with one. The reviews are good and 160 amps will handle anything I need. I forgot to mention I DO NOT want a flux core mig welder. Thanks.

Amico ARC-160D, 160 Amp Stick ARC IGBT Inverter DC Welder 115/230 Dual Voltage Welding Soldering

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Old 09-22-20, 11:06 AM
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130 amps when operated off 120 volts is pretty useful amperage especially with 80% duty cycle. For $150 it's hard to go wrong. Then once you have a welder in the garage you have a perfectly good excuse to get a beer, I mean welding rod storage fridge.
 
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Old 09-22-20, 11:33 AM
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Put the fridge in as soon as I moved in. If it ever quits I might use it for welding rod storage. Until then I guess I'll be forced to keep beer in it.
 
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Incorporates advanced IGBT inverter technology with superior arc characteristics and has excellent arc stability. 80% duty cycle at 160 amps ensures long time welding and the machine can still work normally with an extended power cord up to 700 feet.
Sounds too good to be true. After you use the welder.... give us a review.
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Will do. It's supposed to be here in about 3 days.
 
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Old 09-23-20, 03:07 AM
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I bought a similar 120 volt welder from harbor freight and salvage close to 40 yrs ago and it's worked well although you did need to be mindful of the duty cycle. I still have it although it's seldom used these days - basically only if I need to weld something away from my shop/barn.
 
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I have a Hobart 210MVP that will do 230v or 120v. I found out VERY quickly that operation on 120v requires a 10 gauge extension cord and a 20 amp circuit single outlet. (no other loads). Plugging it into a 15 amp circuit is just a waste of time. It can be done you will learn patience. Whole lot of push missing on 120v.
 
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Old 09-23-20, 05:32 PM
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THANKS. I'm going to give it a trial run on a 120volt 20 amp circuit and I will let yall know what happens.
 
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Old 09-27-20, 08:27 AM
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Well I got the welder yesterday and returned it yesterday. I don't have a 240 volt receptacle in my shop so I used the adapter and plugged it into a 120 volt 20 amp receptacle. On my first pass on some 1/4" plate I used a 3/16" 7014 rod with the heat set at 80 amps. I ran about a 4" bead and I couldn't believe how well it did - a near perfect weld. I said "I'm gonna LOVE this little welder.

Next pass I tried it was a total disaster. The arc started easily and ran about 2-3 seconds before stopping, just about right for a tack weld. Time and time again it did the exact same thing - arc would start, arc would stop.. I did not have any 6010 or 7018 rods to try, only the 7014s and some 6011's, both new rods. I tried the 6011s and it was worse, barely started to arc before it shut off. The overload light never flickered. I'm pretty sure that wasn't the problem. The arc would start back immediately, almost like somebody was flipping a switch off, on, off, on. I know 6011s are ac rods but I've welded with them on dc many times before. I tried amps from 40 to 160 and turned the arc force adjustment from low to high. Same result. I got aggravated and boxed it back up and took it to UPS with an Amazon return label.

In retrospect, I wish I had gone and got some 7018's to try and I wish I had reversed the polarity on the 7014s to try that. Oh well, it's gone now. After reading a LOT of reviews on these cheap little welders I decided to try an Amico one more time. I really think something went haywire with this one because of the first near perfect weld. The one I ordered has been around a long time and has a lot of satisfied users. It's just like the one I returned except it does not have the arc force adjustment. As far as I could tell it didn't do anything anyway. It'll be a few days before I get the new one and I'm gonna pick up some 6010 and 7018 rods in the meantime. I'll post my review on the next one soon. Thanks.
 
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Old 10-02-20, 06:54 PM
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Well, after waiting a week for FedEx to deliver my new welder (they must still use mules and wagons) I got my Amico Arc-165 today. I haven't done a lot of welding with it but I made a few passes with 6011, 7014 and 7018 rods on some 1/4" plate today and it did exceptionally well. Most folks say this welder does much better on 230 volts but after trying it on 115 and 230 I honestly couldn't tell a whole lot of difference. I've got a feeling I may notice a difference on higher amperages, bigger rods and thicker material but for what I do I think it'll do great. I just hope it continues to do what it did today. For $139 I think it's a real bargain..
 
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