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    Has anyone spent time with any of the up market welders HF has added to their line up?
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    Mig or Tig? After an experience with a garbage HF welder in a support truck I'll never buy one.

    I would spend a bit more time saving and buy a used Lincoln or Miller. I think I paid $1100 shipped for my little Miller 211 Mig brand new. Other than an o-ring going bad in in the trigger housing it's been flawless.
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    Either. I'm not referring to the old style welders that they still sell, but HF now has new "hi feature" ones.
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    I might be tempted on the tig on to do alum, $900. But prob can find a used machine blue/red for that. The 140 mig is same price I paid for the Hobart 140 few yrs back. But the do look like much better machines. I saw a review from one of the welding guru's online
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    You may have to cast a wider net to get more feedback, especially if these welders are fairly new, however . . .

    "If for any reason you are not satisfied with an item purchased from Harbor Freight Tools, you may return the product within 90 days for a full refund or replacement, whichever you prefer. The limited warranty term is 90-day beginning on the date of invoice. A 20% re-stocking fee may apply."

    Try it and return if if you're not satisfied. Give them grief (in front of a bunch of customers) if they try the "20% re-stocking fee" on you.

    Harbor Freight has been on a push lately to improve their products and compete on quality as well as price. As I've stated in previous posts, electronics from Japan and cars from Korea used to be regarded as "junk" and now they're some of the best products out there. The stuff from China is headed in the same direction.
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    When I was in HS (80s) I bought a HF welder called Uno-mig.

    It was crap compared to todays welders, but I still made all kinds of stuff with it. Just has to weld slow, but it did ok.

    The wire was live all the time! That's was fun.
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    I'm not in the market for a welder. Really, I was trying to contribute some activity on the site, and since I haven't been riding or working on buggies, I'd been wondering about these.
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    my neighbor has been considering one of the vulcans. spec looks decent compared to the old HF line, but the price is also up accordingly. For about the same one could grab a used miller or hobart or hit a miller dealer for a demo at the right time. One thing I do like about the new line is that they claim the gun, feed and liner will interchange with the cheap one they used to sell. I still have to add a capacitor to my cheap one and the liner sheath has already torn at the gun. I already upgraded the wiring in it but still don't like the hit on the initial arc.
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