Take a look around your home workshop and you'll find dozens of reasons to pick up this reliable, well-built Lincoln Electric welder. With four output ranges, the Weld-Pak HD is one of the most versatile machines in its class. We've included virtually everything you'll need to weld mild steel with gasless, flux-cored wire electrode gun and cable assembly, work clamp and cable, welding hand shield, chipping hammer/brush, even a spool of our self-shielded flux-cored wire.
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96%of customersrecommend this product51 of 53reviews
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96%of customersrecommend this product51 of 53reviews
I have never been so pleased at buying a piece of equipment in my life. This thing is cool. I can weld stuff now for Pete sake. lol Spend an hour reading the manual for basic welding technics and your off.. I welded 1/8 inch metal to 1/4 inch without problems. Tested the welds with a 6 lb sledge all held fine. My wife may have to hide this thing from me or I may weld stuff she doesn't want welded. =D
I bought this for portability and convenience instead of having to drag a full size MIG and bottle around and for its 115V power requirement instead of 230V. Breaking it down, this is NOT a welder capable of butter smooth welds like using an actual MIG with an Argon blend. This is a wire feed unit so you should expect considerable spatter - because it uses flux core wire. Does it do the job? YES. It works well outside and in windy conditions. The welding "shield" that comes with it is CHINE5E junk as is the brush / hammer so toss these and get an auto darkening helmet. OVERALL this is a GOOD unit if you need a small welder for small jobs.
I gave this machine only 4 stars because I've never used a flux cored machine before and I'm not sure exactly what I have yet, but so far I'm very impressed. Everything that was supposed to be in the box was in the box. Everything worked fine and the instructions were easy to read. All machine parts are labeled in the owners manual so it's easy if you want to learn how to use this machine for beginners. I am a certified stick welder so I know what good looking welds are supposed to look like. I had no problems understanding the directions. I took my time and got used to the names of all the parts. I spent an hour reading through the manual and followed the step by step directions. So far, I am impressed with this machine. It looks to be built sturdy. I'll update again in 6 months or so. I think if the low quality shield and wire brush with the lenses were left out of this package, it would make this machine a better buy. I think any beginner needs 2 hands anyway and that shield requires you to hold it with 1 hand and that is a bit rediculous, and anyone who knows how to weld already has a good shield of their own. I would have liked to see no shield, no wire brush, and a cheaper price.
Pros: Lots of Features, Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Stylish, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design, what was supposed to be there was there., packed professionally., 1 extra tip., comes with wire and ready to weld right out of box, good for very thin metals.
Cons: cheap shield, cheap wirebrush and hammer, could have left those things out and reduced price, buy more tips when buying machine, buy more wire when buying machine., buy flux core pliars when buying machine., if you use different size wire buy parts too., machine is set up only for .035 wire not .030
So far I've used this to: - Extend bed rails to make a twin bed into a twin XL - Fix a drawer in a filing cabinet where a spot weld failed - Reattach a rod on the foot board of a wrought iron bed frame
The ability to do the latter surprised me. I thought it might be beyond the little machine's capability, as the iron rod was a good 3/8ths or more in diameter, and I was reattaching it to something even bigger than that. But it did the job just fine.
It's great that it uses 110V rather than 220V. My little work shed isn't wired for 220V, so this is a great option.
I'm a DIYer who hasn't welded anything for 30 years, and I was able to use this well enough after reading the manual and practicing a little.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design, uses 110v
I haven't welded in 20+ years but suddenly needed a welder after picking up blacksmithing as a hobby. I needed simplicity of use at a reasonable price. Looked at a LOT of welders, read all the reviews and finally decided on this one. I like that it runs on household current (though I did take the measure of having an electrician install a dedicated line for it in my shop), that it just requires wire instead of tanks, and that wire-feed welders are nearly (but not quite) point-and-weld.
Unboxing this, the only difficulty I had was initially getting the wire to feed through to the tip, after some trial and error and cursing it turned out there was a tiny kink in the wire - snipped it off and got it to feed properly. You should also follow the instructions to THE LETTER on placing the coil in for the first time, to prevent it from uncoiling all over you. I "sorta'" followed the directions the first time, and got a lap full of uncoiled wire. REALLY followed the directions and it held in the machine just fine. Also another tip, when you unwrap the cellophane and tape off the wire spool, HOLD ONTO THE WIRE or it will uncoil on you before you even get it to the machine to set up.
Like riding a bike, welding came back to me after a little bit of trial and error with the controls and settings. But basically, this truly is a point and weld machine. This past weekend I had a TINY little tack weld I needed to do, and the simplicity of rolling this thing out, plugging it in and going was just a DREAM. This is one of those "where has this thing been all my life" purchases, should have made it years ago even for just household stuff.
The accessories that come with this, beyond the wire and extra tip, are really pointless - they should be eliminated and the welder should be sold as a standalone item. The hammer/brush is flimsy and useless, the wires on the brush are so spread apart it renders it useless. The hold-up-to-your-face piece of a welding mask/helmet is just ridiculous, it MIGHT be something you'd hand a spectator to your welding, to protect them while you weld with an actual welding helmet on, but otherwise it's just a waste of space.
Overall, I'm just VERY pleased with this. I purchased a welding cart at another big box retailer because it was much less expensive than HD (sorry HD!), and that makes moving this around the shop super easy, as well as providing a space for storing my helmet, gloves and tools.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced welder, for quick and easy jobs around the house this is the right tool.
Pros: Easy to Use, Looks Great, Good Size & Weight
Bought one because i wanted to learn. I needed to weld in new floor pans and my exhaust in my 69 camaro SS. After a couple of practices I jumped right in. Easy to set up and even easier to use. Floor pans and exhaust came out perfect. Note... wear gloves after welding and picking up exhaust. Went on to weld a steel gate for my friends property and weld a steel deer stand for his father. Excellent product!!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
I was just purchasing some additional supplies and welding wire, and thought I'd give a review on this welder after a 14 months of working with it. I am a long-time welder, but do it only as a hobbyist/handyman around the house.
This is a great purchase for any home/hobbyist based on high-quality and affordable price. I have used it extremely reliably for past 14 months with zero problems whatsoever on projects, including restoration of my classic car, light utility fencing, and tons of house-hold projects, etc.
I have also gotten my teen son learning to weld by showing him how simple it is, beneficial as a skill and rewarding in results, and of course fun to do with this excellent product.
I strongly recommend this for anyone with metal projects (less than 3/16" in thickness, which is essentially most every household and automotive jobs).
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight
The WeldPak HD is a fantastic machine for light welding work. If used correctly it can actually weld up to 1/4" thick material. Spend a little extra time prepping the steel and weld from both sides.The duty cycle is what you need to pay attention to, it's only a light machine , so weld for 2 minutes and let it cool down for a little while , i have built a trolley to pull the unit around the shop, made it out of 1/8" and 1/4" mild steel and the machine worked perfect.
i work in a sign company, we have an argon\co2 welder that is good, but we needed a small one to just do welds around shop, and also sign frames. We got this, my boss thought about getting the $400 one, but HDepot was out of it atm. so we just got this little one and so far we've done most gauges of steel and iron, 1\8 inch steel, carbon steel, awnings, repairs onsite, etc. We have fairly skilled welders in our company but i'm not one of those, and after a few hints and guidance they thought my work was great, and couldn't believe this lil machine could do that. they also tested the welds too to see how strong it was, i.e. clamped it to a table and added around 250+Lbs, on the end, the steel tube bent before the weld broke, and it was on a newbie welders weld. Just go slow, and dont bother with the hand held mask.
I've had this welder for over a year and it welds good. I even use it to "cut metal" on 11 gauge I put it on high and slow the speed down and it burns through and that's how I use it as a cutter. I haven't had it over heat yet. Speed control can be finicky. Do some practice welds as burning through can happen real quick! Over all this was a great purchase . I paid 199.00 it was the floor model and didn't have the "flimsy helmet" so what. I always try to score the floor models because of the great savings !!
I decided it was time to learn to weld. So I bought this welder and taught myself to weld. I was surprised how easy it was to learn to weld. While not every weld I did in the beginning was pretty and many still aren't, I was able to pay for the welder on my second project. This welder has been great and has taught me well and I still use it for light projects. Gas welding is nice to have but I find I use the flux wire more than the gas. I'd highly recommend this for light welding jobs. I've welded up to 1/4" mild steel by welding from both sides. The welds have held. This welder is ideal for quick jobs on thin steel. I even managed to do a little aluminum welding with this welder but would recommend purchasing the aluminum feeding gun. I couldn't be happier with this little MIG welder and will never regret getting it.
For a home craftsman, this set is a REAL deal! Setup is a snap, and for a first time welder, I had the hang of it within about 20 minutes and maybe 5 feet of welding on some scrap. MIG is the way to go, and gasless is just as good as having the gas, in my opinion.
I have welded 1/8" Mild Steel with it, pretty heavy duty metal- it's welded right into it, no problems. The duty cycle can be annoying, 2 mins of use, 10 off, but that allows me more time to critique my work and setup for the next welds- for around the house, 2 minutes of welding will take care of most of your projects.
The provided brush as good, they give you plenty of flux too, but the "hand shield" is kind of cheap- I bought an actual welding helmet, ($20) glad I did too, sparks do go everywhere- wear a flightsuit or some kind of coveralls too, and some good tough Lincoln gloves, like $9. The hand shield is good for an observer to use to hold up to their face.
All in all, for a do-it-yourselfer, it's a great set and I'm sure it'll last me for years. I look forward to all the projects I can make with it.
Does a great job for a gasless welder. I would highly recommend this for small jobs or hobbies over even a decent quality stick welder. It has spatter, but still cleaner than my stick welder. I have done a number of home projects from hand rails, to hanging pot racks, and they have looked good. The only arguement I have is that it burns a little hot. Definately can't go wrong for the price if for nothing else. Jimmy
5 years so far, 6 sets of floor pans, body repairs, exhaust and numerous other projects. The best welder for the money. I have learned on this machine and will continue to use it. I recommend this welder for its ease of use and versatility. It can weld thick metal just practice.