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Old 10-17-2012, 08:32 PM
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I might have missed this in the discussion, but did anyone consider that the cheap Chinese-made similar welder was in fact a copy of the Lincoln and/or Eastwood. They do a lot of re-engineering of good products, producing a cheaper (inferior) copy. For example - I talked to the folks at Trique Mfg - they make bear claw latch kits for classic trucks. They used to buy the latch mechanism from a supplier - turns out the supplier started getting copies of the latches made in China. The Chinese latches were inferior, and would pop open. As soon as they realized this, they started manufacturing the latch in-house to insure the quality. The Chinese latches looked the same, but internally were made of inferior materials.
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