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Old 06-12-2005, 08:41 PM
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Mastercraft Mig welder? Canadians eh

i am i need of a welder and see Candian tire has a Mastercraft Mig onsale for $350 with everything but gas. i currently have a mastercraft ARC non gas wich is a pain in the ... to weld sheet metal with, or anything.

-70 A wire-feed welder
-Infinite wire speed control
-High-efficiency transformer
-Includes wire-feed welder, gas regulator, gas hose, two hose clamps, welding shield, one spool of flux-core wire, hammer/brush, quick-start guide and instruction manual
-Uses MIG (gas) or flux-core (gasless) wires
-Heat selection dial with four settings



does anyone have one of these? is it a diff welder with mastercraft logo on it? please give me your thoughts about it, thinking about picking one up. im a student so i cant really afford a lincoln or similar high brand.

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You wont be able weld anything really above like a 1/16 but it should work for body panels and such, kinda looks like a cambell hausfeld mig
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At least with Crappy Tire you can get the Canadian Tire money for gas. Try to get a 220 volt welder and try to get the biggest one you can afford
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it's a bottom feeder

The cable has a tendancy to kink and cause the wire to get stuck.
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forgot to say i also only have 120volt power.

the mastercrafter welder says it welds upto 3/16

it ethier this welder or a lincoln that has 10 more amps i believe and is double the price
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i wish canadian tire sold gas here!
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I bought a flux core Lincoln at CTC on sale for $299 last year.....keep an eye out in the flyers. Good for sheet metal, but thats about it. I have an old buzz box for the bigger jobs.
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canadian tire

That welder is on sale this week until Thursday.
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i wish canadian tire sold gas here!
Where abouts in victoria are you jared. Its cool to see another kid from the island on here.

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I was tempted to buy that welder. If it is at Crappy Tire then you know it will be on sale for the same price sooner or later.
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actually if you just go to the customer service desk and ask, you can get it for the sale price after the sale was over... i buy somehting and 2-3 weeks it goes on sale like my clutch kit and i took in my recipt and got $23.

jut thought i would let ya know, not many people relize you can do that
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i am i need of a welder and see Candian tire has a Mastercraft Mig onsale for $350 with everything but gas. i currently have a mastercraft ARC non gas wich is a pain in the ... to weld sheet metal with, or anything.
I am not familiar with that brand, but if you already spent some money on one welder and are looking for another, I would suggest getting one that you won't need to upgrade later. I have and highly recommend the Miller brand. I currently have a Millermatic 175, and I love it. I have welded 1/4 plate with no problems at all. It is a 230V machine with an output rating of 130 A at 20 VDC, 30% Duty Cycle with 3/16" mild steel. It will do shielded or flux core, and is infinitely adjustable.

At some point you have to get what you can use. In the long run you will save lots of money. I purchased mine online (not ebay) for about $650 US.
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Don't buy it! My wife works for CTC. They are part time welders, I took a look at one and they are as stated like a cambell hausfeld mig, or Chic Electric.
I posted asking about the Mig Pac 10 a few days ago. I just picked up a Hobart 140 for 635$ WITH TAX yesterday from Praxair. What it with 230 welders. I spoke to a few military welders here, and the military has bought 110/115s for yrs also. The old Mat Tech (military body man/welder), told me that most good 115 welders will weld up to 3/4" if you use a double pass and gave me a demo before I desided on one.
It was with a HH135 they use for field work. They have every yhing from Millers to Lincs in the shop. Yes they have BIG multi-machines, but use one of the smaller ones. Damn they have this one to weld up the tanks and bridges, it's a big as a freight train. It welds Mig,Tig, Arc, Ox/As, spot and will double side using a magnetic plate on the reverse side, all in one pass.
He even told me even the Mig Pac 10 was a good lil machine, if used right.
If you have the bucks pick up a DVI one. If I had the money, thats what I would have bought.
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The cable has a tendancy to kink and cause the wire to get stuck.
So, you own one of these? I'm interested because they are on sale now for $299.00CDN! I do 99% of my welding on sheet metal, and would like to have a machine with reversable polarity for overhead work, and this appears to have that feature (my Practic 120 doesn't). I only hobby weld, and have a good beefy stick machine for the really odd BIG jobs.
If you could please elaborate a bit we'd be grateful, as you're the only one here that actually has one. Did the OP buy one last June, and if so, how does it work?
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My friend just bought one, seems to actually work okay but the wire it comes with is horible buy some real wire before even trying to weld.

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