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Old 10-13-2004, 04:24 PM
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solar mig welder

anyone know anything about solar 2160 mig welder? are they any good?

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Old 10-16-2004, 07:24 AM
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go to "Hot Rod search" then to "company rerview", see if there is any info there.


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Solar welders

Iam not 100% sure but I believe Solar welders were privately labeled and were manufactured by Century welders. I'm about 99% sure though.
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I borrowed one from a friend once. I was doing some welding on exhaust tubing. It has about a 3% duty cycle. A total piece of crap in my opinion as it took about 20 minutes to weld around the tube. Weld for a few seconds, wait for it to reset, weld for a few seconds.......


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Probably could only be used on a "Sunny" day ....just kidding
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I borrowed one from a friend once. I was doing some welding on exhaust tubing. It has about a 3% duty cycle. A total piece of crap in my opinion as it took about 20 minutes to weld around the tube. Weld for a few seconds, wait for it to reset, weld for a few seconds.......


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What welder and model did you borrow? If there was only 3% duty cycle, there was something wrong with that welder. Maybe it should have been checked out by a service center. I have used Centry welders, stick and mig both for 30 years. I have owned 4 different ones, 2 stick and 2 migs and never had a problem with them. The 2 I have now are used daily in my shop.
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yes solar is the name brand . the guy I bought it from said he bought from snap-on .
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Well the one I used only had a high and low setting for the voltage. It was also only rated at a 10% duty cycle according to the documentation that was with it. I assume that must have been on the low setting. I'm not sure what you could have welded on the low setting; maybe tinfoil?

It had the gas kit on it and I was using straight CO2 on it with the smallest wire (.023?). I'm sure it could have been something I was doing as I'm no expert, but I've used a lot of migs from the small ones to big ones and this one seemed worthless.

I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. Maybe there are other models (I can't remember the number) but if it is similar to what I described, I would pass on it.

Maybe I'm just too demanding though. I don't like any of the name brand 110V stuff either.

The only experience I have with Century is getting on the wrong end of one of their electric fence supplies :-)


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Well the one I used only had a high and low setting for the voltage. It was also only rated at a 10% duty cycle according to the documentation that was with it. I don't like any of the name brand 110V stuff either.

The only experience I have with Century is getting on the wrong end of one of their electric fence supplies :-)


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The welder you borrowed was a low end Solar 110v that was imported for them, I believe it was 40amps on the low setting and 65amps on the high setting, yes it was pretty much useless.
The Solar 2160 is a 130 amp welder and was designed for body shop use and I understand from a few people that it is a decent welder.
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