Thread: HF Welder help
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:39 PM
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Default Re: HF Welder help

Originally Posted by 2door View Post
One thing to keep in mind guys when purchasing the less expensive welder is any repairs that might ever be needed. Many welder repair places won't touch the HF/Wally World/Auto parts store welders. Parts are hard to come by if not impossible to find and the electrical components are not designed for long life.
As long as it works for you and you're not trying to do production work (making a living) with the low priced equipment you'll be good. Casual hobby stuff? Your HF welder should do you proud.
As for proper wiring. My advice, get an electrician to do it for you and have an invoice from him to cover your butt if anything ever goes wrong. Your home owners insurance could be null and void if they find that a fire was caused by faulty/amature wiring.
And if they will work on your stuff be prepared to get stabbed in the wallet. I burned out the thermosistor in my Century welder. Took it to Norco to be repaired. All they did was bypass the thermosistor, cut the 2 wires going to it and spliced them together and charged me $170!! I was stunned and paid it, thinking later I should have told them to stuff it and got a new one from HF.

Oh, well. It still works anyway
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