Minimum Cash for Maximum Weld, MIG welding is one of the most common welding types for beginners to learn, and it’s flexible enough for both hobbyists and professionals to find useful. Touted for being a really easy process, most people can become fairly competent MIG welders with some basic instructions and a lot of practice. Although the most important things in MIG welding are going to be to use proper protection and work in a clean area, a good welder is important too, and they’re not all the same. Here are some of the Best Mig Welders For The Money.
8. Forney Easy Weld 261 140 FC-I Mig Machine, 120V, 140 AMP
Touting an 8′ gun and an equally long ground clamp, the Forney Easy Weld Mig Machine seems to be everything the name claims. It has both a 20A and 15A adapter and plugs into a 110V. It’s not a gas-compatible, using only flux-core wire, and it doesn’t come with gas either. It does come with a single spare tip and is durable and easy to carry, and is specially designed to be used with both a 2lb and 10lb spool of wire. Some people even pack it around on their motorcycles! Absolutely an easy welder for a novice to work with.
7. SUNCOO 130 MIG Welder Flux Core Wire Automatic Feed Welding Machine
Good for work on thin steel and iron, this one has an adjustable speed control in the form of a rotary knob. It comes with a spool of welding wire and the gun, a hand-held shield and a brush. The length of the torch cord on this is longer than most, just over 13′ which gives it a larger range than most in the list, and uses flux to prevent oxidation. It doesn’t use gas, but among the easy to read surface, it does have a convenient overheating light to warn of overuse.
6. Lotos MIG140 Aluminum Gas Shielded Welding with 2T/4T Switch
This Lotos features two digital displays and adjustable wire feed, plus a quick connector for the ground cable. No spool gun is included for aluminum welding, but it does come with the gas hose and argon regulator, two contact tips, a 2T/4T switch and an 8′ gun cord. It works on 110V and can hit a maximum output of 140 A.
5. LOTOS MIG175 175AMP Mig Welder with FREE Spool Gun
Notable for use with steel, aluminum and other metals, the Lotos welder can be set up ready to use within 10 minutes. The welder comes with a spool gun, a torch stand, regulator, a hand shield and a few other extra parts. It accepts 4″ and 8″ spools for wire, but unfortunately it only works on 220v. Good for both beginners and intermediate welders who want to weld a large variety with one system.
4. Hobart Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder
Unlike some others, this particular welder is capable of dual-voltage with a 10′ MVP plug so that the wielder can find a plug just about anywhere. There are seven different voltage settings to get just the right temperature needed, and built in gas solenoid valve and regulator with a gas hose. The gun hose and work cable are both 10′, providing a large operating area. A pretty good beginner’s machine.
3. Lincoln Electric K2185-1 Handy MIG Welder
This little Lincoln has a 8′ lead from the tip of the torch to where it hooks into the base, giving an individual room to maneuver as required while they work. It comes with two spools of wire, one for flux welding and one for use with gas, and though it doesn’t come with gas it does come with a regulator. It also comes with a brush, but the helmet included with this welder is the same as the previous welder, a hand-held shield that does not automatically darken.
2. Super Deal Black Commercial MIG 130
Designed with the user in mind, this MIG has a variable feed speed control and weighs only 38 pounds altogether. It comes with a reel of 0.9mm, 0.55lbs welding wire, a protection mask and a brush/chipping hammer combo. The torch is a 2.5M, has two extra tips, and a ground wire 5ft long. The plug cord is 6ft, and the torch line is 5ft as well. Unfortunately the mask it comes with is a shield as opposed to a proper facemask, requiring one hand to hold it constantly, but the welder itself can be used right out of the box.
1. Forney Easy Weld 299 125FC Flux Core Welder
Capable of using both 2 and 10 pound spools and welding 1/4 inch down to 24 gauge wire, this particular welder comes with a wire brush, a couple of tips, and a small spool of wire right in the box. It’s got a six foot electric cord, doesn’t require gas or a battery, and produces some fairly decent welds with a little bit of practice, though it does have a good bit of splatter.