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Tweco Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181

Code: W1003181

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Mfg Industrial Price: $1,091.00
Cyberweld Price: $893.00



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Tweco® Fabricator® 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181

The Tweco® Fabricator® 181i is a MIG welder, Stick welder and TIG welder in one. With 180 amps of MIG welding output and 175 amps of Stick/TIG welding output, the 181i easliy covers the most common welding applications.

Processes
  • MIG (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored (FCAW)
  • DC Lift TIG (GTAW)
  • STICK (SMAW)

    Applications
    Automotive Repair & Customization
    Farms & Ranches
    Training Institutions
    Maintenance & Repair
    Sheet Metal & Light Fabrication
    On-site & Portable Welding Applications
    Home Hobbyists (DIY)



    Features
  • Three Process Capability: MIG (GMAW/FCAW), STICK (SMAW), TIG (GTAW)
  • Infinite Voltage Control with optimized starting performance
  • Inductance Control for arc stability and spatter control
  • Tweco MIG Gun w/12 ft. cable and industry standard #4 connection
  • Durable Metal Feed Plate features 2 roll drive system, quick change reversible drive rolls and easy-to-set single scaled wire tension knob
  • 4" or 8" Spool Capacity allows easy installation of wire spool sizes
  • Spool Gun ready.
  • Adjustable Burnback Control
  • Adjustable Arc Force Control for optimum STICK electrode performance
  • Built in Hot Start for easy arc starting.
  • Lift TIG Start with OPTIONAL TIG torch: Provides TIG arc starting without use of high frequency
  • Downslope: Eliminates the crater that can form at the completion of a weld





    Comes complete with
  • Fabricator 181i Multi-Process Welder
  • Victor Argon Regulator/Gauge &
  • 10 ft. (3m) Hose
  • Tweco WeldSkill 200 Amp Electrode
  • Holder with 13 ft. (4m) Lead
  • 12 ft. Tweco® Fusion™ 180 Amp MIG Gun
  • Bonus Contact Tips (1 each):
    .023 (0.6mm)
    .030 (0.8mm) Installed
    .035 (0.9mm)
  • Tweco WeldSkill 200 Amp Ground
  • Clamp with 10 ft. (3m) Lead
  • Operator’s Manual & Set-up DVD
  • Drive Rolls:
    .023" - .030" (0.6mm - 0.8mm) V Groove Installed
    .023" -. 035" (0.6mm - 0.9mm) V Groove
    .030" - .035" (0.8mm - 0.9mm) for Flux Cored Wire
  • 4 General Purpose Stick Electrodes (E6013)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • 9 ft. (2.75m) Power Cord and NEMA
  • 6-50P 230V AC Plug (not shown)




    Get a $75 mail-in, cash back rebate AND FREE TWECO auto-darkening welding helmet from Victor with the purchase of a Fabricator 181i welder. Offer expires 12/31/14.

    This item ships Free via standard ground shipping within contiguous U.S.

  • Download Tweco 181i Spec Sheet (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Download Tweco 181i Spec Sheet (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Thermal Arc Small Cart W4014700Thermal Arc Small Cart W4014700Small Cart comes complete with an integrated cylinder rack and is designed specifically for Fabricator® 141i, 181i, 211i or 186 AC/DC welder.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: W4014700

    Mfg Industrial Price: $285.00Cyberweld Price: $270.75



    Tweco 17V TIG Torch Package W4013802Tweco 17V TIG Torch Package W4013802The Tweco® 17V Remote Control TIG Torch Package is designed specifically for the Fabricator® 141i and 181i multi-process welders.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: W4013802

    Mfg Industrial Price: $137.00Cyberweld Price: $130.15



    Thermal Arc Foot Control 600285Thermal Arc Foot Control 600285Remote on/off contactor and amperage control for your Fabricator® 141i, 181i, 211i ,252i, 161 STL or 201 TS welder.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 600285

    Mfg Industrial Price: $192.00Cyberweld Price: $172.80



    Tweco SG160TA-12 Spool Gun 1027-1390Tweco SG160TA-12 Spool Gun 1027-1390Tweco® SG160TA-12 Spool Gun direct-plug spool gun for your Fabricator® 141i or 181i welder.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 1027-1390

    Mfg Industrial Price: $373.00Cyberweld Price: $306.00



    Tweco Fusion 180 MIG Gun 1017-1332 Tweco Fusion 180 MIG Gun 1017-1332 Genuine Tweco® Fusion™ 180 12 foot, 180 amp MIG gun F180TA-12-3035. Direct replacement gun for the Thermal Arc® Fabricator 181i multi process welder.


    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Code: 1017-1332

    Mfg Industrial Price: $150.00Cyberweld Price: $112.50



    Thermal Arc Drive RollsThermal Arc Drive RollsGenuine Thermal Arc® drive rolls for your Thermal Arc® Fabricator® series multiprocess welder.


    By MCharden from VA on November 12, 2012
    is spool gun comes with it?
    By Customer Service on November 13, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 does not come with the spoolgun as standard equipment..The SG 160ta-12 spoolgun is a $263.25 option

    By Sean from Barbados on March 2, 2013
    Can I use the Miller MVP Plug adapter to use 120v current?
    By Customer Service on March 4, 2013

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 will operate only on 208/230volt and the Miller MVP plugs will not work on a Thermal Arc machine

    By Susan from Australia on June 27, 2013
    can it weld aluminium? if not what is the best welder to get similar to the 181i
    By Customer Service on June 28, 2013

    Answer:
    Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 can stick and mig weld aluminum (using the spoolgun) It can not Tig weld aluminum.

    By Rob Burrell from wilder Vt on July 26, 2012
    Does this package include a TIG torch and electrodes? If not what torch is needed and how much $\
    Thanks Rob
    By Customer Service on July 26, 2012

    Answer:
    The Fabricator 181i does not come standard with a TIG torch. The torch is listed under the "Accessories" Tab on the Fabricator 181i page and is the Thermal Arc 181i 17V TIG Torch Package W4013802

    You can also find it directly at this address:

    http://store.cyberweld.com/tharc17vtigt2.html

    By John Costales from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2013
    Will a Miller Spoolmate 100 adapt to this machine?
    By Customer Service on May 21, 2013

    Answer:
    The Miller Spoolmate 100 will not work with the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181.. The spoolgun designed for use with this machine is the Thermal SG160TA-20

    By juan r. from hyattsville,md. on September 3, 2012
    waht is the guaranty on this product ????
    By Customer Service on September 4, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator W10031841 comes with a Manufacturer 3 year warranty.

    By Jose Amram from Victorville, CA on June 30, 2013
    Hello: Is there a foot switch option for current control for this unit? Also, is the TIG only DC, as I want to be able to weld aluminium as well? Ty.
    JC Amram
    By Customer Service on July 1, 2013

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 has DC weld output only.. You would not be able to weld aluminum with it. There is and optional footpedal available part number The part number is 600285 and it is available for $167.40

    By Larry from Timmins Ontario Canada on November 14, 2012
    do you ship to Canada

    By Customer Service on November 15, 2012

    Answer:
    We do not ship to Canada

    By Dave from Inverness, Florida on June 30, 2013
    How much is the optional Tig torch for this machine?
    By Customer Service on July 1, 2013

    Answer:
    The optional tig torch for the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 is part number w4013802 and it sells for $126.35

    By john from cisna park on July 2, 2013
    can I get a water cooled tig torch for the fabricator 181i.
    By Customer Service on July 10, 2013

    Answer:

    07/09/2013 2:40pm
    You can put a water cooled torch on the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181.You will need a Weldcraft WP-20V-12 tig torch, plus a Weldcraft Q5W tig torch adapter.. The tig torch would be a special order and is priced at $192.29. The adapter is priced at $79.13.. You will also need to purchase the Thermal Arc Foot Control in order to turn the tig torch off and on and control the welding amperage.. The footpedal is $167.40.. Depending on the type of water cooler you will be using and where it will be located you may also need some water connections and hoses.
    By Customer Service on July 10, 2013

    Answer:

    07/09/2013 2:40pm
    You can put a water cooled torch on the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181.You will need a Weldcraft WP-20V-12 tig torch, plus a Weldcraft Q5W tig torch adapter.. The tig torch would be a special order and is priced at $192.29. The adapter is priced at $79.13.. You will also need to purchase the Thermal Arc Foot Control in order to turn the tig torch off and on and control the welding amperage.. The footpedal is $167.40.. Depending on the type of water cooler you will be using and where it will be located you may also need some water connections and hoses.

    By Arnie Louie from aclouie1@sbcglobal.net on January 2, 2014
    is the 181i truely a CC/ CV power source?
    By Customer Service on January 8, 2014

    Answer:
    Thermal Arc advises that the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 is a true cc /cv power source

    By Jonathan D Zambella from Springdale, UT on November 16, 2012
    So to weld aluminum with this machine, must you get the spool gun?

    By Customer Service on November 19, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 is stick, mig , and tig capable
    However it cannot tig weld aluminum because it only has dc tig weld output and aluminum requires ac tig output.Because of this the spoolgun option for this machine would be the best choice for welding aluminum

    By Hamad from Kuwait on October 14, 2012
    Which polarity should I choose for ( Gasless MIG wire 0.9 mm ) ?

    By Keith Allen from Memphis, Tn. on May 29, 2013
    Where can I get a dense connector for this machine so I can add an electro holder to this welder. The original got lost in moving and what is the cost. I original bought the machine from cyber weld thanks
    By Customer Service on May 30, 2013

    Answer:
    Go here to order the dinse connectors for your Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181.. They are $16.35 each

    http://store.cyberweld.com/diicaco.html

    By Jerry Lester from Hurley, Va. on July 2, 2014
    Is the Tweco brand multi process welders, the same as the thermal arc. I see a lot of reviews on the thermal arc and wondering if they're made by the same company. Victor?
    By Customer Service on July 2, 2014

    Answer:
    The Tweco Fabricator line is the same as the Thermal Arc models.. The parent company of Tweco and Thermal Arc decided that the Tweco name is better known than Thermal Arc so they as gradually changing the Thermal Arc line over to the Tweco name.. The same holds true for the Thermal Dynamics branded products.. They are being changed over to the well known Victor name for the same reasons

    By john from cissna park illinois on July 9, 2013
    can I get a water cooled tig torch for this item?
    By Customer Service on July 9, 2013

    Answer:
    You can put a water cooled torch on the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181.You will need a Weldcraft WP-20V-12 tig torch, plus a Weldcraft Q5W tig torch adapter.. The tig torch would be a special order and is priced at $192.29. The adapter is priced at $79.13.. You will also need to purchase the Thermal Arc Foot Control in order to turn the tig torch off and on and control the welding amperage.. The footpedal is $167.40.. Depending on the type of water cooler you will be using and where it will be located you may also need some water connections and hoses.

    By Kenneth C. from Georgia on September 14, 2012
    In the stick mode, does this machine do DC or is it just AC only?
    By Customer Service on September 14, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator W1003181 is a DC machine only.

    By Cody H. from phoenix az on August 6, 2012
    can you weld aluminum with the tig torch or the spool gun on this machine?
    By Customer Service on August 7, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc 181i is a DC only machine so it cannot TIG weld aluminum. You would need to use the spool gun to do so.

    By john sailor from cissna park illinois on July 11, 2013
    can I get a foot control for this item without the water cooled setup, and if so do I use the 8 pin connection and not plug in the tig torch connection?
    what would be a better machine to learn off of the fabricator 181i or the 201ts ?
    By Customer Service on July 19, 2013

    Answer:
    You can purchase the optional footpedal for the Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181..The part # for the Thermal Arc Foot Control is 600285.. You would have to disconnect the 8 pin connection from the tig torch and the plug in the footpedal at the 8 pin connection.If you plan on doing only stick and tig welding and no mig welding you may want the 201ts.. If offers high frequency start which may help a beginner

    By Chase from T.O. on November 24, 2012
    Can this machine TIG stainless steel?
    By Customer Service on November 26, 2012

    Answer:
    The Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181 can Tig weld stainless steel.. You would need tha optional Tig torch W4013802 ($118.75)


    Tweco Fabricator 181i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1003181
    $893.00
    5 Stars based on 28 Review(s)
    Dan
    Phoenix, AZ
    1 Stars

    Not a good Tig unit at all...!!!!
    August 17, 2014
    Does not work well when set up as a Tig welder at all. Most of the problems seem to be in the torch and cable assembly. Thank GOD, that I have the very best instructor in the state helping me with this. He has a Thermal Arc 161 and loves it. I can see why, we swapped his torch and cable over to my 181 and it worked very well, although not as PERFECT as it does with the 161. I tried the MIG set up and its FANTASTIC, .... HOWEVER, I bought this to do all 3, not just ONE OR TWO types of welding. So I will be returning the whole set up.
    Pros:
    GREAT Mig welder.
    Cons:
    HORRIBLE Tig welder. VERY SLOPPY quick connect style commectors, much more "PLAY" than in the 161 model, you really have to CRANK them down to get a connection that is NOT LOOSE...! CAN ANYONE SAY "SPARK GAP"...!!! Does anyone in the R&D dept at Thermal Arc even care..?????!!!!????

    Salman
    Qatar
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    A home workshop tool can not do without
    May 18, 2014
    I received the unit 2 weeks ago, I live 7000 miles away (in Qatar, 240v 50Hz is the right choice), this is a fabulous machine, operates in MIG mode very smoothly, and the stick is as good, haven't tested the TIG (did not have the tig torch ordered).
    Pros:
    Excellent MIG torch
    Cons:
    Controls are very sensitive

    Louie
    Rio Vista Ca.
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Fabricator 181I
    February 17, 2014
    I just bought this unit and I love it I have been welding for 48 yrs for the price you can't beat, it is such a great machine I purchased two of them.
    Pros:
    I even welded with 5/32 rod, What a Machine
    Cons:
    none so far

    ron
    indiana
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    181i
    January 16, 2014
    well built, sturdy,heavy duty cords by far, not flimsy,very nicely built. excellent machine
    Pros:
    3 in 1 machine
    Cons:
    none

    Travis
    Utah
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great Machine
    December 16, 2013
    This is a great little welder. I just got it and it has done a great job. I have only set up the mig and stick. My first project is to build a cart.
    Pros:
    multi-process (mig, stick, tig)
    Cons:
    none

    tarky
    mobile al
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    awesome multipurpose home use
    December 9, 2013
    I enjoy the lightweight and flexibility of machine
    Pros:
    multi use and ease of use
    Cons:
    none

    gary
    n.e. montana
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    WOW!
    November 21, 2013
    what a fine piece of equipment. very good unit. price was good, shipped quickly.
    Pros:
    welds like mad. light weight.
    Cons:
    none yet

    Jeremy
    Durham, NC
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    works great so far
    November 1, 2013
    The lift tig takes a bit of getting used to but otherwise this unit does exactly what it's supposed to do. It may not have quite the power of some of the higher end jobs, but as a small time commercial artist it is perfect. With the stick function I can do all the heavy, dirty stuff like repairing my lawnmower deck, but it has the versatility to also weld thin stainless spoons together in artistic shapes... I'm still not sure about the foot pedal with the lift system. That is really the only problem I'm having so far, getting the arc started small and working up to closer to full power is hard with your foot. With the step down function you almost don't need it though. All in all this is a great welder, let's just hope it holds up since it does seem remarkably lightweight.
    Pros:
    multi-function more than enough juice for the average guy
    Cons:
    starting the arc with the fairly expensive foot pedal takes some getting used to

    Rick L
    Copperas Cove, Texas
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    GREAT MACHINE !!
    August 28, 2013
    I have been a professional welder for 25+ years and have used many brands of welders. This welder does everything equal to machines costing twice as much. Easy to set up and operate. Pro grade welds from a small machine and from all phases of operation.
    Pros:
    Easy to set up and use. Quality welds.

    Jason
    Springfield, Missouri
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Good little machine
    July 15, 2013
    I bought this machine for my father-in-law to keep at the farm. Its more for me to use while I am there to do repairs to farm equipment and trailers. I bought the tig kit which works good. I wish you didn't have to hold the button on the tig torch to keep the arc. I guess I need to buy the foot pedal. I do however like how the arc tapers off when you let go of the button. It seems a little for the beginner welder. If you know how to whip out tapering off isn't necessary. I did make a bike rack with the tig and it worked flawlessly. Holding the button isn't really possible if you use it for cup walking on 316L stainless tubing. Its a good at home hobbyist machine. Overall its a great machine for the money.
    Pros:
    Smooth on 7018,7014,6010,6011. Mig arc diffrent from other welders but just as good.
    Cons:
    Doesn't come with the TIG torch. Button having to be pushed to keep arc. No 120volt option. No A/C for aluminum TIG but if it did it wouldn't be as affordable.

    D Evans
    Nashville TN
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Thermal Arc 181i review
    January 13, 2013
    I absolutely love my new Thermal Arc 181i. It's far better than I knew to expect. So far though, I've only use SMAW and FCAW. Since it had been 30 years since I last welded anything, I was a little "tenuous/dubious" to say the least. The first welds out of the box with both methods, might not have been perfect, but they were "sound" welds. (mild steel) (Thank you tinmantench and the guy that keeps hawking his tig finger - there were others as well I watched over and over) I'm used to welding aluminum with oxy/acetylene so I don't think I'm going to purchase the aluminum MIG gun. (Don't know to miss it, but I may get an AC or high frequency square wave machine though) I'm using it at home for small repairs and projects. So far it's been practicing and small repairs. My first large trailer project was rained out today. What would I change? - I still think they need a 120 vac option for the 181i for us tinkerers. - Include the torch too. - I'd also like them to regulate the gas. (on/off with the TIG torch operation) That one thing is the only thing I really don't care about too much Would I buy this again? Yes Was it my first choice? No (But it was in this price range) Would I buy it again? Most definitely Is it my first choice now? I just don't see how I would need anything better esp. for home use. This is really slick machine! additional: Victor almost immediately sent me a "free" very nice helmet - I didn't think it would come that fast and bought another one to practice with in the short term (both adjustable 9 -13 and autodarkening - both features highly recommended Now I have the best of both worlds - I still prefer to weld with oxy/acteylene - I just do, I don't know why - that said, I can really "go" with the 181i Cyberweld was very fast to send it (well packed) and even faster to answer a few dumb questions
    Pros:
    works as advertised or better
    Cons:
    TIG torch doesn't come with it, but I knew that going in - would have liked a 120vac option, but I knew that going in too

    Brandon Waldrip
    Florida
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great Machine!
    December 3, 2012
    This machine is the way to go.
    Pros:
    Fast Shipping

    David
    Houston
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Thermal Arc Fabricator 181i welder
    November 26, 2012
    Excellant service and delivery was fast and easy. Got the machine all hooked up and operating over the weekend. I've had a chance to run some flux core wire and the machine welded very well and was remarkably easy to use. Even with no shielding gas the flux core produced very little splatter. I have to get a bottle of Argon and 75/25 and I'll be testing the TIG & MIG feature very soon.
    Pros:
    Seems to operate exactly as advertised so far.
    Cons:
    nothing so far

    pavel
    Kalispell, Mt.
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    good
    November 24, 2012
    its very nice welder.

    Bruce
    Gainesville, Florida
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Nice Welder
    November 19, 2012
    I've had this welder a few weeks now. Have only used it for Mig welding so far. Used shield gas and everything worked well. Quality of construction is very high and instructions are clear. Setup was simple. Had to fabricate my own extension cord to reach my power outlet - not a big deal. The adjustments for wire speed and voltage have a digital readout and a rather coarse adjustment knob. It is tricky to dial in an exact number, but not that critical since the welds turn out fine if just get adjustments close.
    Pros:
    multi-process ability overall build quality
    Cons:
    Adjustment for voltage and wire speed need finer resultion. Can't use TIG with aluminum.

    RT
    Ms
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    181i
    October 20, 2012
    Would be a 5 star but I haven't tried the TIG I'm not a welder but have welded some in the past including motor mounts, fabrication, etc, but haven't struck an arc in 10 years until I got this. First time I tried the stick it started smoothly, good arc control & steady heat. Drug out my old cracker box to see if it was the machine or me, cracker box is still hard to start, etc. Good price, quick delivery works great. New to MIG so I didn't take the time to properly clean the metal and that was a disaster, started over with clean metal and works great. Ready for a couple of projects now, plan to build the grandkids a tube frame buggy!
    Pros:
    Price Quality of hardware Ease of use
    Cons:
    Wasn't free, 240 volt but I knew that going in, for several hundred more you can have dual voltage. I do electrical work so not a big deal.

    tony b
    saratoga, new york
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    inverter welders are the future of welding
    July 11, 2012
    i bought this machine for to be used all day every day, it has been going strong. another review stated the duty cycle was under rated, they were right. i weld 1/4" stainless tube and plate all day with the tig useing 1/6" #308 wire and 3/32 tungsten at 120 to 160 amps and the machine never overheats. stick is even better, crisp starts and with #718 5/32" rod it will run nonstop. the highlights would be the burn back on mig, when stitching sheet you can controll how mutch wire stays out of the torch between welds. when tig welding water tight joints you can set how mutch downslope you want at the end of your weld to prent createring, on my lincoln you had to back of the amperadge slowly but with the 181i you just lift your finger and the machine takes over. for the money you get a machine thet will handel expert and amature work.
    Pros:
    infanite controll on all three weld types, verey crisp and clean stick welds, tig quality is the same as my lincoln precision tig200, when dual shield mig welding the penatration is perfect.
    Cons:
    only one, when mig welding the wirespeed controll is verey sensative. im just used to big bulky knobs.

    Steve
    Mobile, Alabama
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    A good value for a hobbiest or farmer
    June 27, 2012
    Everything was packaged properly, shipped promptly and arrived in good condition. I ordered the foot pedal at the same time as the welder. Everything works as advertised, weld quality is very good to excellent in all three modes tested. I did not test it with flux core wire. In stick mode, establishing an arc was childs play. very easy to strike and control the arc with every rod I tested, including 6011. Mig was straight forward but that is where I noticed a weakness. The voltage and wire speed knobs have about zero friction or "feel" to them. very hard to set precisely, as they seemingly move on their own! They are so "touchy" that simply removing your finger from one will move it! Tig function worked fine the only complaints I had were again with the knobs but mostly the foot pedal which seeded to be either at minimum or maximum only.... hold it in the middle of it's range and you got minimum power all the way until you held it wide open. Foot pedal is an option but it's Thermal ARCs pedal for this unit...
    Pros:
    Combo unit weight cost easy setup
    Cons:
    adjustments are finicky appears to be "fragile", not suited to a construction or commercial use.

    Patrick L. H.
    Chicago, IL
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    love it
    May 31, 2012
    works great...i have used it at home and on the job site...
    Cons:
    i wish tig torch came with it

    jimmy
    coeurdalene,ID
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    181 review
    May 12, 2012
    good price.working great so far.Have only used the mig but that seems to work great
    Pros:
    weight ,powerful,and versatile

    john a
    charlotte nc
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    very surprising
    May 10, 2012
    I was able to hook the 181i to a 30amp dryer outlet and was very surprised how well each process worked. stick as an example was very crisp and easy starts. Trying to get the welder to stick a rod I had it all the way down to 15 amps and it still burned rods like butter. Testing more limits I was also able to use a 5/32 CAC rod and cut through 3/8 inch plate. I'm very impressed and would recommend this welder to anyone.
    Pros:
    crisp cc arcing, easy polarity change over, very affordable, great mig operation, can't even get the thing to get close to overheating.... I think the duty cycle is under rated. I would have to guess around 40-60 at peak.... just hadn't gotten there yet.
    Cons:
    haven't found anything as of yet

    Ed
    Birmingham, AL
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    GREAT! Easy set up
    April 25, 2012
    .It was a brezze to set up & it works like butter. Ive used it mostly for MIG welding, Will try it out for TIG soon. Great product! Great Price.

    Stu
    midwest
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    tig questions
    April 20, 2012
    Do I need to buy a flowmeter to tig weld? or will the supplied regulator work? thanks
    Merchant Response:
    Supplied flow regulator will work just fine for MIG welding or TIG welding.

    Bill Hardy
    Rome, GA
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great machine
    April 9, 2012
    I really like this little machine. Welds very nice and is easy to use. For the price of a similar 180 MIG only machine you can have a machine that does MIG, TIG, and Stick.
    Pros:
    Easy operations, controlable arc, easy adjustment and fine control.
    Cons:
    Not much to dislike

    Rambo
    CA
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    QUESTION
    April 8, 2012
    I know this is probablly the wrong place to ask this, but whtat can this machine TIG weld ? Can you give me a list of metals it can weld ? And can it TIG weld mild steel or aluminum ?
    Merchant Response:
    The Fabricator 181i is a DC welder, so it can TIG weld steel and stainless steel. It cannot weld aluminum.
    Pros:
    Multi-process Easy to use
    Cons:
    Nothing

    Vann
    Ms
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Very good machine for the money.
    March 19, 2012
    There isn't much on the net in the way of good info or reviews for this machine. I've been shopping around and comparing machines for over half a year, and had quickly dismissed this one as being too small. What I was really looking for was a machine in about the 300 amp range, but when you take into accout that my shop has a dirt floor and all of the machines that I wanted weight 300 plus pounds not to mention that they cost around $3600.00 and up. I decided that I didn't have much to lose by tring this little machine. So far I've been very happy with it. It'll weld a 7018 1/8 rod just as well as the Miller 150 stl and Shopmate that I use at work and even though a 6011 rod is not listed on it's door as a recommended rod, I've had no problems with it using 3/32 and 1/8 rods. To be honest I would rather stick weld or tig but this weekend I did some mig passes on 1/4 mild plate, and I was surprised at how well it did. In short this machines duty cycle is lower than I wanted, but it'll do what I need done until I can get my shop in shape for a bigger machine. For most people this machine is more that big enough, but I work on and build farm equipment at home on the side which has a lot of sheet metal and heavy steel. By the way just some facts that are hard to find. This machine is made in China, not my first country of choice but it is well made. This machine will burn a 6011 rod, Thermal Arc recommends either a 7018 3/32 - 5/32 or a 6013 3/32 - 5/32 but on their website all they say is it may not burn a 6011 to your satisfaction. Well it burns one as well as my AC Thunderbolt does. This machine is 220 only and needs 50 amp breakers. I hope this helps you make a decision.
    Pros:
    dc stick, small, light weight, can tig mild steel and stainless. The fan only runs when needed. The mig gun and stick leads are well made.
    Cons:
    Made in China, but I honestly don't think they could sell this machine at at price if it was made in the USA.

    menio
    TEXAS
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    good conditions
    March 18, 2012
    got in on time and in good condition.

    QTran
    Riverside, California
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Great designed welding machine.
    March 9, 2012
    This combo welding machine is great for professional and amature hobby. Price is well worth for this amchine. Since the purchase I have already finished three projects, which will cost me a lot of money if send to the welding shop. The change from Mig welding to Stick welding or TIG welding is so easy and works great. Anyone looking for a combowelding machine, this is the ONE.
    Pros:
    Very easy to use. Good instructions. Easy Setup.
    Cons:
    So far none.




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