Worst long term purchase we've made in 10 years of buying welding machines
December 12, 2019
We have a fab shop with around 5-8 welding machines running non stop. We liked this machine because of the versatility and it just seems like a cool setup and a reasonable deal.
Got the machine about a year ago, worked great for 2 months. Apparently it has a common issue with the gas solenoid going out a few months into use- look it up, its a very common thing on this model.
So we sent it to ESAB repair tech, they kept our machine FOR 3 MONTHS!!
By the time we received it, it had spent more time in a repair shop than in our shop.
So then we use the machine (but a little timidly) for another few months, oh but guess what...
Now the motherboard is not allowing the mig to work.
Taking the MIG gun apart to change the trigger is an hour long ordeal, and you need an extra hand, vs a miller/Hobart or Lincoln is a 5 min ordeal that anyone could do.
Basically, if you want to use this for stick welding only, go for it, but it's super expensive for that, other companies have better deals for stick welders. We actually have several small tig/stick esab welders, they are great, but not anything on their MIG side. Don't buy it.
ConsBad parts, overly complicated intervals, horrible service from ESAB