I haven't used the machine yet and I'm not a professional welder. I've welded mainly FCAW and O/A. Anyways without trying the machine I can say from the build quality and features that this machine will probably lay out some decent weld of course a skilled operator is a must for any machine. I can say that of the cost of the package atleast 80% maybe 85% went into the machine the rest in the accessories and packaging. I was not thrilled with the 14 gauge power cord. Personally I would have used 10. 14 is fine because of the duty cycle I know, but I would rather up the cable size. There aren't really any benefits other than conceived quality which is why esab chose a thick insulation for the 14 gauge power cord. The ground cable to pick polarity I would have picked something better than a 4 gauge. I would have done a 2 gauge. The ground cable I would have wanted a 1/0 or 0. Having made battery cables for vehicles I can say the ground is the most important leg of a circuit and when I design or repair I always size my ground larger than my supply.
The ground clamp is okay, not the best but it will do the job. Just have clean metal to clamp to. The stinger is what it is. A clamp with a cable. That cable needs to be secured by means other than the copper. Same for the ground. They should at least take the crimp and put a lined heat shrink over it to act as a strain relief. The dinse connectors look to be sintered. I would have wanted machine copper or machine copper with a silver plating (big money there). I haven't opened the machine (warranty reasons). But I looked at the schematics in the service manual and it's a pretty good design. Very easy for esab to add more functionality. Simple design. For the wire feed mechanism I would have tried an optowheel to measure the true rotational speed then used that with the circumference of the drive roller to make an accurate wfs rather than have a calibration pot and work by average. Esab has a current monitor after all it's a cc/cv, few more bucks and you could have had a perfect feed mechanism, but what esab did was fine. It's efficient.
The mig gun is okay. No real complaints there, the tig gun is bulky and the valve on the gun is a 50/50 deal. It's a plus because I could get my pre and post flows how I want more control, but it's a minus because I have to buy a tig gun that has a valve on it or add one. So yeah would been nice to have that gas valve on the machine feed a tig gun like the 235 does. The consumables pack is no different than any other brand welder. The regulator is fine, not the best unit but again efficient does the job. The hose was 6ft long yet some advertising says it should be 12 some says 6. 12 would be nice but most people are putting these on a cart so 6 makes sense. A big plus was the aristorod that came with the machine nice elf spool. Oh bout the mig gun. Some spare nozzles would have been nice also instead of telling us that we need a separated liner and tip for 0.023, just include it is what I would have wanted to see.
Now overall I give the machine 5 stars. Why? Because it's $1699 bucks or less. It's a great package that as is will probably put out great welds provided the operator knows what they're doing. I realize that everything as it is works and works well. I realize I have very high expectations and provided I had the money would also buy that higher level machine, but it's not necessary. So for the money you will get a great power source will "decent" entry level accessories that will do the job. The ground cable and stinger is not far from any other brand. The tweco mig gun is common. The toy torch isn't great at all, but it will function and that's what matters.
I love the package and look forward to using it. ESAB is a good company and hopefully is commuted to the customer and improving the products they sell. Always room for improvement no matter who or what. Great price, very respectable no frills warranty. I'm waiting on the burn earn rebate to pickup a esab welding jacket etc.
I give cyberweld 5 stars. They shipped it out next business day. I had it the following day. They have great customer support.
So yes I'm very satisfied. For 1699 money well spent. Accessories are consumables in the long run anyways. It's well "engineered" does the job well while keeping with the bottom line (low cost that works). Love the welder though. Nice packaging and provided literature is good and clear.
Things to note is comes with spare contact tips, drive rollers, mug gun o-rings, thickness gauge, and the wire feed alignment tip. Speaking of which it's a good design to prevent birdnesting.