Lincoln Stick Welder

I recommend the Lincoln for arc welding for one simple reason: It always works. I’ve used this welder for farm equipment repair and fabrication for more than 35 years with absolutely no problems. It’s ideal for any light-duty work and just right for a weekend welder.

Its range is 40 to 225 amps, and for 85% of my work, I use it at 90 amps; there’s plenty of range available. It’s not cheap, but you’ll likely end up disappointed in anything less. Wire feeds in this price range are almost useless. It does require 220 volt power, but welders that will operate on 110 power are generally a disappointment. You won’t regret buying this one and your grandchildren won’t wear it out.

-- Keith Carpenter  

Lincoln AC 225 stick welder K1170
$400
(includes insulated electrode holder/cable, heavy-duty work clamp/cable)

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Manufactured by Lincoln Electric