After an extensive and exhaustive investigation into this little machine I was finally convinced to buy one.
The thing is amazing!
Esab is considered the "Ferrari of welders" by many in the welding industry. I am amazed at what this little machine can do. I weighs only 26lbs. My miller 180 weighs 73lbs and I was getting damn tired of lugging that and my generator around.
The weight is what appealed to me as well as the inverter. It is very stable on generators. It even welds ALUMINUM without a spoolgun!
The gun has a ball at the base that moves in a circular motion making it very fluid on fast passes as well as welding in tight spaces.
The hose is super strong 600lbs with quick detach ends and not clips!
It has a strap to go over your shoulder to move around the shop with ease. I also has a places for the cords to wrap up.. ALL THE CORDS.
The rig came with a FULL SPOOL OF 030 not just a little test spool.
I can't say enough about it. Super clean, very powerful and portable and so many nice features for the cost $950.00.
Read the specs for yourself.
Here are a few jobs I just did with it.
It took me a while to get it dialed in. The readouts are digital and you need to convert from standard to metric or metric to standard. There is no fractional readout
It is going to take me a while to get fluent with that part of it. But I can tell you when the thing is dialed in it is VERY VERY NICE.
Comes with a FLOWMETER!!!!
First welds right out of the box. Test welds.. They are jumpy to say the least. It took me a while to get the power/metal thickness parameters equal.
I love this machine!
It is more comfortable than my Miller 251 and my Miller 180 and is more stable. My Miller 180 is very touchy on my generator. This rig I can't tell the difference for a second from the shop single phase and my genni.
The housing is super strong and the internal parts are metal not plastic. Loading wire is a breeze.
I will keep posting on its performance.