I bought a Craftsman brand which looks just like the smallest Century welder.
It was to replace a slightly larger Century model which I loved, but was stolen.
Sears had it on sale for $239, less a discount for being in the Crafstman club,
so it was a bargain.
The Craftsman works verywell for everything I've used it for, up to and
including angle iron projects. It does have the fixed gas regulator, so you
don't want to use it if there is any wind. Pretty much indoor-only.
I use only .023 wire for just about everything. Takes more of it, but easier to
control for this novice.
Buy a bigger bottle than the little "thermos" sized ones. Same money, fewer
trips to the gas house - always in the middle of a project.
|I've owned the 125gs and I currently have a Lincoln SP-170T. I had no
|complaints whatsoever with the Century. I would still have it if I hadn't
|gotten a great deal on the Lincoln at an auction.
|Century was apparently bought out by Clore Automotive a couple of years ago
|and they shut down the old Century Web site so that may be why you can't
|find much about them. You can find a few manuals on the Clore site at:
|Search for "welder" in the Technical Document Search window. Unfortunately
|I can't find the 125gs in the list so they may have discontinued it.
|Century welders are often rebadged with other brand names. Sears sells a
|few of theirs with their own color scheme, etc. I've also seen an ESAB that
|was obviously a rebadged Century, probably the 155gs.
|One difference of note between the Century and other MIG's is that the
|Century uses a gun with a gas valve built into the trigger instead of using
|a solenoid in the welder like most others.
|If the Lincoln you're looking at is the 100Amp welder (MigPak 10, WeldPak
|100, etc.) it probably isn't worth the extra money for the Lincoln. The
|Century uses a Tweco gun so parts are easy to find. They're both
|transformer machines with a switch to select which voltage tap you're using.
|There are aluminum kits available for both although the Century kit will
|probably be harder to find but you need to read prior threads from this
|group before you try and weld aluminum with such a small unit. All but the
|thinnest of aluminum sheetmetal takes quite a bit more power than either of
|these machines will put out.
|Go to google.com, click on the "Groups" tab and search for "MIG welding
|aluminum" and spend a bit of time reading up on the subject before you buy
|something you regret.
|OTOH, if the Lincoln is the SP-135T or SP-135+ (previously the SP-125
|series) it's a bit more welder than the Century or the smaller Lincoln. It
|still probably won't be much good for aluminum but it is a more powerful
|welder. The T version has voltage taps like the Century and cheaper
|Lincoln. The + version has variable voltage and is more expensive than the
|"I'm not grown up enough to be so old!"
|> Hi All,
|> Anyone one with experience owning and using a century 125gs, and would
|> like to advise a novice on its capabilities, it would be greatly
|> I have been tempted to buy a mig welder setup for some time, was looking
|> at the lincoln weldpak (120v feed) with gas hookup. I prefer this brand
|> because it is well recognized and has a web site, i can find little
|> information about the century online. But the lincoln with gas kit will
|> cost me around ~CDN800 bucks. I have the chance to buy the century unit
|> on clearance for CDN375 still in the box, never used.
|> I want to know whether it would be really worth to spend the extra money
|> for the lincoln, in particular:
|> -any significant features on the lincoln lacking on the century unit
|> -century's capability to weld aluminum (the lincoln datasheet mentions
|> this capability, no mention on the century)
|> Also, it looks like the century has only 4 heat settings, and a fixed
|> gas regulator. Not sure if this means too much.
|> Any tips greatly appreciated.
Rex in Fort Worth