Harbor Freight Mig 94164


I just bought a 94164 unit and have just starting to use it. I am
using the flux wire for now. Any tips on how to best use it. I did
make some welds on 0.050 sheet, 1/8" and even tried 1/4". It apears
to work fine but I am just starting with it. The ground clamp is too
light duty and burn on the first welds. I picked this unit as it is
the cheapest unit with the abiltiy to add gas at a later date. $199
on sale plus 20% coupon so it was just $160.
I have a 225 AC stick welder with DC add on. I struggle with anything
less than 1/8".
Comments from other users would be appreciated.
Bob
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rsnyder187
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My comment would have been to buy a used Lincoln or Miller, but it's too late now. Those HF machines are hard to get fixed and find consumables for. If you like welding, you'll wear it out quickly.
Just my two cents for free and worth twice that much.
Steve
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SteveB
I have had one of these Harbor Freight Mig welders for over a year and have not had any problems at all. for consumables I just go to the local welding store and take whatever I need and they match it up. No Problems! Very Happy with price and performance.
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Danny
You are lucky. I have heard about, and read about here, many people who have not done so well. If it works for you, and you're happy, that's all that matters. BUT, consumables and service ARE considerations when shopping.
Steve
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SteveB
Danny,
Thanks for your reply. Do you know which tips and nozzle can be used i.e. Lincoln and which nozzle? Also, the reply from Steamer on feed tension was good.
I checked back at the HF store and tips and nozzles are currently stocked. My next trip to weld supply store I take a nozzle and tip and see what they come up with.
Bob
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rsnyder187
freinds hf mig the wire is hot all the time the welder in on . are all the hf migs like that? my lincoln,the wires hot just with the trigger pulled..
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ds549
The cheaper units omit the high power contactor that sits on the primary side of the transformer. Ya gets what ya pays for.
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RoyJ
Depends on which HF welder you have..but yes..some of them only turn on the feed motor when you squeeze the trigger. So ya have to be careful where you put that torch between welds, and have some extra tips handy cause sure as shit, you are going to touch the stub to something and burn it back into the tip.
Been there, done that, upgraded...several times
Gunner
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Gunner Asch
The model 94164 does turns on both the wire feed and power to the electrod when the trigger is pressed. When the trigger is not pressed no power to the electrod.
The tips are Tweco 11-30 which you can get to any welding shop. They cost from 50 to 90 cents each depending where you buy them and how many.
I was told the nozzle is the same as a Miller 110789. I'll need to stop at the local supply store to compare.
Bob
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rsnyder187

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