I am getting to like this less and less. The other day, I was in the welding store, and saw the new 180 with the metal drive, and whew, what a difference. The 175 has a HF looking plastic drive assembly.
I have a doorbell bar replacing the $.03 trigger that came on the gun. The guy said a Radnor (looked nice and hefty like a Tweco) was $125, or a Tweco was $125. Another POS plastic Lincoln gun would be $300. Go figger.
It is still running intermittently. It runs for 1-5 seconds at a time, then shuts down. Repeat. Repeat. The wire speed and voltage controls are hard to get synched to get the hissing sound. Some welds look great, the next gloppy.
I guess I need to take it to the shop, and put a new gun on it. It does not have that many hours on it, probably burning no more than 30# of wire so far. But now I'm using it more, I'm seeing more and more faults.
Hopefully, they have the problems worked out with the 180C. But I may go blue soon. It's sad. Lincoln has put out a real POS.