18 years ago
delivery had also failed. I'll post the letter to them at the bottom,
but I'd like recommendations on another welder, perhaps Miller, that
will be comparable to the Hobart Stickmate LX 235/160 AC/DC welder.
I'll be willing (? able) to pay some difference, but don't wish to go
very much above what I've already paid Amazon.Com for the Stickmate.
That was $354.99 delivered price. Funds are a bit limited and I'll only
be using it as a hobbyist so I can't justify a "Big 40" or similar. ;-)
Thanks for any suggestions.
letter to Amazon follows:
I did NOT see the SECOND welder that was shipped to me 2nd Day AIR and
should have arrived today. However, it got "refused" for me by the
driver who picked up the other package yesterday. He said, according to
a lady from UPS, that the box on the latest one was damaged worse than
the box on the previous one. Therefore, he could pretty well predict
that the welder was in worse condition.
1) He told me yesterday that the label was on upside down and they tend
to ride with the label right side up so the first welder may have ridden
the entire trip upside down. The bottom had a piece of 3/8" plywood for
a base. It would be much more unstable upside down!
2) Hobart does not protect those welder very well, in my opinion, to be
shipping them UPS ground across the country. They should, at the very
least, be double boxed. Preferably they should be double boxed with
some styrofoam or other filler inside the inner box to prevent movement
and collapse. They make an expandable foam that is contained within a
plastic bag so it doesn't get "peanuts" or other particles all over what
is being shipped.
3) MOST IMPORTANT -- TO ME -- FOR RIGHT NOW. Do you carry another
brand of welder that is comparable to the one I ordered. It does not
have to be the exact same price. If you have access to Miller welders
please let me know the price of something similar to the Hobart
Stickmate LX and I'll decide if I'd like to pay the difference (yes, it
will likely be a bit more) or if I'd like you to try the THIRD time on a
delivery of the Stickmate LX.
I was told by a UPS representative one time that merchandise has to be
packed so it can travel on either side as they sometimes roll and
sometimes roll OFF THE CONVEYOR. However, I feel at least part of the
blame must go back to the Hobart packaging methods.
Thank you sincerely.