Welding isn’t the cheapest hobby to pick up and start fooling around with, and some of the high-end gear can cost you more than a shiny new 60” HD TV. But there are ways to get your weld on without crossing into budget-killing territory — the Chicago Electric 90A flux-core welder comes to mind.
Though this is by no one’s definition a welder’s dream, for the $120 entry price you can plug it into your standard 110 outlet and have yourself a metal-melting ball. The flux spatters more than a mig welder, but you could buy three of these for the price of one low-end mig welder, and that doesn’t count the gas you’d need for it either. The 10-percent duty cycle means you’re only hot for one minute out of ten — but what do you want for under $150?
With this slick unit you can get started welding and build up your skills, without having to run 220 or put a gas cylinder in your home — and it lets you spend some of your hard-earned dough on projects, not gear.
Street pricing starts around $120.
Chicago Electric 90A Flux-Core Welder [Harbor Freight]