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Campbell Hausfeld WF2150 Flux Core Wire Feed Welder
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
My only hesitation in giving this item a rating of 5 stars is that I am such a novice at arc welding that I may not be qualified to give such a high rating to any welder.

Prior to purchasing this welder my only experience with arc welding was a brief introduction to stick welding I got as part of a Junior High School shop class back in the late 1950s. I still have vivid memories of how hard it was to try to start an arc and keep it going while also having to flip the helmet down at the same time. Those memories were enough to keep me from even considering the purchase of an arc welder until the morning I got the wild idea to order this welder and an auto darkening helmet.

WOW, what a difference using this is from memories of trying to learn to stick weld in Junior High School! After only a few practice welds I was able to create functional welds for use in various projects around my home. The welds I am getting are anything but "text book quality" in appearance. However an experienced welder has looked at some of them and assures me that they are strong and will hold. He also said that my welds will get better as I get more experience. Another experienced welder has told me that it is nearly impossible to get "good welds" with a "cheap welder". That may well be true, but at this point I am sure I would not be getting "good welds" no matter how expensive a welder I had purchased. One reviewer here commented that the trigger seemed to be a bit touchy. Occasionally when I think I have pressed the trigger on my unit nothing happens, however I am more inclined to believe it is due to something I am not doing quite correctly, rather than anything wrong with the trigger itself. This has never seriously hindered my ability to create the welds I want.

I am not planning to be using the welder for any large projects, but for a variety of small projects where having the ability to weld will save me from trying to figure out how to bolt together "whatever I can find at the hardware store" to create something I am trying to kluge together. Over the last year I have spent a small fortune on pre-drilled steel, bolts, and miscellaneous hardware to modify commercial scaffolding and build additional scaffold railings so I could work on a part of my home that is nearly impossible to reach. If I had had this welder when I was doing that, I could have saved myself a lot of time and money.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a "low end" welder like this! I have found that it does all that I expected and more. One of my first projects involved welding 2" x 3/16" angle iron, and I very happy to find that it handles this material with no problems. (It should be noted that I am using the welder on a dedicated 20 amp circuit as is recommended when using the highest power setting.)

While no "low end" welder will meet the needs of everyone looking to purchase a welder, this welder definitely meets my needs extremely well.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
I bought this as a complement to my large AC/DC stick welder and have been very impressed with it. Since I got this I haven't used the stick welder at all since I haven't had to weld anything heavier than 1/4". So far I've gone through a couple of pounds of wire.

With all of these small machines, cut off the cheap, almost useless ground clamp and install a proper welding clamp (they're not expensive).

Also, make SURE to not run over heat #3 unless you KNOW you have a 20 Amp outlet on a 20 Amp circuit. Any extension cord should be #10 or #12, I wouldn't use anything as small as the #14 listed in the manual.

Ran mine on a 15A outlet with a 25 foot #12 extension cord yesterday for quite a bit of welding on heat #3 and the cord and plug didn't even get warm.

This is a true DC welder unlike the $99 ones you will find. Between that and the quality of the parts used it's well worth the extra money.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
I purchased a Speedway welder earlier and it turned out to be lousy - perhaps a good boat anchor but not much else. The CH 2150 worked perfectly out of the box. I did a good bit of reading up front and took the advice in the guide to first practice on some scrap pieces. I found the wire feed and trigger to be "touchy" and it took a bit of work to get anywhere near consistent running a bead but after about 30 minutes my confidence grew and I leaped into my project. My chore was the re-attachment of a wheel on my portable generator. Let's say my work will not win a prize at the fare for overall appearance but the wheel is re-attached and is not likely to be come dislodged at least not at the weld site. I may eventually trade up but for now the 2150 is all I need. From a novice to a novice invest in a helmet with a self darkening lens - it will make life a bit easier and may prevent you from getting an arc burn in your eyes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Amazon rocks!! I ordered this welder and chose standard shipping. It was shipped immediately by UPS and was in my garage in less that 24 hours. Prior to purchasing the Campbell Hausfeld WF2150 I borrowed a Chicago Equipment unit from my nephew that he purchased from Harbor Freight. Yes the Chicago Equipment unit was less money. I learned to weld in my grandfather's machine shop some 50+ years ago. I have not done much since. I fired up the Campbell Hausfeld shortly after it arrived. (I had to read the instructions first) It out performed the Chicago Equipment unit. The Campbell Hausfeld has 4 heat settings unlike the Chicago Equipment that only has 2. This is definitely a plus and worth the extra couple of bucks. I read other reviews one that complained about the touchy trigger. I did not experience any difficulty using this unit. Not having welded for a number of years I find this unit very easy to use. I had it plugged into a 20 amp receptacle with the #4 heat setting and the wire feed about 4.5. Very good penetration on 3/16" steel. I only had this unit for a short time, but if it holds up I would recommend this unit for anyone wanting to do small jobs. It's great for a home work shop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2014
I have always had a stick welder and wanted to upgrade to wire feed and since I don't weld very often this machine fit the bill for me. So far i'm very pleased with the welder seems easier to use then a stick one for sure so I look forward to doing some more welding projects in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
Item is as advertised and seems to work well so far. As others have mentioned
you need to replace the ground clamp with a more substantial one, the one on it
is a cheap imitation!.. Otherwise it's ok.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2012
Let me start off by saying that I never rate Campbell Hausfeld as good, let alone as exceeding expectations. I have had very poor experience with this company since "discovering" tools. However, this welder has exceeded my expectations and lives up to the tasks that I myself put it to.

I needed to purchase a welder because I have been doing some automotive body work for myself as well as friends and family that requires welding 16 gauge sheet metal to the body of the car. Additionally, I had a seized starter housing stud that required welding a nut onto the bolt remnants to remove and it's done both jobs suprisingly well.

Mind you I am no expert welder, start talking specs and i'm lost. At this point I have no desire nor need to discover anything new about welding. I couldn't make a comparison but if you are someone like me who focuses on occasional spot welding this thing should not give you a problem and be much more economical then say buying a 400-750.00 hobart or lincoln electric welder.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
The drive assembly for wire feed is unbelievably (even for the Chinese) cheaply constructed. Mine came out the box completely broken. Screws with brittle plastic shoulder guides hold the drive assembly halves together and attached to the inside of the metal case. These brittle plastic guides were all broken off with the wire feed assembly apart. Rather than suffer through the returns process, I re-engineered the assembly using longer screws with metal washers (instead of brittle plastic) to hold the thing together. This and a little other reworking allowed the thing to work.
(also the plastic wire feed tube was pinched completely closed on the end stopping any wire feed from happening, something impossible to have occurred in shipping it had to be done at the factory intentionally).

Surprisingly, I got the thing to work and it does actually weld and feed wire now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I am a rookie but so far I have used the small spool of wire that comes with machine. It does a great job welding. It is challenging to weld the thinner sheet metal though. Hard to find place between welding and burning through. With practice it is getting easier. For the price, I am very happy. If anything, would like to be able to turn it down a little bit slower (feed) and lower (amps).
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
I've been welding now for a few years and bought this one to do small projects. Well I found that the trigger is Very touchy and that alone makes the bead inconsistent. The power settings are easy and straight foreword. The Wire feed is just as simple. When I finally get the trigger just right to run it, you cannot run it for very long. I made a table for beating on out of all steal for my shop. I had to take a few hours brake in welding the top on. I would over heat welding half the top on. The table was 4'x2'.
If the trigger issue was just mine I do hope so and would make for a great small project welder. Make sure you use metal that is under 1/4" otherwise the heat will have a hard time or will not penetrate the metal.
If you plan on doing more then just touch up or very small projects, move on and buy a name brand not this.
Otherwise I hope you enjoy.
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