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  1. #51
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    Re: Harbor Freight 170 Amp MIG UPGRADE

    For the 180, September 2017 was when big price drops were in the email ads and tagged on the store displays. It hasn't appeared online or in the monthly catalog since. This was just before the Vulcans were put on display. Maybe some Ebay and Amazon sellers bought every 180 they could find at the heavily discounted price.

    One of the present Ebay sellers is named 'Liquidator' something and shows 'last one' in his Ebay listing.

    So I doubt that Chicago Electric 180's are still being imported. Essentially the same welder with a different trademark may be available via Alibaba or on Ebay, shipped from China, but that would be a gamble since a warranty return would be impossible.
    Last edited by California; 01-12-2018 at 01:19 PM.
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  2. #52
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    Nov 2017
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    Clovis CA
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    Re: Harbor Freight 170 Amp MIG UPGRADE

    I think the 170 will soon be on sale too and replace the higher price vulcan line
    It looks like vulcan welder will live for 4 to 6 years then a buy new one, the 170 & 180 will still be working

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    For the 180, September 2017 was when big price drops were in the email ads and tagged on the store displays. It hasn't appeared online or in the monthly catalog since. This was just before the Vulcans were put on display. Maybe some Ebay and Amazon sellers bought every 180 they could find at the heavily discounted price.

    One of the present Ebay sellers is named 'Liquidator' something and shows 'last one' in his Ebay listing.

    So I doubt that Chicago Electric 180's are still being imported. Essentially the same welder with a different trademark may be available via Alibaba or on Ebay, shipped from China, but that would be a gamble since a warranty return would be impossible.

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