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    220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525 - is it worth it?

    Hi, I got this as a gift a few years back, and it sat. I went to go use it, hooked it up, got juice, and one spark. Now nothing. Nothing smells or looks burnt. I've power, and the wire feed runs extra wire until I click the button a few times. So I'm thinking, do I;
    A) find a welder repair shop, and have them look at it?
    1) not sure where to find or take a welder in need of repair.

    B) throw it in the dumpster and buy a new one?

    It's Harbor Freight 220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525

    Thanks,

    if the general consensus is B, I'll need advice on buying a comparable replacement. Money is a limited object. Plus I'm a hobbyist. Occasional brackets, maybe some handle bars, nothing heavy duty.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: 220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525 - is it worth it?

    "Now nothing" or "wire feed runs..."? Do you have 240v at the machine. Perhap breaker issue. I have half a breaker fail on a inverter stick welder, fan operated by I was weak.

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    Re: 220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525 - is it worth it?

    Stick welders are under rated. You can buy a nice one at a lower price than a comparable mig.

    Then again, there is the YES welder threads. Follow them.

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    Re: 220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525 - is it worth it?

    A= No, probably cost more for them to look at the machine-even IF they would consider it, than what the machine is worth*.

    You can try and take the gun apart and see if anything is causing a problem with the gun. Even name brand machines have gun problems.


    Simliar version*
    https://www.harborfreight.com/170-am...der-68885.html

    better model:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/mig-17...put-64805.html
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    Re: 220 VAC DUAL MIG Welder model 55525 - is it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    A= No, probably cost more for them to look at the machine-even IF they would consider it, than what the machine is worth*.

    You can try and take the gun apart and see if anything is causing a problem with the gun. Even name brand machines have gun problems.


    Simliar version*
    https://www.harborfreight.com/170-am...der-68885.html

    better model:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/mig-17...put-64805.html
    Hi, Broccoli1, I rather figured having someone look at it, that it wouldn't be worth the cost to have them repair it. It would be more cost effective to buy a new unit. It's just too bad that I didn't have an opportunity to use it before it went '**** up'. But I was looking at the 170amp dc240 from Harbor Freight as a replacement. I have a 240 plug I use for my house generator I plug my welder into, with a 50' cable too. So I can weld from any location in the garage, which is nice.

    So thanks to everyone that has provided feedback and guidance. I'm looking forward to learning much more about proper welding techniques.

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