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    Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    Has anyone seen one? Can another brand be retrofitted?
    How about this one?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spool-Gun-...3e073b0a21035z

    If there is a tread already about this already, I couldn't find it.

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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    Not worth the time or effort.
    Stick some 5356 wire in the welder and bottle of argon and weld on. The guns are short so it will feed ok.

    Just be sure to use 65 minutes of post flow as indicated by our resident expert welder nolife or motolife. I forget.
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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    That would be a good project, let us know how you make out with it.
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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamble View Post
    Not worth the time or effort.
    Stick some 5356 wire in the welder and bottle of argon and weld on. The guns are short so it will feed ok.

    Just be sure to use 65 minutes of post flow as indicated by our resident expert welder nolife or motolife. I forget.
    That's cool if it will work that way! Does the liner need to be changed?

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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    No, nobody not even harbor freight sells liners for their own welders. Another down fall of their machines. When the liner is bad you need to buy a new gun.
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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    Those liners look just like the covering on a cable control. You know the kind they use on throttle cables for lawn mowers. I think someone could make a great living buying some harbor freight items and parting them out.

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    Re: Spool Gun for Harbor Freight / Chicago Electric Mig Welders

    Harbor Freight is the worst I have seen on parts. I bought a mig 170 for $60 that was on a table for 1/2 off of $120. They said it was refurbished. I opened it when I got home and it has a burnt rectifier. I think they will let me exchange it for a new one if I buy a 2 year warranty.

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