WELDERS BUYING GUIDE

Whether you're stick welding, wire-feed welding or TIG welding, Harbor Freight has the welder you need to get the job done right! Our Chicago Electric Welding brand offers a full line of welders for the novice and professional alike. Each welder delivers top performance with a low price that won't burn up your budget! Check out our buying guide below to find the right welder for your application.

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#68888

70 Amp Arc Welder


Basic welding and outdoor
environments that don't require
quick welding. Primarily used
on ferrous metals, though
certain electrodes can be used
with other metals such as
copper, nickel and aluminum.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding or
"Stick Welding" – This is the
oldest manual welding process
using an electrode or "stick" to
strike an arc with the metal
surface to create the weld. The
consumable electrode contains
flux material that creates a
shielding gas, which along with
"slag" residue protects the weld
from impurities.

120 volts, 20 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

40-70 amps AC

22 volts

42 volts

20% @ 70 amps

1/16" – 3/32"


Steel, stainless steel, cast iron




Includes: hand held face shield,
wire brush / chipping hammer
combo, 5 electrodes, 10 ft.
electrode cable and holder, 6.5 ft.
ground cable

#69029

225 Amp Arc Welder


Basic welding and outdoor
environments that don't require
quick welding. Primarily used
on ferrous metals, though
certain electrodes can be used
with other metals such as
copper, nickel and aluminum.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding or
"Stick Welding" – This is the
oldest manual welding process
using an electrode or "stick" to
strike an arc with the metal
surface to create the weld. The
consumable electrode contains
flux material that creates a
shielding gas, which along with
"slag" residue protects the weld
from impurities.

240 volts, 49 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

55 to 270 amps

30 volts @ 220 amps

48 volts

20% @ 225 amps

1/16" – 1/4"


Steel, stainless steel, cast iron

1/16" to 1/4" thick steel and up


Includes: hand held face shield,
wire brush / chipping hammer
combo, 6 ft welding cable and electrode holder, 6 ft grounding cable and clamp, 5 pieces
welding electrode

#91110

80 Amp Inverter Arc Welder


Basic welding and outdoor
environments that don't require
quick welding. Primarily used
on ferrous metals, though
certain electrodes can be used
with other metals such as
copper, nickel and aluminum.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding or
"Stick Welding" – This is the
oldest manual welding process
using an electrode or "stick" to
strike an arc with the metal
surface to create the weld. The
consumable electrode contains
flux material that creates a
shielding gas, which along with
"slag" residue protects the weld
from impurities.

120 volts, 20 amps (120 volts), 21 amps (240 volts) single phase, 60 Hz

10 to 80 amps

27 volts

60 volts

35% @ 75 amps

1/16" – 3/32"


Mild steel,stainless steel, cast iron

18 gauge (3/16" thick)


Includes: shoulder strap





#68887

90 Amp Flux Wire Welder


Windy conditions and outdoor
work since a shielding gas is not
needed and the device is more
portable.  Good for low or mild
alloy steel and
nickel alloys.


Flux core wire welding – an
automated process that does not
require a shielding gas since the
flux wire itself contains material
that turns into a shielding gas
when exposed to high heat
conditions.  The consumable flux
wire electrode is continuously fed
through the welding gun at
various speeds depending on
usage and user skill.

120 volts, 20 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

60 to 120 amps





20% @ 90 AC amps

0.030" to 0.035"


Mild, low alloy steel (not suitable for aluminum or stainless steel)



Includes: Spare contact tip, hand-
held face shield, wire brush/
chipping hammer combo, spool of
flux core wire, 6 ft. welding cable
w/gun, 6 ft. ground cable w/clamp

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#68885

170 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder


Indoor use and stable air
environments where the shielding
gas can be effective. Good for
carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper,
nickel and other alloys.


Metal Inert Gas Welding, or
"MIG Welding" – An automated
process that uses a shielding gas
along with welding wire to create
an arc with the metal surface and
form a weld. The consumable
wire electrode is continuously
fed through the welding gun at
various speeds depending on
usage and user skill.


240 volts, 20 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

30 to 170 amps

22 volts @ 110 amps

40 volts

20% @ 110 amps


0.023" to 0.030"& 0.035"

Mild/low carbon steel and stainless
steel (does not weld aluminum)

18 gauge up to 1/4"


Includes: hand held face shield,
wire brush / chipping hammer
combo, three contact tips
(0.035", 0.030", 0.023"), 30" long
gas hose, hose clamp (2 pc),
1 lb. spool of 0.030" flux core wire

#68886

180 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Welder


Indoor use and stable air
environments where the shielding
gas can be effective. Good for
carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper,
nickel and other alloys.


Metal Inert Gas Welding, or
"MIG Welding" – An automated
process that uses a shielding gas
along with welding wire to create
an arc with the metal surface and
form a weld. The consumable
wire electrode is continuously
fed through the welding gun at
various speeds depending on
usage and user skill.


240 volts AC, 24 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

30 to 180 amps DC

24 volts @ 140 amps DC

34 volts

20% @ 140 amps


0.023"(0.6mm), 0.030"(0.8mm), 0.035"(0.9mm)
Mild/low carbon steel and stainless
steel (does not weld aluminum)

18 gauge up to 1/4"


Includes: hand held face shield,
wire brush / chipping hammer
combo, 1 lb. spool of 0.030" flux
core wire, three nozzles (0.035",
0.030", 0.023"), 30" long gas
hose, two hose clamps, manual

#66787

240 Volt Inverter Arc/Tig Welder


Creating the most clean and
precise welds for any type of metal.
Typically used on thin sections of
stainless steel as well as other
non-ferrous metals like aluminum,
magnesium and copper alloys.


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or
"TIG welding" – A manual process,
the permanent and non-
consumable tungsten electrode
heats the metal you are welding
and the gas being used protects
the weld from impurities. A filler
metal is typically used to facilitate
the weld (though it is not required
for all welds) and Argon gas is
the common shielding gas.

240 volts, 16-25 amps,
single phase, 60 Hz

10 to 130 amps

32 volts @ 130 amps, TIG: 23volts
@ 130 amps
75 volts

40% at 130 amps, 60% at 120
amps, 100% at 80 amps

1/16" to 3/32"

Mild steel, low alloy steel, stainless
steel (not suitable for aluminum)

MMA: 18 gauge (1/4" thick),
TIG: 22 gauge (1/8" thick)

Includes: 1/8" collet body,
1/16"& 3/32" collets, size 5 & 6
gas nozzles, long and short back
caps, 1/16"& 3/32" (one each)
EWG tungsten electrodes, three
1/8" stick electrodes

#98233

240 Volt Inverter Arc/TIG Welder


Creating the most clean and
precise welds for any type of metal.
Typically used on thin sections of
stainless steel as well as other
non-ferrous metals like aluminum,
magnesium and copper alloys.


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or
"TIG welding" – A manual process,
the permanent and non-
consumable tungsten electrode
heats the metal you are welding
and the gas being used protects
the weld from impurities. A filler
metal is typically used to facilitate
the weld (though it is not required
for all welds) and Argon gas is
the common shielding gas.

240 volts, MMA: 37 amps, TIG:
11 amps, single phase, 60 Hz

10 to 165 amps

MMA: 28 volts @ 165 amps,
TIG: 11 volts @ 165 amps
69 volts

30% at 165 amps, 100% at 140
amps

MMA: 3/32"-3/16", TIG: 1/16"-1/8"

Mild steel, low alloy steel, stainless
steel (not suitable for aluminum)

MMA: 18 gauge (3/8" thick),
TIG: 22 gauge (3/16 thick)

Includes: 1/8" collet body,
1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 1/8" collets,
size 4, 5, 6, 7 gas nozzles, long
and short back caps



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