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Gas/No-Gas MIG Welder (130A) available from 24th May - £139.99 @ Aldi

£139.99 @ ALDI
Normally Aldi only do stick welders, or fairly low amp mig welders. However, this is the first time I've seen one that could be considered mildly useful. Specs; * 25-130 amps * Turbo fan c…
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7y, 10m agoFound 7 years, 10 months ago
Normally Aldi only do stick welders, or fairly low amp mig welders. However, this is the first time I've seen one that could be considered mildly useful. Specs;

* 25-130 amps
* Turbo fan cooled
* 6 output power settings
* Direct current
* Thermostatic protection
* Suitable for flux welding wire no gas welding
* Useable electrodes 0.6/0.9mm diameter
* Rated voltage: 230V/50Hz

While the quality isn't comparable (PowerCraft vs Clarke), the equivalent combo 130A Mig welder at Machine Mart is tuppence shy of £230.

The Clarke equivalent requires an extra set of bits to turn it into a gas welder, I assume this one needs the same. (Regulator, gas bottle, normal welding wire, etc)
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#1
someone always has to post the main aldi/lidl offer :-D
#2
Yup!! :-D

Although the main deal isn't always the best deal, there have been some real stinkers that would go cold faster than something in a fridge with a broken thermostat, in the middle of January in Iceland...
#3
slimy31;5252812
Yup!! :-D

Although the main deal isn't always the best deal, there have been some real stinkers that would go cold faster than something in a fridge with a broken thermostat, in the middle of January in Iceland...


that made me chuckle :-D
#4
slimy31
While the quality isn't comparable (PowerCraft vs Clarke)

I certainly wouldn't say that Clarke stuff was anything special...it's made cheaply in China like most stuff these days....the chances are that the Aldi welder will probably have the same / similar guts as the Clarke version.
#5
If you search the net you'll find that underneath Power Craft welders are rebranded "Wolf" ones and generally considered to be poor.
For example
http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=1760
http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=1749

The one thing it has going for it though is the amp range is quoted as from 25 to 130 which should make it ideal for car bodywork. (Other cheapie mig welders tend to have around 50 amps as lowest setting which is usually considered too high for car bodywork). The 3 year guarantee sounds good if they will honour it. I've taken something back to Aldi before and there wasn't any hassle, so hopefully if it's crap they'll accept it back. It says it's combination gas/no gas - but there is no regulator shown in the picture.

This is rather tempting. If anyone goes out and buys one, please could you give it a blast and report back? - pics would be useful too :)

I wonder if this might be a better option http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/pro-90-mig-welder/path/diy-mig-welders

Clarke Pro 90 Mig
[FONT="]The kit includes everything to get you started - CO2 gas (390g), regulator, mild steel wire, professional type torch assembly, earth clamp, face shield & helpful user guide / instructions. [/FONT]
[FONT="]Buying the appropriate gas and wire will enable you to use this unit to weld Stainless Steel or Aluminium.[/FONT][LIST]
[*]Power settings from 25 - 90amps. Welds mild steel up to 4mm thickness.
[*]Ventilated cooling to maintain duty cycle.
[*]Uses 0.6 / 0.8mm wire up to 5Kg spool.
[*]Fully variable electronic wire speed control.
[*]Operates from 13amp, 230v domestic power supply.
[*]Thermal overload protection with auto reset.[/LIST]


If all the extras that has don't come with the ALDI one, then that's probably the one to go for.
1 Like #6
I was originally waiting for one of Machinemarts 'VAT free' days to pick up a Clarke 130 Amp, but this has turned up instead. I wanted to avoid a 90 amp one, I'd rather run a 130 amp one at half load than a 90 amp at three quarter load.

I'm not expecting the Aldi one to come with the 'gas' extras, they are usually a cost option. You'll find even the combo ones from Machine Mart come as 'no gas' by default, and you have to buy the other bits (including the regulator) to turn it into a gas welder.

I'll be getting one and I'll stick a note or two up when I've had a go with it.
#8


I've already got one of those, although its just plain black and it only cost me £20. Its very useful having it auto dim though, its alot easier to position the tip than it is with a permanently dark mask. I bought that very early into my welding course, the masks the college provided were not overly pleasant.
#9
Might be worth a read:

http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=12085

Aparently, the Wolf welders often have a 'live wire feed', which (from what I've read) isn't desirable.

Ben.
#10
ben.harris
Might be worth a read:

http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=12085

Aparently, the Wolf welders often have a 'live wire feed', which (from what I've read) isn't desirable.

Ben.


Most welders do. For fluxed it's 'desirable' for the workpiece to be live but I still use live filler. Doesn't seem to make any difference to the MOT man :lol:

You can probably change the polarity anyway for gas work.
#11
good if u want a poor quality welder, not 4 me :(
#12
ben.harris
Might be worth a read:

http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=12085

Aparently, the Wolf welders often have a 'live wire feed', which (from what I've read) isn't desirable.

Ben.


Interestingly following that link then going to the Ebay auction thats in the thread leads to a PowerCraft welder, which says that its not a live wire feed. I'd have probably preferred it to be not live, but I'm sure I'd get used to it.
#13
ben.harris

....Aparently, the Wolf welders often have a 'live wire feed', which (from what I've read) isn't desirable.
Ben.

I understand this Mig welder to work like this...

Welding using shielding gas....
The clamp that attaches to the work piece is the Earth.
The wire that comes out of the end of the torch is live only when the trigger on the torch is pressed....If the trigger wasn't pressed & the wire touched the work piece nothing would happen.

Welding without gas using flux coated wire.
The polarity of the Clamp & Torch are changed by swapping terminals inside the machine....The clamp now becomes live & the wire that comes out of the end of the torch is earth. This set up helps give a better weld when not using shielding gas. Once again welding only takes place when the trigger of the torch is pressed.

Cheers.
#14
Can you use this to weld NATO warplanes or only old Russian Migs?
#15
rossjamesparker
Can you use this to weld NATO warplanes or only old Russian Migs?

Either....but you will need a long extension cable & a high set of steps!
#16
Is this powerful enough to weld JCB buckets?
































Yeah, i'm mocking :lol: Surprised nobody asked it though.....
1 Like #17
Joking aside...
From reading on welding forums cheap Mig welders seem to suffer mainly from wire feed problems, apparently the wire feed speed fluctuates as you are welding & this causes you not to be able to keep the weld flowing so it ends up spitting all over the place & makes a right mess.

There are quite a few threads on the Mig Welding forum covering various modifications that people have done to their welders to solve the wire feed problems.

I found this one quite interesting...
http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=8028

This is a good read also....
http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4061

Cheers.
#18
ben.harris
Might be worth a read:
http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=12085
Aparently, the Wolf welders often have a 'live wire feed', which (from what I've read) isn't desirable.


I don't expect that's the case at all and the misinformation in the link was probably posted by someone with a hidden agenda. I have an Aldi MIG welder from 2 years back and I'm very happy with it. It's gasless. If this one will also take gas, then it sounds even better.
#19
I've just picked one up, and it's even better than I first thought;

1. It is a non live torch, so easy to use.
2. It actually comes with a can of gas, mini regulator (I guess for disposable cans?), normal and flux cored starter spools, and a face shield (next to useless though!)
3. 5 spare tips, 2 x 0.6, 2 x 0.8 and one 0.9 for MIG.

So all in all a great package for the money, much more than I was expecting. I was expecting to have to pay a bit more for the regulator and gas, but since its in there already, I'm very happy!

It doesn't come with a plug, it says it can operate from a normal plug for low settings, but for high settings it needs a 30 amp fused spur. Good job I had one fitted when I had the garage built! :)

There was only one on display though, I'm guesing because the shelving couldn't carry many of them...or their stock is limited...
#20
slimy31;5304750
I've just picked one up, and it's even better than I first thought;.


Thanks very much for the update and info. Had any chance to have a go yet? Any indication of what it may be rebranded from?
#21
To be honest its not even come out of the box yet!! This nice weather is too good to be sat indoors welding...
#22
OK, I've opened it up now, its a rebadged Wolf. Even the support desk is [url]www.wolfsomething.com/powercraft[/url]...

it also has a 3 year manufacturer warranty, I guess on top of the 2 year Aldi warranty.
#23
Have you tried welding with it yet?
#24
Last year i purchased a wolf welder gas/gasless off ebay brand new for around £150.. Used it on gasless for the time being until i got gas, only using it for thin car material for banger racing, if added up only used for around 10 hours! Packed up the other week and has been sent off whilst still under warrenty and they seem to be taking there time to look at it! Definatly would'nt go for a wolf again but seemed a good price at the time.

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