Lidl Arc Welder £39.99@Lidl instore
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Lidl Arc Welder £39.99@Lidl instore

£39.99LIDL Deals
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Found 10th May 2013
Available from Monday 13th. May
A cursory search for cheaper Arc Welders doesn't find much.
Lidl Blurb;
Includes earth clamp, electrode holder, face shield and chipping hammer with wire brush
Robust powder-coated sheet steel housing
Thermal overheat protection with indicator light
Adjustable operating current from 40 - 80A
Electrode size range Ø (mm): 1.6 - 2.5
Welding material thickness (mm): 1.5 - 3
3 year manufacturer's warranty

15 Comments

Original Poster

Anyone reckon this is a good buy for someone who wants to try his hand at arc welding ?

80Amps seems a bit too little

I bought a similar one from Aldi a few years ago and its Ok for occasional use on thick metal ie gates etc. You cannot use this for welding cars or thin metal.
My one is 160A so quite a bit of difference.
Edited by: "flang" 10th May 2013

Better with mig

Bigbil

Better with mig

Agree.

with so little current u can use only tiny electrodes. Maybe will work welding 2mm thick pieces of metal. For this price u can't expect too much so if your budget allows I would personally look for something better, like 140-200Amps

These are low power cheapo little welders with a limited range of uses. No mention of a cooling fan so when welding on 80amps (OK for welding 2>2.5mm mild steel) & using a 2mm electrode I would not expect it to last more than 2 or 3 minutes from cold until the thermal protection cut in and then have to wait around 10 minutes before it resets and you would get about another 1 minutes welding again before the thermal protection cut in again........like I said limited. BTW you can go upto 140 amps output from a 13amp supply if you are looking at alternative welders. Also many of the Parkside products are also sold under the Einhell brand I believe.

Bigbil

Better with mig



True but getting argon gas is difficult for home use.

EastLondon

True but getting argon gas is difficult for home use.


Co2 which pubs use is often used I believe

Amps on this set make it impractical for most uses

EastLondon

True but getting argon gas is difficult for home use.



No it's not. Mig is the main seller in welding. Thousands sold per year, but you can't get gas? Arc isn't suitable for a novice

Gap in the market

I going into mig gas sales

Bigbil

No it's not. Mig is the main seller in welding. Thousands sold per year, … No it's not. Mig is the main seller in welding. Thousands sold per year, but you can't get gas? Arc isn't suitable for a noviceGap in the marketI going into mig gas sales



I have been MIG/TIG welding for 15 years daily for work not for a hobby.

If you want a decent sized argon canister you will need to go to BOC and you will need the be a company as stated on their site

http://www.boconline.co.uk/en/how-to-buy/opening-a-boc-account/index.html

you can buy the hobby canisters but are too small and expensive compared to BOC

londongases.co.uk/lgh…php

there are other places to get gas Eg. ebay.co.uk/itm…6ad

marty-401

there are other places to get gas Eg. … there are other places to get gas Eg. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/co2-gas-cylinder-refill-for-welding-argon-mix-beer70-30-paint-ball-aquarium-/121108432557?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c32a006ad



Will do for basic steel welding but no good for tig as it needs 99% pure argon for good welds and protect the tungsten tip.would not use it for stainless mig welding also.

This seems a strange thread that's gone way off the original post aboua cheapo ARC welder. Any way a very good arc welder combined with a highly skilled welder and the correct rods will give great results. An average welder with a good mig can achieve good results also.
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