This Northern Industrial 125 flux core welder welds 18-gauge up to 3/16in. mild steel for light industrial applications. It should be used with flux core welding only. This welder is factory reconditioned to perform like new. NorthernTool.com offers reconditioned tools and equipment that meets the same standards and quality as new products, yet give you identical features at considerable savings. This welder is warranted for 30 days parts and labor, with Service Protection Plan available. Welding Wire Diameter in. 0.030 or 0.035, Power Cord ft. 6, Regulator and Gas Hose Included No, Cart Optional, Weldable Metals Carbon steel, Wire Feed Speed Control Infinite, Clamp Cable Length ft. 6, Amps 125, Weld Thickness in. 18 ga.-3/16 in. steel, Duty Cycle 20 duty cycle @ 80 Amps, Dimensions L x W x H in. 18 x 10 x 12, Volts 115, Shielding Gas Required No, Mig Ready Flux-core only. Rated output 80 Amps @ 115V DC, 20 duty cycle Uses AC single phase 110/120V, 60 Hz/20 Amp with time delayed fuse and circuit breaker Trigger-activated arc for electrically cold wire when not welding Two heat settings, infinite wire speed control, overload and thermal protection Welding wire is sold separately Item# 164890 flux core is recommended for use with this welder
Average Customer Rating:
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Rating Summary(13 reviews)
11 of 13(85%)would recommend this product to a friend.
"I bought this welder about a year ago and it has been a wonderful investment. I had never had a wirefeed welder before, but had heard how easy they were to use and that is an understatement. You can do just about anything you want with this little welder and one of the best things about it is you can take it anywhere because it only needs 110 volt wall plug to run it as compared to needing a 220 volt. I would recommend anyone that does any welding of any kind to get one of these they are great."
"I upgraded from an old 110v stick welder to this. Last weekend I made a snow blade frame for an old riding mower I had. The welder worked great and by the time I was finished, I was doing some nice looking welds. The only issue I had with the welder is that there was a part missing that holds the wire spool in. I just found a spring and nut that would work and then went to work. I guess that is what "reconditioned" meant in this case: a missing part. No biggie though."
"Bought this about 6 mo ago , have used it for several small projects . Works great , good value for your money. Every guy needs one of these things. Very handy gadget. Easy to use with just a little bit of practice, and doesn't take up much room when not in use."
"Nice reconditioned welder for the price. Unit looks just like new and works great. I expect some of these get returned as many users will not take the time to read the instructions. A reversible feed roller can cause issues if flipped wrong plus proper routing of the wire is needed. Also you need to buy flux wire....Regular mig wire would mess you up. Anyhow, beyong speculation, I find this smooth welder a big bang for the buck for the guy who likes to be able to fix things. Don't forget to buy a roll of wire and protective equipment."
"I bought this welder for small jobs around the house and love the welder. It works great and i have had no problems with this welder at all. Would recommend it to anyone needing to do small stuff around the house."
"I did a fair amount of research and decided to go ahead and take a chance on a cheaper unit. I'm not a pro, but it did well on welding trusses for a 1200 sf building. I didn't notice anything that didn't look like new on this unit. We tried running it on two different generators. It worked better on the older (130 V) generator. We had to turn up the RPMs on the newer generator to get it to work better. (It tended to stick in the tip more on 117 V.) I had no issues with the "Duty cycle" We never tripped the breaker on the welder. (I had three moderately experienced guys cutting and laying out material for me to weld. (The only "duty cycle" issue was my back during the first two days when I was bending over most of the day.) I did figure out that it worked better to take the tips and drill a couple of them out to 1/16" so that they wouldn't clog up so easily. The exact size tip for the wire is not critical; oversize is fine. (I used one and a half spools of the Flux Core Wire 10-Lb. Spool — .030 Wire.) I found that having two tips drilled out worked well; at the first sign of the wire sticking and hesitating in the tip, I just unscrew it with my glove, and the 1/16" hole is often just large enough to be able to slip it off over the end of the wire and put the other tip on. (I was using two tips because I was generally letting one cool and recleaning them by hand. It would be easier and quicker to clean a tip with the 1/16 bit in a cordless drill.) I never had the wire jam in the feeder, just be sure to not set the feeder to tight. I did have the end of the wire get away when installing a spool; be sure to keep track of that end or it starts uncoiling and makes a mess! The low power setting worked well for filling voids, and the high power setting worked for penetrating - even on half inch rebar. Most material was about 3/32" thick. I even used light weight gloves most of the time. I only needed regular heavy welding gloves when welding above my hands. Over all, very pleased with the functionality for the price. (I was surprised though, two 10lb spools of wire were more than the welder itself. One of the spool hubs was significantly cracked in shipping, but it worked fine.)"
"I bought this welder a month ago and have used it 4 times already. I have used it for steel that it is rated for and heavier gauge also. It has lived up to the description and more. I have read some reviews about the feed mechanism, but personally have had no problems. I was a little worried about the "re-condition" label, but could not tell it was anything but new. I would and have recommended this to friends for light welding duties."
"Unit worked great at first. Then the wire feed unit quit working after about a week. Returning the item was easy and they refunded my purchase very quickly. I would purchase from Northern again because of their good customer service."
"Rebuilding a 1972 Chevy p/u. Used it twice to tack patch panels and then the wire feed unit failed. Sounds like the motor gears are stripped. Waiting for either a replacement motor, or I believe I will return it."