There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to choosing a Tig/Stick welder. If you’re looking for machine that can handle a heavy load without crapping out on you, you can’t go wrong with the PowerARC 140 from Everlast.
It comes in at 25 pounds and has a capacity of 140A. It uses 120/240V power, has a digital display, a 35% duty cycle, and comes with a decent carrying case.
Given it’s diminutive size and capability to keep up with larger models, the price is a steal.
Everlast welding equipment is manufactured in China, and while this isn't always bad, it can sometimes lead to quality control issues. Though we didn't experience any issues with ours, those looking for a tool that they can rely on day in and day out may want to look at a higher quality unit from Miller or Hobart.
That said, for the price it offers great power and a reasonable duty cycle. We wouldn't consider it as the workhorse of a shop, but for work around the house or farm it could certainly suffice. Let's take a deeper look.
The Everlast PowerArc 140 is intended to be a capable and portable welder. That said it’s not going to be the type of unit you can use on heavier jobs. It has some great features but is lacking in terms of beefiness. If you’re looking for a basic home welder this could be just what you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for something you can rely on for a business you’ll be better off with one of the more pro grade models.
It is DC capable only so if you’re looking to weld aluminum, you’ll need a model that is AC/DC capable.
On a side note, it is one of the most energy efficient welders in its market segment. The dual voltage capability offers some decent flexibility.
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