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Century FC90 Flux Core Wire Feed Welder for $184.99 @ Amazon

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This is a good hobbyist welder, similar to the Harbor Freight Titanium 125. No, it's not for people who weld everyday, but it should be good for certain household repairs, projects, and hobbies.

It shares some of the components, such as the gun and wire feeder with the HF model, but the internal electronic components are different. It also lacks some of the consumables (e.g. extra tips and wire) that come with the HF model.

It's currently $185, and it has been that low a few other times, according to the Camel. It's currently $229 at HD.

https://www.amazon.com/Century-K3...B07JYNB7WD

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Ships from and sold by Northern Tool + Equipment
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How loud is it
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all you will really hear is a fan inside. Not loud at all. But, since it does look identical to the HF welder, I would wait until you find a coupon for that one. I bought mine for $160 (plus tax) with a coupon.
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could anyone give a comparison of this to the hobart? They look pretty similar (other than $45 difference), but I don't know much.
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Can this weld 1/4 inch? Would like to make a grill grate and bbq.
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Can this weld 1/4 inch? Would like to make a grill grate and bbq.
I have the titanium 125 (which is comparable to this) and yes 1/4 is easily welded on it.

Link of a review: https://youtu.be/uDF-vZG850M
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Can this weld 1/4 inch? Would like to make a grill grate and bbq.
I welded a lot of 1/4" with the Titanium 125. You have to take breaks. I tripped the 20A dedicated breaker multiple times by trying to push it.
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And another "Noob" question, if someone knows, please give us your thoughts:

Can this be used to build-up welds to fill-in rusted-out sheet metal?

The leading edge of the roof on my '74 Charger is rotting-out in places ...... has a vinyl halo top, didn't know of this cancer till i heard and felt *crunch* sounds under the vinyl and chrome trim.

It's also into the A pillars :<

There are no aftermarket roof skins for Chargers '71 and up.

I'd rather build-up a weld before a LIGHT SKIM of bondo, than to bondo it over

I don't think i could use lead because I see this as an integral part of the unibody design, and I've got a half-inch (max) gap to fill-in.

I know it'll take patience and time to build-up the gap with welds, but I've no other choice, at this point.

....... I'm also thinking of ditching the halo .... so that edge needs to be good looking if i do go without the vinyl.

I think this kind of welder will work best, please lmk if you agree or disagree (?) .... and what alternative you have in mind.

Thanks in advance 👍

..... and yes, definitely: MoPar or no car Wink
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Do I need it? Seems manly to have...
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Do I need it? Seems manly to have...
It will look very manly parked next to the credenza. Just hope your husband doesn't mind the mismatched decor.
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I have this welder, it's a great portable toaster size for quick jobs. I've used it to fab up some 3/16 plate for a project and anything around 3/16 to 1/4" will require beveled edges for adequate penetration.

This won't be a replacement for a nice 140 mig, keep in mind it's flux core, but it's great because it's portable and easy to set up. I wouldn't use it for thin sheet metal bodywork unless you're willing to practice a lot and spot weld/grind due to heat intrinsic with flux core welding.

Feel free to ask any questions.
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It will look very manly parked next to the credenza. Just hope your husband doesn't mind the mismatched decor.
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What kind of upgrade is this from the cheapest hf flux 90?
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And another "Noob" question, if someone knows, please give us your thoughts:

Can this be used to build-up welds to fill-in rusted-out sheet metal?

The leading edge of the roof on my '74 Charger is rotting-out in places ...... has a vinyl halo top, didn't know of this cancer till i heard and felt *crunch* sounds under the vinyl and chrome trim.

It's also into the A pillars :<

There are no aftermarket roof skins for Chargers '71 and up.

I'd rather build-up a weld before a LIGHT SKIM of bondo, than to bondo it over

I don't think i could use lead because I see this as an integral part of the unibody design, and I've got a half-inch (max) gap to fill-in.

I know it'll take patience and time to build-up the gap with welds, but I've no other choice, at this point.

....... I'm also thinking of ditching the halo .... so that edge needs to be good looking if i do go without the vinyl.

I think this kind of welder will work best, please lmk if you agree or disagree (?) .... and what alternative you have in mind.

Thanks in advance 👍

..... and yes, definitely: MoPar or no car Wink
Flux core is MESSY. The flux core of the wire is what provides the gas shield when heated up and burned for the weld to take, but it also causes lots of splatter of your filler material. If you tinkered with the settings enough to get the right heat/wire speed combo this would theoretically work, but it wouldn't be my recommendation.

It's a bit counterintuitive, but when it comes to thinner metals you actually need more expensive welding processes like TIG, unless you're REALLY good at oxy/acetylene welding/brazing. TIG allows you to have the most precise control over both heat and filler material, allowing you to join the materials with the least amount of warping and heat distortion.
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