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Craftsman  Arc Welder

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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Capacity:
Length (in.): 17
Torch Cable Length (Ft.): 6
Width (in.): 12
Work Cable Length (Ft.): 6
Color and Styling:
Color/Finish: Craftsman Red
Dimensions:
Depth (in.): 9
Product Overview:
Cooling Fan: No
Foot Pedal: No
Item Weight (lbs.): 29
Package Contents: Face shield, combination chipping hammer & brush, electrode holder, ground clamp and starter pack of electrodes.
Polarity: DC
Portable: Yes
Power Supply: Electric
Spool Gun Capable: No
Welding Processes: Stick (SMAW)
Included with Item:
Case Included: No
Consumables Storage: No
Cylinder Platform: No
Pressure Regulator: No
Shoulder Strap: No
Power:
Input Power (Volts/Phase/Hertz): 115/Single/60
Input Voltage: 115
Rated Output (Amps/Volts/Duty Cycle): 60/90/20%
Safety Enhancements:
Overload Protection: Yes
Cord:
Cord Length (ft.): 6
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels or Casters: No
Warranties & Coverage:
General Warranty: 3 year limited
Installation:
Assembly Required: Assembly Required
Certifications:
Certifications: CSA Approved

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Product Description

Craftsman Arc Welder for Portable Home Fabrication and Repair Needs

The ability to weld in your home shop opens up all manner of possibilities for creation and repair, and the Craftsman stick arc welder lets you do it with low-cost convenience. This portable unit is lightweight and compact, so it's perfect to take with you to different job sites or to save space in your garage. With the ability to weld up to 3/16 inch steel, it's the go-to welder for small fabrication projects, spot welds or auto-body repair.

Weighing in at just 29 pounds, this Craftsman arc welder can be moved anywhere you need for light welding work. Use it with 1/16 or 5/64 inch rod, and plug it into any standard 120v electrical outlet. You don't have to worry about specialized electrical wiring or bringing the job to the welder. The welder comes with a face mask, brush and chipping hammer so you can get to work, straight out of the box.

  • Lightweight Craftsman stick arc welder works with both 1/16" and 5/64" rod
  • All it needs is a standard 120v electrical outlet
  • Compact unit is easy to store anywhere
  • Effective on up to 3/16 in. metal in a single pass
  • Comes with a mask, chipping brush and hammer

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Added on October 21, 2010

 

Overall, others give this:

13 Reviews Write a review
9 Reviewers (69.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise8 found this helpful
sunflowerskip
May 2 , 2007
Thats a Far "5" Star!
I "will" recommend this job from a little job to a big job. I like it best because it will run off of 120 and not 220, that makes will make it easier on everyone from beginners to certified. I've used this welder numerous times and the best part is I don't need an extra 50 feet of cord. Don't have to hunt down a 220 outlet. I've welded from 1/64th" flat metal and I've used it on 1/2" angle also. It does the job just right, and don't forget guys to stock up on the welding rod's, that's just how much you'll want to weld some more. The price, well you simply can't beat that. Keep it up Sears, I will be there for all your sales....
Criticism6 found this helpful
msneary
Oct 25 , 2011
Doesn't work.

Looks nice. Came with stuff to get you started, unlike a lot of others that are more expensive. But this thing isn't putting out enough juice to even start an arc. It sparks, but only as much as what you'd get from a nearly dead car battery. No matter how high the setting, I can't get it to start an arc - even with the supplied electrodes. When I couldn't get an arc started on some exhaust work I wanted to use this on,  I  took a piece of Bethlem steel, and ground it shiny in two places, one for the ground clamp and one to try striking an arc. I used to be a professional welder, so I know how to stick weld. Still no joy. Wishing to rule out the extension cord I was using, I plugged in right at the house. Nope, still no arc. I called the 1-800 number to ask what the manufacturer (Forney) recommends, but it went to voicemail and I'm awaiting a call-back. Someone else who reviewed this unit had a similar problem due to broken cheap internal parts, but I opened mine (10 screws instead of the 8 he reported) and everything seems intact and well connected. Unless Forney calls back with a simple fix, I'll be taking this back and picking up Miller, Lincoln, or Hobart somewhere else. Forney didn't call back, so I called them. Got to speak to a real person right away! And while they were very friendly and tried to help, when I explained the steps I had taken and the results I had (not) achieved, they could only recommend I take it back. Sears gave me no hassle about the return, even apologized for the inconvenience. So while I was there I purchased one of their Max Access sets, which I'll reivew at a later time. I bought a used Hobart wire feed welder and that's working fine.

 

emtmom2003

Doyline, LA

Oct 27 , 2013
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Overall
Perfect 110 welder

Compact, convenient, and my husband loves it!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Leeandamy01

Logan, WV

Jun 26 , 2013
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Awesome welder perfect for those small jobs

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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DC101

Brooklyn, NY

Jun 29 , 2012
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Performance

Very dissatisfied with the way it works. It did not burn the rods efficently . I feel so disappointed,seems like a waste of my money. Wondering if i waited too long to try returning it.


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Hoody

Sanford, ME

Mar 15 , 2012
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Not what I was expecting.

First I paid for two day shipping, it took five business days. When it did arrive the box and weld machine its self were damaged, I had to take the machine apart to find more internal damage. After I repaired the machine I found it could not handle 3/32 electrode like advertised on box. I guess you get what you pay for, although the price was right for what I need the machine to do and it will work until a better machine can be purchased.


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thatemtguy

Wilton, NH

Feb 29 , 2012
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For the money great value!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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msneary

Rochester, NY

Oct 25 , 2011
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Doesn't work.

Looks nice. Came with stuff to get you started, unlike a lot of others that are more expensive. But this thing isn't putting out enough juice to even start an arc. It sparks, but only as much as what you'd get from a nearly dead car battery. No matter how high the setting, I can't get it to start an arc - even with the supplied electrodes. When I couldn't get an arc started on some exhaust work I wanted to use this on,  I  took a piece of Bethlem steel, and ground it shiny in two places, one for the ground clamp and one to try striking an arc. I used to be a professional welder, so I know how to stick weld. Still no joy. Wishing to rule out the extension cord I was using, I plugged in right at the house. Nope, still no arc. I called the 1-800 number to ask what the manufacturer (Forney) recommends, but it went to voicemail and I'm awaiting a call-back. Someone else who reviewed this unit had a similar problem due to broken cheap internal parts, but I opened mine (10 screws instead of the 8 he reported) and everything seems intact and well connected. Unless Forney calls back with a simple fix, I'll be taking this back and picking up Miller, Lincoln, or Hobart somewhere else. Forney didn't call back, so I called them. Got to speak to a real person right away! And while they were very friendly and tried to help, when I explained the steps I had taken and the results I had (not) achieved, they could only recommend I take it back. Sears gave me no hassle about the return, even apologized for the inconvenience. So while I was there I purchased one of their Max Access sets, which I'll reivew at a later time. I bought a used Hobart wire feed welder and that's working fine.


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hsd

Dayton, OH

Jun 7 , 2011
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Broken amp guage x2 ! Self-fix...

I got the first one home and the amp indicator was not registering when I turned the dial. It also would not spark very well and my rods kept sticking...

I exchanged it for another one and guess what... that one had the same problem!!

Since this was the last one in the area for under $200, I took a looksee to see if I could fix it myself. The case cover came off easily (8 screws). Inside, the bracket holding the regulating plates together was clean broken off. [I didn't expect cheap platic from Craftsman,even on an inexpensive tool]. Anyway, I got rid of the broken stuff and zip-tied the plates back into the moving bracket. This did the trick. Now the amps can be set, the guage works and I'm only sticking the rod every so often now (my fault).

Also the accessories are really cheap. Would it have been too much trouble to at least put a strap on the hand-held face shield? You'll have to go buy a better helmet and slag hammer.

I would recommend this product because it is inexpensive and portable and easy to fix.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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luckywin1

Milbank, SD

Mar 16 , 2011
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Craftsman Arc Welder

I purchased this unit a couple of years ago and it has served me well. It's a great little welder and is good for thin steel and perfect for exhaust work. I have also used this for some small auto repair work. Have not had any problems with it in the couple of years that I have had it. It is a great welder and would recommend it to anyone. Another plus is that it is portable and you can move it around.


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DJA0100

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Aug 4 , 2008
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4 stars

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Richard4

Carlisle, Kentucky 40311

Jun 16 , 2007
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An excellent welder

I haven't had this welder but a couple of months but it has done exactly what I wanted it to do. It won't weld heavy metal but will weld up to an 1/8 with ease. Its price is very good and hard to beat. I use it for business, powered by a generator and it still runs and welds very good. I have given it 5 stars in all things, because it derserves it. Experiment with it, use the right type and size of rods and you will be well pleased! And I especially like that it runs on 110 current. Thumbs up!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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