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Northern Industrial Welders Flux Core 125 115V Flux Cored Welder - 125 Amp Output

Item# 628575
This Northern Industrial Welders 125 flux core welder welds 18-gauge mild steel up to 3/16in. thick. With a host of great features at a fraction of the price of other brands, this flux core welder is great for a wide variety of jobs around the house, the farm, the shop, even the demolition derby pit. With dependable performance, it's sure to be an instant favorite. Amps 125, Power Cord ft. 6, Regulator and Gas Hose Included No, Volts 115, Clamp Cable Length ft. 6, Dimensions L x W x H in. 18 x 10 x 12, Weld Thickness in. 18 ga.-3/16 in. steel, Weldable Metals Carbon steel, Shielding Gas Required No, Wire Feed Speed Control Infinite, Cart Optional, Mig Ready Flux-core only, Duty Cycle 20 @ 80A, Welding Wire Diameter in. 0.030, 0.035. Operates on readily-available 115V/20 amp power - no special wiring required Convenient carry handle and compact size for easy portability Trigger-activated arc keeps wire electrically cold when not welding Two voltage settings for versatility Includes heavy-duty flux core gun and ground clamp Gun uses common Tweco-Style replacement parts Infinite wire speed control for flexibility in working with different materials On-board setup guide located right on the door for easy setup Adapts to use 4in. wire spools or 8in. spools with included spool adapter Works with 0.030 or 0.035 wire Built-in thermal overload protection
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Questions & Answers for Northern Industrial Welders Flux Core 125 115V Flux Cored Welder - 125 Amp Output

Question

Is this welder ready to work out the box or do i need anything else with it?

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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mikeham
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answer 1
Staff Answer
This welder includes everything you need to start using immediately. Please see the link below for a helmet that is recommended for use with any welder.
 
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answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert36
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answer 2
nothing else needed, ready to go
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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taffy
 - Mississippi
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answer 3
All you need is a helmet and gloves, comes with wire, extra tips and hammer brush. But you can add all kinds of extras, clamps, grinders ect
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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RickyD007
 - Hopewell Junction NY
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answer 4
Welder is ready right out of the box. Just load the wire, put on your helment and start welding.

I love mine. I've ran about 3# of wire through is so far.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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DrDavo
 - Springfield, Mo.
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answer 5
You will need to purchase gloves, and a good auto darkening helmet.

the wire it comes with is .030....seems to be okay quality, but I ususaly use a name brand
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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SpacePowder
 - Katy, Texas
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answer 6
As long as you have a helmet and gloves, out of the box. Follow the simple set up instructions and you will be welding in less than 20 mins.
answered 2 years ago
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barney77
 - Canton, CT
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answer 7
It's pretty much ready to go. Although I would suggest buying some high quality Name brand wire to go in it. You'll be amazed at the difference in your bead with the new wire! I bought and used mine a few weeks ago,and ran about 5 pounds of wire through it, and it worked great.
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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answer 8
Yes it has every thing to work right out of the box except a helmet
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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AAK1
 - Colver, PA
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answer 9
Besides the obvious answers about needing gloves, helmet and other safety items, mine did NOT come with any wire so I have to take exception to the statement that it comes complete, ready to weld. Was not an issue for me to get the wire but the ad did not mention that it came with wire so I wasn't disappointed in what I received.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
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vcb999
 - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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Question

Can this be used for auto body repair?

Can this be used for auto body repair of rust repair?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
by
KBizzle
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Yes, but you will have to "stitch weld" repair panels to keep them from warping. Watch your wire speed, set it at 2 with the currant set at 25 to 30 amps and it does fine
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Theforkliftguy
 - Hayden, Al
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answer 2
Yes we have used it at the car club as we restored a 66 Mustang.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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den1103
 - Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin
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answer 3
Yes it can be used for auto body repair as long as you are careful about the current settings and do not overweld. I used mine to repair a quarterpanel AFTER trying it on an old hood. At first I was blowing holes thru it, but changed to the .030 wire - which it comes with - and set the lower of the two settings with wire feed at or near "1" and made some nice welds. Once I got the hang of it I did the quarter panel on my truck and, after sanding and painting, you cannot see where the weld is! Good luck at your task!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Bill99Ranch
 - Springtown, TX
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answer 4
yes it works better on thiner metal in a single pass just need good metal to weld to so cut out the rust and put your patch panel in place and out it on with a spot here and there then grind to your liking
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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handyguy38701
 - Greenville, MS
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answer 5
Maybe

It has decent range for adjsutments of feed rate and current. For autobody panel work I would go for a wire feed welder with more range of adjustment just to be sure. If you are doing several rust repairs yourself, the cost saving will more than allow for buying the welder with finer adjustments.

For frame repair on modern automobiles this welder has the capacity.

Paul GD
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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PaulGD
 - New Jersey
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answer 6
Yes it can, although it will not be as easy as with a mig welder, or as clean a weld, it will work.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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masterwelder
 - canada
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answer 7
It isnt rated for the thinner sheet metal, you will end up either warping the sheet metal, or burning holes if you try to weld a continous bead... but with that said, I used it to weld up a floorpan in a Jeep YJ and, other than the problems stated above, it did a fair job. I just had to go slow and let the sheet metal cool between tacks. (about a second or two, and I moved from spot to spot.)
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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answer 8
Staff Answer
No, this is a flux core welder only. For auto body repair you would need to use a MIG welder with a shielding gas. The rust needs to be removed before welding.
 
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Question

Warning light/indicator

Does this welder have a thermal protection warning light or indicator of some sort?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
Staff Answer
Yes it is located on the front of the welder. When the welder starts to get to warm the light will go on. The light then goes off when it is ok to resume welding again.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert25
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answer 2
yes it does on the frontin the middle of the machine
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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handyguy38701
 - Greenville, MS
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answer 3
Yes it has a temperature overload warning light
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Playero63
 - Tupper Lake NY
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answer 4
yes
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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rfch
 - NC
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answer 5
Yes
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Ljintexas
 - San Antonio
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answer 6
Yes it does, Plus a re-set AND fused protection as well.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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KensMobileHotRodReoair
 - Twain Harte, Ca
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answer 7
Yes, there is a Overheat light on the front of the unit, that will go off if the unit overheats and shuts down to cool. I used this model and did some fairly heavy welding with it, and never had it overheat. I could hear the fan kick in, but it never shut down.
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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Question

aluminum

Will this unit work for welding aluminum?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
no need sheiding gas for aluminum
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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tigman26
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answer 2
No, it will not weld aluminum.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Machiner
 - Tennessee
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answer 3
No, it will not. You will need some advanced knowledge and a spool gun to weld aluminum.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
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BobbyTheBuilder
 - Memphis, TN
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answer 4
nope, you would need a much pricier welder for that.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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woelkchr
 - East Lansing, MI
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answer 5
Top 25 Contributor
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no you cannot weld aluminum with this welder
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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nnwelder
 - newport news, va
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answer 6
Staff Answer
No, this is a flux core welder only. You need a MIG welder to weld aluminum. Aluminum requires a shielding gas. Please see below for a MIG welder.
 
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Question

Extension Cord

Since my shop has a wood floor I will be doing all my welding outside in the driveway. I need a 25-50' extension cord to get there. What size do I need,12/3 for 25' or 10/3 for 50' sound right?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Frkzila
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answer 1
Staff Answer
Using an extension cord with the Northern Industrial Welders Flux Core 125 115V Flux Cored Welder is not recommended. If an extension cord is necessary, make sure the cord can handle 120 volts and carry 20 amps. The size of the cord will vary depending on the distance being traveled. We would recommend contacting a local electrical supply store to ensure requirements are met.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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ProductExpert29
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answer 2
Always use the largest cord available... for maximum life of the tool and best quality welds.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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KensMobileHotRodReoair
 - Twain Harte, Ca
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answer 3
I basically do the same thing. I use the heavier wire extension cord with no problems.
answered 2 years ago
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barney77
 - Canton, CT
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answer 4
I used mine with a heavy gauge 25 ft extention cord with no problems.
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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answer 5
im using a 50' 10/3 and it works fine.
answered 2 years ago
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Wild1
 - NC
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answer 6
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you need a cord that can handle 20 amps of power I would personally use a 10 ga extension cord or heavier
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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nnwelder
 - newport news, va
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Question

Is there an adapter for Argon that can be bought through Northern Tool?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Anonymous
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no
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Rmand
 - Michigan
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answer 2
No
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Northernshopper
 - Florida
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answer 3
This welder is for use with Flux Core wire only.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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den1103
 - Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin
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answer 4
no for flux core only
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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matt030312
 - whitley city,ky
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answer 5
Staff Answer
No, you would need to look at the MIG 140 welder.
 
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answered 8 months ago
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ProductExpert23
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Question

Re-rod connedting

How well does this welder work with re-rod? I am making Christmas display items and am tacking prats together to make stars and other designs. Is this welder sufficient for what I am doing?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
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giac
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answer 1
I am not sure what size rod you are using, but the125 Flux core welder is ideal for use welding mild steel 18 gauge to 3/16". I hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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den1103
 - Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin
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answer 2
Depends upon what size of reinforcing rod you are trying to weld. Greater than 5/16 dia. would be a challenge.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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PaulGD
 - New Jersey
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answer 3
If you are talking about reinforcing rod, such as what goes into a concrete foundation for strength, Yes. Reinforcing rod is typically a grade 40 and has acceptable welding qualities. In nuclear plant foundations all the rebar is welded, not tied, together, for added strength.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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CFord
 - Ethel, Louisiana
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answer 4
Do you mean Re-BAR? If so, this welder will do a great job, tacking pieces together!
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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answer 5
Staff Answer
I assume you are talking about rebar.

This certainly will work well however, I would use a MIG welder for cosmetic reasons. MIG 135 (NTE Item #25236) would be my recommendation and use a shielding gas with a hard wire. Flux core welding will give a very similar result to stick welding. It will weld it, but it is dirty and requires a fair amount of post weld cleaning/wire brushing.
 
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Question

Do you have to use flux wire?

asked 10 months ago
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Anonymous
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This welder is only capable of welding with flux core wire.
answered 10 months ago
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answer 2
Yes
answered 8 months ago
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frezza
 - Florida
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answer 3
Yes, you need to use flux core wire or you will have a dirty weld that will crack or break. The flux carries the impurities to the top of the weld (slag) and you chip it away.
answered 8 months ago
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Hangown
 - TEXAS
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answer 4
Yes, I tried the no flux gas shield and the splatter was too bad.
answered 8 months ago
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EOCS
 - Amarillo, TX
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answer 5
Yes flux wire must be used.
answered 8 months ago
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Wild1
 - NC
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Question

are consumables available?

i.e, does the torch use tweco style tips, diffuser, liner, etc.
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
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Yes, this unit uses Tweco style nozzles. Nozzles and liners are available through Northern in a variety of sizes. These items are available over the phone only. Please contact our sales department @ 1-800-221-0516 for pricing and availability.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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ProductExpert13
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answer 2
unit does use tweco style parts.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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mfdez
 - Marietta, GA
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answer 3
the package lables the accessories as tweco replacement parts.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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Tiny8469
 - Wind Farms, USA
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answer 4
Yes NT sells replacement tips. they are the Tweco style.
answered 2 years ago
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JollySkipper
 - Macon, Georgia
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Question

Will a 10 #roll of wire fit in this welder?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
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answer 1
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Yes, a 8" spool adapter (accommodates the 10lb spools) comes with this unit.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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ProductExpert19
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answer 2
Yes, it comes with an adapter
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Northernshopper
 - Florida
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answer 3
Yes it does, it comes with the adapter for the 10 lbs rolls, that's what I use and I love it
I use .030 and .035 Flux Core
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Playero63
 - Tupper Lake NY
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answer 4
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yes just use the adapter that comes with the welder
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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nnwelder
 - newport news, va
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