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The price scares me. I don't see how it would be possible to manufacture it and ship it here and still make a profit. I have a cheap $120 ? wirefeed that I think came from a box store a long time ago and it's just barely OK for the few times I pull it out and dust it off. I find it hard to believe that one which includes the ability to TIG is more than a toy. Would love to get some feedback from someone who's actually used one. I could be way off base in my thinking.

Then there is this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/AMICO-POWER-205-Amp-MIG-Wire-Feed-Flux-Core-TIG-Torch-Stick-Arc-Welder-Weld-Aluminum-with-2T-4T-110-Volt-230-Volt-Welding-MTS-205/305349325

I'm going to stick with it being some kind of scam.
If you did actually get the one on Ebay and it was the one in the photo, a Amico MTS-205 it looks to be a really nice machine. I'm thinking the $600 price tag is more reasonable for it's capabilities.

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If it seems too good to be true it probably is. That price for all those (supposed) features and capabilities just doesn't add up.
 

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I wasn't asking about the price; these go for about $500. I want to know what you think about THE WELDER. The online reviews I read were overwhelmingly good, but I like to hear what this group thinks.
 

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Chinese junk and a failure looking for a place to happen, coupled with a high liklihood of zero resources available to repair.


Just say "No!"
 

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It was listed @ $469 and then the ad was changed and then it was taken down. Changed the link to the original one I looked at. AGAIN, I AM INTERESTED IN COMMENTS ON THE WELDER'S SPECS AND CAPABILITIES, NOT THE PRICE.
The ad that we saw when we clicked on your original post had a price of $69. I can't speak for the others but when I see that price and then read the welder's capabilities all the alarm bells went off. Now, the price is in a much more realistic $500 neighborhood it then comes to the reviews from previous buyers. If I were in the market for a nice, small good looking welder I'd consider this one. It does look nice. Before pulling the trigger I'd check for some things. Should it break are there service centers? Warranty work. Reviews and Etc.
If it does everything the ad states it would be a pretty good deal but I still have a certain feeling about it.
Just doing a bit of online research it seems to be a decent machine. I see the orange big box store sells 'em too.
 

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I have two wire-feed gas metal arc welders (GMAW) welders (Hobart) and can tell you from experience that you'll be opening and closing the wire feed mechanism (drive roller) a lot; especially if you're a new welder like me. Take a close look at the wire feed drive mechanism in the photograph. It appears to be made of sheet metal. Better wire-feed welders will have castings (my welders have cast steel parts).

The 27 lb. weight of this machine tells me that it incorporates rectifiers. If it had a transformer then it would weigh 55 lbs. or more.

Aluminum wire cannot be reliably pushed through a 13-foot long torch assembly. The soft aluminum wire will bend and bird-nest at the drive roller.
A spool gun is required for aluminum wire-feed welding. This spool gun places the aluminum wire roll at the same location as the torch hand set. I don't see a spool gun in the photographs nor is there a gas regulator which is needed for GMAW.
 

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Note: This post was originally part of a discussion of different inexpensive welders in this thread: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/snowblower-repairs-maintenance-forum/153845-worn-out-auger-fix.html

For some reason (no notice given) someone removed it from the original context to a separate thread here.
Blame me. The thread was "Worn out auger fix" and there were two or three suggestions of what members had at home but it wasn't really nor should it be a discussion of welders. When it came to my attention I only say your post as the first post alone at the top of page four so I split it to discuss the welder without hijacking the thread. Going back and going through the thread I can see I might have pulled a couple more posts but I felt there was a difference between someone telling another member
who mentions he doesn't have a welder what they use compared to discussing the pros and cons of a specific machine.

Like others I assumed you were interested in the welder for yourself and didn't pay enough attention to the wording, how you asked what people thought about it's features.
I love the versatility of this one I'd just be concerned about parts should I need them. My little guy has been ok and it just keeps going but I figured for the price I knew what I was getting.

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Can you find the real correct link for this welder and delete the fake one? I was confused as well and just considered it a scam
I changed it yesterday afternoon at about 2:30PM once we discovered it had become a scam listing. The one that's there now is for a "real" listing.
 

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Just saying it would be easier to return if it is still in warranty
In the original thread, the inexpensive (sub $100) HF unit and the MIG-130 were mentioned. I am looking for something with a bit longer duty cycle, and the additional features of the MTS-205 intrigued me.
 
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