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Old 03-22-2006, 08:04 PM
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4-1/2 IN. VARIABLE SPEED ANGLE GRINDER
$34.98

Powerful and lightweight - designed for use in almost any cutting or grinding job
No load speed 0-11,000 RPM
120 volt/60 hz, 8 amp., 1.3 H.P.
Electronic variable speed control
Comfortable trigger grip with lock ON switch
Removable three position handle
Spindle lock for easy accessory changes
Includes 4-1/2 in. grinding disc

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Old 03-22-2006, 08:34 PM
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I like the Clarke junk I own. Haven't heard any good reports on their wire welders. I have the 110 volt stick welder and get what I expect from it, which is not much...
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:17 AM
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Tom:
I'll give ya a report on wire welders.
I have two Clarke's
180 and 95.
I use the 180 several times a day, mostly fluxcore, and it's a nice little welder.
Two years so far and never, ever, one bit of trouble. I have yet to use max settings, although on thicker welds, I do use stick.
A couple times I have welded the other white metal of horse trailers and there it has done good work. Feeding .030 white metal at first was a little tricky, but after I set things up correctly, nice and smooth.

The 95 works good and it is fluxcore only. I use it for field work on railings/railing repair. On tubing it will lay enough weld, but the duty cycle is very short. I have hit it several times on fairly short welds, but it, like the 180 has never ever caused trouble or stopped working.

I have never hit shutdown/duty, on the 180, sometimes welding pretty much straight for hours at a time. Again, I don't weld near max settings with it, but I like how it does what it does.

I have used Millers at my nephews welding shop, and when set at near the same settings, I can't tell much difference between the Millers and my Clarke 180.

There you go Tom, as somewhat requested.
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I would like to add.....
I have welded with a Miller 130. It was better then my Clarke 95 but I don't think it's much better, if at all , to a Clarke 130.
I like the Clarke 130 much more then my Clarke 95. A little more power, a cooling fan, and higher duty.
I plan on replacing my 95 with a 130 for the reasons stated.
The Miller 130 has the auto feed speed thingy and I found that somewhat different. Yeah it welded okay, but not as consistent as a standard tap type welder.
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I had to get a small grinder fast so I picked one at Wal-Mart it was used hard and it still runs..Its been over a year now...
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