Whether you are looking to work on projects around the house, want to work on your car, own a small farm, or have a hobby that requires the use of machinery, a welding machine for personal use is an excellent tool for tackling jobs of all sizes.
Welding machines work by joining materials, usually steel, through high heat, melting the parts together and then allowing them to cool, causing fusion, which creates a strong bond. The machines we’ve included below are MIG Welding machines, which use wire welding electrodes on a spool that is moved through the device at a pre-selected speed (our three choices of welding machines include a variety of speeds). As explained by Miller Welds, the arc that is created by the electrodes creates a current between the metal and wire, with the wire melting and becoming attached to the base. The pros of the MIG style of welding are that it’s a clean process, it’s easy to maneuver materials through the machine, and it can be done with both thin and thick metals, including aluminum and stainless steel.
The MIG style of welding is the easiest to learn, which is why we like suggesting it for those who are new to welding or simply want a machine that can handle small jobs around the home. Welding machines are great for fixing small appliances and motors, including lawn mowers, exhaust systems in a car, trailer frames and hitches, garden equipment, and more. The small welding machines we’ve included below are also ideal for hobbyists and artists, with their lightweight design perfect for making metal art or designing a fire pit for your backyard.
We’ve picked three of our favorite welding machines that can handle small jobs and are specifically designed for users who are new to welding or want something that is lightweight, low maintenance, and easy to handle. See which one fits your needs best.
1. Hobart 500559 Handler Welder
Hobart’s most popular wire feed welder is the Hobart 500559 Handler Welder, which efficiently operates off a standard 115 Volts, has a five-position voltage control selector, and can handle mild and stainless steel.
Pros: The Hobart, which runs off a 20 amp circuit, can weld 24 gauge up to 1/4 inch mild steel. It has a duty cycle of 20 percent at 90 amps. It comes with a dual groove, quick-change drive roll, durable feed head, built-in gas valve, 10 ft MIG gun with liner, 10 ft work cable and clamp and 10 ft power cord.
Cons: A welder’s mask must be purchased separately.
Hobart 500559 Handler Welder
2. Forney Easy Weld
Perfect for beginners, Forney Easy Weld is easy to use thanks to its lightweight design and plug and use capabilities.
Pros: Like the Hobart, the Forney welds 24 gauge and requires 120 volts. Designed for beginner welders, the Forney can take on smaller jobs, welding up to 1/4 inches of steel.
Cons: The Forney has a six-foot cable, which may make it difficult to reach some jobs compared to Hobart’s 10-foot cord.
Forney Easy Weld
3. Goplus MIG 130 Welder Flux
Get everything you need for your next welding project with the Goplus MIG 130 Welder Flux, which includes a welding gun, wire, brush, metal tip, ground cord, and a bonus welding mask.
Pros: Built with safety features on the included torch, the Goplus also has automatic thermal safety protection, a multifunctional control panel, and a metal tip. The max current is 15 percent at 105 AMP, with customers reporting they were able to weld 1/4 inch thick steel.
Cons: The Goplus comes with four adjustable welding speeds compared to Hobart’s five speeds.