The Forney Easy Weld 125 FC is a basic flux-core welding machine. Some people call it a MIG machine although it does not require shielding gas like a typical MIG machine does. It also might be referred to as a wire feed welding machine, but just understand that you cannot add gas to this machine.
The Forney Easy Weld 125 FC comes with a ground clamp and a MIG gun. It uses .030" flux-core wire which means the flux is built into the wire and provides the shielding needed over the molten weld puddle.
For thin material, set the machine to thin plate with a higher wire feed speed. For thicker material, set it on steel plate with a lower wire feed speed.
Make sure the ground clamp is attached to a metal work bench or the actual metal you want to work with. When you begin to weld, make sure you’re comfortable. Always try to maintain your stick out at 3/8”. The stick out is the distance between the tip of the electrode and your workpiece.
Think of welding like driving a car, the stick out is similar to controlling the following distance from the car in front of you. Remember to control the travel speed of the weld. Think of this like controlling your speed when you’re driving. Lastly, focus on the path. You want a nice and consistent weld, similar to staying in your lane when driving.
The learning curve is about a half hour of practice and you’ll start to get the hang of it.
The Forney Easy Weld 125 FC is a great machine for do it yourselfers, first time welders or hobbyists and it comes with a 6 month warranty. Don’t forget your welding helmet and gloves, along with protective FR clothing.
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Updated March 8, 2017