Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder Review
Flux core arc welding techniques have been popular since 1960s. Apart from ease-of-use and cost efficiency, safety is also an important factor to stress upon while looking for a good flux core welder. The product under assessment in this segment is a plug-and-play tool, primarily designed for the newbies. About the manufacturer, Forney Industries has remained an undisputed king of manufacturing metal working products in America since 1932. Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder works at a standard 120 Volt input and 125 amperage.
Are looking for a compact, mid-range welder for semi-professional, DIY projects? The Forney 299 has the correct balance of usefulness and convenience to make your tasks feel seamless. The latest versions of the model have been upgraded with a couple of new features along with an improved design. Let’s dig deeper into the specs to understand the product better.
- Gasless welding. Despite being a portable device, its welding quality is surprisingly good. The welds come out strong and durable.
- Performs stainless steel welding. As we all know, stainless steel is one of the toughest material to weld because of its unique structure.
- Capable of welding 24 gauge up to ¼ inch. Perfect for beginners who lack the technique to perform heavy-duty welding jobs.
- Has a duty cycle of 20% which is common for any semi-professional MIG welder.
- Features a 6 feet power cord for great flexibility.
- Use of Tweco Consumables for smooth, steady arc and an enhanced welding performance.
- Neatly packed in a torch wrap which facilitates easier access to the device.
What I Liked?
Machines that look tiny but perform like a beast are kind of my favorites. Forney 299 is a perfect example of the adage “good things come in small packages”. Its ability to perform heavy-duty applications can be attributed to the rugged materials used in building its frame. You will have no problem in welding ¼ inch thick metals and angle irons. I have also tried welding beads on a 3/16 plate and didn’t get disappointed. This apparently fragile welder can effortlessly withstand intensive welding works without getting damaged. Don’t expect it to function like a Hobart or Lincoln, but it is still a kickass option for its price.
Another virtue that makes this welder worth every penny is its welding quality. In spite of its limitations, the machine can produce steady welds that can be further used for delicate artworks as well as for high-key projects. It is not easy to find a welder that can create small yet sturdy welds. It requires a great amount of precision and even greater adjustability for this job and Forney 299, fortunately enough, combines both.
Smooth Adjustment of Feed Speed
Adjusting the feed speed and the feed itself from the digital read-out felt like a breeze during the quality test. Set the feed speed at 12 0’clock for thick sheets and keep lowering it as the material turns thinner for best results.
Things I Didn’t Like
- The roll of wire provided in the package creates a lot of splatters. You can replace them with some other wire to get finer welds.
- Offers only 2 power settings. Might be a trade-off for experienced users.
The Bottom Line
If you can manage to get past these small demerits, Forney 299 is a deal worth stealing. It is one of those very few MIG welders that can actually provide almost professional-grade welds at a shoestring budget. If you’ve just begun learning the art of welding, this model is going to help you polish your skills and at the same time, protect you from the common hazards of metalworking.