Lincoln 140 MIG Welder Review

Lincoln is dominating the market with their great welders and K2697-1 is one such model. No matter what your level of expertise is, be it a beginner or pro, this machine is something that best suits everyone.

If you are looking for a unit especially for home use and demands the most forgiving arc performance, then nothing can beat Lincoln MIG welder 140. Skeptical right? Check the Lincoln 140 MIG Welder Review yourself and get to know!

An overview on Specifications

  •  Brand name: Lincoln
  • ​ Model: EasyMIG 140, K2697-1
  • ​ Height: 13.7 in.
  • ​ Length: 17.9 in.
  • ​ Width: 10.15 in.
  • ​ Duty Cycle: 20% @ 90A
  • ​ Input Voltage: 120 V
  • ​ Process Type: Flux Core, MIG
  • ​ Product weight: 50 lb.
  • ​ Weld Thickness: 24 ga. – 3/16 in.
  • ​ Wire Feed Speed Range: 50-500 IPM
  • ​ Welding Amperage Range: 30-140 A

Lincoln 140 MIG Welder Review

Features of LINCOLN ​ ​Easy MIG 140 ​ Welder

Flux and MIG:

Besides being a MIG welder, the machine is also known as a flux-cored welder.

So, calling it a versatile unit will not be wrong. With the unit, you will get a spool of .025-inch MIG wire and a spool of .035-inch flux-cored wire in the form of the sample. And you can switch between both the mode with a few adjustments and set up. Also, make sure that you reverse the polarity of wire while you change the mode.

However, when using MIG wire, it is important that you get yourself a C-25 gas bottle from any local store for welding applications.

Power:

The machine runs on 120 volts input power that makes it very convenient to use with ease. Since it is the most common voltage of household electrical outlet, so you can use the machine almost anywhere without using anything extra. Moreover, it delivers 30amps to 140amps output and offers a 20% duty cycle at 90amps. It means the machine will be able to give you a few minutes of operation as you have to keep it idle for some time to cool it down.

Although, you may find it a little con. But we would suggest you set it up below 90amps for enjoying longer operation time.

However, it basically does not support generators. So if you are planning to work in remote sites such as field or farms, look for a different welder.

Application:

Lincoln MIG welder 140 is able to weld 24 gauge up to 5/16inch steel in just one pass with FCAW-Swires. The machine has feed speed control ranging from 50 IPM to 500 IPM. Besides, coming with a spool gun, it can also weld other materials such as aluminum, mild steel, stainless steel, and what not.

 So, this makes a great choice, if you want to get optimum welding success.

However, the machine is stated to be the best for light-duty projects. But for heavy-duty ones, it does not make a great pick. So, there is a little con that can let you down.

Having said that, the machine can benefit you with a lot of perks. With this, you can repair and build fences, manufacture your grill, specialize in metal works and repair a variety of bodies.

Drive system:

You will get a fully adjustable drive system that will help in reducing wire crushing and wire tangling. Not just that, the machine will also provide you with a numeric drive system so that it can make an easy turning setup of the unit’s tension indicator.

 Plus, it will also identify the optimized ranges from wires of variety diameter letting you use the machine properly.

Weight:

Lincoln MIG welder 140 comes in 61 pounds so it will not be a very light machine to have. You will find it heavy for carrying it around so its portability will give you a big negative vibe.

Gearbox:

you will also have a gearbox that has been made with cast aluminum. It helps a lot in delivering added drive torque as well as reducing sound while the unit is in use. This is one such fantastic feature that promotes the reduction of sound pollution.

Advantages:

The gearbox reduces sound pollution as well as delivers extra drive torque.• It comes with 120V input power.• Versatile because of dual-process functionality.• Features both Flux-cored and MIG welding capacity.• Comes with sample spool wire of both MIG and Flux core.• Able to weld different materials of any thickness and type.• Easy to assemble and use.• Brass-to-Brass gun connection helps in enhancing conductivity.• Adjustable drive system.• Easy-turn numeric drive.• Delivers forgiving arc performance with low spatter.• Solid construction provides long-term durability.

Disadvantages:

Not a great pick for heavy-duty use.• The additional gas cylinder needs to be bought separately. • It does not support generators.• Very heavy to carry around.• Not for welding materials thicker than 5/16 inch • Not for welding materials thinner than 24-gauge.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What parts or supplies you should need for the unit?

A: Lincoln MIG welder 140 comes with almost all the basic accessories and parts that you will need for welding. You will get two-spool wires for MIG welding and flux core welding. For the flux core, you can use the machine without gas. But for MIG welding, you need to buy a gas tank from your local store. Besides, you will also need MIG pliers and a wire brush. We would also recommend you to buy a welding shield helmet and gloves for your protection.

Q: Is it possible to use the machine for welding a roll cage to a rally car?

A: The machine should work great when it comes to joining two pieces of tube. However, we would advise you to check the rules of race association roll cage. If the associations require TIG welder, then MIG welder will not be suitable.

Q: What is the recommended wire size? And does it come with a spool gun?

A: The recommended welding wire diameter for Lincoln MIG welder 140 is .025inch to .045inch. And no it does not come with a spool gun.

Q: Where the machine has been manufactured?

A: The Lincoln MIG welder 140 has been manufactured in Mexico.

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After analyzing almost all the features and parts of the unit, we have found this to be the best and the most convenient machine for welding. It does not only have a lot of perks but also delivers the most forgiving arc performance with low spatter. Not just that, it also comes with some cool features that you will not find in any of its rivals.

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