Eastwood 180 Amp MIG Welder with Included Spool Gun (2023)

Operates on 120V or 240V with new and improved features and technology to MIG weld up to 5/16" steel. Weld aluminum with the included Spool Gun.

Operates on 120V or 240V with new and improved features and technology to MIG weld up to 5/16" steel. Weld aluminum with the included Spool Gun.

Eastwood 180 Amp MIG Welder with Included Spool Gun is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 106.

Operates on 120V or 240V with new and improved features and technology to MIG weld up to 5/16" steel. Weld aluminum with the included Spool Gun.

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(Video) Beginner’s Guide to Welding Aluminum with a Spool Gun on a MIG Welder - Eastwood


Eastwood's MIG 180 Welder

Whether you're a professional or enthusiast, you can now get even more industrial-quality features like inverter technology and a spool gun in this hard-working, affordable MIG welder. Our R&D guys have been constantly improving our welders since 2009 and are proud of this newly designed Eastwood MIG 180 that's great for steel, aluminum and all-around metal fab and auto restoration.

The excellent bead quality and performance matches and often exceeds more expensive MIG welders, making this a great welder for your shop. We've been helping DIYers and professionals do the job right since 1978 and are proud to stand behind this lightweight portable MIG 180 that's great for both new and experienced welders.

New and Improved Features

Check out these awesome improvements over other machines.

  • Operates on both 120 and 240 volts for maximum usability
  • Latest IGBT Inverter technology
  • Lightweight and portable at less than 26 lbs
  • Metal drive motor for smoothest operation
  • 2T/4T modes for comfort during long welds
  • Tack Weld setting for consistency with sheet metal projects
  • Portability - lightweight and can be powered by a generator

Eastwood MIG 180 Features:

  • Operates on either 120V or 240V
  • Welds mild and stainless steel, 24 gauge to 5/16" (3/16" on 120V)
  • Welds aluminum, 14 gauge to 1/4" with included Spool Gun (1/8" on 120V)
  • 30-180 amp welding range
  • Latest IGBT inverter technology
  • Lightweight and portable at less than 26 lbs
  • Metal drive motor for smoothest operation
  • Uses .023 - .035 wire in 4" and 8" spools
  • Long ground, torch and power cables
  • 2T/4T modes for long welds
  • Tack weld setting for consistency in sheet metal
  • 30% duty cycle at 180 Amps and 60% at 130 Amps
  • Includes regulator and hose for optimum MIG welding
  • Uses common Tweco style consumables
  • Can also be used for Flux-Core welding if you don't have gas
  • Compare to similar welders that sell for hundreds more
  • Backed by Eastwood's no-hassle return policy and 3-year warranty

Spool Gun For Welding Aluminum

Many cars and trucks have aluminum parts, or you may need to weld aluminum for a metal fabrication project, and with the included spool gun, you can weld 14-gauge to 1/4-inch aluminum. Quickly and easily connect or remove it as needed for working on different parts and panels. Save money on a spool gun when you buy it together with the Eastwood MIG 180.

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3 Year Eastwood Warranty


Rated Electrical Input:

240 VAC; 29.6 AMP

120 VAC; 24 AMP

Required Breaker Size: 30 amp
Power Voltage: 1 Phase, 120VAC / 240VAC, 60 Hz
Power Cord Receptacle Plug: NEMA 6-50R
Max Voltage at No Load: 61 V DC
Rated Duty Cycle:

120V: 30% @ 90 Amps

120V: 60% @ 65 Amps

120V: 100% @ 50 Amps

240V: 30% @ 180 Amps

240V: 60% @ 130 Amps

240V: 100% @ 100 Amps

Torch Consumables: Tweco style nozzle and contact tips
Wire Feed Rate (IPM/Inches Per Minute):

120V: 80 - 280 IPM

240V: 80 - 551 IPM

Wire Sizes: 0.023”(0.6mm) – 0.030”(0.8mm) mig wire

0.030”(0.8mm) – 0.035”(0.9mm) flux core wire

Welding Wire Spool: 4” and 8” spool, up to 11 lbs
Maximum Welding Thickness - Steel: 5/16"
Output Current Range:

120V: 30 - 120 Amps

240V: 30 - 180 Amps

Weight: 25.3 lbs (11.5 kg)
Overall Dimensions: 18” X 8.5" X 13.25”


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In the Box


  • MIG 180 Welder
  • Spool Gun with 9.5' cable (works with a 4 inch wire spool only) and .035" (0.9mm) Contact Tip
  • MIG Wire Spool 0.030 (0.8mm), 4 inch (2 lbs)
  • 4043 Aluminum Wire Spool 0.035 (0.9mm), 4 inch (1 lb)
  • Gas Regulator with hose
  • 9.5' Ground Clamp
  • NEMA 5-15P to NEMA 6-50R Adapter Cord (240v to 120v), 2'
  • MIG Torch, Nozzle, 0.030" (0.8mm) Contact Tip and 8.5' Cable
  • Face shield with lens and handle
  • Welding brush/hammer
  • Contact tip wrench
  • Additional contact tips (.030" and .035")
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3-Year “No Hassle” Warranty

Guides & Accessories


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This machine has smart wire feeding technology to prevent forcing excessive wire into the start of the weld. When the machine is not welding and feeding wire, it will feed wire at a slow fixed speed for approximately five seconds, and then speed up to max speed. This is to quickly feed wire through the torch. Once the machine senses that it is welding it will automatically run at the preset wire speed that the user has set on the machine. Do not be alarmed when the wire feeds slowly while not welding.

Safety Information

Always wear a minimum #10 shade helmet, leather welding gloves and long sleeve shirt and long pants.

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Application Tips

High-Value Welders from Eastwood

This 180-amp MIG welder with spool gun has everything you need to get started, just add a bottle of shielding gas. It includes a precision metal drive motor, regulator with hose, Tweco-style torch, tips and accessories, modern features and technology. A "Quick Setup" welding chart specifies settings for each material thickness, eliminating guesswork and assuring complete penetration.

The unit is backed by Eastwood's No-Hassle 90-day return policy and industry leading 3-year manufacturer's warranty. We even provide tips and tricks on MIG welding in the Eastwood Garage that will get you started and improve your welding.

(Video) Review of the Eastwood MiG 180 Welder

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Precision Drive Motor

The drive roller mechanism, which is the heart of any MIG welder, is designed to our high specifications and delivers flawless wire feed without skipping or slipping on the wire. That's why the MIG 180 has a quality METAL drive motor. This means you'll get a great puddle and solid welds without having to go back and "touch up" spots. Beware of other units with much lower quality equipment!

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All-Around Steel and Aluminum MIG Welder

The MIG 180 comes complete (except for the gas cylinder) and is ready to weld 24 gauge to 5/16-inch mild steel and stainless. Connect the spool gun and you can also weld 14 gauge to 1/4-inch aluminum. With a 30 to 180 amp welding range, this high-quality MIG welding machine has a 30 percent duty cycle at 180 amps and a 60 percent duty cycle at 65 amps, giving you the power needed for tough projects.

The metal drive motor feeds the wire smoothly for the best operation and the infinitely adjustable wire speed and heat settings allows you to precisely control the machine. If you don't have a gas bottle, or are away from your shop, use the flux core wire for your welding project. Plus the ability to connect to either 240 or 120 volts makes this an incredibly versatile machine for any garage.

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Replacement Parts

12211 Contact Tip 0.023
12224 Contact Tip 0.030
12226 MIG Wire 0.023
12227 MIG Wire 0.030
12225 Flux Wire 0.030


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Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris from Nice welder Have only played with the welder a little so far but it seems to be good quality. Happy with it so far

Date published: 2023-05-01

Rated 5 out of 5 by Fred from MIG 180 w Spool Gun Finally got my shielding gas and cranked this baby up!! First time welding in 15 years and have never done aluminum before. Loaded the spool gun up and hit it. First try looked like bubble gum!!! Tweaked it a bit, second pass was great!! Now, I’m a nobody when it comes to welding (was forced into welding when the company combined the trades) but I’m impressed with this machine. I wanted the 200i machine but it was out of stock. Now I’m not sorry I got this one!!Thanks Eastwood Fred

Date published: 2023-04-15

Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott T from My First Welder This is my first welder. Was very impressed with the instructions and the ease of setup. Everything needed was included with the exception of the bottle and gas. Very happy with it so far as I am learning to weld.

(Video) We Got a Welder! Eastwood Mig 180 Unboxing and Installation

Date published: 2023-04-07

Rated 5 out of 5 by Randy from 180A mig welder Welder is great but took longer to receive than expected. Well packaged everything as described.

Date published: 2023-04-02

Rated 5 out of 5 by Ginger of all trades from Awesome little welder for a great price! I was in the market for a spoolgun for my Miller 135. Had some aluminum work to do and needed one. Well til I went through with that, I would have been out about $2k. Then I came across this sweet combo and didn’t think twice. Been using it quite a bit, and I would give the duty cycle a better rating personally, cause it burns through stuff before it runs out of snot! The mig side of it works great too, stays consistent and looks pretty when it’s all said and done too. 5 stars from me.

Date published: 2023-03-28

Rated 5 out of 5 by Meesh from Good versatile little welder Had this almost a year and it's performed as expected without issue. No complaints. Wish my plasma cutter worked as well.

Date published: 2023-03-27

Rated 5 out of 5 by Shadis Performance from Excellent value Eastwoods mig 180 is a great little machine . Welds great and I am getting familiar with the precise adjustments. Also the Service is Top Shelf . We had no problems from purchase to delivery !

Date published: 2023-03-25

Rated 5 out of 5 by Larry from Works perfect Great welder if you don’t buy one you really mess up

Date published: 2023-03-25

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Questions & Answers

Is there a way to adjust the post flow or turn it off?

Asked by: Orville

No, it is fixed on these machines, sorry.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-04-25

Will this weld a frame and a unibody

Asked by: Vinp83

If your frame is less than 5/16" thick (that would be a beefy frame) it certainly can.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-04-11

I see that you are recommending a minimum 10k generator and saying that it does not matter the type, inverter or traditional. Why is this? What is the minimum THD for this welder?

Asked by: Malik

We do not have a minimum recommended THD specification for this welder. We have never heard of or encountered problems from THD on a generator.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-03-28

Will this unit weld 5/16 steel with solid core wire 

Asked by: Hot Rod

Yes you can, see the recommended settings in the chart: https://cdn-fsly.yottaa.net/60d0e018d93140bed685d4fc/o~f_webp/v~4b.ab.0.0/https://www.eastwood.com/media/catalog/product/cache/089086beb1c2feb24d34840b87555574/p/3/p33980h_settings_chart.jpg

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-03-28

(Video) Testing and reviewing the new Eastwood MIG180. Enjoy!

What is the mx size spool the 180 can run and does it run on 110/220. 

Asked by: Spool

You can run 4"/2lb spools or max 8"/11lb spools in this machine. It runs off either 110VAC or 220VAC for full power.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-03-15

Does this have a tac weld

Asked by: Spool

This welder has a tack weld mode and is perfectly capable of tack welds, yes.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-03-15

Does the 180 welder with spool gun also include standard torch also?

Asked by: Kendall

That is correct you still get the standard MIG torch too.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-03-14

Where are your mig welders manufactured?

Asked by: Charley

This welder is manufactured in China by one of our long term welder partners.

Answered by: Nick BC

Date published: 2023-02-28

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Eastwood 180 Amp MIG Welder with Included Spool Gun? ›

A 180-amp unit can weld between 3/8” and 5/16” steel.

How thick can a 180 amp MIG weld? ›

A 180-amp unit can weld between 3/8” and 5/16” steel.

Will spool on gun work with any welder? ›

The first one is very important: Your Spoolgun must be compatible with your welding machine to work. Unfortunately, there's no “universal” spool gun standard. Every brand does their spool guns a little differently (even between different machines of the same brand).

What is the best MIG welder for a beginner? ›

The YESWELDER MIG-205DS is one of the most versatile welders for beginners you'll find on the market today. With dual LCD screens, an IGBT inverter, and automatic voltage switching, the MIG-205DS is ideal for both hobbyists and professionals. Very few welders are designed for beginners, and the 205DS is one of them.

What size breaker do I need for a 180 amp welder? ›

Re: what size breaker for Lincoln MIG Pak 180

The obvious answer is the one you already had. You need 40 amp to fully utilize your machine.

How many watts does it take to run a 180 amp welder? ›

Generator Sizing Chart for Welders
Welder Current LevelMinimum Generator SizingRecommended Generator Size
Up to 160A7kva 0r 7000 watts8000+ watts
180–200A8kva or 8000 watts10,000+ watts
210-250A13kva or 13,000 watts15,000+ wats
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Are spool guns worth it? ›

A spool gun is really great for somebody who is doing a lot of longs runs and needs something portable. You are less likely to have a burn back issue with the spool gun than you are with a regular MIG gun because it has to feed “x” amount of feet and everything is driven by the welder itself.

Should you push or pull with aluminum spool gun? ›

In general, if you're planning on doing lots of aluminium welding or welding it for long periods in one go, a Push-Pull gun is for you. However, if you need to swap between materials often, then a Push-Pull gun can be a pain. You'll lose all the wire still inside the gun every time you switch before finishing a spool.

What is the hardest welding to learn? ›

TIG welding is the hardest form of welding to learn for a variety of reasons. The process of TIG welding is slow and takes time to get used to as a beginner. A TIG welder requires a foot pedal to feed the electrode and control the variable amperage while maintaining a steady hand at the welding torch.

Should my first welder be MIG or stick? ›

MIG welding is much easier for a beginner to learn than stick welding. However, setting up MIG welding equipment can be quite complex as there are a number of variables to consider, including wire size and type, gas, contact tips, and nozzle type.

Is MIG welding stronger than stick? ›

Stick welding produces stronger welds than MIG welding as it can better penetrate thicker metals and dirty surfaces.

How long has Eastwood Welders been around? ›

Eastwood has been developing quality welders and other products for do-it-yourselfers and pros since 1978 and has an Eastwood welder or plasma cutter that can help you do the job right.

How many amps should I weld at? ›

A: A 225- to 300-amp stick machine handles almost anything the average person will encounter, as most stick welding procedures require 200 amps or less. To weld material thicker than 3/8 inch, simply make multiple passes — this is what professionals do, even when welding on 1-inch structural steel.

Can I run a welder on a 20 amp breaker? ›

If you look at the specification information on most 120V welders, it will show that they operate off 120V power and have a max amp draw of 20 Amps. This means that you need a dedicated 120V circuit to run a typical 120V welder.

Can I run a welder on a 50 amp breaker? ›

The circuit breaker that is most often used on welder installations is a double pole 60 amp size (in which case the feeder conductors must be sized accordingly) although the 50 amp size is usually more than adequate to serve the light-duty work for which most workshop units are used.

Can you run a welder off a regular outlet? ›

Electrical Set Up for Welding at Home

Lower voltage welders are designed to work in a home outlet, while the higher voltage models need higher capacity plugs such as the kind used for electric driers.

Can I run a MIG welder off a generator? ›

Yes, you can run a welder off a generator, but it must have sufficient power output (measured in watts) to match the welder's input requirements. Choose an appropriately-sized generator with a steady output and consider possible voltage fluctuations, which can affect welding performance and consistency.

Will a 3500 watt generator run a welder? ›

A 3500 Running Rated Watts generator is combined with a 85 Amp TIG/Stick welder to provide flexibility and convenience in a single unit. with 4,000 peak watts and 3,500 rated watts the Dual Fuel Generator is a powerful generator than can handle the needs of most contractors, homeowners and recreational activities.

How thick can a Millermatic 180 weld? ›

Welds thickest material in its class!

The Millermatic® 180 Auto-Set™ has the highest output in its class. It can weld from 24 ga– 5/16 in (0.8 – 7.9 mm) mild steel in a single pass.

How thick of metal can you weld with a Lincoln 180 MIG welder? ›

This rugged machine lets you weld up to ½” thick materials and can handle MIG, flux-cored, stick, DC TIG and aluminum welding.

How thick of metal can a Millermatic 185 weld? ›

The Millermatic 185 is capable of welding with steel, stainless steel and aluminum MIG wire a maximum of 0.035 inches and as small as 0.023 inches in diameter.

What is the max thickness for MIG? ›

Remember that most hobbyist MIG machines, including the YesWelder MIG-205DS, can feed the solid wire up to . 035 in diameter. The larger wires produce higher penetration, which makes them suitable for thicker steel, but they also cause more spatter.

Is a thicker weld stronger? ›

The strength of the weld is determined by the filler metal used and its effective area. The effective area of a weld is determined by multiplying the length of the weld times the throat. So the bigger the throat the larger the effective area and thus the stronger the weld.

What is the thickest metal you can weld with a MIG welder? ›

The MIG process enables the home-hobbyist, artist, farmer/rancher, motorsports enthusiast or DIY welder to make most types of fabrication and maintenance/repair welds on material from 24-gauge up to 1/2-inch thick.

How thick should your weld be? ›

“Fillet welds should be ¾ of the thickness of the material being weld.”

Can you weld aluminum with a Lincoln 180 MIG welder? ›

Get it done with the MIG-Pak® 180 for farm, light fabrication, auto or home projects! If you have access to 208/230 volt input power, you can weld on thicker material. Simple two knob control makes it easy to tackle thin steel, stainless or aluminum sheet metal with MIG or thicker steel with flux-cored welding.

Can you weld heavy steel with MIG welder? ›

You will need a welding machine with enough power to handle the job (for thicker steel, look for a model that can handle up to 200 amps). You will also need a wire feeder with either 0.045 or 0.052-inch diameter wire. Finally, you will need safety gear such as a welding helmet and protective clothing.

Can you TIG weld with a Lincoln 180 welder? ›

This Lincoln Electric WELD PAK® 180i MP DV is light weight and portable welder that connects to 120 volt or 230 volt power and is an excellent choice for MIG, STICK, Spool Gun, Flux-Cored or TIG welding.

What welding is best for thick steel? ›

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is primarily used for welding together thick sections of stainless steel or non-ferrous metals.

How many Amps does it take to stick weld steel? ›

A: A 225- to 300-amp stick machine handles almost anything the average person will encounter, as most stick welding procedures require 200 amps or less. To weld material thicker than 3/8 inch, simply make multiple passes — this is what professionals do, even when welding on 1-inch structural steel.

What is the max length of weld? ›

Thus, ¼” (6 mm) welds less than 25” (600 mm) long, and 3/8” (10 mm) welds less than 37.5” (1000 mm) long are no problem and can be treated in the conventional manner. Therefore, for many applications, concern about welds that are “too long” will not occur.

Is thicker MIG wire better for thicker metal? ›

Wire thickness – As a rule, thicker wire is recommended for thicker workpieces. 035-inch diameter wire is the standard used for most welds, but it may not be adequate for very thick pieces of metal. Multiple passes may be required to create a strong weld.

What is the best all around MIG wire size? ›

The most common diameters used are 0.30-inch, 0.23inch, and 0.45-inch:
  • 0.30-inch has usually been used in home and motorsports applications as an all-rounder.
  • 0.23-inch is popular for heat input resistance.
  • 0.45-inch is used if it's in your welding output range.
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How can I make my MIG weld stronger? ›

Here are some important tips on how to make your MIG welds stronger:
  1. Clean Your Metal. ...
  2. Test Welding Settings. ...
  3. Vertical Uphill MIG Welding. ...
  4. Take an Extra Pass for Stronger MIG Welds. ...
  5. Blast Your Tacks Into Place. ...
  6. Optimize Your Welder Settings. ...
  7. Keep Your MIG Wire Short.


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