Everlast MIG 140 is it Totally WORTH it?

By Ben Norton / June 26, 2018
Everlast MIG 140

What if you want a portable lighter weight MIG welder?

Then you should really look at the 2018 model of the Everlast Power i-MIG 140e welder.

Everlast’s entry level MIG welder, though there is nothing entry level about it when you look at its capability for the home shop, yard repair, farm, hobby and or garage shop welder.

Everlast MIG 140 Front

View the Everlast Power MIG 140E on Amazon

Pros for the Everlast MIG 140

  • IGBT Inverter design means that the duty cycle is excellent, the performance is great and the welder is light weight.
  • It is extremely versatile, and it can deal with thicker metals than many of its competitors.
  • Will weld Aluminum with the optional spool gun
  • Infinitely variable voltage and wire speed is exciting for more experienced welders who know what they want.
  • Good Build Quality

Cons for the Everlast MIG 140

  • Will need to purchase a separate drive roll to run Flux Core, This seems to be a needless omission, particularly when beginners will probably want to start off with Flux Core. Given how portable the Everlast Power I-MIG 140e welder is Flux Core is convenient when you are taking the welder to items you need to weld.
  • No welding guide sheet pushes this Everlast welder more towards the experienced welder, who will have to take out their marker pen and make notes on the inside of the cabinet of their preferred voltage and wire settings.
  • Could be provided with a heavier weight ground clamp, as the one provided is too light weight.

Summary

If you have some experience, want value for money and want to get some actual welding done, then get the Everlast Power i-MIG 140e MIG welder is certainly worth it. The efficiency, portability, and durability you get from this are simply terrific.

You will be arguing over which is the best welder with your Lincoln Electric and Hobart welder buddies. And you may get them to change their minds when they see what you can do with this welder.

Comparison Chart Everlast i MIG 140e Versus the Lotos MIG 140

Everlast i-MIG 140e MIG Welder

Versus

Lotos MIG140, 140 amp
MIG Welder

14″ H x 8.5″ W x 17″ L
Size
9.5″ H x 14.5″ W x 16″ L
25 lbs.
Weight
54 lbs.
25% at 140 amp
Duty Cycle
20% at 90 amp
140 amp
Max Amp Output
140 amp
Yes
Normal Household power
Yes
Yes
Thermal Overload Protection
Yes
Yes with separate spool gun
Weld Aluminum
Yes with separate spool gun
Yes
Flux Core Wire and Shielding Gas
Yes
3/8 ths
Max Steel Weld Width
3/16 ths
Yes, with gas gauge
Gas Regulator
Yes, with Gas Gauge
5 year parts and labor, 30 day satisfaction guarantee, 6 months Warranty on Torch and cables
Warranty
30 day satisfaction guarantee, 1 year Limited Warranty

 

Not sure how to go about choosing the right MIG welder? Do take a look at my document with some pointers on things to consider.

So What Can You Expect From the Everlast 140e?

I plan to tell you all in this Everlast MIG Welder Review.

Welding output at 25 Amps to 140 Amps on a dial that you can infinitely vary is in stark contrast to its competition where you may have four or five tapped – distinct settings.

Able to weld mild steel, stainless steel, and Aluminum (with the optional spool gun) and what is more unusual for a welder in its class Chrom-moly – a real plus.

Fan cooled, you can use solid wire and gas. To use the 140e with  flux core welding wire a separate serrated drive roll needs to be purchased. (Available direct from Everlast)

The flexibility to weld a minimum of 24 gauge all the way up to 3/16th in a single pass of mild steel, stainless steel and Aluminum. 3/8ths with multiple passes.

You may be interested to see where the Everlast 140 MIG appears in my list of the best beginner MIG welders. If you are, you can take a look right here.

Everlast YouTube Video on the Everlast 140 MIG

Everlast Power Products Inc. has produced a video introducing the Everlast 140 that you may enjoy taking a look at.

Everlast MIG Welder Power I-MIG 140E video 1 of 3

Credit: Everlast Power Equipment Inc.

Features of the Everlast 140 MIG

The front of the welder sports three lights. The first showing when the welder is on. The second is a temperature light and glows when the Everlast 140e is overheated. The third over current light glows when the current detected coming into the unit is under the current it needs to weld or there is too much current being drawn.

In the top row middle of the Everlast 140 MIG is a dial that allows you to adjust the output voltage. The dial goes from one to ten but is infinitely adjustable.

Everlast 140 MIG Dials

Everlast 140 MIG Dials

Moving along on the top row is the spool gun on/off switch.

Underneath the voltage dial is the wire speed control dial, again infinitely variable and the dial goes from one to ten.

On the front just under the main control panel is where you plug in the optional spool gun, below that is where you connect your work clamp. And the last connector nearest the bottom is the Euro quick connector where you plug in your MIG gun cable or the spool gun cable if you are using one.

The Euro style quick connector means you can change out the MIG gun for compatible guns if you prefer.

On the back at the top is the main on off power switch for the Everlast 140 MIG. Underneath that is the gas connector. The main power cable and the input grill for the unit’s fan is also at the back.
Nice neat clean design.

Inside the cabinet you have the connectors where you can easily change the polarity depending on the type of wire your using. Solid wire plus shielding gas needing a positive MIG gun connection. Most often using Flux core wire demands the MIG gun to be connected to the negative terminal but check what the manufacturer of the wire you are using recommends.

The wire drive assembly is made of cast Aluminum and steel making it robust and should see you through years of good use. And finally on the inside is the wire spool holder that can hold spools of wire up to 12 pounds in weight.

Everlast 140 Wire Drive Assembly

Everlast 140 Wire Drive Assembly

What is missing is a welding guide chart – nope they don’t provide one, either on the unit or in the manual. Many beginners will be scratching their heads trying to work out where to start.

The Everlast Power MIG 140e IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) Design

The main selling point of the Everlast MIG 140is that is uses an IGBT inverter design. Compared to the usual transformer design of its competitors, the Everlast Power MIG 140e’s IGBT means greater welding output for the power put into the welder.

A real boon for those using household 120v power.

The main complaint about 120v welders on the market is their short duty cycles and their capabilities.

For example, that light to medium welding tasks only can be done with many of those welders.

So lets compare, most of the 140e competitors sport a 10% duty cycle or the better ones claim a 20% duty cycle at a lower welding voltage output (typically 90 Amp). These welders all have higher maximum outputs but no duty cycle claimed for the higher output levels.

The 140e will give you a 25% duty cycle at its maximum 140 Amps which is really impressive.

The Everlast iMIG 140e is also significantly lighter than its competitors that come in at a typical 40-60 pounds in weight. Again a lack of a transformer and the accompanying weight loss that means helps significantly here.

What does this all mean? It means you have a welder that performs better, for longer and is lighter.

The Power iMIG 140e Duty Cycle

As it is such a selling point Everlast Power Products Inc. publish its duty cycles and the ambient temperature (40 degrees centigrade) they measure it in.

Many welder manufacturers particularly at the entry end of the market do not publish the ambient maximum temperature associated with their duty cycle figures.
With the Power iMIG 140e you have a duty cycle of;

  • 25% at 140 Amp
  • 60% at 90 Amp
  • 100% at 70 Amp

Duty cycle is measured by taking a ten minute welding window. A 25% duty cycle at 140 Amp means that if you have the Everlast Welder operating at its maximum voltage output you can weld for two minutes and 30 seconds and then the welder needs to be rested for the remainder of the 10 minute welding window – 7 minutes 30 seconds.

Should you exceed the duty cycle with the Everlast welder and the over temperature light switches on then the welder will need to be rested with the fan on to cool the welder for 15 minutes before you turn the MIG off and on to reset.

Note the 100% duty cycle at 70 Amp should not be taken to mean you could run the MIG continuously without a break.

Duty cycles are taken over a ten minute period and after ten minutes the welder should be rested with the fan on.

Everlast YouTube Video 2 on the Everlast 140e

Here is a video from Everlast covering the set up the Everlast i MIG 140. Enjoy!

Everlast MIG Welder Power I-MIG 140e

Credit: Everlast Power Equipment Inc.

Over Temperature and Over Current

The integral Over Temperature sensor switches in to protect the MIG should the duty cycle be exceeded and the temperature inside the welder rise to a level that endangers the internal components. An excellent feature to stop you accidently burning out your welder.

In the case of the Everlast Poweri-MIG 140e MIG welder the wire will keep feeding but no arc will be struck. The welder must be left on to allow the fan to cool the internals for 15 minutes, after which the welder is reset by turning on and off the unit.

If the Over Current light coming on, which incidentally comes on should the Everlast welder detect there is over or under voltage coming into the welder or the gun is drawing excessive voltage.

This check is there to make sure you have clean voltage coming into the MIG 140.

The light could also come on should your nozzle and contact tip be covered by excessive slag, which needs cleaning. Many a torch gun has been burned out by just this happening.
Again switching on an off will reset the unit.

Everlast recommends you leave a clearance of 12 inches back and front of the unit for clear air flow to so the over temperature light is not triggered due to lack of air flow.

Everlast 140 Side View

Everlast 140 Side View

Everlast MIG welder Settings for Voltage

You get a voltage ranging from 25 Amp to 140 Amp nothing much unusual there for this class of welder.

However,

the infinitely variable voltage output dial will be exciting to the more experienced welder who knows what they are doing and gets frustrated at the tapped four or five dial settings of competitive welders such as the Hobart 140 and the Lincoln Electric 140.

For the beginner this may be a challenge. Setting the Everlast MIG welder settings to the right voltage here takes a practiced ear to listen for the right amount of crackle being produced by the arc as well as the look of the weld puddle.

There is a short section of general suggestions for plate thickness, wire diameter and welding Amps in the 140e Operators Manual though how useful that would be to a beginner is debatable.

The reality is that although having tapped settings and welding charts give you a starting point for your weld, practice welds and adjustments will be needed for your own particular situation.
With the Everlast you cut straight to the experimentation stage.

Everlast YouTube Video on How to Set Up your First Weld

This video may help the less experienced start welding with the Everlast Power i-MIG 140e MIG welder settings and give an indication of what to listen for as you weld.

Everlast MIG Welder Power I-MIG 140 E video 3 of 3

Credit: Everlast Power Equipment Inc.

Is the Power i-MIG 140e a 120v Welder?

Perfect for the home or work shop setting the Everlast uses normal household power. The Power i-MIG 140e will need a minimum of a circuit with a good ground fused to 20 Amp but to drive the welder at its maximum settings you will need a circuit rated and fused to 30 Amp to prevent tripping your circuit breaker.

Plenty have driven this welder from a 20 Amp slow blow breaker fuse it really depends on the type of welding you are trying to do with the Everlast.

Does the Everlast 140e Use Flux Core and Solid Wires?

Flexible in that the Everlast Power MIG 140e can use both 4 in. and 8 in. wire spools and is cable of taking spools up to 12 lbs. in weight.

You can feed 0.023 in. to 0.035 in. wire diameter. Though a maximum of 0.030 wire is recommended by Everlast.

You can use solid wire for mild for stainless steel.

Everlast 140 Drive Roll

Everlast 140 Drive Roll

The Everlast 140e Flux Core set up is not ideal compared to its competition. The welder does not come set up for flux core by default. A serrated teeth drive roll is needed to run Flux Core wire and this needs to be purchased separately.

A serrated teeth drive roll is not supplied by default.

A pity I feel.

Also no sample wire is provided with this unit unlike its competitors. Whether this is a disadvantage or not depends on your view point. There have been plenty of complaints about the quality and size of the wire supplied by some of Everlast’s competitors so a lack of wire simply means you can choose to use your own preferred brand.

Of course a compatible size contact tip will need to be used. For example, use of a 0.023 in. contact tip with 0.023 in. wire.

Everlast recommends using a size larger contact tip with the 140e for flux core to prevent the wire feeding incorrectly.

The wire speed rate is infinitely variable like the competitors in its class and is variable up to 360 inches per minute on a dial that goes from one to ten.

Can the Everlast 140e Weld Aluminum?

Yes, with the optional spool gun, and it is recommended for small to medium Aluminum projects. You will need Aluminum wire and 100% Argon Gas.

I have a post about Argon tank sizes that you might like to take a look at.

A direct connection for the spool gun is on the front of the Everlast MIG and the spool gun has it’s own on/off switch. Rated at being able to weld 3/32 inch and larger in thickness and the voltage will need to be raised to near maximum as welding aluminum pulls heat. You will definitely need to have the unit on a 30 Amp circuit for welding Aluminum.

What Shielding Gasses Can the Everlast Power MIG Use?

You can use the standard 75% Argon, 25% Carbon Dioxide mix for mild steel. You can also use 100% Argon for the welding of Aluminum. 100% Carbon Dioxide though you will need a regulator suitable for Carbon Dioxide gas. And you can use Tri-mix for welding stainless steel.

Supplied with the Everlast Power MIG is an Argon/CO2 regulator of the floating ball type.

Just be aware that the regulator in use needs to be positioned so that the regulator is mounted nearly vertical so that the ball inside may float free.

What do you Get in the Box?

Everlast 140 And Accessories

Everlast 140 And Accessories

  • The Everlast I-MIG 140e MIG Welder
  • 10 foot cord to the Everlast 15 series MIG torch
  • 10 foot cord to the Work Clamp
  • Single dial Argon / Carbon Dioxide Regulator
  • Gas Hose
  • Owners Manual

You will need to purchase some contact tips.

They can be purchased from Everlast themselves, your local welding supplies or Amazon. The MIG 140’s contact tip and nozzle is compatible with Trafmet, Binzel and Tweco.

19 Pcs Accessories Kit for Binzel Including contact Tips

Welding Wire if you don’t already have any will also need to be purchased along with welding gas.

And you may want to take a look at the work clamp ahead of deciding whether you would prefer to replace it. A good ground connection is crucial to striking a good arc and you may find the ground clamp supplied a bit light weight.

Is this Everlast Welder Portable?

Compared to its competition in this class of welder I would say definitely. At 25 pounds it is much lighter than comparable MIGs that weigh in at 40-60 pounds. Its size is convenient too measuring 17 by 14 by 8.5 inches.

It is truly designed for home and workshop use.

Who Makes the Everlast i MIG 140e?

Based in South San Francisco, Everlast Power Product Inc. started in 2004 as a company that made generators and welders. With the distribution of their welders through the USA, Canada and now Australia and Europe, they have taken the distinctive bright green color of their welders worldwide.

Where are Everlast Welders Made?

The Everlast Welders are designed in the USA and manufactured off shore in China, similar now to a number of US based welding companies.

Everlast claim they are different in that they start off their design process with the customer in mind. Once they understand what the customer wants from their equipment then it goes to the engineers to build.

They trademark their welders (which should stop copycat welders) and boast that the name brand components inside their products differentiate them from their competition who also manufacture in China.

Certainly their welders seem to be constructed at a standard above the cheaper no name alternative welders from China.

Everlast’s customer support and service are US based.

The Power I MIG 140e Operators Manual

The Operators Manual that comes with the Everlast welder is pretty good and takes you through the use and features of the Everlast Poweri-MIG 140 along with some general guidance and things to bear in mind to get the best out of the Everlast Welder.
Here is a link to the manual to take a look at.  Power I MIG 140e Operators Manual
Credit: Everlast Power Product Inc.

What do the Users of the Everlast Power MIG 140e think?

Looking across the web users who have the MIG 140 are very pleased with their purchase and the durability, capability and light weight of the welder.

YouTube Video One Month Everlast MIG Welder Review

I found this nice YouTube video by Tim Robel at his custom auto shop, describing and showing what he has been able to do with the 140 MIG.

Everlast i-MIG One Month Review

Video Credit: Tim Robel

Warranty

The warranty offered is pretty good. You get five years parts and labor against manufacturing defects. There is 6 months warranty on the torch and cables. And should the Everlast Power MIG fail within 30 days of purchase there is a satisfaction guarantee. Should you choose repair instead within the 30 days, Everlast will pay the shipping to and from the repair center on mainland USA.

Which is pretty good and shows they have faith in their MIG welders.
Reports are that users have found contacting Everlast for help easy and responsive.

Last Words

The Everlast MIG 140 welder is designed and built as a MIG welder for the home hobbyist or professional to use in their home garages or welding shops.

Boasting its IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) inverter design the Everlast Poweri-MIG produces a greater weld output with less power draw compared to its direct competition.

It is also lighter weight due to using internally an IGBT inverter rather then an electrical transformer that most of its competition uses. Making this welder unique in its class as you’ll be able to weld at a greater output for longer. A real advantage.

 

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