Easy to use and durable, the Forney Easy Weld 29901 125FC is a gas less Flux Core wire welder.
When you're new to welding or looking for a brand name flux core welder is it the right welder to start welding with?
I'll show you in this Forney 299 review the reasons you should start welding with this welder and a few reasons why not.
Forney Easy Weld 29901
Also Available as a start up Kit
This is the welder you ought to get when you want the benefits of flux core gas less MIG welding and want a quality machine. Ideal for beginners as there is no gas to choose or think about or transport or store. Flux core wire welding is considered the easiest welding process for beginners to start off with and here you have a welder specific to that process.
Because it is easy to use and quite reliable, it will not take long with this Forney 29901 125FC MIG welder for you to get past the beginner stage of MIG welding.
For the more experienced welder wanting a flux core only machine from a traditional US manufacturer, this is the machine of choice.
Reasons to Start Welding with the Forney 125 MIG Welder
If you would like to know more detail about the flux core welding method or what flux core welding is typically used for do take a look at my articles;
and"What is Flux Core Welding Used for? Learn 12 Best Uses"
Reason 1: Head to Head, two Flux Core Only Welders Compared
Here I compare head to head two popular flux core welders. The Forney 299 and the entry level circa 100 dollar Super Deal MIG 130.
Forney 29901 125FC MIG Versus Super Deal MIG 130
|Forney Easy Weld 29901 125FC||Super Deal MIG 130 Flux Core Wire Welder|
|Duty Cycle||20% at 80 Amp||10% at 105 Amp|
|Welding Range||65 to 80 Amp||50 to 120 Amp|
|Power Input||Normal Household||Normal Household|
|Flux Core Only||Yes||Yes|
|Thermal Overload Protection||Yes||Yes|
|Max Weld||24 Gauge to 1/4 inch||1/8 inch to 1/4 inch|
|Can Weld||Mild Steel Only||Mild Steel Only|
|Weight||42 lbs.||38 lbs.|
|Dimensions||24.5L x 12.6W x 18.5H inches||19L x 11 H x 17H inches|
The Super Deal is cheaper, yes, and a Chinese manufactured welder. Comparing the two you'll see you get a much better duty cycle from the Forney Easy Weld.
Don't be fooled by the Super Deal MIG 130 claim to be able to have a maximum weld output of 120 Amp - the 10% duty cycle is measured at 105 Amp. Using the Super Deal welder to its maximum would result in no more than tack welds before the welder overheats.
The Forney wire feed welder is also able to weld a wider gauge of mild steel.
You may like to see where the Forney Easy Weld 29901 125FC appears in my chart on the best flux core welders under 200 dollars. Have a read.
Reason 2: Over All Capabilities
Gas less, this Flux Core wire welder is aimed at those who have light to medium welding DIY jobs, around the home, yard, ranch and light vehicle repairs or perhaps those wishing to do light artistic welding.
For beginner welders, wanting a rig to get them going, purchasing the Forney 29901 with its start up kit option offers a MIG that's easy to set up and one that is straight forward to practice and learn your skills on.
Reason 3: Forney Easy Weld 125FC Welding Output
With a welding output of 65 Amp to 80 Amp you will be able to weld mild steel/sheet metal ranging in size from 24 gauge up to 1/4 inch, using a normal household power socket.
Reason 4: Two Voltage Settings
On the Forney 125 MIG welder there are two settings for your Amp output voltage via a switch on the front.
On the single switch there is a sheet metal setting and the thin plate setting.
The thin plate setting is the higher setting; sheet metal is the lower setting. The only other way of fine tuning the Amp output settings is by adjusting the speed at which the flux Core wire is fed out to the torch.
This makes the Forney 299 not as flexible as some welders in its class where you have more switches or dials to adjust the output Amp settings with. The more experienced welders may find this frustrating, but then this welder is designed for light to medium welding tasks and is easy use and having the one switch for the Amp output setting is as easy as it gets.
Reason 5: When you Are Welding Mild Steel
Able to weld 24 gauge up to quarter of an inch thick sheet metal.
Though I would say you would need some skill and multiple welding passes to accomplish welds of 1/4 inch. The joint would need to be well prepared and beveled - something a beginner welder could struggle with.
It's more realistic to expect 3/16 of an inch thick max for someone that is starting their welding journey.
Reason 6: Forney Easy Weld 125 FC Duty Cycle
The duty cycle of the Forney wire feed welder is rated at 20% at 80 Amps.
This means that you can weld for two minutes in a single session and then you must rest the welder for eight minutes so as not to overheat the welder. This is pretty good when compared to some of the more entry level flux core welders that have duty cycles of 10%.
Reason 7 Forney Easy Weld 125FC YouTube Video
Forney has made a good YouTube video describing the Easy Weld 29901.
It is worth taking a look at the video as you decide whether to purchase or not.
The video from Forney bucks the male orientated industry trend. They use a knowledgeable young lady to describe and demonstrate the welder. Good on you Forney Industries.
Forney Easy Weld 125FC
Video Credit: Forney Industries
Reason 8: Forney 299 Easy Weld Internal Thermal Protection
The Forney Easy Weld 299 does come with Internal Thermal Protection, which will shut off welding should the welder start to overheat.
The thermal protector will automatically reset when the welder is cool enough. Beware though - the thermal protector may reset and you think you are ready to go and weld.
But Forney states quite clearly that you have to wait at least ten minutes before starting to weld again regardless of whether the thermal protection has reset or not or risk 'reducing the weld performance' and experience 'less than the specified duty cycle' - you have been warned.
Reason 9: Is the Forney 29901 125FC MIG Welder a 120V Welder?
Yes. The Easy Weld uses 120V normal household power and can generate up to 125 Amps. Plug it into a normal socket fused to 20 Amps and you are set to go.
Though I would try and ensure it is the only appliance pulling power from the circuit it's on so that you get the maximum power available to weld successfully.
Reason 10: What Wires Can the Forney Easy Weld Use?
Flux-core wire only, the Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder is designed to use 0.030 inch wire.
But it is possible for you to use 0.035 inch flux core wire instead though you will need to get 0.035 contact tips as these are not supplied.
The Forney 29901 125FC can take either 2 lb. spools or 10 lb. spools (4 inch or 8 inch spools). Which means you can take cost/convenience advantage of using the larger spools. Not all welders in its class offer this feature.
The wire speed rate is variable, and you can adjust it with a dial that goes from one to ten.
Reason 11: Forney 29901 Welding Parameters
There is a quick reference welding chart on the inside of the welder's cabinet. It shows for the thickness of steel you are welding, the appropriate wire feed speed and power setting - either sheet metal or thin plate.
This makes it super easy for beginners or those new to the welder to get some starting settings for you to begin your welding without needing to refer to the manual.
Reason 12: The Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder Manual
The Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder Manual is pretty comprehensive and talks you through setting up and using this welder.
Though be ready to experiment to find the right welding settings for the job you want to do.
Here is a link so that you can take a look at it ahead of deciding whether to buy the welder.
PDF Credit: Forney Industries
Reason 13: What do users think of the Forney 2991 125FC
Most are pretty pleased with their purchase. Here is a link so that you can see what the users on Amazon think of the Forney Easy Weld 125FC.
Scroll down to the end of the sales page to check out the reviews.
Reason 14: What's in the Box?
In the box you get the Forney Easy Weld 125 Flux Core Welder
- 2 lb. sample reel of 0.030 inch Forney Flux Core Wire which is great quality.
- Chipping Hammer and Wire Brush which is better quality than most of the chipping hammers/wire brush combinations provided in equivalent welders.
- 2 of 0.030 inch contact tips
- 2 Torch Wrap Ears
- 2 screws to affix the Torch Wrap Ears to the carry handle
- Welding gun cable (about six feet in length)
- A ground clamp cable (about six feet in length)
The Torch Wrap Ears are a nice touch, you screw then onto the handle on the top of the Forney 299 welder unit and you can use them to wrap your cables around when you carry the Forney 299 making transportation easier.
Reason 15: YouTube Video Unboxing the Forney Easy Weld 125FC
Here is a nice YouTube video I found on Unboxing the Forney Easy Weld 29901. Enjoy!
Unboxing the Forney Easy Weld 125FC
Video Credit: Forney Industries
Reason 16: Is the Forney 125FC Portable?
It is certainly not very bulky,
Over all the welder measures 24.6 L by 12.6 W by 18.5 H.
The weight is 42.6 pounds.
So it is definitely in the portable class of welders.
Reason 17: The Manufacturer of the Forney Welders?
Forney is one of the most well-known brands in the welding industry. Forney Industries started in 1932 and has manufactured high-quality tools and welding equipment for the last 80 plus years. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado they design their welders and the Easy Welders are manufactured in Italy. American design - Italian manufacture. The Forney Easy Weld 29901 125 flux core welder was first released to the market in 2015.
Reason 18: Warranty
There is a 6-month warranty to cover defect in manufacturing and workmanship, when the unit has been used normally. There is a 90 day cover on the MIG welder gun and electrode holder.
Reason 19: Optional Start-Up Kit
You can order the Forney 299 125FC MIG welder on its own or as part of a Start up Kit.
That way you get everything I've described in this article - the Forney Easy Weld 299 125FC flux Core welder plus a start up kit with the additional things you'll need if you have never welded before.
If you are a beginner and you don't have the necessary equipment then you can help yourself get a quick start with Forney Easy Weld MIG welder beginner’s package, such as the Forney 29901 125FC MIG Welder Start-Up Kit.
This article wouldn't be complete without a look at the other side of the coin.
3 Reasons Not to Buy the Forney Wire Feed Welder
Reason Not To 1: Can't Weld Aluminum
The Forney 299 welder does not weld Aluminum. (See the Forney Industries FAQ page) type in 125 in the search bar to narrow down the list of question to the ones for the Forney 29901 125FC
Reason Not To 2: Can't Weld Stainless Steel
You may have read about the Forney 299 125FC Flux Core Welder being able to weld stainless steel.
Generally welding stainless steel is done with a MIG welder that uses separate shielding gas and stainless steel solid welding wire.
Though it is possible to buy flux core stainless steel wire (take a look at my document on the site where I have researched Stainless Steel Flux Core welding wires), you need a welder with sufficient Amp output and one that can change its polarity which you can't do with this welder.
And Forney expressly states it's not possible with this welder (See the Forney Industries FAQ page) type in 125 in the search bar to narrow down the list of question to the ones for the Forney Easy Weld 125
Wish to weld stainless steel? You'll need a MIG welder capable in that is has enough power and can change polarity.
Reason Not To 3: What Shielding Gas Can I Use?
None, the Forney 29901 is a Flux Core wire welder only, designed for welding mild steel with flux core not stainless steel flux core. - link to flux core stainless steel doc.
(See the Forney Industries FAQ page) type in 125 in the search bar to narrow down the list of question to the ones for the Forney 29901 125FC
And there you have it 19 reasons to start welding with the Forney Easy Weld 125 flux core welder - along with three reasons why not!
I hope you enjoyed my review and feel better able to decide whether to go ahead and invest in the Forney Easy Weld 29901 125fc.