Super Deal MIG 130, Is it a Super Deal?

By Ben Norton / November 17, 2018
Super Deal MIG 130 Title Picture

For a brand to name itself Super Deal may seem presumptuous.

Although in many ways the Super Deal Black Commercial MIG 130 Flux Core welder is in fact a good deal.

And competitively priced.

Positioned at the budget end of the market this entry level flux core only MIG 130 welder is for those who either don't have the money or who don't want to invest too much money on a MIG welder.

Perhaps they don't really need to weld all that often. And when they do it is on light gauge mild steel and only for irregular small welding or a tiny quick job.

​Super Deal MIG 130

Super Deal Black Commercial MIG

Popular due to its entry level cost. The Super Deal MIG 130 is aimed at beginners and those needing a welder for short quick tasks.

Pros

Let me tally up all the possible reasons why you would go for this welder:

  • ​Four Amp settings to choose from, so you have a degree of flexibility in your welding within the capabilities of this welder.
  • ​The Super Deal is easy enough to carry around and compact as well, so moving it from task to task (or even place to place) is not challenging.
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    ​​With the automatic thermal protection, that keeps the unit from overheating if you forget yourself.

​Cons

You did not think that at this price range it would be flawless, did you?

  • ​​With 120 Amp maximum output voltage, you have to accept that this flux core welder is just for light, easy welding and not much else. You just do not have the output heat necessary for heavier duty welding.
  • ​The most glaring drawback is probably the 10% duty cycle and that this is a 110 volt model but then this is an entry level machine.
  • ​The Super Deal instruction manual is poor and there is no getting around that. For a beginner plenty of on-line research will be needed to get you going.
  • ​The hand held face mask and chipping hammer and brush supplied makes this welder appealing as a beginners welding kit. But these tools are near useless.
  • ​The half pound spool of flux core welding wire supplied is of poor quality.

​Verdict

Yes, the generated welding output is not much and the duty cycle is quite unimpressive. Yet this 110 volt flux core welder is a great choice because of its price.

This will suit you if you only need the Super Deal MIG 130 welder for some incidental welding tasks a few times a year.

Some DIY hobbyists do very minimal welding projects, but nevertheless need the capacity every now and then.

Or you'd like to start welding but have a very limited budget for now to spend on a welder.

If any of these situations describes you, then the ​Super Deal Black Commercial MIG 130 is your welder. It will get the job done when you need to do incidental welding tasks, and you do not want to spend too much money on something you use infrequently.


What is the Super Deal MIG 130 welder Capable of?

This welder is clearly aimed at the do it yourselfer, for repairs in the home garage, yard and barn and for those of you carrying out trivial car repairs.

MIG Welding?

The Super Deal Black Commercial MIG has MIG in the title name but it is not a MIG welder at all.

True MIG welders use shielding gas and this welder has no means of using gas. It uses flux core wire only.

Flux core wire, the self shielding kind, where the compounds in the core of the wire provides the protection for the weld.

Would you like to know more? Go over to my document on flux core welding.

Duty Cycle

Suitable for undemanding welding tasks.

And this is demonstrated by a rated duty cycle of 10% at 105 Amp and 35% at 60 Amp.

You say what?

This means at its 105 Amp output setting over a ten minute period you will be able to weld continuously for 1 minute. Any more and this MIG 130 overheats.

The Super Deal must then be rested for a minimum of nine minutes before you can carry on. 

Super Deal MIG Gun

Super Deal MIG Gun

Mild Steel Welding

Moderate welding tasks mean that you will be able to weld from 18 gauge as the thinnest metal up 3/16th mild steel.

1/4 inch mild steel is possible if you have purchased multi pass capable flux core welding wire and have the skill to prepare the weld by beveling and be able to weld multiple passes.

Not to mention have the welder at its highest possible setting.

Stainless Steel Welding

Though this MIG 130 welder is marketed as being able to weld stainless steel it's difficult to see how.

You need separate shielding gas. And this welder is incapable of using external gas.

And you would need to change the polarity of this MIG welder to use gas and this MIG is not able to change polarity.

There is stainless steel flux core welding wire available. It needs a positive setting for the MIG gun and this welder can't do this.

And to weld stainless steel needs more welding heat output than this welder can generate.

 If you want to learn more about stainless steel flux core welding wire, take a look at my document on the site covering my research on Stainless Steel Flux core

​Can this MIG 130 weld Aluminum?

No. Pure Argon, shielding gas is required to weld Aluminum and this MIG 130 welder is not able to use gas.

Also bearing in mind, there no spool gun option and the 10% duty cycle, this welder is underpowered for attempting to weld Aluminum.

 Flux core Aluminum wire is not something that is available. Would like to find out why?  Take a look at my article here on the site.

Saying that this welder can weld Stainless Steel and Aluminum is marketing, and more marketing. Aimed at those who are not familiar with that is needed to weld those metals successfully.

Super Deal MIG 130 Front

Features of the Super Deal MIG 130 welder

Let us take a look.

​Thermal Over Load Protection

As on the Zeny, Goplus, FDS and Arksen the Super Deal MIG 130 also has automatic thermal safety protection.

This feature automatically shuts down the welder before it overheats should you go past the rated duty cycle of 1 minute maximum at 105 amps.

Or indeed 3 and half minutes at the 60 Amp setting. This protective feature saves you accidentally over using your welder and putting it beyond repair.

Fan Cooling

The MIG 130 welder is fan cooled and the power will need to be left on should the Thermal Protection trip so that the fan can cool the welder.

Can I use Normal Household 120V Power with this MIG 130?

Yes, the same as on the Zeny, Goplus, FDS or the Arksen the Super Deal uses normal household power. It comes with a standard 3 pin plug and needs a 20 amp fused socket with a good ground connection provided by that socket.

Note that when the power is switch on the unit is electrically live to the wire tip. When resting the MIG 130 choose a non conductive surface to prevent un planned for arcs.

​What Flexibility do I have on the Power Output?

Super Deal MIG 130 Front Controls

Super Deal MIG 130 Front Controls

This MIG 130 welder gives you a welding range of 50 Amp to 120 Amp, with four settings to choose from.

This welding output range is achieved through the different positions of the two switches on the MIG 130.

One switch that can be set to either MIN or MAX and the second switch that can be set to one or two.

The combination of where you have the switch settings gives you the range of power output settings.

  • Min + 1 is the lowest welding output setting
  • Min + 2
  • Max +1
  • Max +2 for the highest welding output setting

Welding Parameters

On the Super Deal as on the Zeny or Arksen there is no chart on the welder to help you choose which setting is best for different thicknesses of metal, nor does the manual help. 

Experimentation is your way to finding out the best settings for the kind of jobs you want to do with this MIG 130.

​What Wires can be Used with the Super Deal MIG 130?

Using flux core wire you are able to use 0.030 inch or 0.035 inch flux-core wires.

The marketing material claims you can use 0.023 inch wire.

This size of wire is for solid steel which needs a shielding gas to use.

There is no separate shielding gas option on this welder.

So, I am sorry but this is more marketing than reality.

The Super Deal will take 1 lb. or 2 lb. spools of flux core wire.

The wire feed control on this MIG 130 welder is variable with a dial that moves from one to ten.

​YouTube Video, How do I install the Welding Wires?

​This is a question that is often asked of these MIG 130 welders.  Here is a YouTube video that shows you how on this welder.

Zeny : How to Install the Welding Wire Properly

Video Credit: Spencer NI

The Super Deal Black Commercial MIG 130 Manual

Now there is a manual provided, however it is slightly more than useless. The thing most new to welding get into trouble with is feeding the wire through correctly and the YouTube video above will help.

Also bear in mind that this MIG 130 welder is the same/very similar to the other MIG 130s such as the Zeny, Goplus, Arksen and FDS, so a search on YouTube will find you quite a few useful videos and information that will help you.

​What do Users of the Super Deal MIG 130 Flux Core welder think?

Check out what other users on Amazon who have bought the Super Deal MIG 130 welder think.

​The users that went into buying the Super Deal MIG 130 with reasonable expectations are pleased. Personally, I think as long as you have realistic expectations of this MIG 130, light duty, infrequent use you shouldn't be disappointed unless you receive a rogue unit.

 And if that should happen then returning through Amazon is straight forward.

What Is In the Box When Delivered?

  • The Super Deal Black Commercial MIG 130 Welder
  • The welding Torch itself and associated six foot of cord
  • Grounding Cord (six feet) and clamp
  • Sample spool of 0.035 Flux Core Welding Wire
  • Hand held Welding Face Mask
  • Combined Chipping Hammer / Wire brush
  • 2 extra 0.035 contact tips

Focused on the beginner market, and those looking for a beginners welding kit is why this MIG 130 includes the extra accessories.

The face mask being hand held has been compared to being less use than a Frisbee.

Super Deal Face Shield

A full welding helmet will be needed, after all as a beginner you really do not want one of your hands taken up with holding a face mask, when you'll need it to hold your welding project piece.

The combined chipping hammer and wire brush is poor and will not last you long. Maybe not even through your first weld.

An investment in a chipping hammer and brush is going to be needed.

I would also suggest some quality flux core wire be purchased at the same time to at least give this welder half a chance of giving you a decent welding experience.

And spare 0.035 sized contact tips because as a beginner you are going to run through contact tips as you experiment and find the right settings with this welder.

Is the Super Deal Commercial MIG 130 Portable?

With the over all size at 14 H x 13.5 L x 7.5 D inches and its weight at 38 pounds. It is portable for sure.

Who Makes the Super Deal MIG 130?

Now that is really a good question.

And it appears that at least some of the MIG 130 welders delivered under the Super Deal brand have Zeny stamped on them.

And you know the Super Deal welder does spookily look like several 130 MIGs on the market.

These welders are manufactured in China and imported into the USA and distributed under various brand names by different companies. Sometimes with different colors.

Brand names that include Goplus MIG 130, Zeny, Arksen MIG 130 and FDS MIG 130.

They all compete for that entry level welder space.

I have written an article that compares these flux core MIG 130s to other under 200 dollar flux core welders. I think its worth seeing how the Super Deal compares.

I don't think it matters who you buy this welder from, choose the right price at the time you're buying and who you think will give you good after sales service.

I have a write up on the Arksen MIG 130 on the site, why not take a look?

Last Words

When a larger more powerful welder may be too much for your workshop and budget,

when you don't want to or can't put in 220 volts and more than 20 Amp.

And you only need a welder occasionally and you don't need the prettiest of welds, just welds that will hold.

Then the Super Deal MIG Flux Core Welder maybe just what you need.

Understand what his welder is capable of and you should be happy with what this welder can do for you.