Vul­can Mas­ter Welder Se­ries

Har­bor Freight Tools Raises the Bar For Af­ford­able, Pro-Grade Weld­ing Equip­ment

Hot Rod - - Contents - Johnny Hunk­ins Har­bor Freight Tools

hRarely a day goes by at HOT ROD when we aren’t over­whelmed by new-prod­uct press re­leases, but one we got from Har­bor Freight Tools stands out as hav­ing the po­ten­tial to be a game-changer for a lot of DIY hob­by­ists. Har­bor Freight Tools is mostly known for im­port­ing in­ex­pen­sive prod­ucts from Asia; what isn’t com­monly known is that this U.S.-based com­pany has an im­pres­sive cam­pus for prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and qual­ity-con­trol test­ing. That in­ter­est­ing fact is the rea­son HFT has come out with its up­scale Vul­can Mas­ter Welder Se­ries.

The Vul­can line has the so­phis­ti­cated fea­tures and per­for­mance of high-end pro gear, but at the sig­nif­i­cantly lower price we’re ac­cus­tomed to from HFT. It turns out that one of the in­ter­est­ing ben­e­fits of be­ing HFT and hav­ing such huge buy­ing power with Asia for so many years is the com­pany is in a po­si­tion to dic­tate to the fac­tory the level of man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­ity, and the vol­ume means do­ing so at a very fa­vor­able price point. HFT’s lab fa­cil­ity in Cal­abasas, Cal­i­for­nia, tows the qual­ity line by reg­u­larly test­ing tools to their lim­its; we know from pil­ing on the abuse to HFT stuff over the years that this ap­proach works. Now with the Vul­can Se­ries, HFT has bench­marked the fea­tures and per­for­mance of the new­est prod­ucts from top weld­ing com­peti­tors, and this lineup is the re­sult.

One of the big­gest break­throughs is that HFT’s next gen­er­a­tion of weld­ing prod­ucts uses what it claims is best‐in‐class in­verter tech­nol­ogy. This would al­low for bet­ter arc con­trol, higher ef­fi­cien­cies, and a lighter welder. They are clearly de­signed for ex­treme porta­bil­ity with con­trac­tor-grade dual han­dles, mak­ing them eas­ier to trans­port. If you’ve never com­pared the weight and dura­bil­ity of an in­verter-style welder ver­sus a trans­former-pow­ered unit, you’ll be duly im­pressed.

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