Everlast PowerARC 140 Review
Did you know you can have your own TIG welder without having to refinance your home? Finally there’s a reliable alternative to the high-powered, expensive brand name welders – the Everlast PowerARC 140.
This rig is both a capable TIG and stick welder, relying on IBGT inverter technology to deliver a whopping 140 amps of power through a consistently stable arc.
Weighing a mere 25 lbs and equipped with an industrial strength carrying strap the Everlast PowerARC 140 is the ideal welder if you have limited space. In addition, it come with an impact resistant carrying case for added portability.
While the Everlast PowerARC 140 may not be the most powerful or feature rich machine in the world, it ranks as a one of the best TIG welders for beginners.
- TIG and Stick capable
- IGBT inverter design
- Lightweight and portable
- Lift start
- Incredible arc stability
- Solid duty cycle
- Dual voltage ready
- Comes with carrying case and starter kit
- Simple to use
- No foot pedal
- DC only
- Regulator not included
TIG and Stick capable
The Everlast PowerARC 140 is capable of welding both TIG and stick making it one of the most versatile welders around. Its dual welding ability means more opportunities and more opportunities means more money. This rig practically pays for itself.
TIG – Using the lift start feature the PowerARC delivers a steady consistent arc throughout the process giving you clean, nearly perfect beads. Even down to 10 amps the arc seems solid.
Keep in mind that this welder is DC only so it doesn’t weld aluminum or magnesium very well
Stick – This beast performs just as well as a stick welder. Using electrodes from 1/16″ to 1/8″ thick the Everlast PowerARC 140 can weld up to 3/16″ plate metal in a single pass. It uses a wide range of rods: E6011, E6013, E7014 and E7018.
IGBT inverter design
There are two main types of welding power sources: inverter and transformer. For the sake of portability most welders these days are inverter based and the Everlast PowerARC 140 is no exception.
What is an IGBT inverter?
Insulate Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) works by converting utility power to high voltage and then storing it in a capacitor bank. This is then switched into a second transformer by a controller as needed to produce the required welding current.
In simple terms, energy is stored in the welder and is used as needed.
Why is that important?
Not only do you save on energy costs by being more efficient you also have more control over the unit. In addition, inverter welders are much lighter than their transformer cousins, making them perfect for taking to and from a job site.
Lightweight and portable
Being an inverter based welder offers a tremendous advantage when it comes to weight and portability. Weighing just 25 lbs and featuring a handy carrying strap, you can easily take it around with you.
Even if you don’t plan on taking it anywhere it comes with a convenient carrying case for quick and easy storage. This powerful but compact TIG welder is so small you might even forget it’s there.
This can be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it. I choose to look at it as a pro.
On the plus side: being lift start only is one less thing you have to take into account. If there is only one way to do it you can’t really mess up. Another positive is that there is no chance of interfering with nearby electronics as would happen with high-frequency starting. For beginners, lift start is probably the best option until you become a little more skilled.
The downside to lift starting is the potential for contamination and the increased rate of consumable use. Because you still have metal to metal contact, bits of tungsten can get embedded in the puddle, weakening the weld.
Incredible arc stability
When it comes to arc stability you’d think an inexpensive off brand welder like the Everlast PowerARC 140 would have difficulties keeping up with the big brands – but you’d be wrong.
Showing promising arc control with both TIG and stick, this unit continues to impress during both high and low amp operations.
TIG – With an amperage range of 10 – 140 the arc on the Everlast PowerARC 140 remains stable through the full range.
Stick – The stability is just as good on the stick side of things. It features both auto adaptive hot start and auto adaptive arc force control for increased weld and arc quality.
Dual voltage ready
One of the best features on the Everlast PowerARC 140 is its dual voltage capability. Using both 120 and 240 volt current, this allows you to weld pretty much anywhere there is a clean power source. The adaptive technology used by this unit makes switching between the two voltages safe and effortless so you don’t have to worry about accidentally plugging in the wrong one.
Coupled with its lightweight and portability this rig is a dream for welders who value their limited space.
Solid duty cycle
Despite its inexpensive price tag the duty cycle on the Everlast PowerARC 140 is surprisingly good. Both applications have the same cycle but they differ depending on the voltage used.
120 V – 35% at 85 amps
240 V – 35% at 140 amps
Comes with carrying case and starter kit
The Everlast PowerARC 140 comes with (almost) everything you need to start welding immediately. One of the best things about this rig is the cool carrying case it comes with. It’s impact resistant and will hold everything you need to do the job.
It also comes with a bunch of extras they you may or may not find useful, including:
- Face shield (not recommended, buy a real helmet)
- Wire brush
- Torch consumables
For stick welding all you need are welding rods and for TIG you need gas and tungsten.
Simple to setup and use
Learning to weld can be a real challenge but the Everlast PowerARC 140 makes it a little bit easier by being as straightforward in its controls as possible. With this unit you need to know two things – whether you’re welding TIG or stick and the amperage. That’s it.
To choose between TIG and stick you simply press a button. To change the amperage you just turn a knob. It couldn’t be easier.
No foot pedal
This might be a deal breaker for some. This unit doesn’t come with a foot pedal nor can you attach a foot pedal later. The only way to control the flow of gas is through a control on the torch. This likely wont matter for a beginner who hasn’t mastered the art of TIG welding yet. However, if you’re more experienced and used to the degree of control you have with the foot pedal then it might not be worth the hassle.
The Everlast PowerARC 140 uses direct current (DC) only. That means even though it’s a TIG welder, you cannot use it to weld aluminum or magnesium.
Regulator not included
If you plan to use it as a TIG welder you’ll need to buy a gas regulator. If, however, you only need it for stick welding then it’s good to go right out of the box.
The Verdict – Everlast PowerARC 140
The Everlast PowerARC 140 is a great choice if you’re new to TIG welding or just need a small rig for around the house. It’s inexpensive, reliable and powerful enough for most household projects.
For less than $300 you get a TIG and stick welder from a reliable up-and-coming brand with a stellar 5 year warranty. It comes with a carrying case and everything you need to get started (minus consumables).
If you were thinking of getting into TIG welding but don’t want to pay for a red or blue, the Everlast PowerARC 140 is the perfect machine to start with.
Specs and Features
Weight: 25 lbs
Size: L20″ x W5″ x H12.5″
Power Input: 120V/ 240V
Power Output: 140A
Duty Cycle: 60% @ 110A
Material Thickness: Up to 3/16″ mild steel
Warranty: 5 year