As you have probably noticed, when running a farm, there is usually some kind of repair or project on-the-go. A stick welder is often a vital tool you need to get the job done and a better choice than other welders for farm use due to its low cost, and being better suited for windy, outdoor conditions than MIG or TIG welders.
Buying the best stick welder for farm use, though, isn’t necessarily the simplest task. It depends on a lot of factors, including whether you want a portable model or are happy to transport the welder, how much power you need, your budget, and your skill level.
4 Best Stick Welders for Farm Use
Best Overall: Hobart 500570 Stickmate 160i
The Hobart Stickmate 160i is powerful, dependable, portable, and includes a few features that farmers in particular will appreciate.New: $539.00
With 160 amps output power, ability to operate on 120 or 240V input voltage, and ease of which it welds up to 3/8 in, the Hobart 500570 Stickmate 160i is our recommended stick welder for farm use.
Hobart equipped the Stickmate 160i with some very useful features that set it apart from other models, including “Hot Start” technology that ensures easy, quick and reliable arc starts; infinite amperage control with adjustability by as little as one-amp increments; and dual-voltage capability with MVP adapters for 120 or 240 V without the need for additional tools.
Weighing just 15 pounds, the Stickmate 160i is highly portable; features a smooth, consistent DC welding arc with less sticking and less spatter, comes with a 10 ft. lead cable; and adjustable shoulder strap.
Best for Beginners: DekoPro 110/220V 160A MMA Welder
The DekoPro MMA Welder is a great choice for farmers new to stick welding.New: $99.99
If you’re a complete beginner, the DekoPpro MMA Welder would be a perfect first introduction to stick welding, though more experienced welders will certainly find plenty to love too.
What makes the DekoPro MMA Welder such a great choice for beginners is how well-thought everything is from its lightweight, sturdy, portable design to its stable current, and high-performance fan that dissipates heat to keep you and the unit cool.
Most Portable: YesWelderARC Welder
The YesWelder is very portable without much compromise in power.New: $103.19
Weighing less than 10 pounds and with a compact frame, the YesWelder ARC Welder is a great choice if you need something a little more portable.
Don’t let the welder’s portability fool you, though, because at 205 amps it is very powerful. It also features some useful additions like Automatic Hot Start for easy, quick and reliable arc starts; and a feature called Auto Adaptive Arc Force to minimize electrode sticking without the arc stability or spatter suffering.
Automatic temperature control, fan dormancy, fine amperage control; automatic compensation for voltage fluctuation, overcurrent protection, and over load protection are all other welcome features.
Budget Pick: Simder 130 Amp Arc Welder
If you're on a budget, the no-frills Simder Arc Welder will get the job done.New: $65.99
If you’re looking for a stick welder for farm use but want to spend as little money as possible, then the Simder Arc Welder is worth looking at.
While not as powerful as more expensive welders, it has several things going for it. This includes an easy-to-use design, LCD display, portability, and effective safety mechanism.
In short, the Simder Arc Welder will get the job done at a low price, though may not be as dependable as other models.
What to Consider When Buying a Stick Welder for Farm Use
An AC/DC welder is often the better choice when buying a stick welder for farm use. This is because with its easier starts, easier out-of-position welding, smoother arc, fewer arc outages and sticking, and ability to better weld thinner metals, it is more suitable for most applications.
When it comes to the portability of a stick welder, you should ask yourself not only if you prefer a lightweight over a heavier model, but also if there is available power to where you need to work.
- Skill Required
Stick welders generally require more skill to use than a MIG or Flux Cored welder, but less skill than a TIG welder. This doesn’t mean that some stick welders are easier or harder to use than others, though. So if you’re a complete beginner and are buying your first stick welder, you might want to consider a more beginner-friendly option.