1. I`m looking at buying a welder and have seen some (1 or 2) good reviews on the site for Fema (Particularly from someone who could be said to be partisan). Normally I`d just look see comments suggesting its a pile of Junk then move on , but has anyone else any comments on the unit? Its going to be for a car restoration and I see a nice low ampage setting probably good for thin steel!


    Otherwise its carry on looking for a cheap 2nd hand Cebora or Clarke!
  2. weldequip Member

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    Fimer are Italian made; con artist, avoid ;)
  3. don`t tell me like another Italian brand ~ one which you have to get a tech to "Fix It Again Tomorrow"
  4. wrinx

    wrinx Member

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  5. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

  6. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    Skelton in Cleveland U.K.
    Fimer and Fema twodifferent makes, I have an Italian made Fimer 215, they are a very well respected welding related manufacturer, Mine is absolutely top class, Cant fault it at all, Synergic mig for steel,ally and mig brazing,also does stick and DC tig, Solid machine with 4 roll wire feed,
  7. PTvor Member

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    From the catalogue, Fema looks like one of those Italian welder companies like DECA which makes everything from rubbishy buzz boxes to industrial grade gear. Probably a lot of it rebadged by other people.

    I'd wonder about spares availability and support and I'm also to inclined to think that for a machine selling for £150 new, the maker is going to be very limited in terms of what they can spend on the wire feed, the transformer, etc.

    Generally, I've found that given the choice between a new cheap item and a second hand better one, it's been best to go for the second hand one, because it was designed and made as a higher quality unit in the first place.
  8. KARAOKEB Member

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    Must confess I looked at the slightly bigger brother of this machine on the bay and was tempted like you I have a limited budget and would only use the machine occasionally for the odd project. I telephoned Toolsave for further info, got a sales person who was to get a tech person to ring me back needless to say nobody came back to me. That probably says it all, also if you look at the feedback I cannot find any relating to FEMA welders again to me a warning sign.

    So I am still looking and like you asked on this site for advice and became more confused. Have also looked at a S/H BOC/Murex Autolynx 130 and whilst I am told it is working, having spoken to Murex I have found that spares are not available for this machine so again could be left with a pup.

    Perhaps what we could do with on this site is a area where people could put their experiences with various welders giving them marks out of 10 1 being crap 10 being the bees knees for various attributes such as build quality, after sales service, reliability etc etc might help people like you and me in making a decision. :o
  9. Chris Settree Member

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    I know this is a while after this tread was started but people like me still read these advice.I have just bought a Fema P199P and it is excellent!It is built like a Mack truck and welds beautifully.It has 6 power settings and all Femas have the ability to weld down to 20 amps for thin metal and it does it so good even with .8 fluxcore gasless wire.This company has been around since 1954. Never heard of Fema; well over its 60 year long history, this Northern Italian company has manufactured OEM welding equipment for many well known welding and tool brands throughout the world including Black & Decker, Schumacher, Lincoln, SIP, BOC, Mac Tools, Fimer, Sears, Snap on, Boss, Esab....the list goes on. It has been sold in specialist welding and tool distributors as well as some of the largest home improvement stores world wide, such as Sears, LOWES, Costco, Canadian Tire, Northern, B&Q, Halfords, Mitre 10 to mention just a few.I do wish people who don't know the answers to others questions on forums would not make false coments that can give people the completely wrong answers.
  10. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

    Where did you get this information from? Links please.

    Which comments in this thread are false?

    I do agree, it is frustrating when people post "facts" without substantiating them.
  11. Chris Settree Member

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    Hi,The false comments I am refuring to are about an other company name (Fimer) mentioned as con artist, witch has nothing to do with the original question and that Italian brands need fixing every day is just crap,and Fema only make welders not buzz box's.I am not aiming at this forum in any way,I find it on most forums.The links that I have found are, http://weldtool.com/Welders-FEMA-Full-Line.html and http://www.ascompesaro.it/main/apps/SchedeAssociati/index.php?id=330&g= Thanks.
  12. PTvor Member

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    I don't think many people on here would recommend a £150 SIP MIG. Perhaps the ones badged Fema are quite different.

    SIP industrial grade gear doesn't get mentioned much.
  13. Chris Settree Member

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    I don't think anyone was talking about a 150 pound SIP!Thats like saying don't buy a Rolls Royce because Volks Wagon own them.They are nothing the same!
  14. PTvor Member

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    But if you notice, the thread started off with a discussion about a £150 Fema MIG welder, and as they say 95% of their output is sold through their parent SIP, I think we are entitled to assume they are much of a muchness. Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen doesn't come into it.

    I believe I mentioned that Fema make a range of products, up to industrial welding gear.
  15. Chris Settree Member

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    What ever!Same old stuff only those who don't know answer.
  16. Wallace

    Wallace Sub-Contractor to Rhubarb

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    Staines, Middlesex, England.
    I would be inclined to believe this quote:

  17. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

    I think Weldequip may be a bit harsh on Fimer, can't seem to find anything on the 'net to support his claims. Bear in mind this particualr thread is about Fema.
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  18. Jim Davey

    Jim Davey RH Davey Welding Supplies

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    I think its safer to say that any mig set you buy for £150 new, will be poor.

    But spend £250-300 and you have a chance at getting something halfway decent.
    matt1978 likes this.
  19. wheresmejumper

    wheresmejumper Member

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    Id say you are reading his comment wrong
    He says
    Fimer are Italian
    fella on ebay selling fema is a con artist, avoid him
  20. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe that's what he meant to say, but he didn't. he said
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