Well, while waiting for the replacement hat to arrive, I sparked up the DC130 for its first real use since buying it, making a pair of bike dollies. My word, what a nice little machine - goes on smooth as silk, it's like spreading butter with the rod. Honestly, I only now realise what I'd been missing by not having a DC welder years ago. And this is with using a hand-held shield, too. A good piece of kit makes even my welding look ok.