Forney Easy Weld 298 Review

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The Forney easy weld 298 arc welding machine is actually a really decent welder and our personal choice in our best arc welder buyers guide.

The reason that we chose the Forney as our top choice, was for a variety of reasons, the main of which being that it is super portable, very light and really affordable.

The last point is important because while this is certainly not a professional arc welder, it is aimed at hobbyists and those just looking to do simple repairs around the house. That is why the price is such an important factor here.

You can purchase far superior arc welders, but for the average Joe just looking to do some auto repairs, etc, this is absolutely fantastic.

You can also check out our portable MIG welders with our Forney Easy Weld 298 vs Chicago Electric 170 Amp head to head.

Forney Easy Weld 298 Review

This is in many ways, one of the best portable arc welders on the market this year, and I would highly recommend it based on the feedback we have received.

It is a well-known brand name and as such has a great build quality and easy to use features.

One of the main downsides is that it has been reported to be slightly underpowered in the lower amp ranges, but once turned to 90 A and over, things start to get better.


  • Great price point
  • Build quality is above and beyond what they are charging for it
  • Great for beginners
  • Very forgiving to learn the trade with
  • Lightweight and extremely portable
  • Can be used with a low voltage input


  • Slightly under powered in lower amperage ranges

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best portable Arc Welder?

The Forney Easy Weld 298 matches this category with our research. It is easy to use and affordable.

What is the best portable arc welder for beginners?

While there are many portable arc welders that are great for those starting out, it is our opinion that the Forney 298 is a wonderful machine to start out with.

Can it be used with a low input voltage?

Yes, in fact this is one of the main features that makes it so great for using around the home!

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