Hobart Handler 140 MIG Welder – Best For Its Price
Article by Easy Metal Works
Hobart 140 MIG & Flux Cored Welder is by far one of the best and most flexible units for the money. It is so easy to use you can let your 9 year old weld – it is that easy.
The tool is extremely versatile, capable of welding 24 Gauge up to 1/4-Inch in different materials like mild or stainless steel, flux cored and aluminum and works on 115-volt standard household current so there’s no need for a 230-Volt hookup. It comes ready to weld with or without shielding gas, no additional kit required. With an amperage output range of 25 – 140, it easily handles a broad selection of solid mild steel or stainless, flux cored and aluminum wires.
The size of the Handler 140 makes it mobile and easily transportable. It runs both flux core and MIG processes and it does an amazing job of both for being just a 120v unit. Adjustable tension on the wire feeder is a definitely a plus. Gas gauge is top-notch. As mentioned unit welds steel with or without argon, but with the tank the welds come out cleaner and quicker. It is also much harder to make a mistake with the argon.
It features stable arc with improved performance on thin gauge material. Proven, built-in wire feeder, with quick-release tension lever, which provides positive feed with adjustable tension. It is also easy access for threading wire. Replaceable, built-in contactor which eases use and is excellent safety feature which makes wire electrically “cold” when not welding – safety always first. Four output voltage settings provide a broader operating window for each wire with quick and easy adjustment for different materials and thicknesses.
Purge gas line and set flow rate without wasting wire – Hobart 140 MIG Welder has separate “purge” setting. Convenient polarity changeover with tip holder – makes it quick and easy to change polarity for solid or tubular wire plus includes convenient storage holes for spare tips. Sloped control panel makes controls quickly visible and accessible. Dual groove drive rolls make it easy to switch between .023/.025 in. (0.6 mm) and .030 – .035 in. (0.8 – 0.9 mm) wire.
When it comes to safety, without already mentioned facts Handler 140 has primary circuit breaker, which watches current overloads, self-resetting thermal overload to protect power transformer and self-resetting motor protection which protects wire feed system from overloading – no fuses to change or buttons to press.
As all Hobart tools, this MIG welder comes with five-year warranty on transformers, stabilizers and generators; three years on electronics (drive motors, rectifiers); and one year on guns (MIG and plasma torches).
In short – very impressive piece of equipment! Don’t waste your money on more expensive “upper level” units because this Miller-made Hobart has everything they’ve got at a much better price.
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This article has been written by producers of Easy Metal Works – product resource and review website dedicated to Hobart welding and cutting equipement, and other metal works products. Hobart Welders tools are known for excellent quality and reliability. However, with so many product models that are offered today, it is hard to choose which one is the most appropriate for your needs and budget.
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