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Old February 26th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Looking for anyone that has experience with a hobart either handler 140 or 187 MIG. Looking for pros and cons of these compared with others for random jeep fab stuff.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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hobart is a miller...replacement parts are miller and even the wand on mine says miller
works great at a fraction of the cost of a miller
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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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I have the Hobart 187 I like it alot welds nice. If you ever need a replacement part just bring the part in with you to a miller suppler and they will find the part you need.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #4
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Nothing wrong with hobart just millers cheaper line of machines.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:48 PM   #5
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hobart is a miller...replacement parts are miller and even the wand on mine says miller
works great at a fraction of the cost of a miller

x2...I have a 210 Ironman that I have ran a few spools thru...works great!
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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:55 PM   #6
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If you have 220v. Go as big as you can afford. Eventually you will want a bigger one.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #7
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I picked up the 140 last year and love it, Over 50 LBS of wire thru it with no problems yet.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:13 PM   #8
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I hate Hobart, you only have the 5 or 7 settings that they give you. With a Miller you can adjust it any where beween the rated amps. Yeah I know it's seems like a small thing but some times 4 is to cold and 5 is to hot. Also, the Hobart's have plastic drive assy, the Miller's are cast Al. You do get what you pay for.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #9
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Horbart is made by Miller, they used some cheaper materials here and there but for a hoby machine you can't beat them. buy one and weld away!
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #10
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I agree Miller is better, but your right, you pay for it. My dad has a hobart and so far so good.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #11
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I hate Hobart, you only have the 5 or 7 settings that they give you. With a Miller you can adjust it any where beween the rated amps. Yeah I know it's seems like a small thing but some times 4 is to cold and 5 is to hot. Also, the Hobart's have plastic drive assy, the Miller's are cast Al. You do get what you pay for.
Adjust with welding style and wire speed,

What more do you need in a drive assy for a non commercial machine? I won't spend the extra $300 for all cast assy. But I'm a cheap bastad.

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Old February 26th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #12
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get the 187 if you can swing it, the bigger the better when it comes to welding machines. I wouldn't be afraid to weld suspension components with the 187 (with proper preperation of course) i wouldn't even think of it with the 140.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 09:25 PM   #13
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I also have an 187 and I love it. Great machine for the money.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #14
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get the 187 if you can swing it, the bigger the better when it comes to welding machines. I wouldn't be afraid to weld suspension components with the 187 (with proper preperation of course) i wouldn't even think of it with the 140.

I've welded plenty of most everything with my 140, and never had any issues...to each thier own...sure, I'll gouge it out and run multiple passes, etc., but it still gets the job done...


I actually like my Hobart more then the Millers I have at work...of course, the Hobart is only used by me, and not by everyone that walks in the shop, whether they know what they are doing or not...
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i have a hobart 175 (modern day 187) its a good for basic mig welder and around the shop. now that im use to machines where i can dial the wfs in to the single digit and the amps into the single digit its not the same. but i hobart has served me well and still is.
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have a 140. Does almost everything. A 187 would be nicer. Welded up 3 sides a the floor panels in my cj7
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i have a 187 and love it.

If i was doing fab all the time, or ran a shop i would spend the extra cash and buy something with a higher duty cycle. But i do mostly hobby welding/fab, and repairs.

I have never needed it to do something it couldn't handle.
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140 working its ass off, Yes I would like a bigger one but it does the job just fine.

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I have a Miller 250x and love it. I have used Millers for a long time and never had a problem with them Even when I worked at a production fab shop we never had issues with the Millers. I think for small hobby stuff a hobart would be fine. even though Miller makes them I would still get a Miller. Just my 2cents......If you are tight on money I think the hobart will get you the most for the price range.
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Adjust with welding style and wire speed,

What more do you need in a drive assy for a non commercial machine? I won't spend the extra $300 for all cast assy. But I'm a cheap bastad.
Go use a Miller and tell me you don't like it better. Come to the dark side.
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