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Old December 5th, 2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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looking at getting a new welder and i was wondering if anyone has used this welder or has one and could tell me its real life pros and cons.
or if its worth getting

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Old December 5th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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the lincoln i was looking at is 1399 and the miller was 1499 and this 899
ill get a lincoln if thats the last choice

but is that hobart any good is what im getting at iv never used a hobart but iv herd they are good
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Buy a Millermatic and be done.
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Or my Lincoln 175 plus
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Buy a Millermatic and be done.
X2 I bought mine lightly used for less than half of new.

I know a couple guys with hobarts and have heard no complaints but that is the best I can do for you.
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iv been looking for used millers but i cant find any anywhere.
or at least one thats not 100 years old
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I've got the older version of that welder(~5 years old) and love it. It's done everything I've ever wanted it to do and has always worked great. Miller and Lincoln are a step up in quality, but Hobart still has a great bang for the buck. I've heard they have awesome customer service too, but I've never had to use it. Hobart is the inexpensive version of Miller, and for a garage mechanic/fabricator they're more than adequate. Zero complaints here, and 2 of my friends have gone out and bought other Hobart machines(including the one you're looking at) after using mine. After it built this truck for my buddy he went out and bought a Hobart of his own:



So yeah, I like it. Not the best out there, but works great, especially for the price.
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I've got the older version of that welder(~5 years old) and love it. It's done everything I've ever wanted it to do and has always worked great. Miller and Lincoln are a step up in quality, but Hobart still has a great bang for the buck. I've heard they have awesome customer service too, but I've never had to use it. Hobart is the inexpensive version of Miller, and for a garage mechanic/fabricator they're more than adequate. Zero complaints here, and 2 of my friends have gone out and bought other Hobart machines(including the one you're looking at) after using mine. After it built this truck for my buddy he went out and bought a Hobart of his own:



So yeah, I like it. Not the best out there, but works great, especially for the price.
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humm maybe ill get me one lol
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I have a hobart handler 180, and it's great for me.

The one you listed has a low duty cycle, as does mine, so keep that in mind when buying/using the machine.
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ya it does and the lincoln that is the same size is 30% to as the miller the same size is 50% at 200 amps and 40% at 250
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Its not THAT much more for the miller version.

http://store.cyberweld.com/mi211migwewi.html

But I've seen plenty of people very happy with the Hobart.

I've had no issues with either of my Lincolns (current one is an SP170T).
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I have a hobart handler 180, and it's great for me.

The one you listed has a low duty cycle, as does mine, so keep that in mind when buying/using the machine.
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ya it does and the lincoln that is the same size is 30% to as the miller the same size is 50% at 200 amps and 40% at 250
Most of the time, though, someone buying it for hobby level isn't blasting away at full amperage, though.

I assume if someone was buying for professional use, they'd move to a 250 amp class machine that could take bigger spools.
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i was looking on millers web sight and it was more but that sight helps thanks
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Most of the time, though, someone buying it for hobby level isn't blasting away at full amperage, though.

I assume if someone was buying for professional use, they'd move to a 250 amp class machine that could take bigger spools.
Which is what I do most of the time.

But, once in a while I have to repair some farm equip out in the middle of a field with flux core, pretty close to max amperage. It sucks welding for 3 min and letting it sit 7, but it is a rare occurance.
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I looked at the hobart closely. It has a few issues with the drive and such. I wanted something that was proven though and have had a string of cheaper welders in the past. So I just bit the bullet and got the Millermatic 211.

I love my 211 I am really impressed with the quality. With most of my previous welders the chart settings were often close but still off of what I felt was good. This thing is truly dead on, easy as heck to set up and go. I was switching from 1/8 to 16 gauge back and forth easily. My only vice is that I do think I am using more gas with the miller. I looked at a lot of different ones before getting the 211, checking reviews, and real world results. I use the 211 on the higher amps mainly. But, I did play around with a few scrap fenders on the 110 setting with good results running a 50 foot cord cause I was curious. I almost always run a 50' higher amp cord with this Miller letting me move it around. It does not require resetting the settings due to the amp drop.
I like the fact it also has the spool feature. I do not have any experience with aluminum but it is nice to know later on I can play around on some valve covers or such easily enough without working at TIG speed.


You really do get what you pay for as far as welders go.
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From what I've been told Hobart is Miller's entry line of welders.
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Dont worry about duty cycle too much. It only takes affect on really long welds. I have the Lincoln 180C. I picked it up last year and dont have any complaints. Its about the same price as the one you are looking at and is spool gun ready if you ever want to weld alum. Im no expert, just giving my .02 good luck.
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