View Full Version : Looking at a hobart engine drive

David R
03-27-2008, 05:44 AM
My dad found a 6 cylinder hobart welder that is in good shape. I told him if it welds and runs I would buy it. I have no idea what it is, I have not seen it yet. The price is right.

It has to be a little old. What is the smallest 6 banger they made? I was told its a chrysler industrial. I don't even know if its a flathead or slant 6.


03-27-2008, 06:49 AM
I'd love to see pictures when you get it.

03-27-2008, 12:10 PM
I have one.

They are the Ford 6 cylinder from the Falcon and their Industrial line. The serial on the engine will tell what model it is.

Read my post on the Hobart on the Mzone forum. Tons of good information.

03-27-2008, 08:48 PM

I had two.. one was a 300 amp dc machine had a flathead 6 chrys ind engine and a 250 amp with a more modern 6 cyl 200 cu in ford industrial engine. Both very good machines. I know where the 300 is and it is still running and welding as I recall it was a 52 vintage.

03-27-2008, 09:07 PM
I built a concrete plant using there machine, back when i was first starting out. It was an old Hobart 300 amp. it had a six cylinder chrysler industrial motor in it as well. Last time I was by there it was sitting in the weeds out behind the shop. I tried to buy it but they wouldn't sell it. It was a great welding machine.

David R
03-27-2008, 10:07 PM
Thank you everyone. I told my dad if it runs and welds, I will buy it.

Sounds like its a 300 amp. Pics and more info when I see it.


03-28-2008, 10:06 AM
Mine is a 300 amp chrysler flat head built in May of 1950 and still going. If you plan on working it hard have a fat billfold for gassing up. Mine has the ac generator that puts out 110 ac 230 ac and 230 3 phase ac so it is a handy unit to have for generator power.

03-30-2008, 08:14 PM
What ??? no pictures yet ??

10-11-2008, 11:52 PM
I ran the Hobart industrial sixes in the early 80's, beautiful but will use quite a deal of fuel. We even had a Hobart 8 cylinder chrysler. fill it on way to job, 5 gal. at coffee break, go to lunch and buy 5 more gallons and hope to make 4:30 and a very heavy pig of a machine as well. But would burn 3/16 7018 until you couldn't hold the stinger anymore, dip in pail of water and go again. Build up metal crushers at the recycle plant.