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black2door
04-13-2008, 09:28 PM
Is the Hobart Handler 125 a good welder? Im mostly looking to weld 3/16th steel at the max, possibly a little 1/4 (possible with multiple passes???). Ill probably be making bumpers and skid plates for my Jeep, maybe a couple other little projects, but most will be 3/16 and under. Will this welder suit my needs? Ill be using flux core.

I would be willing to save up for a Handler 140, but Im 16, broke, and I have plenty of time to upgrade in the future. :laugh:


THANKS

-Andrew

84zmike
04-13-2008, 09:43 PM
For the material you are wanting to weld take the $ you have and get a stick welder....the HH125 and 140 are quality units but not suited for what you are wanting to do.

black2door
04-13-2008, 09:56 PM
I also only have access to the normal house outlets (115V???). No 220 for me.

Cruizer
04-13-2008, 10:35 PM
I also only have access to the normal house outlets (115V???). No 220 for me.

The handler draws 20 amps, you'll be popping your breaker all the time. Better off saving your money for a better electrical service and better machines.

black2door
04-13-2008, 10:36 PM
The handler draws 20 amps, you'll be popping your breaker all the time. Better off saving your money for a better electrical service and better machines.

I have a 20 amp breaker.

84zmike
04-14-2008, 07:59 PM
If you must use 110 volts then get a Maxstar 150s .....

black2door
04-14-2008, 09:55 PM
If you must use 110 volts then get a Maxstar 150s .....

Also on about a $450 budget. :D

84zmike
04-14-2008, 11:53 PM
I payed $400 for my Maxstar 150S with case...yes it was used.... but still $400

jamlit
04-15-2008, 05:32 AM
I don't know much about the hobart line but I have been doing similar projects with a miller 110 mig. The problem with 110 migs is that they max out on amps and DC volts at around 90 amps. I know the units say they will go higher on amps which they will but at a loss of DC volts, which basically means you are not really getting the penetration you are looking for. We went all through this a year on so ago and I learn a lot about the capabilities of a 110 mig.

So after saying that the 125 amp unit should be able to do the job but it takes some good experience and knowledge to make it work. You will be OK if you have a good understanding of welding, but you may find that the results are not what you are looking for if a beginner.

As stated above, A Miller Maxstar is dual voltage and will run on a 110 outlet. The Maxstar will be able to do the projects you are looking to do with out any trouble at all but it wont be very good for the lighter side like sheet metal.

rustywrangler
04-15-2008, 07:57 AM
Your gonna regret getting the 125 when you go towork on your jeep man. At least get the 140. Jerry on JF already told you he has one and if barely does the 3/16 stuff your gonna be into. Then you want to step down to a 125???

I am by no means harping on ya man but spend the extra 100 bones. It will be worth it in the end.