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ioan
10-06-2014, 01:50 PM
I'm looking to buy a welder and there is a Hobart Handler 140 MIG for sale on craigslist for $75, 4 years old, but broken: "There is a switch component inside that needs replacing". I wonder if it's worth buying and trying to repair it. Also in the ad: "Jims Tools said it will be $75 to repair the unit."

What do you think?

Thanks.

cope
10-06-2014, 01:57 PM
If all that is wrong is the switch, it might be a good deal. The unknown can come back to bite you.

ioan
10-06-2014, 02:01 PM
If all that is wrong is the switch, it might be a good deal.

What kind of switch is this? A switch board? A relay?

Justme
10-06-2014, 02:13 PM
If its the contactor it's pretty easy. Mine started sticking so when you let go of the trigger the wire stayed live. I called hobart and they said it was a fairly common thing. They told me to try cleaning it. I did and it's worked fine for the last two years.

Willie B
10-06-2014, 03:45 PM
How much would you spend on lottery tickets? $75 spent on lottery tickets gives you million to one odds of winning big. Spend it on a busted welder, it's similar odds, of winning a $100 welder.

ioan
10-06-2014, 03:59 PM
Spend it on a busted welder, it's similar odds, of winning a $100 welder.

That's how much a used one of those are? Now if it was "Spend it on a busted welder, it's similar odds, of winning a $500 welder." I would do it in a hearth beat :-)

Drooopy
10-06-2014, 05:27 PM
it is worth more than $100 used but not $500. I would say 250 to 300 depending on extras on a good working used unit would be fair.

In the world of 120V migs, the HH140 / MM140 are among the best, but they still have their limits. Under 1/8" etc.

ioan
10-13-2014, 02:29 PM
I bought it and the problem with it is the darlington transistor for the wire feed speed controller is fried and it only feeds wire at high speed. I ordered some tip142 and I'm hoping that after the replacing the bad one I'll have an usable welder.