View Full Version : Buying a mig, Hobart do you like them??

03-31-2006, 04:58 PM
I am buying a mig machine, first one for welding lawn mower decks that I have been doing with stick. I've welded for most of my life, long time and now need one. I have other welders for heavy stuff.
I'm looking at the 140 due to price and was wanting to know how do you like yours?
Thanks for any input,

04-05-2006, 11:21 AM
We have two Hobart welders, Have had them for a number of years and have no trouble to speak of. Used for motorcycle frames, wrought iron and general welding around the house. I think you will be happy with it.


04-14-2006, 10:56 PM
I would give my advice, but I am biased towards a certain brand. Suffice to say that I didn't sell my Hobart, I gave it away.

Blue Ridge Runner
05-02-2006, 11:42 AM
Being that the 140 is the only welder I have ever owned I am pretty happy with it. The biggest reason I went with the 140 is because I do not have 230 volt service in my shop. I picked the 140 because its really portable and I have used it to fix stuff on the trail. I use it most with .035 flux core wire. My generator easily powers it also. I have a friend that owns a welding business and he has some professional grade Millers that weld a lot better. BUT for $500 you can't beat a 140.


Repairing Jolly's broken steering shaft @ Uwharrie National Forest. We did not have a ReadyWelder.

05-02-2006, 01:06 PM
BUT for $500 you can't beat a 140.
I like the reconditioned HH135s from www.toolking.com for $327 incl. shipping.

05-02-2006, 01:46 PM
Joker, how does that go,
If you want a beer grab a Miller...
If you want to weld get a Lincoln :D

06-25-2006, 08:16 AM
I ended up getting a new HH180. After looking at the other ones
I decided on this one. It cost me $629+ tax with the kit, Auto-Darken
hood (Miller), extra spool of .030, gloves, wire brush, chipping hammer,
tips, wrench for machine, with the cart, etc. How could I not.
Anyway I love it. I've done several decks with .024 wire, sure is
easier than stick for decks. 5-3-1 warrenty.
Thanks for all the help guys,

06-25-2006, 12:25 PM
Good job! Keep us posted on what you build. I think you made a good choice with a great brand.

06-26-2006, 12:19 PM
Joker, how does that go,
If you want a beer grab a Miller...
If you want to weld get a Lincoln :D

No, no, no....it's:

If you want to weld like a killer, get a Miller...
if you want slag by the Ton, get a Lincoln. :D ;)

:cool2: ...just made that up for a rebuttal by the Miller crowd. ;)
For a Monday, I guess it's not bad. :blush:

06-27-2006, 01:35 AM
Hey bro! where did ya get that asskickin deal? I want one too!

Roy Hodges
06-27-2006, 12:51 PM
When I see someone "weld like a killer" i see butchered metal. - Roy

06-27-2006, 05:07 PM
I guess it's all in how you interpret the phrase. Almost like "good welds" or "radical welds" ....along the same lines "killer welds". An adjective in this case describing how good you may think something is. ;)

Roy Hodges
06-27-2006, 06:00 PM
Come on , man ! couldn't you see i was putting you on ? I own a miller (dial Arc 250 H F ) & it's cool, maybe i'd rather own a new (or old ) syncrophase 350 or similar "new and MORE improved ) model , but it's just fine. And, i have 2 lincoln migs (sp100 & sp 250) &an Ln25, plus an old sa200 -hand crank start& last but not least the jewel, an sa-250 perkins powered Lincoln .

Roy Hodges
06-27-2006, 06:06 PM
Oh, i forgot ; i also have an airco 225 buz box(really a Miller thunderbolt ) . it beats the heck outta a Lincoln ac buz box . Why? the continuos amp control - movable transformer- it welds 7024 jet so smooth .

06-27-2006, 09:54 PM
Roger that !

07-02-2006, 06:54 AM
Sorry for the long delay on the answer. I got it at Tractor Supply in Ohio. They had it as a display for several months, I was watching it as I know they will blow out the displays now and then. One day I went in and there it was, waiting for me.
I had it for a month before I had time to set it up. When I did I noticed that the side cover didn't fit just right. Next time I was in town I told them about it and they said "bring it back" and set a new one aside till I came back for it.
Ran home grabbed it and exchanged it. Now that is customer service.

07-02-2006, 05:13 PM
That´s a very nice deal you got there. I´m looking to buy a PRO MIG 175, and The best I can get it´s 599.99 from Lowes with a 80$ free 4.5" angle grinder from Bosch. I can get them from ebay at 520 the welder only and shipping, but I wouldn´t like to trust my new MIG to UPS.

Thanks anyway for the answer, I´ll keep looking ;)