View Full Version : Looking at a mig a new mug machine.

04-24-2015, 06:08 AM
I have a Hobart 125EZ mig, it Flux core only. It's a nice little machine for certain applications. I have some small projects that involves welding some thin gauge steel- and would like to use a mig with shielding gas for a cleaner weld. I thought about buying another mig welder, I seen the Hobart 210 on sale for under $800.00 @ Farm n Fleet. Is this machine to big for thin gauge steel welding?

04-24-2015, 10:28 AM
Set up with an .023 solid wire and C25 the Handler 210 MVP can be dialed down low enough to weld 22 ga sheet. Don't assume that since a unit has a higher top end out put that it can't handle thinner ga sheet. The funny thing is Hobart's best thin ga sheet metal unit is actually the Ironman 230. My ESAB Migmaster 250 has one of the best low ends that I've experienced.

How thin of sheet metal are you wanting to weld?

04-24-2015, 07:19 PM
Some 16 gauge.

04-24-2015, 09:03 PM
16ga steel most definitely isn't to thin for the Handler 210 MVP. .023 solid wire and C25 would be my recommended way to set the unit up for 16 ga. steel.

04-25-2015, 10:08 AM
I was also considering the Hobart 140 or the Lincoln 140. I was trying to keep the cost @ around $800.00 with the welder & a tank of C25. I don't want to waste money on a welder that isn't going to cut it.

04-25-2015, 10:46 AM
Do you have a 240 volt input circuit? Or, are you looking for unit to run off a 120V circuit.

I am not a fan of the Handler 140 solid wire performance, and I've owned one for probably at least 7 yrs. Actually since I never use it, it has been on long term loan to a guy at work. Based on what I see out of my Lincoln PowerMIG 180C, I have feeling a Power MIG 140C would be a nice 16ga .023 solid wire unit.

If you are able to run a Handler 210 MVP off a 240 volt input, it'd give you a much higher duty cycle then a 140 amp 120V unit

04-25-2015, 11:05 AM
Yes I have 240, but it's. Nice to have 110 as an option, occasionally I do some repairs @ the in-laws , they only have 110-I thought that the 110/120 machine would be better for the thin stuff.

04-26-2015, 08:47 PM
Thanks for the help, I'm going to buy the Hobart 210 mvp- I think it'll be nice to have it for future use also.

05-03-2015, 09:07 AM
If your interested in a bigger machine Hobart Ironmans are on sale at Fleet farm for $1345.00.