View Full Version : Is this a good buy?

Bob Warner
10-04-2006, 01:50 AM

The guy lives 10 miles from me.

Will it weld trailers and driveway gates?

10-04-2006, 04:19 AM
Should work fine as long as you're not planning on using it everyday several hours. Then you'd want a bigger one.

10-04-2006, 07:07 AM
Bob, I haven't been around the handler. I have a Millermatic 175 and I've run about 25 lbs of wire thru it and it hasn't missed a beat. If it has the variable voltage control it's probably very similar to mine. Three yrs ago mine was $852 new w/ next size down gas bottle and cart.
Hope this helps,

Bob Warner
10-04-2006, 01:34 PM
OK guys, that welder sold.

What about this one? 180 amp shop mig welder
They want $600 for the welder and three spools of wire, fluxcore, mig and aluminum. No tank but I already have one.

10-04-2006, 02:38 PM
That Matco is about the same price as a new Hobart Hander 180 ($650 for the HH180 at TSC). Why buy a knockoff when you can get a brand name machine with thousands sold that will have parts available for many years?

I've got a Handler 175 and I love it. I use it on thick steel (1/8" to 1/4") and sheetmetal with equally good results. A friend has a 180 and it may have a better high end (I haven't tried it on low power).

10-04-2006, 11:44 PM
I'm going steal Mac's thunder here. Toolking has very good prices on reconditioned Hobart's !