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    Hobart Stickmate 160i

    Is anyone using this welder? I did a search but it didn't yield any results. I'm thinking of making this my personal welder. I making the switch from wire back to stick which is how I learned to Weld. Any replies would be appreciated.

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    FWIW, I have the HOBART STICKMATE LX235AC/160DC and I am very happy with it. I am also a terrible hobbyist welder. Mine is years old now and works like a champ.
    Hobart Stickmate LX235

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    Check out the esab 160 a little more money

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    Quote Originally Posted by pat h View Post
    Check out the esab 160 a little more money
    Why?

    What does it offer over the Hobart?
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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    I believe Hobart has quit making the transformer machines and are now making the inverter models now. The transformer model can still be found for sale at Tractor Supply though and probably some other places.

    I have the same machine as Foghornleghorn and I like mine and wouldn't trade mine for one of those inveter models. I'm not a professional and that's just my opinion as inverters do have some advantage over transformers, just not for what I do.

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    The Idea of the Stickmate 200 has some appeal for running some 5/32 lohy, will run it from a common 50 outlet. Weighs 15#.

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    Why?

    What does it offer over the Hobart?
    I thought you if anyone would know, I don't know if it offers anything over the hobart but I used the esab and it was the best of the little stick machines I've used, miller 140 and 150, lincoln 155 and 160, that's all I know, he can check it out or not really don't matter to me

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    Re: Hobart Stickmate 160i

    Quote Originally Posted by pat h View Post
    I thought you if anyone would know, I don't know if it offers anything over the hobart but I used the esab and it was the best of the little stick machines I've used, miller 140 and 150, lincoln 155 and 160, that's all I know, he can check it out or not really don't matter to me
    I didn't intend to sound caustic-

    I was just trying to get more input from you.
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