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    New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    im looking into purchasing a better regulator or flow meter for my hobart 190. i am having problems with the shielding gas fluctuating. i can pull the trigger and hear gas but it goes from faint to alot of gas really weird... im wondering if the regulator is shot. its just the cheapo that it came with. i tried searching and didnt find much on this topic. im just looking into purchasing a better regulator. any recommendations? thanks.

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    I ordered one from HTP America and am really happy with it. About $35.00 w/shipping.
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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    Get it. The hobart one kinda suck. Its a good upgrade, i did it to my 190

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    I have several of the HTP units.....good piece!

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    Yep for $35 shipped it's a good deal.

    http://www.usaweld.com/Welding-Flowmeter-p/12020-f.htm

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    thanks!!

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    i would still invest in a victor flowmeter. i know they are significantly more expensive however they will last you forever.

    Get the HTP if you want, but it might be too good to be true!
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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandWeldingKid View Post
    i would still invest in a victor flowmeter. i know they are significantly more expensive however they will last you forever.

    Get the HTP if you want, but it might be too good to be true!
    i dont mind spending money, i actually was figuring to spend more for a name brand. but if a 35 $ one can get the job done and people agree..

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    You are not going to find better service than HTP will supply you. I actually have three of their flowmeters and am happy with all three. I'm not compensated or anything by HTP, but good products at reasonable prices deserve praise and recommendations of which these fit the bill IMO.
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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    I think that on the repair side of things, (if you are going to take it in for repairs) Victor is a lot better regarding parts and that.

    HTP flowmeters, assuming are made in china? it just seems like it is too good to be true $35 free shipping, yes very good deal however i repair victor style flowmeters all of the time, and a lot of the time the HTP or knockoffs are disposable.

    If you have the money to invest in a quality trusted product which has been around since 1913, and the parts and repairs are easily found. Go with the victor!
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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    It says it has a 2 year warranty.. Do they actually stand behind it?

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    Quote Originally Posted by guinelle1 View Post
    It says it has a 2 year warranty.. Do they actually stand behind it?
    Have two of them for 3 yrs now...so I did not find out

    But, HTP has an excellent reputation so I wouldn't worry.

    About the only "bad" thing I could say is when the last 100 psi stops reading, I have another one that will still move the needle.
    A pretty minor thing in my opinion since at 100psi, it's nearly empty anyway - only about an hour left in my 330 cu.ft. bottle when the needle stops moving.
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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    The one I have on my small mig will float the ball until you cannot hear gas escape when the trigger is squeezed. I can't say for certain about the second one on my tig machine as I've never depleted the bottle. The third was installed to verify it works, then placed back in the box as a ready spare but they say they support parts for their regulators. However at $35.00 a pop and them lasting a good long time, I'd probably just replace the unit complete at that cost. Now a Victor, Linde, or high end branded one migh be a different path but anything under about a buck and a half is expendable due to labor costs. Just my opinion of course.

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    Re: New regulator/flowmeter for my Hobart 190?

    Heres one i just fixed up in the shop~

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