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Unread 09-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hobart 190

Getting my first welder and want to do it right the first time so i am thinking about picking up a Hobart 190. Im going to use this machine for general Jeep stuff.

Is this a a good welder or should i wait and save up for a fancier one like the miller 211? I would like to buy one welder and be done.

I'm a total newb so any advice is good

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Unread 09-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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That 190 will do anything you need it to.
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Unread 10-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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Budget? 220v power? Get a 252 if money isn't an issue and if you have the 220v juice. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing bumpers with a smaller machine. Not saying it can't be done but I like doing it overkill. 252 has a digital readout, 300 amp machine. Lists at 2800 on the miller website.
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The 252 is a fantastic welder, but I think like the majority of us, the OP is a jeeper and a hobbyist. The Hobart 190 he mentioned is more than capable of welding 3/16" steel. The Miller 211 is also a great choice, and will hopefully be my next welder. But I have a similar machine to the hobart. Tapped, 180 amp, name brand. Its perfect for jeep work.

I would say if this is gonna be your last welder, go for the miller. But, you won't be disappointed by the hobart.
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The 252 is a fantastic welder, but I think like the majority of us, the OP is a jeeper and a hobbyist. The Hobart 190 he mentioned is more than capable of welding 3/16" steel. The Miller 211 is also a great choice, and will hopefully be my next welder. But I have a similar machine to the hobart. Tapped, 180 amp, name brand. Its perfect for jeep work.

I would say if this is gonna be your last welder, go for the miller. But, you won't be disappointed by the hobart.
I understand where you are coming from. I myself own a 211, but welding as a job I am used to using bigger, higher power machines. Going from a Miller 350P or a Miller XMT 304 at work to a Miller 211 at home is a huge difference haha. If/when I buy another welder the smallest it would be is a 252. The only thing holding us back is our wallets.
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If budget was no issue then i would definitely get the 211. I found a 190 on Craigslist for a decent deal and will probably go look at it tomorrow.
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If budget was no issue then i would definitely get the 211. I found a 190 on Craigslist for a decent deal and will probably go look at it tomorrow.
You should be more than okay with the Hobart. I welded up my entire 3 link with one.
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The Hobart 190 is way more than you'll ever need for anything on a vehicle or light to moderate fabrication at home.
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