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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hobart Model Handler 150

I may have the opportunity to buy a Hobart Model Handler 150 and am wondering if this would be a decent garage welder. I don't know if it's the 110V or 220V version, though I will find out. The offer doesn't include a tank or regulator and the price is $350 firm. It's been many years since I've done any welding and I'm wanting to re-learn so that I can deal with basic fab and/or repair tasks, not only on the Jeep, but also around the house. The heaviest tasks I think I would take on would be cage additions to the TJ, skid plate mods, or perhaps bumpers and/or frame tie ins. The lightest would probably be stuff the thickness of the sheet of the tub.

I'll continue to read the many helpful stickies, but time may be a factor in this purchase, so I am hoping the JF Folks can offer some advice.


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Unread 05-14-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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I had a HH 140 at one point. Was a reliable consistent welder. No problems with it. I think you would be happy with it. $350 seems a bit much, I would think somewhere around 250 with a max of 300 if it's in perfect working order. I think they went for around 500 new. The 140 goes for just under 500 depending on location.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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If your gonna do any cage work with it make sure it's 220V
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