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79CJ7dude 07-06-2013 08:20 AM

Looking to buy a 220v welder
So I'm looking to upgrade my 110v welder to a 220v, and was wondering which is better between the Hobart handler 190 and the lincoln 180? Thanks

rambo3489 07-06-2013 08:42 AM

I just go the hobart and the thing is amazing. Puts awesome beads down, easy to use, and seems quality. From what I read it is marginally better than the 180. Don't think you can go wrong with either.

thantos858 07-06-2013 10:18 AM

Both are good welders so you cant go wrong with either. I personally prefer the Hobart handler. A lot of it is going to come down to personal preference on this subject.

79CJ7dude 07-06-2013 12:34 PM

Do you think the hobart is worth the extra money? Cause I know with it you can also run a spool gun for aluminum which with the Lincoln I don't know if you can.

NalinMFG 07-07-2013 01:33 PM

I would go with the Hobart over the Lincoln...says the Miller guy.

79CJ7dude 07-07-2013 01:40 PM

Also do you think it's worth getting the spool gun with it? It cost like $100 more and I would occasionally be welding aluminum.

NalinMFG 07-07-2013 01:51 PM

You're asking us if you need a welder that does aluminum if you need to weld aluminum?

BESRK 07-07-2013 04:15 PM

I've owned a Lincoln Promig 175 and currently own a Hobart Ironman 230.

I think it's a tossup. I suppose I'd go with the Hobart since that's what I currently have. However, my Hobart hasn't been without it's issues. The bearing that supports the drive motor's shaft walked out of its bore and slide down the shaft.. causing erratic feeding. I surprised to find that the bearing is a light press fit on the shaft, with nothing (snapring, springwasher..etc) to hold it in place. I tapped the bearing back in place and stacked some washers between it and the drive wheel to make sure the bearing stays in place.. no issues since.

Other than that, my Hobart has held up well to about 100lbs of wire a month or so.

For $100, I'd get the spool gun.. especially if you're gonna mess with aluminum.

79CJ7dude 07-07-2013 07:26 PM


Originally Posted by NalinMFG
You're asking us if you need a welder that does aluminum if you need to weld aluminum?

No I was just asking if the spool gun was worth the extra $

79CJ7dude 07-07-2013 07:42 PM

Will it weld floor pans, or are those to thin to weld with this machine?

Ironworker709 07-07-2013 08:41 PM

You can buy spool guns for aluminum for both machines.

Yes you can weld light sheetlmetal..just switch in some .024 wire and put the correct feed wheel on it for that size wire,you'll need to purchase a gas bottle for the MIG if you start welding light sheetmetal,fluxcore will just burn it up

rambo3489 07-07-2013 09:12 PM

Amazon had a package deal when I got my Hobart. +100 for the spoolrunner. SOO I splurged.

79CJ7dude 07-07-2013 10:07 PM

Well I just ordered one from amazon with the spool gun included for $820.

rambo3489 07-09-2013 12:32 PM

Ha. Good choice my friend. Get some gas. The thing is awesome. Totally worth the sticker shock.

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