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Hobart 140 MIG Welder Review
Last updated ago
7 min read
By 
Welding Buddy Experts
Published 
December 7, 2021

Hobart 140 MIG Welder Review

Last updated ago
7 min read
By 
Welding Buddy Experts
Published 
December 7, 2021

Few brands can compete with Hobart when it comes to high-quality welders for both pros and amateurs. Hobart welders are well-known for their low costs, simple interface, and technologically advanced features. This review puts the spotlight on one of Hobart's most famous models, the Hobart-handler 140. Hobart welders are manufactured in the United States and use high-quality, long-lasting materials, ensuring that the welder can last for several years beyond the warranty period.

The Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG welder 115V is one of the company's smallest yet functional MIG welders, making it ideal for DIY project fans and homeowners looking to perform minor to medium repair and maintenance activities. The Hobart 140 weighs a measly 57 lb. and utilizes a 115V power input, making it an ideal machine to use around the house, workshop, or project site.

Flux-core or MIG?

You won't need much to try out your new MIG welder with the supplied sample spool of the flux core wire. The Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder doesn't want you wasting precious welding time.

A gasless nozzle is notably absent. Gasless nozzles are tighter fitting compared to a MIG nozzle, and the tighter fit helps prevent spatter from damaging the gas ports. However, this could block the shielding gas, resulting in low-quality MIG projects.

An internal gas valve, as well as an external regulator and line, are included with this Hobart 140 welder. Except for shielding gas and solid wire, you have everything you need to begin your MIG welding experience.

You can start MIG welding for as little as a few hundred bucks, depending on the size of the welding cylinder. MIG can have smoother welds and greater control over thin metal, but for a premium cost.

If you constantly weld with flux core and have come to enjoy the convenience of gasless welding, you'll be pleased to learn that the Hobart 140 is an excellent flux core welder straight out of the box.

You might choose to utilize a flux core-only welder if you operate more outside or if weld aesthetics aren't as important (lawn and garden machines, fences, etc.) to you.

Is the Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder Worth Your Money?

The Hobart Handler 140 is more than capable of handling most tasks related to your household ventures. In addition, its price and quality make it a solid bargain. You should check it out, particularly if you enjoy performing routine maintenance tasks around the house or on your farm.

The presence of a comprehensive 5/3/1 warranty provides you with the assurance that you will be able to use your welder without fear of manufacturer errors or defects.

Pros

  • Can flux core weld right off the bat
  • Uses standard household current (115V)
  • Reliable wire feed system 
  • Between the minimum and maximum feed speeds, you have complete control over the wire rpm.
  • WFS ranges from 40 to 700 ipm.
  • Welds aluminum without the need for a spool cartridge (20-16 ga.)
  • There are five voltage settings for improved heat distribution.
  • Easy-to-use 3-groove drive roller ("Quick Select")
  • Warranty is 5/3/1.

Cons

  • Spool gun incompatible.
  • The regulator is not C100 compliant.
  • The work clamp is small and compact.
  • The thickness spectrum of aluminum is limited (only 16 to 20 gauge.)
  • MIG welding solid wire sample included

Hobart Handler 140 MIG Welder Main Features and Benefits

Low-cost High-Performance

Welders, as we all know, can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. This Hobart welder, fortunately, won't break the bank. Keep an eye out for sales and look around; prices vastly fluctuate between sellers.

This welder is a compact MIG/Flux-core welding machine rising in popularity for its specific features and price point comparable to similar models. For 140 amps of power, it's certainly worth your time.

The unit has a duty cycle of 20% at 90 amps, more than enough to fulfill your usual everyday grind involving metalwork fixes and chores or even personal art projects.

The machine's MIT capacity allows the Hobart 140 to weld thin materials like stainless steel and aluminum. On the same note, the flux-cored option fills in the gap for welding thicker stainless steel or other steel materials.

This unit is capable of welding 24-gauge materials and 1/4 -inch thick ones as well. The Hobart Handler is an excellent choice for maintenance, home repairs, farm use, and construction. As long as you set the proper power expectations, the Handler won't disappoint.

Many rival welders in this price range would be considered toy welders, but the Handler 140 is the real thing. It will perform and last in most DIY or limited workshop settings. In addition, you get one of the best warranties in the industry, but more on that later.

The Hobart Handler 140 flux core MIG welder 115V 140 amps has become one of the most successful welders on the market due to its excellent price-to-performance ratio.

Easy Carry, Easy Transport

This unit's input power supply is 115V, so you won't have to go looking for the elusive 220V socket. To put it another way, plug it in anywhere there is a regular wall socket. Ensure that your outlets are connected to a 20A circuit rather than a 15A circuit.

However, to be fully mobile, a device must be small and light like the Hobart Handler 140, which weighs 57 pounds and measures 12.4 inches by 10.6 inches by 19.5 inches. For a welder machine, that counts as portable by almost any standard.

Sophisticated Wire Feed System

The wire feed mechanism is one of the features that users like about the Handler 140. It is made entirely of aluminum, is simple to assemble, and outperforms the competition. For the price, you would not hope to find such a high-quality feed mechanism.

You may also use your fingers to adjust the size of the roller. With this one, there'll be no more fumbling with the connectors. Pull and rotate the roller to position it. This level of ease and consistency is uncommon in a welder at this price point.

Quick to Set Up and Use

A brief look at the control panel reveals an uncluttered, clean-slate setting. There are two knobs, an on/off button, and a single light. They are straightforward to use and comprehend.

The two knobs regulate the voltage setting and wire feed speed (" WFS"). The WFS can be set somewhere between the minimum and maximum values, and the voltage can be set to one of five different levels.

Changing wire sizes is also easy. The Quick Select drive mechanism helps you adjust the roller size quickly and easily without using any hardware.

When you're about to start working, there's a settings map on the inside of the wire compartment door. There is no need to remember voltage settings or wire speeds. The manual has it all conveniently mapped out, so you don't need to guess the settings for a specific weld.

The welder's ease of use and versatility make it appealing to both novice and professional welders. After all, we want to create high-quality fused metal and not program a supercomputer. When you want to weld, you're not looking to program a supercomputer; you want to weld.

Offers One of the Industry's Best Warranties

At this price point, the consistency of what you get is often uncertain. This is where the Hobart guarantee comes in.

A warranty like Hobart's 5/3/1 will make all the difference when problems arise, and boy, do they often come around. This warranty gives you five years on parts and labor for the transformer, three years on the control boards, wire drive, and regulator, and one year on the relay, contactors, and the MIG gun. While this may not seem like a significant point, accidents do occasionally happen in Hobart’s QC department. Hobart is a reputable company and will replace factory defects without any delay.

Built-in Protection

Welding consumes a lot of energy, and the different processes can cause overheating or overload. Here are the built-in safety features you get from the get-go:

  • Wire Drive Motor Protection – All wire drive motors are protected by an automated overload circuit.
  • Overload Protection – If the entire performance is exceeded, a circuit breaker can trip. This breaker must then be reset manually.
  • Thermal Protection – The Hobart Handler 140 moderates the temperature of the supply power and automatically shuts down the machine if the going gets too hot.

Hobart equipped this unit with an overload light on the control interface to illuminate and inform the user that the overheating protection feature was activated. It's a nifty feature to have, so you have an idea when the Hobart Handler 140 has cooled down sufficiently to continue operations.

Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG welder 115V Inclusions

  • HR-100 gun with a cable length of 10 feet (3 meters)
  • Standard user manual
  • Ground wire, 10 ft. (3 m), with clamp
  • Integrated gas solenoid valve
  • Regulator with dual gauges and a gas hose
  • Spool hub installation with spools up to 4 in. or 8 in.
  • .030 in. (0.8mm) self-shielding flux-cored wire sample spool.030 in. (0.8mm) touch tips
  • Fast SelectTM drive roll
  • Plug-in power cable
  • Gauge for material thickness

Technical Specifications

  • Input voltages: 115V
  • Range of Amperage" 25-140 amps
  • Rated output voltage 145 VDC
  • Duty cycle: 20% @ 90A, 115V
  • Dimensions with handles: 12.4 X 10.6 X 19.5 inches
  • Weight: 57 lbs
  • Speed of Wire Feed: 40-700 inches per minute
  • The thickness of welding (Mild Steel): 24 gauge - 1/4 inch

Our Final Thoughts

If you want a simple-to-use, flexible, and inexpensive welder, consider the Hobart Handler 140. It’s difficult to go wrong when you decide to go with a name brand, especially Hobart, which boasts years of experience making the best welding equipment and safety products. This welder is intended to assist both seasoned and inexperienced welders in performing various tasks with ease. This machine is handy for welders who need to perform basic or moderately complicated DIY tasks. You don't have to be concerned about reliability because this welder comes with an outstanding warranty that guarantees the machine can serve you for several years without defect or harm. In the event of a factory mistake or a flaw on the contractor's part, the five-year warranty will guarantee that the welder is fixed or replaced instantly. The Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder surely is a bang for the buck.

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