HITBOX MIG Welder 200Amp Inverter MIG ARC Lift Welding Machine Review
The HITBOX MIG welder is versatile, powerful, and features a lighter design that will make it easier for home use or if you need a welding machine you can easily transport from job site to job site. In terms of affordability, the price is right, so it’s a good choice for the pro on a budget or the beginner who doesn’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in an industrial welding machine.
Our Verdict: For a budget-friendly MIG welding machine, we were surprised by it’s better than the average duty cycle, overall power, and its ability to create solid, pro-quality welds. But this machine isn’t without its limits. If you’re looking for a welding machine you can use for large jobs at work, this model isn’t it. However, it can easily handle smaller jobs on the worksite and it’s perfect for around the home use. In the end, you’ll get a great versatile welding machine that can handle a variety of tasks, some great extras, and a model that’s available at a price that’s affordable. We would highly recommend this model for beginners or the pro welder on a budget.
Keep reading to learn more about this popular multitasking welding machine by HITBOX.
Overview and Features
With just a glance, you can immediately tell that this machine is not exactly an industrial welding machine. In fact, most pro-quality models often weigh two or three times more than this model. But if you’re in need of a welding machine that’s highly portable and one that can easily handle smaller jobs, then your search is over. While it can’t quite compete with the big boys, it does offer solid performance and produces excellent welds, which is exactly what welders of all skill levels are searching for in a budget-friendly model. Plus, this package comes with some great extras.
Inside this package, you’ll get the welding machine, an MB15 welding MIG gun, an electrode holder, earth clamp, gas tube, a portable plug, and flux-cored wire. Basically, you’ll get everything you need to get started welding right away, aside from a welding helmet and essential protective clothing.
This model is covered by a one-year product warranty, which will give buyers confidence in this type of investment.
This model weighs in at just nineteen pounds, making it one of the lightest MIG welding machines on the market.
This welding machine comes complete with a large gauge twist locking ground connectors, a Euro connector, and a display screen that will allow you to closely monitor the wire speed and voltage. For added protection, the membrane control panel and power switch are dustproof for high visibility.
This model offers a one hundred percent duty cycle at one hundred and thirty amps and a forty percent duty cycle at two hundred amps.
- Can handle TIG, Lift, Arc, and MIG welding.
- Lightweight design
- Dustproof control panel
- Very effective
- Great value for the money
- Durable construction
- Does not come with a spool gun connector
- Does not come with settings guide
As a budget-friendly model, you’ll be satisfied with this welding machine’s performance. However, the lack of a spool gun connector will be a big drawback for some. Additionally, the manufacturer did not include a settings guide, which can make it difficult for beginners to learn how to properly use this model without learning from trial and error. But in the end, this machine is able to produce high-quality welds, which is what all users are looking for.
I’m Looking for an Industrial MIG Welder for Work, What do You Recommend?
If you’re looking for a MIG welder that packs more power and one that you can rely on at work, then this model definitely isn’t it. As we mentioned earlier, it works well for smaller jobs, so if you’re in need of a welding machine that can handle constant use and bigger welds, then you’ll be better off with the Weldpro 200 Amp Inverter Multi-Process Welder. While it comes with a higher price tag than this model by HITBOX, it’s a welding machine that can handle constant use on the job site and one that can easily take on any size of weld.
Is This a Good Welding Machine to Use if You’re Currently in a Welding Training Program?
Yes and no. It features a very beginner-friendly design and intuitive controls, which can make it easier for the user to learn how to control wire speed and monitor voltage. However, its limited power and the fact that it’s more so designed for the hobbyist makes it a poor choice for the student in need of practicing on a machine that offers power that’s comparable to pro-quality models. If you’re not sure what type of welding machine is appropriate for training, be sure to check out our article on How to Become a Welder.
Does This Welding Machine Come with a Spool Gun Connector?
It doesn’t and for some, this will be a big drawback. However, we’ve reviewed many of the top-selling MIG welders on the market, some of which do come with this type of connection option. If you’d like to learn more about the best-selling MIG welders, click here to read our MIG welding machine buyer’s guide, where you’ll also find some useful tips on the specs and features to look for and how to properly use your new welding machine.
Conclusion and Rating
This MIG welding machine may be small, lightweight, and compact, but it can handle many jobs around the home better than competing models in this price range. Its lightweight design is definitely a plus if you’re looking for a welding machine that’s easy to transport or you’re short on space in the garage and want a compact machine you can store easily. While it lacks a spool gun connector, it does come with some great accessories and a duty cycle that’s nothing short of impressive. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.