The Hobart handler 210 MVP Hobart Handler MIG welder is one of the leading models on the market. It’s a great option for the pro, hobbyist, or beginner since it’s incredibly durable, reliable, and versatile. This intuitive welding machine features a hefty design that may not make it as portable for the welder who travels from worksite to worksite needs, which is why we recommend it mainly for home use.
Our Verdict: This welding machine earned top marks from both beginners and pros thanks to the machine’s simple setup, versatility, and the intuitive controls that allow you to easily adjust the voltage settings with the turn of a knob. A great buy for anyone in need of a reliable welding machine for use around the home or on the job, we highly recommend this machine for the user who prefers MIG or sticks welding processes.
Keep on reading to learn more about this popular model by Hobart.
Overview and Features
This is a feature-packed model that can handle both MIG and stick welding, not to mention two hundred and twenty volts and one hundred and twenty-volt outlets, so it’s perfect for on-site construction work and in the home use. It also comes with both types of plugs that will work with both types of outlets. Because it’s easy to use and features simple controls, it’s recommended for beginners as well as pros. The welding machine also comes with an easy to follow chart that explains what settings to use based on the wire you’re using, the metal you want to weld, and the type of gas you use. There’s also a gauge included in the package that will allow you to measure the thickness of the material you want to weld, in order to ensure you use the correct process.
This model comes with three controls including an amperage switch, on and off switch, and a voltage switch. The large grippy knobs can be adjusted without having to take off your gloves in order to adjust the amperage or voltage.
The machine’s wide range of voltages is another big selling point for buyers. Most models in this price range are not able to handle two hundred and twenty-volt outlets. But as we mentioned earlier, this model can handle both two hundred and twenty volts and one hundred and twenty-volt outlets. The included plugs easily attach to the power cable for fast operation.
When you plug the machine into a standard house outlet, which has a max power of one hundred and forty amps, you can easily weld metal up to 1/8 of an inch thick using a single sweep. If you need more power you can quickly swap out the plug and connect to a higher-powered outlet.
In many models of MIG welders, the cast aluminum drive systems usually wear out too quickly. However, this machine is incredibly durable. This is due to its drive system, which feeds wire from the welder to the spool gun during use. This alone helps to prevent issues that are common with drive systems in lower quality welding machines.
Spool Hub Assembly
The machine’s spool hub assembly can fit both eight and four-inch spools so you can use a large variety of wire gauges and types from aluminum to flux-cored. The machine also features a simple quick wire change setup.
When it comes to difficult aluminum wire welding, this machine comes with the Spool Runner one hundred spool gun. This results in almost spatter-free efficient welding. Because it comes with this gun you also won’t have to spend extra cash on tools and a kit to attach a spool gun. All you have to do is hook the gun up to the spool gun circuitry and start welding.
Weight and Size
This welding machine is a beast, weighing in at seventy-nine pounds, which means it’s not exactly highly portable. However, purchasing a cart from the manufacturer can make transporting this monster much easier.
This model has a duty cycle of twenty percent at one hundred and fifteen volts and thirty percent at two hundred and thirty volts. In terms of pro use, some welders may be disappointed in this limited duty cycle.
- Works for both 115v and 220v outlets
- Spool gun
- Intuitive controls
- Seven voltage settings
- Limited duty cycle
Equipped with a seven-position voltage selection switch that’s very precise, this machine is much easier to use and allows even a beginner to achieve a perfectly smooth weld. Its usability, versatility, and price make it a good choice for welders of all skill levels. The only issue for some will be the limited duty cycle and the machine’s hefty design. Overall, it’s powerful enough to handle pretty much any home welding job.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does This Welding Machine Come with Any Extras for Beginners?
This isn’t a starter set for the beginner and it only includes the welding machine and other related accessories such as the two plugs. However, if you’re on a budget and you’re in need of a package deal, then the Lotos MIG140 140 Amp MIG Wire Welder Machine is a great option since it comes with a welding helmet, argon regulator, gas clamp and some other important accessories that are perfect for the beginner who’s just getting started. If you’re not sure what gear you need for your welding machine, read our best MIG welders buyer’s guide for more info on how these machines work and the safety gear you’ll need for on the job or around the home use.
Can You Use this Welding Machine for Stainless Steel Welds?
Yes, you can! This machine is very versatile and with the right setup, you can easily create smooth and clean welds. If you’d like to learn more about MIG welding and how to do it, click here to read our article on how to weld stainless steel.
Conclusion and Rating
For the price, you really can’t go wrong with the Hobart Handler. This model is a great buy and a machine that’s at the top of its class. You won’t find a welding machine that’s this versatile and user-friendly elsewhere. We gave this model a rating of five out of five stars for durability, its simple set up process, the intuitive controls, and its versatile design.