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I recommend Hobart 140

Originally Posted by eastsidebuzz View Post
My wife is looking for a Mig welder to do art type pieces up to 1/2 inch round steel / rods.

Looking at HF 180 Amp MIG/Flux Wire Feed Welder $289
100 lb. Capacity Welding Cart $39
Adjustable Shade Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet $49


Hobart 500550 Auto Arc 130 Wire Feed MIG Welding Kit $448
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She has taken some classes. She wants auto feed.

Should we get one to learn on and then get a more expensive one later or spend the money once.

Any ideas and advice on what to do and what to get if not one of these?

Thank you in advance for all your advice.

Hobart 140 is expensive than Arc 130 a little money (Hobart's price is $500). Overall, Hobart 140 is better than 130. You can read Hobart 140 review at here.

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I got a 140 Hobart Handler rebranded as a "weld mark" welder. It welds better than the Miller I've come accustomed to using but don't think it's gonna get you the best results welding 1/2" You could turn the amps all the way up and wire speed down though. I've welded thicker for fabbed dollys and hammer on them and everything and never had a problem. Depending on the application but they are not rated to weld 1/2". I have that welding cart and have no complaints but my TIG doesn't fit under it so I'll have to later drill holes to move the shelf up a little bit. No biggie and well worth it. She should get an auto darkening helmet. Once you try one you don't want to go back. I've used a HF one and it was just as good as my $250 Nitro. The only drawback is that you can't get a new lens for it I hear and not sure how long the HF lens will last. They are solar powered. Mine has lasted 10 years and still going strong.
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