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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2001
This welder is a good choice for the hobbiest/homeowner. I have used this to weld up to 1/4" mild steel and have very good success with it. The unit takes 115V so power is easy. The welder comes with the gauges and fittings required (minus bottle) for mig welding making for a very complete kit. I weld only steel and have not used the shielding gas components. The duty cycle prevents continous welding in all but the first setting, but with the time it takes for set up, moving around and such, I have only run into the duty cycle limit once and that was on the highest setting. Forced air cooling reduces the wait time. I have used stick and wire welders. I much favor the wire feed because the welding is much more consistant. People with easy access to 220 volt power may wish to go that way, but this is a very capable 115V unit. Things I like: Long gun cord, 115V, easy to use, uses standard, easily found consumables (wire, tips, etc.), comes complete with gas components (minus bottle), well built, easy wire loading. Improvements: still looking. Duty cycle will hamper production applications (true for all 115V machines) but the homeowner/farmer will be satisified.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2001
I bought my Hobart Handler 135 about a year and a half ago to use on the job as a commercial appliance repair technician, and could not be more pleased with its performance. Since 95% of my repair welding is on stainless steel, I had to have gas capability and this was the only quality machine that I didn't have to "add on" anything to accomplish this. Everything came with it except the bottle. Portability is a must for me, as many times I have to take the welder to the job rather than take the job to the welder, and this welder can go just about anywhere. It has more than enough power even though all it requires is a standard 115 volt recepticle, and have seldom ever had to use the full power setting to get good results. Using stainless wire and the tri-gas shroud, the bead is smooth and there is no slag or spatter. I have used flux-cored wire in it also with good results, even though slag and spatter were more of a problem, as were residual fumes. Overall, I would highly reccommend this welder to anyone who has a bit of welding to do from time to time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2004
This is not a machine to buy if you're trying to outfit a muffler shop. Obviously.
If you're looking for a welder to be able to MIG weld damn near anything *on occasion*, it's perfect. It runs on household current, so there's no special 220V or three-phase electrical runs to bother with. If you don't mind the mess, you can just use it as-is with the flux-core wire. If you care about your weld quality (and aren't working outside) hooking up a bottle of shielding gas will take care of that. Of course, you have to deal with that locally - you can't ship bottled gas.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2004
You Can buy this item for $449 at Northern Tool& Equip. Co. with free shipping and a free welding cart.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2003
I have uesd this unit for about a year now and it works pritty good. i have done some mufilors and i weld a lot of 1 1/2 120 wall tubing on my truck. I have bilt a bed cage, cab cage, nad engine cage with shock hoopes and it hols up well. I have beat the hell out of my truck and havent broken a weld yet. the only problem I have found is that it only hase a 20% duty cycle and if you want to do a long weld you have to keep stoping. but for most thinge this welder works just fine.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2003
I'm in the process of trying to restore a 1957 Chevy Pickup truck. I purchased a Hobart Handler 125 from Sears without the MIG package for a very reasonable price.
Although I don't have much experience with welders, my opinion of this machine is pretty high. ...
I've gone through one spool of wire so far, and I haven't encountered any problems whatsoever.
If you're a beginner, this is a very good investment. I'm rather partial to Miller and Hobart products after having dealt with their customer service people...the guys at miller really know their stuff and they are VERY helpful. I cannot comment on Lincoln...but I know when I am ready for a bigger welder, I'll be buying something that is either Blue or White. =)
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2002
This is a good machine if you only need to weld a few times a year. As far as reliability, its a lot less than what you would get from a Lincoln or Miller of the same size. Hobart is a division of Miller and ITW. From the inside they are bare simple, but all the parts are extremly cheap. Expect problems. I's suggest purchasing a Lincoln or Miller since they're built with better parts for the money. After the warranty is out you want something thats built to last with few problems.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2003
i Weld all the time it is good Welder buy it
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2003
i just purchased your handler 135 for 429 dollars .that came with a cart .i bought welder at farm and fleet in woodstock ,il.
last year i bought a hobart stick weler
gil yanke
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