|Item Weight||60.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.5 x 15 x 13.2 inches|
|Item model number||500539|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Hobart 500539 Trek 180 Battery-Powered or 115-Volt Corded Portable MIG Welder
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- Delivers heavy-duty weld power
- Two internal sealed lead-acid batteries can be completely charged 90 minutes
- Can operate while plugged in or completely cordless
- Delivers 180 amp on 115-volt standard power.
- Setup for both self-shielded flux-cored and solid gas-shielded wires
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My primary reason for considering the Trek was it's off the grid welding capability. My family and friends are in to sand cars and nearly every trip some one breaks some thing and the car is down for the rest of trip. Usually a simple weld job would get the car back in to play and save the trip.
Given the cost of fuel alone to haul a trailer full of toys to the dunes the cost of the Trek 180 is irrelevant! Nothing worse than going for a week long trip and having a break down on the first day.
I considered a corded 110 welder and borrowed a Lincoln 140 to see if I could run if off my Honda 2000i generator (great little geni), but it was not near enough power neither was the 2500 watt inverter in the toyhauler. So a corded 110 welder was out. Plugged in to garage the Lincoln 140 was able to make some decent welds on my buggy frame, but had to cranked up to 95% of it's power to make an acceptable weld.
Well I took the plunge and ordered the Trek 180 any way.
When it arrived I lifted it out of the packaging and it was smaller and lighter than I expected. The out side of the Trek is made like a military style hard polymer ribbed case, very robust, I am surprised Hobart does not mention this in there description.
After charging the Trek for 2 hours per the instructions prior to the first use, I set it up at power level 6 of 10 and welded a 4" piece of exhaust tubing to a 1/4" flange. On battery power only I was able to weld all the way around with out the charge status light changing at all.Read more ›
much better with .30 wire and smaller. Simply plan on making multiple passes and
you will find that the welds are very good quality. I wouldn't bother setting it
up with gas as it's endurance simply isn't worth the trouble of all the extra baggage.
It really shines as a flux core wire emergency welder which can take on some of the
fieldwork usually reserved for big gas powered welder. Just having it sitting in
my work truck gives me such peace of mind as it can certainly tack together most
equipment problems well enough to finish the day and then properly repair it. Has
saved me many thousands in just the few months I've owned it.
I have found I can get a 1/2" weld about 4-6" long on a single charge. Takes a bunch
of passes and cleaning between them due to the light wire but we're only talking about
15 to 20 minutes of time to put a down machine back to work at least though the end of
I can't recommend this welder strongly enough.
i just took it out and welded the exhaust back together on my car. since it's fairly thin metal i had it turned down low, i probably did about 10 minutes worth of actual welding and the battery didn't die. the welds look good (for a beginner trying to use flux-core on thin, rusty exhaust pipe) and the welder performed well.
all in all, awesome. i'm glad i finally bought it!! i would recommend it highly.
**one thing hobart missed though: since it's marketed toward off-road types and can be charged with a power inverter, why not also have a 12volt charging port? it has two 12-volt batteries inside so it probably would have been pretty easy to charge them directly from automotive power. instead, to charge in your car you need to get a power inverter to convert your car's 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC so the welder can covert the 120 volts AC to 12 volts DC to charge the 12 volt batteries... even still, this welder is great so far and i plan to get a power inverter so i can charge it up where ever i bring it.
if you're on the fence, just do it!! you won't regret it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome product, my only complaint is that it took about a month to receive. Other than that I would highly recommend the Trek. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Classified
Be aware, this welder is considered hazardous by Amazon and can't be returned, only disposed off. I guess due to the fact that it contains lead acid batteries? Read morePublished 20 months ago by duliskov
This is a very well built machine. I purchased this machine to be able to weld off grid for small emergency repairs, It does a fantastic job for that task. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Al