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Hobart 500549 Auto Arc 130 Wire Feed MIG Welder

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3.9 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
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  • Plugs into a household outlet
  • Makes strong reliable welds
  • Welder comes with sample spool of Flux core wire and 3 replacement contact tips
  • Welds with gas and without gas
  • 115 volts, 130 amps
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Product Description

Product Description

Hobart 500549 Auto Arc 130 Wire Feed MIG Welder

Auto Arc 130 MIG-Ready Wire Welder

The Auto Arc 130 wire welder easily handles flux-cored welding wire and with shielding gas, solid welding wire. The Auto Arc 130 is backed by the Hobart Auto Arc 3/1 Industrial Warranty. Each unit is designed and manufactured by Hobart Welding Products in Troy, OH USA.

Auto Arc 130 Shown with Included Items
Steel Repair Project Using the Auto Arc 130. Shown with Optional Cart.
Comes MIG Ready

For greater flexibility, the welder includes a gas valve for welding with solid wire and shielding gas. The Auto Arc 130 gives you great value and versatility to weld right out of the box using the flux-core welding wire. A great welder for the person who likes to spend time in the garage or shop.

Easy to Set-up and Use

Just a few minutes for set-up and you are ready to weld. A weld set-up guide is included on the inside of the cover to set your welder properly.

Great for Outdoor DIY Welding Projects

Small and portable, the Auto Arc 130 can be used for welding: lawn furniture, mower decks, small home repairs, trailer frames & hitches, fences.

What’s Included in the Box?

Auto Arc 130 welder with 8 ft. H-9B gun, gas valve, 10 ft. work cable with clamp, power cord with plug, extra .030 contact tips, sample spool of .030 flux-cored welding wire, spool shaft to accommodate 4 inch wire spools (optional hub kit is available for 8 inch wire spools), and owners manual.

Skill Level:


Auto Arc 130 Features:
  • Welds 24 gauge up to 3/16 inch mild steel
  • Operates off 115 volt household current
  • 4 voltage settings for precise set-up
  • 30 to 130 output amperage
  • Duty cycle – 20% at 85 amps
  • Durable feed head with quick-release drive roll lever
  • Dual groove, quick change drive roll
  • Weighs only 53 lbs.
  • Manufacturers Limited Warranty
  • Designed and assembled in Troy, Ohio USA

From the Manufacturer

Hobart auto arc 130 1115vac mig wire feed welder. This machine is 115Volt electric machine and it welds with gas and without gas. Welder comes with sample spool of Flux core wire and 3 replacement contact tips.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number 500549
Item Weight 52 pounds
Product Dimensions 24 x 18 x 11 inches
Origin USA
Item model number 500549
Voltage 76 volts
Installation Method mig-welding
Item Package Quantity 1

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #202,682 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#224 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Welding Equipment > Welding Equipment & Accessories > MIG Welding Equipment
Shipping Weight 52 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available December 4, 2009

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I am not a professional welder. I have a project at home that would have cost me in the thousands to have done elsewhere. So, I thought I would get a welder and teach myself. There are tons of Youtube movies out there showing how to do gas-less welding. Check them out if your new to the whole process.

Ok now for this welder. I can only say that there is some great quality behind this product. Every detail from the drive motor to the tip is well above what you would expect at a product at this price-point.

+ Makes very strong welds at a measly 110v
+ Excellent drive pushes the wire easily and evenly
+ Quality materials, fit and finish (knobs and switches feel as though they will last).
+ Great welds by a complete amateur means this product is A+ quality.
+ Hobart is owned by Miller ( the gun has Miller on the grip).
+ American Made

Cons: (these are tiny nags)
- Spend a little more and get the one with the gas regulator.
- Color does not match the picture (its white now)

Tips for ownership:
* When installing the wire be sure to hold tight to the spool, if you give even a little bit of slack it will unwind in an explosion of wire.
* Be sure the wire is cut cleanly, if there is a slight bend at the end of the wire it will not feed out to the tip
* Read the manual! If you accidentally touch the tip with bare hands with the trigger pulled you will send enough amperage through your heart to kill an elephant.

Overall this is probably one of the best entry level MIG welders at this price-point. I researched for a few months before pulling the trigger. Now I am happy I got this one!

Thank you for reading my review and happy welding.
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I needed a welder I could use with my standard house electricity. I don't have a 220 volt plug. I searched around only wanting to spend $90 or maybe $150. Well after reading and reviewing many many welders, I knew I needed to buy one that was a bit better. I ran across this one, and it all sounded good to me. I did about a week more of checking around, and then decided to go for it. I was wondering how they were going to ship a welder, but sure enough they delivered it very quickly. I was excited to open it up... and feeding the wire in it was not as difficult as I would have imagined. It just takes a little brain power. Setting the tension took me about 8 minutes, and I adjusted it pretty accurately the first go around. The time came to weld. I was expecting a little arch and I was expecting it to sputter. Boy was I in for a surprise. It welded almost the freaking same as my fathers hobart 220 volt $800 welder! I was astonished. I was blown away. I welded and welded, and then I expected it to heat up. I was welding 1/4 steel flat iron (making window security bars) and I had read another reviewer that said it heats up easily... well I never had it overheat. I live in florida, and it was during the day, around 91 degrees September day in the sun.... with high humidity, so Im not sure how far the other reviewer PUSHED his welder, but it met and SHATTERED my expectations... especially from a 110 or 115 volt welder. WOW. I can't say enough great things about this little guy... Now all I can think about is all the home projects I want to do around the house! I plan on making more security bars, and making latches for gates,...

I will tell you that I finsihed about 25 bars before I ran out of the origianl sample spool that is includsed with the welder.
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I read some reviews on this model and had some concern about the quality of this welder. I've read that Hobart purchased Miller's AutoArc and rebadged it under their name. It makes little difference to me because this welder is great. Set up is easy and it does exactly what it says it will do. I have welded 1/4 inch with this machine using a double pass technique, however, the machine will overheat if you have a lot of welding at 1/4.

I weld a ton of stuff with 1/8 wall and it does a great job. I've built a squat rack, lat pull down machine, front receiver hitch (1/4 inch wall), rear reciver hitch rack, bicycle stand, ladder rack, steps for my garage, step rails for my truck, and other small projects without any issues with this welder. I'm very pleased with this unit and fully encourage folks to buy one for their home shop.

I don't use sheilding gas when welding; only use flux core. Can't say how this unit will do with shielding gas. **I'm not a professional welder; just a guy who likes to spend time in the shop**
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I am a novice welder but have tried several of the "cheaper" units and this blows them away. I bought this unit based solely on the single review by J.J. Marino and couldn't have been happier. His review is right on the money about this welder and thought I would add my 2 cents after my purchase. Thanks J.J.. For $320 you will not find a better product. 15 minutes out of the box and you're welding. Comes with everything you need to go to work immediately (except a mask/goggles). I don't know why they call it the "Auto Arc" because it's a Hobart Handler 125 for a few dollars less and some different stickers. AND you can add gas to this unit for under $100 with the Handler 125 Mig Conversion kit, also sold here. I bought the conversion kit, installed it in about a half hour and now can weld any kind of metal I would ever want to. If you are looking for an good small unit, this is it. Worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone I know.
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