|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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I have only used it for flux core use so I cannot comment on its ability to weld with gas.
I would recommend this machine to anybody needing needing to weld off grid for small repairs or can only use 110 v.
I use this as both a shop welder and a trail welder which really comes in handy... it is self contained and as long as I keep it plugged in the duty cycle hasn't really slowed me down.
Hobart claims 4" of weld on 1/4" plate in stand alone mode "batteries only" before batteries are depleted which I have found to be pretty accurate.
I've owned this thing for awhile using it for many projects in the shop, and fixes in the field without having problems with the batteries. I you want to use it for building fence invest in a heavy duty inverter or or use a generator
I wouldn't hesitate purchasing again and would definitely recommend this for someone that doesn't want to use vehicle batteries for field fixes or moves around too often to invest in a 220 circuit at home.
Update: was able to test the welder. It works, so it gets two extra stars. However it is far from easy to set up. Firstly the tension knob on the wire spool keeps unwinding and the wire spinning off the spool. Secondly the wire transport wheel is very sensitive to pressure, it chews through the wire easily or can't push it through, the difference is minimal and difficult to set properly. Lastly the voltage control has no indication of where to set it up. It is all by trial and error. I was not satisfied with my first session, I had to cut up my piece three times and start over. Maybe what contributed was that I had a stainless steel piece that I had to weld to a soft steel tube. I did not try operating solely from batteries. When I do I will update my review if my experience gets worse.
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hi! i bought this welder because i needed a portable welder that i could use without being plugged in. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by mr. burgers
I was on the fence for a while as to if the Trek 180 was really worth the money and would actually serve my needs. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Karen C. Ludlow
I recently bought this welder and I absolutely love it, its portability! I'm a weekend DIY (do-it-yourselfer) guy, and I have been welding for about two years now--so I don't ever... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by S. Marines