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Hobart 500539 Trek 180 Battery-Powered or 115-Volt Corded Portable MIG Welder

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Product Description

The Hobart Trek 180 is the first self-contained MIG welding system for applications off the power grid. Includes two internal sealed lead acid batteries and integrated charger that allow welder to be charged completely in 90 minutes and recharged to 80% in 20 minutes, using a 115V outlet. U.S.A.

From the Manufacturer

The Trek 180 battery-powered wire welder is the first professional system on the market for MIG welding "off the power grid." No matter where your hobby or job takes you, the Trek delivers heavy-duty weld power to fabricate or repair 24 ga. up to 1/4-inch mild steel in a single pass. Powered by two internal sealed lead-acid batteries, the high-purity energy storage technology enables the Trek to be completely charged in about 90 minutes and quickly recharged in about 40 minutes. The integrated charging system is powered by standard 115-volt household current and can operate while plugged in or completely cordless. The Trek delivers 180 amps (approx. 10% duty cycle) on 115-volt standard power--a weld output which, until Trek, has been limited to 230-volt welders. The unit is setup for both self-shielded flux-cored and solid gas-shielded wires from .024 to .035 diameter.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 60.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 22.5 x 15 x 13.2 inches
Item model number 500539
Installation Method mig-welding
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B002EP3560
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4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #784,225 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#823 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Welding Equipment > Welding Equipment & Accessories > MIG Welding Equipment
Shipping Weight 60.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available December 4, 2009

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By Al on February 9, 2013
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. I have welded with it just on a 50' ext cord also and it welded great.
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.
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Pretty expensive, but burns plenty hot for single pass quarter inch plate. Better than any other 110 welder on the market.

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.
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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? Additionally the Prime shipping, which was supposed to ensure timely arrival of the welder, is way late. The package was shipped 3 days after order was placed and is now showing a week later delivery, not two days as expected with Prime. Will update my review after I tried it out.

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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Awesome product, my only complaint is that it took about a month to receive. Other than that I would highly recommend the Trek. It is a little heavier than it looks >60lbs , not for the faint of heart.
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best thing since pockets were invented
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