I recently decided to get my paws on Hobart Handler 190 and test its performance against the others I’ve had in the past.
My main objective of settling for this model is that I was looking for a low-cost option for cutting steel, aluminum, and other solid metals. This welder coming from a world-renowned seller, I knew I couldn’t go wrong.
Well, my honest review of the Hobart Handler 190 mig welder will tear apart my experience and give much insight into its performance. Read on.
First impressions matter and I fell in love with the Hobart Handler 190 instantly. First, I’ll mention the technical details about the product. The product weighs 78 pounds, which I found favorable, especially since I can easily move around and use it on my outdoor projects.
With an overall dimension of 24.2 x 13.3 x 18.7 inches, I was satisfied that the Hobart Handler 190 will not take much space in my workshop.
The duty cycle of 30% at 130 Amperage and the current range of 25A-190 A gave me the confidence that this is the product I’ve been searching for. Down the line, I’ll not need to upgrade due to the high amperage and longer duty cycle. (Read Lincoln 140 Vs Hobart 140 post).
Here’s the list of specifications
- 5/3/1 industrial warranty
- Weld Output: CV
- Current Type: DC
- Input Phase: 1 Phase
- Amp range: 25A – 190A
- Weldable: Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Steel
Why I choose the Hobart Handler 190
From the onset, I wanted a machine that can weld even thin metals. The good thing about the Hobart is that it can weld 1/4 metal excellently.
When I finally settled on the Hobart, I knew that it wasn’t the cheapest or expensive option out there. The price was well within our budget.
Everything came as advertised, although there was some little assembly. That was not a problem since the instructions were clear.
My Experience of The Hobart Handler 190
The Hobart 190 needs a 230Voltage input power. This was not an issue since I’ve had other machines that operated within the same receptacle range. However, I was a little concerned about my welding side hustles, which would require a lot of power.
Power is always a top consideration, and the advantage of this machine is that I can even use it outside where the power source is a generator. You can find out more about the product features on the manufacturer’s website.
I like the flexibility of the welding range that allows me to make adjustments between 25 and 190 amps. However, I find this a downside since it can’t weld extremely thin or thick metal. As such, the metal thickness stands at 24 gauge up to 5/16 inches.
I like the duty cycle of 30% at 130 amps. This comfortably gives me up to three minutes of non-stop welding and seven minutes of rest. When I’m working on my hobby projects, the machine doesn’t overheat.
The Hobart 190 is a versatile machine, and there’s a great deal of choice on the metals it can handle.
I tried on aluminum, and I found it to be incredibly helpful. Indeed I don’t need any external controls since there is a spool runner in the package. This helps me deal with issues to do with feeding associated with aluminum metal.
I also use the spool gun when working on stainless steel and mild steel metals.
Easy to use
Did I mention that the Hobart 190 is one of the most user-friendly welding machines around? This machine is easy to operate thanks to the control features on its panel.
There are a control button and an adjustable knob that has seven voltage settings. This makes my work easier since I have an avalanche of options depending on the metal I’m welding. With this machine, I only need to set the voltage, shielding gas, feed speed, and wire type.
Additionally, the grove drive system makes it easy for me to switch when changing the wire size. That’s not all; there’s an in-build wire feeding system that makes it easy to release the rolling level, thereby simplifying the entire process.
Safe to use
The Hobart 190 comes with an inbuilt contractor that ensures the wire remains cold after turning on but not when in use. Therefore, this enables me to pause my welding and proceed later on without any qualms that anything will go wrong.
I’m glad to report that this machine also has a short-circuit protection, and this prevents any overload. To sum up everything, this is the safest welding machine for home use.
The weight of the Hobart 190 welding machine is manageable at 89 pounds. Besides, the handle makes it easy for me to carry around the house to the garage and back.
I love the fact that when I remove the attachments, the weight is approximately 68 pounds. I wouldn’t imagine having to use a cart to wheel the machine around the house.
Value for money
The package has everything I need for my projects, which saved me the agony of making return trips to the store. Inside the package, there is a flux-core wire, contact tips, and a gauge for the argon gas. There is the spool gun, gauge regulator, gas hose, power cord, 10 feet cord, clamp, manual, flux wire, and more.
With a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, I can confidently say that the Hobart Handler 190 will give me service over the years.
Unboxing Hobart Handler 190
- HR-100 MIG gun with ergonomic
- Work cable (10 ft)
- Power cord and plug
- Use manual
- Spool adapater
- MIG gun
The Downsides of Hobart Handler 190
Although the machine has a lot of benefits, I quickly found out that I may not use it for heavy-duty projects. Once in a while, I may want to engage on a welding side hustle. I may often decline certain projects due to these limitations.
I also find the issue of 230 voltage requirements quite a limitation since it means I may not be able to use a generator less than 7000 watts.
After using the machine for three weeks, I decided to get a bigger generator for use in my garages. This has enabled me to save on energy since, and I can easily carry my Hobart handler 190 for outdoor projects.
How would I rate the Hobart Handler 190? I’d give it a 4.5* since it has enabled me to handle my indoor projects with ease. The 0.5* missing is because it can’t handle bigger tasks.
Overall, I’d recommend this machine to hobbyists or DIY enthusiasts. If you’d like to buy this machine, they are available in Amazon and other online stores.