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Hobart 140

Postby havoc1482 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:47 pm

So I was given a Hobart 140 for my birthday today, anyone else have one or used one??

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Re: Hobart 140

Postby ricky racer » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:23 pm

Great gift!! I have a Lincoln 220 volt MIG welder and love it. The Hobart is a good brand. The smaller 115 volt version may be limited in capacity and may require a dedicated outlet to keep from tripping breakers. I found that if kept in an unheated barn, I need to use coated weld wire. The uncoated weld wire will get a very light bit of rust on it and I'd get feeding issues.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby Eugene » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:50 pm

I have a 220 volt MIG. Works great. I use it for lighter metal. Ricky's information is excellent.

The only problem I've found with MIG welders is that the penetration is not as good as the stick welders.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby Rob in NH » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:51 pm

i have the hobart 190, like it a lot.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby cub 3 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:32 pm

I have a Hobart 140 an love it, it is mainly for sheet metal 3/16 maybe 1/4" had it maybe 6 years I have the gas bottle with mine.

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Re: Hobart 140

Postby brewzalot » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:41 am

I've had my Hobart 180 for a 4-5 years now, one of the best investments I've made. No problems, used quite a bit. Miller consumables work with it. I like to use the anti spatter paste on the tip whenever I weld. That rust Ricky mentions can be very annoying, I'm currently experimenting with rust inhibiting plastic bags for storage. Watch your duty cycle, easy to go over when you're having fun. The auto darkening helmets are really nice, but get a good one.

My only issue was I couldn't wait till my birthday and had to fork out for my welder.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby Jeff Silvey » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:57 am

I have a Hobart 140. It works very nice on small jobs. I don't have 220 in my shop that's why I went with 110. Make sure you get the gas it makes things weld & look better. Like others have said stick welds do get the penetration on the metal. Hobart is made by Miller. Good luck on your new gift.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:09 am

I've done a little welding with Jeff's 140 and agree, it's a nice outfit. Great birthday present, by the way! I have a Miller 130, that I've had for about 15 yrs. and use it most of the time. For heavier work, I have a Clark 185, right beside it. It does surprisingly well for a cheap welder. I haven't used my stick welder in years.

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Re: Hobart 140

Postby SONNY » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:27 pm

I have a 220-volt Century 200 and still cant get the heat down on it.---blows right thru 1/8" stuff, also hard to use , cant see the line I want to weld on because that big old head is in the way.---A big learning curve involved, but once you master all of it I suppose they might be ok!---still cant beat stick welding!---BUT how much longer are we going to be able to get rods???---That's why I am trying to learn the wire process! I don't do gas bottles because PRAXIAR only handles 40 or 60 sizes and cant weld outside with gas very good either! PRAXIAR told me that for my use I needed to go gasless and use flux-core wire and no bigger than .035 size wire.---Don't know if they were just blowing smoke or actually know what they are talking about!--I have not had time to try setting this thing yet and haven't looked at my wire spool to see if it has rust on it or not!---The welder is in a unheated shed too!

I have a half dozen 220-v machines that have to use the same circuit BUT only one at a time is plugged into the outlet.----even on 110 it would be safest to have it on its own outlet if you could! (just my .002)
Set that unit up and start getting the feel of it! --welding opens up a whole new world of neat projects to make! thanks; sonny
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby havoc1482 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:51 pm

I played with it today. I've never welded before so I spent some time reading the manual, has tips and safety information. Welded two pieces of 16 gauge together. Now I know why an auto darkening helmet is useful. I couldn't see anything until I pulled the trigger so I had to make sure I was lined up and steady before I flipped the shield down. It was actually pretty fun, I didn't do it for very long because of the 20% duty cycle.

Before that though I went to tractor supply and picked up some gloves, a flux wire nozzle, and that anti-slag gel.

The flux wire nozzle makes it really eazy because the end of the little copper sheath sticks out so you can see the wire all the way to where it exits the gun. The anti-slag dipping gel works great too, I just wipe the crap off the nozzle after. Now I want to make something, like a cup hahaha.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby ricky racer » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:00 pm

Sonny, you can get different nozzles. Maybe a more tapered nozzle would make it easier to see what you are doing.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby havoc1482 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:05 pm

ricky racer wrote:Sonny, you can get different nozzles. Maybe a more tapered nozzle would make it easier to see what you are doing.


Yeah, I got one that goes over like this:

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Re: Hobart 140

Postby ricky racer » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:04 pm

havoc1482 wrote:
ricky racer wrote:Sonny, you can get different nozzles. Maybe a more tapered nozzle would make it easier to see what you are doing.


Yeah, I got one that goes over like this:

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That nozzle is for flux core wire. A nozzle for sheilding gas will be somewhat larger in diameter and will extend down close to the tip.
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby SONNY » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:11 pm

You have a NICE nozzle !! now I could live with one like that! LOL!!!----More taper is definitely what I need, for sure!!---still have a LOT to learn on mine and will keep trying! thanks; sonny
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Re: Hobart 140

Postby ricky racer » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:25 pm

Stop by your local weld supply shop and take a look at different nozzles and talk with the guy behind the counter, he can help you select the best one for your needs.

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