Hobart Handler 125 Review!

hobart handler 125The Hobart Handler 125 is touted to be a tough little 115 volt welder. With a built in wire feeder, it can ready to weld in minutes out of the box without the use of shielding gas. The Hobart Handler 125 uses .030 to .035 inch flux cored wire.

It’s MIG ready but you’ll need to order a regulator AutoArc Fixed Flow Regulator Kit separately to get it MIG welding:

Hobart 125 Ideal Uses:

  • This little welder is great for outdoor welding because if the wind picks up you’ll be out of business if you are using shielding gas.
  • It’s the ideal welder for small home fixes and hobby welding because it’s low cost, but a high quality brand name welder made in the USA.
  • There are many other low cost 115 volt welders that are pretty good, but this one will last longer and weld better than most of them in this voltage range and price range.
  • Since you only need a 110 outlet to run it, you’ll be able to use it just about anywhere around the house, ranch, or farm.
  • Under the door panel is a chart which tells you what adjustments you’ll need to make when welding various thicknesses of metal.
  • It’s super easy to operate, and getting the wire feed ready and working smoothly is a breeze which it should be on all welders, but that’s just not always the case, especially cheap welders.
  • You’ll be able to work on all kinds of jobs from simple hobby welding, sheet metal, automobile exhaust, and even work on small trailers, and you won’t even need a 220 volt line.

Cons Of The Hobart Handler 125:

It’s not going to weld well on dirty metals. Metals tht are rusty or have oil on them will not weld well with the Hobart 15 Handler 115 volt mig welder. But if you have yourself a good grinder you can get it clean and ready for welding (plus the roughed up surface from the grinding will be good for your welds as well)/

When welding heavier steel you’ll need more power to draw, so do not to use it far from a panel (a breaker panel) because it will likely have difficulty at the peak settings, and this could cause problems in your breaker panel or GFCI resets.

If you have a generator though, you are golden. A good generator is always handy, and since you are going to have a welder now why not get one? You won’t have to worry about popping any breakers, pissing off your wife while she’s doing her own thing in the home or farm.

A 2500 or 3500 WATT generator should be OK for this small welder, but if you can afford a little more get a nice 6000 or 7000 WATT generator. Although the smaller generator will be more portable so consider that.

The torch cable isn’t very long so this might be a small annoyance over time. You can always get a longer one later on if you find it to be a thorn in your side.

Overall this welder is really portable, light weight as far as welders go (so you can lift it into the back of your truck, or throw it into your truck easily unlike the larger welders. And since it runs off a standard home outlet you can weld just about anywhere you want. Lastly, you wont’ have to run new wire to your garage or shop to run a bigger welder because this just might be the only welder you’ll need.

It should be able to handle most jobs around the home, and many jobs around the farm or ranch (maybe all of them depending on what kind of fixes or builds you are involved with).

What You’ll Get:

• The Hobart 125 Handler
• 3 Contact tips
• 1 MIG gun
• 1 clamp and ground cable

Features Of The Handler 125:

  • 20% duty cycle (at 90 Amps). Out put in terms of amperage is 30–125.
  • It will weld up to 3/16in. steel with flux cored wire, or it will weld 22-gauge up to 1/8inches using solid wire and shielding gas
  • It includes an H-9 MIG gun and an 8 foot cable which is lined for .023 inch .035 inch diameter wire
  • 10 ft. work lead with clamp, power cord, three 0.030in. contact tips
  • The Hobart 125 Handler includes 1 pound of spool of (.030 inches), self-shielded flux cored wire.

Hobart 125 Handler Key Specs:

  • Volts: 115
  • Amps: 125
  • Duty Cycle: 20% at 90 Amps
  • Mig Ready: Gas solenoid valve pre-installed
  • Wire Feed Speed Control: Infinite
  • Weldable Metals: Steel, stainless steel, aluminum
  • Weld Thickness (in.): 18-gauge to 3/16in. steel
  • Clamp Cable Length (ft.) 8
  • Regulator and Gas Hose Included No
  • Shielding Gas Required For MIG Welding
  • Welding Wire Diameter (in.) 0.023 – 0.035
  • Power Cord (ft.) 6
  • Cart No
  • Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 10 x 12 x 17
  • Manufacturer Warranty 12 months parts / 12 months labor
  • Ship Weight 55.0 lbs

Price: $350 or more.

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