Hobart IronMan 230 Review!

hobart ironman 230The Hobart Ironman 230 was re-designed to ‘outperform their competition’ in a MIG welding platform. In other words they were trying to create a new standard in producing MIG welding machines. And they may have done just that…

The Ironman 230 mig welder is easy to get set up to weld, and it welds so well a beginner will be making nice beads in a single pass. Plus it has a lot of power so it will do any type of welding you need to do!

You will find that the arc is easy to work with and it’s smooth which is all you can ask for in a MIG welder. Plus, it’s easy to adjust because it has 12 volt taps and infinite wire feed that are precise so you can adjust it easily for any type of welding situation you have. You’ll be welding 3/8 inch steel in one pass, no problem.

The big bonus is that the Hobart Ironman 230 mi welder includes a spool gun (don’t get the Ironman 230 without it because it’s only $150 more when you get it with the welder. That is a really good deal because if you shop around you’ll have to spend up to $800 more to get an equal welder with a spool gun, and this gun works almost as well was the higher end Bernard spool gun).

Like I said, the feed is really smooth and the spool gun is excellent because the trigger mechanism is also quite smooth and it won’t stick like many of the cheaper spool guns on the market.

Frankly, for the price you can’t find a better welder, and it’s a solid machine that will last for many years.

Do you need it? If you will be welding often and not simply spot welding or doing some light sheet metal tacking (steel sheet metal) and it’s in your price range, don’t even hesitate because comparable welders will cost more and they won’t have a good spool gun. You’ll have to buy that separate.


The Hobart IronMan 230 was redesigned to outperform their competition on the quality of arc, controlling of voltage, and a better duty cycle. It puts out 30 – 250 amps, and the arc is designed to give you a quality weld without a lot of spatter so you don’t have to do a lot of clean up afterwards, saving you time and money.

The IronMan 230 runs aluminum wire easily when you include the Hobart spool gun specifically designed for this unit (Hobart DP-3545-20 spool gun). Get this little guy installed and you will be welding 18 guage to half inch aluminum.

Features Of The Hobart Ironman 230:

  • The Hobart Ironman 230 welds a 24 gauge metal up to 1/2 inch material in one single pass.
  • This unit is an excellent aluminum welding machine when you use it in conjunction with a Hobart spool gun (DP-3545-20), and with it you’ll get a longer reach (20 feet).
  • You’ll get a 12 tap voltage control to easily control your arc
  • The ‘infinite’ wire feed control give you precision control of your wire feed which creates a better weld bead and penetration.
  • With the Hobart Ironman 230 you’ll get a 200 amp gun with a built in running gear cylinder rack.
  • There is a spool hub included that is unusual in a good way because you’ll be able to change different wire spools easily, and you don’t need tools to do so. There is a brake tension knob and automatic wire alignment feature which makes this very handy feature (change from 2 pound, 10 pound, 33 pound, and 45 pound wire in a jiffy!)
  • Reversible drive rolls: there are two grooves for two different wire sizes on one drive roll which will decrease the need for spare parts and time changing over.
  • A hinged door gives you easy access to the wire drive for the drive roll and spool changes
  • The Hobart Ironman 230 has an aluminum wire drive system that gives you 0 – 700 inches per minute (IPM) wire feed speed.


Amps Input at Rated Load, 60 Hz:
200 V 37
230 V 32.5
kVA 7.4
kW 6.3

Hight: 31 ½ inches (800 millimeters)
Width: 18 7/8 inches (479 millimeters)
Depth: 36 1/2 inches (927 millimeters)
Net Weight: 185 pounds (84 kilograms)

Rated Output at 60% Duty Cycle: 175 Amps at 25.5 Volts Direct Current (VDC).
Current Range: 30 – 250 A.
Max. Open-Circuit Voltage: 35 V.
Wire Feed Speed Range: 0 – 700 IPM.

Average Price For The Hobart 230: $1700. A killer deal.

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