We Review the Hobart Handler 140 MIG Welder

Hobart Handler 140 110V MIG welding machine

Hobart (Miller’s consumer line of welders) has long been known by farmers and ranchers as the best value and quality for the money. Boasting American made quality and simple user interfaces across all machines.

The American made quality is apparent in the Hobart Handler 140.  The 140 is the second smallest Mig/flux core machine in Hobart’s lineup, suited for do-it-yourselfers and homeowners. The handler 140 runs of 110v power and weigh’s 57 lbs. making it excellent for portable work.

Key Features

  • Power requirements: 110 volt 20 amp outlet, excellent for home and ranch use. In testing the handler 140 performs best when plugged straight into a 20 amp 110 outlet but will weld with just about any power source and through any 12awg extension cord.
  • capability’s: welds 20gauge to ¼ inch material
  • quality: being a transformer based machine means it will last for generations
  • Mig gun: and ground clamp: 10 ft. leads mean you can work on most projects without dragging the welder around. The gun Uses standard consumables so you can always pickup tips at your local home or farm store.

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Specifications

  • comfortable 10 ft. (3 m) H100S2-10 gun
  • 10 ft. (3 m) work cable with clamp
  • built-in gas solenoid valve and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose
  • Spool hub assembly accommodates 4 or 8 in. spools
  • Sample spool of .030 in. (0.8 mm) self-shielding flux-cored wire
  • .030 in. (0.8 mm) contact tips
  • Quick Select™ drive roll for .024 in. (0.6 mm) or .030/.035 in.
  • (0.8/0.9 mm) solid wire, and .030/.035 in. (0.8/0.9 mm) flux-cored wire

Pros

  • runs on 110V power
  • 10ft leads
  • Lightweight at 57lbs
  • durable transformer based machine
  • simple controls

Cons

  • Only capable of welding 1/4"
  • requires a 20A outlet
  • can't weld aluminum

Setup and Performance

control panel

In our testing of the handler 140 by far the best part was the ease of setup, the chart on the inside of the door made it a simple matter of matching the material thickness to the wire type.  Preparing the machine for use is quick using the two easy to read knobs, 1 wire feel, and the other voltage.

The Right Tool for the Job

Hobart rates the Handler 140 for up to ¼ inch steel, but in our testing that is only case when welding both sides of the joint. The handler 140 maxed out, using flux core wire will reliably weld 3/16" material in a single pass. 

With practice , and some joint prep, thicker materials can be welded.  With minimal grinding and 3 passes we were able to weld 5/16" material with no problem.

While the versatility of this machine is undeniable it's not a heavy fabrication machine.  If you plan to regularly weld ¼ inch material or thicker Hobart offers two larger machines (the Handler 190, and the 210 mvp) that would be much better suited to that type of work.

If you’re looking for a reliable and portable machine to work on fences, auto body, thinner structural shapes and a variety of other tasks than this is the machine for you.

Portability

The Hobart handler 140 runs on 110 volt power and will run flux core wire, meaning no need for complicated gas tanks and regulators.

Value

the handler 140 is an excellent value in the small Mig market, especially when compared to similar offerings from Lincoln and miller. While it may not have the extra features of a miller auto set 141 is also half the price and built to the same exacting standards of quality that Hobart and miller are legendary for.

Power Requirements

Having the ability to weld up to 3/16" in a single pass off of 110 volt power is seriously impressive.  In testing we welded 3/16 wall square tube with the machine 100 ft. from the power source (heavy gauge extension cord recommended). And when done it was matter of grabbing it by the carrying handle and taking it back to the shop.

Final Thoughts

After 6 months of hard use and 10 spools of wire the hander 140 is still a fantastic machine. From doing exhaust systems to building workbenches we were thoroughly impressed with the quality and reliability of the handler 140.  Thus far we have no complaints with this fantastic machine and expect to get many years on reliable service out of it.

If you’re looking for a quality, small MIG welder than this is the machine for you.  It offers the ability to operate on standard household power (20A outlet), can weld 3/16" in a single pass, has a VERY attractive price, and is backed by one of the best American welding companies out there. 

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Jason