Hobart Handler 190 Welder with SpoolRunner100 Review

The Hobart Handler 190 welder is another high quality welder in Hobart’s amazing range. It is an industrial-grade welder that has a durable flux-core, is easy to use, dependable, and MIG ready. One of its outstanding features is the addition of the SpoolRunner 100 spool gun which allows you to weld aluminium.

Hobart Handler 190 with spoolrunner 100 review

If you are in search of equipment that will bring your welding capability to the next level, the Hobart Handler 190 may just about end your quest. Journey with us as we delve deeper into what this welder package has in store for you.

Hobart Handler 190 with SpoolRunner 100 Product Specifications

hobart handler 190 front view

 

 

Name: Handler 190 MIG Welder with SpoolRunner 100

Model Number: 500554001

Net Dimensions: Width – 10.625 in., Height – 12.375 in., Length – 19.5 in.

Net Weight: 68 lbs.

Duty cycle: 30% @ 130 A (21.5 VDC)

Input voltage: 230 VAC, 60 Hz

Minimum input power: 3.88 kW

Output welding current range: 25 A – 190 A

Wire feed speed control: 40 – 700 IPM (50-740 IPM at no load)

What’s In The Box

Included in the package are the following:

  1. The Hobart Handler 190 MIG welder
  2. SpoolRunner 100
  3. HR-100 gun with a 10 ft. cable
  4. 10 ft. work cable with clamp
  5. Power cord with plug
  6. Built-in gas solenoid valve and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose.
  7. Spool hub assembly that can fit 4 or 8 in. spools
  8. Sample spool of .030 in. self-shielding flux-cored wire
  9. .030 in. contact tips
  10. Drive roll for .024 in. or .030/.035 in. solid wire, and .030/.035 in. flux-cored wire
  11. Welding guide and material thickness gauge
  12. Owner’s manual

Hobart Handler 190 Features

SpoolRunner 100 Spool Gun

This spool gun allows you to weld aluminum easily as feeding problems due to aluminum wire welding is eliminated. It can be plugged directly into the machine, no additional adapter or control box is required. Switching between the SpoolRunner and the HR 100 MIG gun is easy with the built-in selector switch.

Welding Capability

The Hobart Handler 190 can weld mild steel, stainless steel, flux core, and with the SpoolRunner 100, aluminum, as well. Its output operating parameters let you weld 24 ga. to 5/16 in. steel thickness in one pass. It is the top choice for welders who work on automobile bodies, household repairs, and even heavy farming projects that need that additional power.

Easy Assembly and Usage

man using the hobart handler 190

The Handler is quite simple to set up, as long as the guidelines are strictly followed. You would be working to your satisfaction in no time at all.

The welding guide will help you set the right parameters you would need for all your welding projects. You will be guided as to what type of wire, what speed, and what voltage settings to use based on the type of material you need to work on.

The Hobart Handler’s front panel houses the 7-voltage selections, enhanced magnetics, and infinite wire feed speed control knobs so that it is very comfortable for you to adjust the settings according to your needs.

Its Quick Select drive roll is designed to offer 3 grooves, the first 2 for different-sized solid wires, and the 3rd one for flux-cored wires, adding to its quick set-up feature.

Cutting-Edge Safety Features

The Hobart Handler is designed with short circuit protection for the whole unit, self-resetting thermal overload protection for the power transformer, and self-resetting motor protection for the wire feed system, all to protect them from current overload.

Hobart Handler 190 Pros and Cons

The Hobart Handler 190 MIG welder is a powerful and versatile machine. It is extremely lightweight, thus extremely portable, as well. The SpoolRunner 100 is a welcome addition as it lets you weld aluminum as smoothly and as mess-free as you want it to be.

It is also worth mentioning that this package boasts of Hobart’s 5-3-1 warranty that is unparalleled in the welding industry.

One issue we have against the Hobart Handler is that it runs on 230V, not the standard household current. An additional outlet would be needed.

Another thing is the price. This Hobart package is a bit pricier compared to its nearest competitor.

Conclusion

Although the Hobart Handler 190 is on the higher bracket in terms of price, its outstanding features more than make up for that setback.

Whether you are a newcomer to the welding world or a professional, you would surely appreciate the power and flexibility that this welder package will provide you.

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