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  • Grenade
    Handler 140 Gas shut off delay?
    by Grenade
    I've been using my Hobart Handler 140 for about 5 years now with zero issues. Lately it has developed this "Won't shut off" problem when I release the trigger. The wire feed stops and the the voltage stops but the gas doesn't shut off right away. Sometimes there's a 2-4 sec delay and sometimes...
    Today, 08:20 PM
  • sidpost
    Non-leather welding jackets and shirts?
    by sidpost
    I'm mildly allergic to very allergic to most leather products so, in a hot environment where I will sweat a lot has me ruling out leather jacket and shirt options. Having something that will 'breathe' to wick sweat away would be nice too!

    What are the better jacket and shirt options
    Today, 01:00 PM
  • sidpost
    Passive helmet choice? Jackson, Miller, etc.?
    by sidpost
    I think I want a fixed front 4x5 window helmet. My local choices are all cheap 'farm store' options (Tractor Supply, Atwoods, etc.). I realize fit and comfort are a personal thing but, since I can't hold, much less try one on, most options are basically a BLIND purchase for me here in rural East Texas....
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  • leorbush1
    Champion Elite 11000/225 Run Problem
    by leorbush1
    I have a Champion Elite 11000/225 that is about 6 years old that I purchased off a friend right before he passed away.
    This welder now has a whopping 160 hours on it. Yes it sits a lot.
    My problem is that it starts and runs great at full speed, but won't drop to idle with no load.
    06-30-2020, 12:17 PM
  • sidpost
    Miller Thunderbolt or Hobart Stickmate?
    by sidpost
    Ok, I know this is probably a bit like going onto a Ford forum and asking about a Chevy Camero but, here goes ...

    I have a really old archaic SEARS brand welder and need something that weighs less than ~200 lbs and isn't worn out. I'm basically a 'farm' welder so, MIG, TIG, etc. don't...
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  • HOBARTxj
    retrieving broken hardware
    by HOBARTxj
    hello all,

    Ive been welding much more lately, my lord the learning is never ending and thankfully i have a good machine that holds my hand lol.

    anyway I'm back for some kinda odd advice. If anyones familiar with vehicles, I have broken a bolt off in a pinion yoke and...
    07-02-2020, 10:41 PM
  • sidpost
    Electrode (rod) choices for a Hobart Stickmate 210i?
    by sidpost
    Most of what I will weld will be slightly rusty or painted, not bad but also not pristine steel either. I expect to see everything from thin-walled square tubing to heavier frame rails on trailers or farm implements.

    Reading various web threads, I see a lot of different advice on using...
    07-05-2020, 03:05 PM
  • sidpost
    How do ESAB welders rate compared to Miller, Hobart and, others?
    by sidpost
    I have been doing a lot of research online about stick welders and see a lot of Stick and TIG combined welders mentioned. The ESAB models seem to be well priced and have a lot of features in their price class that seems to be missing on similarly priced Lincoln, Miller, and Hobart units. They also...
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