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  • Hobart Handler 175

    Got a chance at a Hobart Handler 175 with cart , tank , spool of wire , gloves , helmet and owner manule for $600 , or i could go to lowes and buy a new lincoln pro mig 180 for $668 . Wich would you guy think is the best bet ?

  • #2
    As a certified tech for both Hobart (Miller) and Lincoln, they are both excellent machines. I have dealt with Miller on warranty issues for several years and they do almost anything to keep customers happy. I was at the Lincoln factory recently and was very impressed with their pride in their machines and company loyalty.
    I would compare warranty terms (Miller considers contactors in smaller Migs a consumable) and prices and availability of consumables.
    Good luck!

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    • #3
      Neither, I'd go with a HH 187. I see Tractor Supply is selling the 187 for $600 with free shipping.
      MigMaster 250- Smooth arc with a good touch of softness to it. Good weld puddle wetout. Light spatter producer.
      Ironman 230 - Soft arc with a touch of agressiveness to it. Very good weld puddle wet out. Light spatter producer.


      PM 180C



      HH 125 EZ - impressive little fluxcore only unit

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      • #4
        Another vote for the HH187...and use the 10% off coupon (sign up on line, but mine came in the mail).
        "Good Enough Never Is"

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        • #5
          Is the hobart better than the licion? i can get the licoln new for 500 off ebay

          http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-LINCOLN-ELEC...1%7C240%3A1318

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          • #6
            I haven't ran one of the retail Lincoln's.

            Along with a HH 187, I do own a Lincoln PM 180C. The 180C is definitely a nice unit. Honestly though between the two, I do slightly favor the 187. Reasons for this being the Hobart offers more top end power for solid wire applications , and wets the weld puddle out a little better then the Lincoln.

            Between the retail Lincoln and the HH 187, the added output ranges the Hobart offers could be a definite advantage.

            I do like the Lincoln 100L gun a little better then the H-10 gun on the Hobart.

            The extra output ranges and more powerful top end would have me going with the 187 for $600 over the $500 retail Lincoln.
            MigMaster 250- Smooth arc with a good touch of softness to it. Good weld puddle wetout. Light spatter producer.
            Ironman 230 - Soft arc with a touch of agressiveness to it. Very good weld puddle wet out. Light spatter producer.


            PM 180C



            HH 125 EZ - impressive little fluxcore only unit

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            • #7
              looks like i will be going to get the hh 187 tomarrow

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