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  • Help me choose MM 135 or Hobart Handler 140

    I am replacing an old MM 130 and am torn between True Blue 135 and the Hobart Handler 140. The 140 is rated to 1/4 inch where the MM is rated to 5/16 inch. Pluse there is a 100 buck price differance.

    Any thoughts?
    My Day Begins....When Your Day Ends

  • #2
    I'd hold off on any new welder purchases right now. Hobart and Miller are releasing new units and Lincoln already has just come out with some new stuff. Unless you need a new one to replace a dead one - now is not the time to buy just yet.
    Syncrowave 250DX
    Invison 354MP
    XR Control and 30A

    Airco MED20 feeder
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
    Smith O/A rig
    And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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    • #3
      Something else that I would keep in mind is where you plan on buying a machine and what your welding activities are going to be in the future. I may be wronge on this, so someone correct me if so. I think the Hobart are typically sold through farm and home supply stores and Miller is usually through dealerships. If it's a one time purchase and your aren't worry to much about long term relationships, then find the cheap price for the machine that will do what you need it to. On the other hand, if you are new to welding and want to start developing a relationship with a dealer that will help you out in years to come, then I would try to find a good authorized dealer in your market and talk with them about the sell, follow up service, and possible future purchases. customer service doesn't come cheap, but it can really be worth it down the line if you every have trouble. SSS
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      • #4
        For the 120V units, there's not a lot to improve on. If you need one right away, I'd not hesitate to get the HH140.

        I have an ancient MM130, and have recently owned an HH135. I sold it to a friend to buy the only truly portable GMAW unit, a MM Passport. but that's a different budget...

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        • #5
          Miller and Hobart are wholly owned subsidiaries of Illinois Tool Works Inc., Glenview, Ill, (just look at the plasma cutters, they are 100% the same), so parts and service between the 2 should not matter.

          You can buy a Hobart 140 on ebay for $498.77 (free shipping) and the MM 135 for $576.35 (free shipping)

          Harbor Freight has the Hopbart 140 for $549.99, but you can get it with a 20% off coupon (thats $439.99)

          Just my 2 cents...
          Last edited by JHCHOPPERS; 11-02-2006, 01:09 PM.
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          • #6
            Hobart is the hobbyist line of the parent co these days (not like the old workhorses Hobart Brothers machines were). They're different beasts for most of the line up, but some machines are the same (plasmas and tigs for example). The MIG machines are not the same, or even close with the IM210 and MM210 or the 251's. Different duty cycles, cases, and components.
            Syncrowave 250DX
            Invison 354MP
            XR Control and 30A

            Airco MED20 feeder
            Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
            Smith O/A rig
            And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fishy Jim View Post
              Hobart is the hobbyist line of the parent co these days (not like the old workhorses Hobart Brothers machines were).
              Thank the Government for this. When ITW bought up Hobart Brothers they were not allowed to buy the rights to Hobart welder rated at 250 Amp and above. The rights to those machines, as well as all the old manuals were sold off to others.

              Here is the quote from Hobart's Website followed by the URL ....

              In 1996, Illinois Tool Work purchased Hobart Brothers. As part of the acquisition, the government would not allow us to purchase the rights to manufacture welding products rated at 250 amps and above. The documentation support for those products went to various companies that purchased the manufacturing rights. However, we will make a reasonable effort to supply you with the proper owners manual for any older machine that we have been provided the documentation for.
              https://www.hobartwelders.com/owners...oldmanuals.php

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              • #8
                Gotta love Clinton. Couldn't leave it to screwing aids, he had to take it to industry too.

                Granted, there are reasons to avoid a monopoly, but I think china is showing us why strong US competition would be better.
                Syncrowave 250DX
                Invison 354MP
                XR Control and 30A

                Airco MED20 feeder
                Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
                Smith O/A rig
                And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by harcosparky View Post
                  Thank the Government for this. When ITW bought up Hobart Brothers they were not allowed to buy the rights to Hobart welder rated at 250 Amp and above. The rights to those machines, as well as all the old manuals were sold off to others.

                  Here is the quote from Hobart's Website followed by the URL ....



                  https://www.hobartwelders.com/owners...oldmanuals.php
                  Just to complete the picture, the FTC restriction to build only machines at or under 250 amps has expired a few years ago. What does that means for Hobart future products, only time will tell I guess.
                  Regards, George

                  Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
                  Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
                  Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

                  Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
                  Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sundown View Post
                    Just to complete the picture, the FTC restriction to build only machines at or under 250 amps has expired a few years ago. What does that means for Hobart future products, only time will tell I guess.

                    Yes I understand that, however all those document, plans and manuals for the older Hobart machines 250 Amp and over are not in the hands of ITW/Hobart.

                    If you have an older Hobart over 250 I guess it's too bad for you.

                    I saw someone asking about a 300 Amp Hobart and nobody could help him. Took it upon myself to do a little research and found this out for him.

                    I forget when he had but the same model on Ebay couldn't get a bid of $199 and the machine on Ebay was said to be working and looked fairly clean.

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                    • #11
                      Northern Tool has the Hobart 140 on sale for $459.99 free shipping and a free welding cart

                      http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...6073_200306073
                      http://www.jhchoppers.com

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                      • #12
                        what did ya get ?????????

                        so tell us what did you end up getting ???
                        FWIW:
                        i have had the MM135 for about 5 years now i think and its been a great welder, never once have i regretted spending the extra $100 for it.
                        thanks for the help
                        ......or..........
                        hope i helped
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                        • #13
                          mm140

                          I like my mm140. I'm a beginner and it is pretty strait forward. The dealer said, "It's idiot proof". I said SOLD! I'm trying to upload some info. of the mm140 to this post. I gave 715.00 for mine.

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                          • #14
                            wow $715 you could have gotten the new MM180 for $742.
                            or the hobart 180 for $702.
                            heck even the MM135 was less $$ than that. where did you get it? and did they throw in some goodies ?
                            here is the IOC link i got the prices from i got my MIG,TIG, and plasma cutter from them great service.
                            http://stores.ebay.com/Welding-Suppl...dZ2QQpZ2QQtZkm

                            i supose it not important now how much it was, you should be real happy with it. its gotten good reviews and i'm shore it will be loads of fun just as my first MIG was when it showed up at the door.
                            befor you know it you will be finding stuff on the side of the road and bringing it home just so you can cut it up and weld it into something else.
                            thanks for the help
                            ......or..........
                            hope i helped
                            sigpic
                            feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                            summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                            JAMES

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                            • #15
                              That sucks! I always rush into these things! I found this site too late. The MSRP was 789.00 and thats what got me. Live and learn I guess. Thanks for pointing that out though. The folks here will be alot of help w/ future purchases.

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