Well there's no way to get the cat back into the bag now I guess. Yes, there is a Handler 210, it's in the same case as the HH140 & HH187, weight is a bit more of course at near 80 lbs. It has the same tap setup as the HH187, in addition on the front there is a quick disconnect for the trigger ala Millermatic and a overheat light. Inside the wire compartment there is a switch to go from spoolgun to mig, all that is necessary to mount the spoolgun is to remove the H-14 mig gun and replace it with the DP-3035 spoolgun and set the switch to spoolgun, voltage and wirespeed are controlled normally using the dials on the front.

From what Dan and others have said about the arc quality of the Handler 187 I would think you could consider this new machine a Handler 187 on steriods, I havn't seen a Handler 187 yet but I can tell you that the Handler 210 is a very nice machine. With the Northern price being at $900 I would think it could be bought with the DP-3035 spooolgun (same gun as the Hobart/Miller 3035 with a different backend of course) for the same or cheaper as the MM210 or MM212 without a spoolgun. General performance is very close to what it was with the MM210 I used to have, and spoolgun performance with either 4043 or 5356 is excellant. I have run 6 different manfacturers wire and they all performed at acceptable levels with Hobart HB-28 & Pinnacle being the best in my opinion.

This machine could easily be your only mig and it will do everything most people would need without spending lots of money. I might also mention that performance on 24ga is very good even using .030 wire for those who are too lazy to change to .023-.025 wire like I sometimes am. I was a little suprised at the same work clamp as the 140/187 being used but in 4-5 months of testing I never experienced any problems relating to weak grounding, I guess if someone wanted to change it out to a bigger one they could with little expense.

I would bet these will be in short supply for some time and it would suprise me if the Northern price holds up, for those of you saving for a Handler 187 you might think about saving a few bucks more and take a hard look at this new Hobart Handler, esp if you were planning to adding a spoolgun and adapter to the Handler 187.