"The Handler 125 operates off of 115-volt household current. Comes ready to weld without shielding gas using 030-.035in. 0.8-0.9 mm flux cored wire. MIG-Ready means this welder is equipped with a built-in gas valve, and with the addition of a regulator, you're ready to MIG weld with 023-.030in. 0.6-0.8 mm solid wire. Use C-25 gas 75 argon/25 CO2 on 24 gauge - 1/8 in. steel for a cleaner weld with less spatter. Use Tri-Mix gas and stainless wire for welding on 16-12 ga. stainless steel. Comes with Hobart's 5/3/1 limited warranty. Amps 125, Dimensions L x W x H in. 10 x 12 x 17, Duty Cycle 20 @ 85A, Cart No, Clamp Cable Length ft. 8, Regulator and Gas Hose Included No, Shielding Gas Required For MIG Welding, Weld Thickness in. 18 ga.-3/16 in. steel, Weldable Metals Steel, stainless steel, Mig Ready Gas solenoid valve pre-installed, Power Cord ft. 6, Wire Feed Speed Control Infinite, Volts 115, Welding Wire Diameter in. 0.023-0.035. Welds 24 ga. up to 3/16 in. steel with flux cored wire Proven built-in wire feeder with quick-release drive roll tension lever Built-in contactor eases use and is an excellent safety feature which makes wire electrically 'cold' when not welding 4 output voltage settings with wire feed speed tracking to provide quick and easy adjustment for different materials and thicknesses Dual groove drive rolls make it easy to switch between 023/.025 in. 0.6mm and 030 - 035in. 0.6 - 0.9 mm wire Self-resetting thermal overload and motor protection Stock Numbers #500495 115 VAC, 60 Hz Rated Output at 20 Duty Cycle 85 Amp at 17.5V DC 60 Amp at 20V DC CSA Rating Current range 30 - 125 Amps Max. open-circuit voltage 26V Wire feed speed range 0 - 415 IPM 0 - 500 IPM at no load Amps Input at rated load, 60 Hz 115V 20 15 CSA rating kVA 2.9 2.2 CSA Rating kW 2.5 1.77 CSA rating Dimensions 16 7/8 in. H 429 mm x 9 7/8 in. W 251 mm x 12 1/8 in. D 308 mm Net weight 50 lb 22.7 kg Allows you to weld up to 3/16 in. steel with flux-cored wire Provides a broader operating window for each wire, with quick and easy adjustment for different thicknesses and joints Easy to use Excellent safety feature makes wire electrically 'cold' until trigger is pulled Positive feed with adjustable tension plus easy accessibility to thread new wire Makes it easy to change from one wire size to another One knurled groove for 030'.035 in. 0.8'0.9 mm wire, and one smooth groove for 023/.025 in. 0.6 mm wire Current overload protection Power transformer protection to ensure reliability Wire feed system overload protection, no fuses to change or circuit breaker buttons to reset 5-year limited warranty on transformers, three years on electronics drive motors, rectifiers and one year on guns Broad output range of 30 ft. 125 A 4 output voltage settings Wire feed speed tracking Built-in contactor Durable feed head with quick-release drive roll tension lever Dual-groove quick-change drive roll Short circuit protection Self-resetting thermal overload Self-resetting motor protection Hobart's 5/3/1 Industrial Warranty 211764 April 2011 CSA rating Certified by Canadian Standards Association to both the Canadian and U.S. Standards"
Average Customer Rating:
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Rating Summary(33 reviews)
29 of 33(88%)would recommend this product to a friend.
"First of all, Northern Tool makes the ordering process, information gathering, manufacturing data, etc. very easy and efficient. They are great people to deal with and they always go the extra mile to make the customer happy. Thank you for that! My Hobart welder arrived in perfect condition in a few short days after I ordered it. It was easy to set up and get into operation. I have used a stick welder for many years so getting used to a wire feed will take some time and practice. My initial welds were nothing to brag about, but I'm getting better. Let's just say that the welder has more capability than I do at the moment. My only negative observation at the moment is that when welding thicker metal and using the highest setting, it will trip a 20 amp circuit breaker. Again, as my technique improves, this may not be an issue. Everything said, the welder is great, price is very good, and Hobart wire and parts are available anywhere."
"To start off, this is my first welder. Having said that, I have watched friends welding for a while now. I almost got the Handler EZ, but am glad i did not. This welder was a breeze to get going with the flux core set up. In a few minutes I was ready to give it a shot. With the right settings(following the guide inside the lid) I see myself laying down decent welds with little spatter. It has been a few weeks now and have made several repairs and nothing has fallen apart yet. With some practice, I know this will be a great little welder. Glad to have a brand name that I can also get parts for in the future."
"I bought the Hobart 125 online but decided to upgrade to the 140 which the store I went to pick up the welder said I could with no problems and there was not any. Friendly, fast corrected all discounts and coupons I walked out with my new welder in less than ten min.Could not wait to play with it .The first thing fix a friends exhaust system on his truck,fix my trailer that the friend help jackknife. and fix a hole in my old trusted smoker.My son-n-law tried it he is buying one after he bought a Lincoln 90 amp welder earlier that year.Makes me look good and the welds have great beads and penatraition. If you get the 140 you will not regret it"
"I bought this welder to do some home projects around the house and it is a very well built unit and very easy to use the instruction manual helps you understand what power and wire feed to use for those just starting out have been using this product for about a month now and had no problems with welder very user freindly"
"This is my first welder. I love it. Easy to use and set up. I wish the plug was longer. Other than that it's been great. I have completed multiple projects and am in the middle of building a smoker. It hasn't skipped a beat."
"I liked the ability to change voltage and wire speed independently. The wire feed is alittle noisy and you can hear the wire surging as it feeds into the arc. Ran into a bind problem with a contact tip that prevented the wire feed until I changed tips. It would have been great to have the 0.035" tip included in the original box as they are somewhat difficult to find in local stores. Works great for my lighter duty welding projects on my horse fencing."
"This is an excellent welder for around the home. You can run it all day and not have any issues. The welds come out decent enough for flux core, it's a good price point, and very high quality components, easy to find replacement parts. Plus, made in the USA!
My one regret is setting a budget, and not springing for the extra $130 for the 140 amp welder that comes with the gas kit.
The other option I would look at getting is the larger spool. The smaller spool works fine, however if you have a large project you can go through a couple vs. buying the larger size might be more economical.
I've attached a picture of a rolling gate fence project that this welder was key to the project's success. One trick to hiding the spatter of a flux core welder is to paint over with some thick paint (ie truck bedliner paint from the autoparts store, decorative texture paint shown in the picture, etc.)"
"This is my second one, the first lasted over 20 years and is still working. Right out of the box it worked perfectly. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I would not buy any other. I used the nfirst one in work and personally. I am 73 years old and I wanted a new one to hobby with."
"This welder is perfect for those small jobs that are hard to get to with a larger welder. I am a welding teacher at a public high school where our welding area is limited, and moving the 220V welders is not an option. This unit allows us to weld anywhere there is access to a 110 V outlet. I would recommend limiting the bulk of your work to 1/8 inch material, though welding 3/16 is doable, I wouldn't count on the strength being the best. All in all a very nice unit!"
"A really good light duty 110v wire welder. It has it's limitations but that's to be expected from a light-weight, low-cost welder. If you need a welder for around the house/shop type welding (heavy gauge steel, exhaust pipe, ect) then this is the welder for you. I also have a Miller Bobcat stick welder that I use for heavy stuff (over 1/4" plate). If you use this wire welder on heavy material you'll see that it doesn't tie-in to the heavy material. Another limitation is the duty cycle so you won't be welding long distances without stopping to let the machine cool off. The wire feed works well but it does hang up sometimes and keeping the lead straight helps to feed better. Overall this has been a good welder as long as I use it for what it was made for. It has it's limitations but as long as you keep that in mind it is a good purchase."
"This is one of only two electrical tools I've bought through Northern Tool and they both were defective. This thing didn't operate a couple months before the transformer burned out. The good news is that the warranty was promptly honored, the welder fully repaired, and my son really likes its current performance. It beats the heck out the stick welder I'd previously gotten him. It's a good buy for the home hobbiest."
"I bought this welder for my motorcycle resto/mod project. At this price I don't think you can buy a better welder. I also bought the fixed gas regulator and the 10lb wire spool adapter. If you are new to wire welding, go totally MIG with gas, the quality of weld and lack of smoke and flux residue is well worth the extra costs. The current/feed rate matrix inside the cover gets you very close to perfect with little trial and error. The only negative I have is related to wire feed. You will need to setup your work space to keep the wire feed path as straight as possible from the welder to the end of the gun."
"Howerver after using is four time in two months it has died. The welding up to that point was two light gauge backing plates, two exhaust systems and one frame job. When working was an asome machine."
"This is a great little unit capable of handling most jobs on the homestead. I have used it to fabricate several projects including a winch mount bumper and a steel camper. Both jobs were tackled with ease. Mine didnt come with a wirefeed tip , so I had to purcase one locally. It seemed odd that it cmes with wirefeed capability out of the box, but no tip. Thats OK, it worked out fine. Great product."