Hobart 500553 Handler Review

The Hobart, 210 MVP MIG welder, is designed to appeal to the handy homeowner, but its big capacity and sturdy construction make it capable enough for a professional welder, too. Pro welders have 230-volt high-amperage circuits nearby and rarely have to move their welders very often. Homeowners and maintenance and construction workers who weld often enough to desire a powerful MIG welder, but don’t make a living at welding, usually don’t require more than a 115-volt circuit and a short duty cycle. The 210 MVP finds a sweet spot between the two camps with its multi-voltage plug that lets you use 115 or 230-volt circuits with the twist of an adapter onto the end of the power cord. If you need to bring your welder to work or need to store the unit away when it’s not in use, the Hobart welder is light enough to move around fairly easily.

Specifications

  • Welds 24-gauge to 3/8” steel in one pass
  • Runs on 115-volt or 230-volt circuit using multi-voltage plug
  • The duty cycle of 20 percent at 115 volts, 30 percent at 230 volts
  • 10-5/8” x 19-1/2” x 12-3/8” high
  • 10-foot long MIG gun
  • 10-foot long heavy-duty grounding clamp
  • 7 output voltage settings
  • Quick-change drive roll
  • Built-in gas solenoid valve
  • It comes with a regulator and gas hose
  • Accommodates 4 or 8-inch spools
  • Infinite wire feed speed control
  • Weighs 87.6 pounds
  • 5/3/1 manufacturer’s warranty

Infinite wire feed adjustments make welding almost any material or thickness trouble-free, and the 210 MVP has 7 different output voltage settings when set up for 230-volt use and 4 settings on 115-volts. The high-voltage setting delivers a substantial 210 amps of power at a 30-percent duty cycle, so pro users can give it a workout without waiting around for it to recover.

Pros

  •  Ready to use right out of the box
  •  Runs off 115-volt or 230-volt circuit
  •  It can be dialed down to weld down to 24-gauge material
  •  Powerful enough to weld up to 3/8” thick mild steel in one pass
  •  Optional SpoolRunner gun makes welding aluminum a breeze
  •  You can change out wire spools quickly with no tools

Cons

  • Unit’s housing is slightly too wide to fit on entry-level welding carts
  • Shorter duty cycle than larger professional units

Final Verdict

Users of the Hobart 210 MVP are almost unanimous in their praise of the unit. Pro welders have just as high an opinion of the unit as amateurs, and everyone likes the innovative multi-voltage plug. Users that have never welded before were amazed at how easy it is to set up and use the 210 MVP and say they were able to get professional-looking welds right away. Over 95 percent of users give the Hobart four stars or better. It’s very affordable, capable, and highly recommended.

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