The Hobart 500559 Handler Wire Welder, also known as the Handler 140, is made by one of the most trusted names in welding equipment. Hobart has been manufacturing industrial tools in the US since 1917. The Handler 140 is Hobart’s most popular model of wire feed welder. It operates on a standard household current and is rated for 140 amps at 115 volts, which makes it a perfect welding unit for people that don’t weld every day but still need a unit powerful enough to do professional quality work. If you need a welder to do auto bodywork, household repairs, or farm and garden projects that are a bit more demanding than an entry-level homeowner rig, the Handler 140 might be the unit for you.
Hobart 500559: Light, Durable, and Easy to Use
The Hobart 500559 is made in Troy, Ohio, one of the few tools you can find that’s still made entirely in the USA. Hobart stands behind the quality of its tools with a 5/3/1 warranty.
It comes with a 10’ long MIG gun and a heavy-duty ground clamp also with a 10’ cable. It also comes with a roll of flux core wire that will let you open up the box and start welding immediately. Hobart supplies a regulator and gas hose with the unit if you want to switch over to MIG welding.
When you hinge up the side panel on the unit, there’s a handy welding chart that makes setting up the machine for different materials and thicknesses a breeze. The drive system for the welding wire is made from cast aluminum parts with a quick-release action that makes swapping out welding wire easy and quick. Just above the drive system, there’s a bus bar that makes changing the polarity when swapping over from flux core to MIG welding easy. The machine allows you to put small, 2-pound rolls of flux wire on its spindle but comes with an adapter to run big, 8” spools if you desire.
An easily overlooked feature on the Handler 140 is the slightly curved control panel. Since many welding operations are done in poor lighting conditions, the slight gloss of the control panel and its curved shape will help users to see the markings on the control panel more easily. It’s one of many small details of the Handler 140 that shows how much experience Hobart has in the business.
The wire feed speed control allows infinite adjustment, not just several detents like many competitors, a feature that will be greatly appreciated by professionals that weld often and hate fiddling with feed rates. Its five-position power adjustment lets the user adjust from 24 gauge up to ¼” thick steel with the twist of a knob. The Handler 140 has a thermal overload protection indicator and will shut down automatically to protect the machine.
The Hobart 500559 is almost universally praised in reviews of its performance, both by homeowners and professionals. With a list price of only 3 figures, and additional discounts often available the Handler 140 is hard to beat for performance and price.