Hobart Handler MIG Welder

Hobart Handler MIG Welder

On our list full of plasma cutters, this is the sole MIG welder. As we know that workshops require versatility, a welder is often one of the main things you will be looking at if you want to expand your workshop.

This is a machine that is known and praised by many, and the top features are just some of the reasons for that.

Top Features:

  • Versatile
  • Powerful
  • Suited for both industrial and home use
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Affordable

First of all - this is a sturdy machine. Hobart is a company known to produce excellent welders, but also equally good plasma cutters. The fact that they are able to cover so much ground only further assures us that they know what they are doing.

Hobart 500554 Handler 190 MIG Welder 230V


If you don't believe in the words of Hobart themselves or of those of happy users, the 5-year limited warranty speaks for itself. The fact that they are able to offer a longer warranty than some of their competitors speaks well about the durability of this welder.

We want to save you the trouble of having to search through different guides. If you are in the market for not just a plasma cutter but also a MIG flux core welder, you don't have to look any further.

Of course, we don't expect you to believe that based just on our assurance. Acquaint yourself with this Hobart welder and see for yourself that it is a tool worth buying.


  • Great price point

  • Preset voltage options

  • Suited for all kinds of projects

  • Enhanced magnetic

  • Versatility


  • The cooling fan can be a little noisy

  • Only a flux core wire included

  • Read on to find out what we mean by these pros and cons.

Great price point

These are again, not just our words, but also those of people that have bought this machine. Considering how powerful it is, this is an affordable welder.

Whether you are looking to purchase one for your own use, or for your business, a lower price is never a bad thing. In some cases, the budget price may be tied with worse-quality materials, but that is definitely not the case here.

Preset voltage options

Preset voltage options

Something that you may not find in every welder on the market is the preset voltage options. Instead of spending time adjusting them yourself for every project, this welder comes with several prepared for you.

Saving time is saving money in a commercial setting. While some experienced welders may think this feature is not needed, we firmly believe it can help just about anyone.

Suited for all kinds of projects

This Hobart MIG welder is suited for both home and industrial use. Whether you are looking for something for your small, personal welding project, or for something at work, you will be satisfied with this product.

Generally, in commercial settings, you may run into more demanding kinds of jobs. This is not surprising - after all, you can't always produce the same kind of things in your garage as what you can do in an industrial workshop.

Hobart produced a welder capable of tackling both massive, heavy-duty welding and smaller, more precise tasks.

Enhanced magnetics

This welder comes with an array of features, among them, being its enhanced magnetics. You will also enjoy the 7 different voltage selections.

Being able to accurately adjust the voltage is crucial in many jobs. With such a wide selection, most users are sure to be satisfied. It also has a 30% duty cycle that runs at 130 Amps.

Its infinite wire feed speed control lends itself to easier fine control of the output parameters. This results in an improved arc performance with less spatter. Less clean-up is always good, as heavy metal shavings are the plague of any workshop and may be dangerous.


As said above, this is a machine capable of tackling almost anything. Based on reviews, it is reported that it can handle most tasks found in a workshop or a home setting.

Among some of the things you can use this welder for are the following:

  • exhaust systems,
  • auto body panels,
  • tool carts,
  • metal sculpture,
  • farm equipment,
  • trailer frames & hitches,
  • fences,
  • lawn & garden equipment,
  • mower decks,
  • and hundreds of other D-I-Y or commercial projects.

When it comes to this Hobart model, there aren't many cons, but we will cover those below.

Noisy cooling fan

This is most definitely a con, but it's also a fairly minor issue. Unfortunately, workshop environments tend to be extremely noisy anyway. A little extra noise from the fan of this welder will hardly make a dent in the other noise you're already hearing.

For your own protection, we always recommend wearing safety headphones.

Flux core wire

Flux core wire

This welder only comes with a flux core wire. If you know you will be using it with standard wire, you need to prepare ahead of time.

Buyer's Guide

When buying this product, please consider the following:

  • The environment you want to use it in (workshop vs home)
  • The types of projects you're looking to work on
  • Whether extra noise bothers you a lot


Hobart is known to produce great machines in general, and we are confident that this welder will surprise you with its capabilities. Ready to tackle almost any project and affordable, it's sure to satisfy both a workshop user and a home user.

 It's worth noting that Hobart makes more than just welders. If you like this welder, consider looking into purchasing a Hobart plasma cutter for your workshop.

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