HOBART 140 VS LINCOLN 140 Welder : Which is Better?

In Brief: Hobart 140 VS Lincoln 140

Both the welder support the same processes but differ in weight and dimension, the Lincoln 140 being the more portable and lightweight. While both the welders have similar output, the Hobart 140 can weld thicker materials in one pass. Whereas, the Lincoln 140 is easier to use and can operate without shielding gas, albeit being a little more expensive. Either welder would be a good choice but the choice depends on the user’s needs and budget.

The welders are designed for light to medium-duty applications. They are efficient for repairs around domestic settings and are portable.

The products are often bought by professional welders as well who want an efficient and portable welder.

Both the welders are capable of high duty cycles and outputs. The welders fall in the starter end of the welding categories but can handle light to medium-duty jobs, and can be used through residential outputs.

The following sections will provide essential information on both the products.

Overview of Lincoln 140

Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140 HD Wire-Feed Welder K2514-1 The Lincoln 140 is a cast aluminum welding machine designed to weld materials like aluminum and steel.

The welder is capable of performing both gasless and gas versions of flux core welding.

The welder can be powered by a residential 120V input, making it convenient to use for all domestic and household applications.

The product is manufactured and distributed by Lincoln Electric, a company based in Ohio. Founded in 1895, Lincoln Electric is a global manufacturer of welding consumables and equipment.

Key Specs –

ParametersDetails
Product Weight50 lbs
Input Voltage / Frequency120V / 60Hz
Amperage20A
Input PhaseAC / DC
TypeFlux-core, MIG Welding
Wire Feed Speed Control50 - 100 IPM
Metals that can be welded
Steel
Stainless steel
Aluminum
Weld Thickness24 Gauge to 5/16 in
Duty Cycle90 Amps @ 20%
Wire Speed Range50 - 500 in/min
Shielding Gas RequiredOptional
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage33V
Power Cord6 ft.
Welding Wire Diameter0.025 - 0.035 in.
Output Range30 – 140 Amperes
Dimensions (L x W x H)17.9 x 10.15 x 13.7 in3.
Price

The welder’s weight is nearly 50 pounds and can run on either AC or DC input.

The machine can weld steel or aluminum and works best for thicknesses ranging from 24 Gauge to 5/16 inches.

The welder can work on a 20% duty cycle at 90 Amperes. Welding wires ranging from 0.025 to 0.035 inches can be used easily with the welder.

Pros

  • Ease of usage
  • Can run on the standard household current input
  • Supports MIG and Flux Core Arc
  • Portable and Lightweight
  • High Duty cycle
  • Optional Shielding Gas
  • Durable
  • Quieter operation
  • Smoother wire feed

Cons

  • Struggles to weld thicker materials
  • Non-stackable

 

The Lincoln 140 has a wide output range and can be used right out of the box. The welder’s adjustable drive facilitates the wire alignment in the machine.

The drive also makes sure that crushing and tangling of the wire is reduced.

The use of shielding gas is optional while working with this machine as the welding processes can be done in the absence of gases as well.

The machine can weld aluminum with ease too since it can be paired with a spool gun without any other accessories.

The welder can be utilized for a number of domestic jobs such as DIY workshops, home projects and repairs or smaller fabrication work.

The welder comes with a 3-year warranty.

The following video gives a brief overview of the welder:

 

Overview of Hobart 140

Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder 115V The Hobart 140 welding machine runs on residential input power and can be used for a variety of domestic or light-duty applications.

The welder is equipped to perform both MIG and flux-core arc welding processes.

The welder can handle all light-duty commercial and industrial jobs but is most suitable for domestic use.

The welder is manufactured by Hobart Welding, a manufacturing company established in 1917. Hobart Welding produces a wide array of welding and cutting equipment globally.

Key Specs – 

SpecificationsDetails
Product Weight57 lbs
Input Voltage / Frequency120, 115, 110V / 60Hz
TypeFlux-core, MIG Welding
Metals that can be weldedSteel
Stainless steel
Aluminum
Weld Thickness24 Gauge to 1/4 in
Duty Cycle90 Amps @ 20%
Wire Speed Range40 - 740 in/min
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage28V
Power Cord6 ft.
Welding Wire Diameter0.023 - 0 .035 in. Mild Steel or Stainless Steel
0.030 - 0.035 in. Flux-cored
0.030 Aluminum
Output Range25 – 140 Amperes
Dimensions (L x W x H)19.5 x 10.6 x 12.4 in3.
Price

The welder can be run from various residential power inputs and is capable of welding steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

The welder is capable of operating on thicknesses varying from 24 gauge to ¼ inches.

Weighing at 57 pounds, the welder produces an output current of 25 to 140 amperes.

Hobart’s 5/3/1 warranty gives you a five-year warranty on the transformer, three years on the electronics and one year on your MIG gun.

Pros

  • Ease of setup
  • Can run on the standard household current input
  • Supports MIG and Flux Core Arc
  • Portable
  • High Duty cycle
  • Can weld thicker materials
  • 5-position voltage selector
  • Low skill requirement

Cons

  • Struggles to weld thicker materials
  • Heavier than some its competitors

 

Since the welder is capable of welding a variety of materials, it can be used in a number of applications too.

The welder is most commonly used in domestic applications like fences, gates, hobby projects, but it can also be successfully used in other areas like auto-repair, machinery repair and farm/ranch.

The welder features a 5-position voltage control selector which adds a smooth and stable arc at all welding thicknesses.

The welder is suitable for beginners and professionals alike. Capable of welding up to 3/16 inches in a single pass, the welder can be used with welding wires ranging from 0.025 inches to 0.035 inches.

The following video gives a brief overview of the welder:

 

Key Differences between Hobart 140 VS Lincoln 140

Although very similar in specification, both the welders differ in weight, the Hobart 140 being 7 pounds heavier.

Here are the key differences summarized in a table –

ProductLincoln 140Hobart 140
Product Weight50 lbs.57 lbs.
Output Range30 – 140 Amperes25 – 140 Amperes
Weld Thickness24 Gauge to 5/16 in24 Gauge to 1/4 in
Duty Cycle
90 Amps @ 20%90 Amps @ 20%
Wire Speed Range50 - 500 in/min40 – 700 in/min
Processes SupportedMIG, Flux-coreMIG, Flux-core
Input Voltage120V120/115/110 V
Warranty5/3/1 - 5 years on Transformer
3 years on Electronics
1 year on Welding Gun
3 years on Welder
1 year on Gas Regulator
90 days on Welding Gun
Price

Either of the welders can be used for steel and aluminum jobs, but the Hobart 140 can weld thicker materials of up to ¼ inch in thickness.

While both the welder can be run on 120V inputs, the Hobart 140 can also be run from 115 and 110 Volt sources making it more convenient to use.

The welders both support flu-arc welding types but Lincoln 140 is capable of being used without shielding gas.

Summary

Both Lincoln 140 and Hobart 140 are very close competitors but can be further distinguished by identifying the type of job.

While the Lincoln model is a bit expensive than the Hobart one, it also comes with additional features like gas-less flux-core arc welding and lighter weight. The Hobart being heavier also becomes a lot less portable.

While either can be used for the same type of jobs, the Hobart 140 can weld thicker jobs in one pass.

The Lincoln 140 is easier to use due to many convenient features carefully put in by the manufacturer catering to beginners and learners.

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