HOBART 190 VS HOBART 210 Welder : Which one to Buy?

In Brief: Hobart 190 VS Hobart 210

The Hobart 190 and the 210 are both dual-process welders, supporting MIG as well as flux-core arc welding. The 210 delivers a higher output and can be used through a 120V and a 230V power source, while the 190 has to be paired with a generator to be used from domestic outputs. Both the machines can weld thicker materials but the 210 can weld materials up to 5/18 inches as compared to the 190s 5/16 inches.

Both welders are manufactured by Hobart Welding, a company established in 1917. Hobart Welding produces a wide array of welding and cutting equipment globally.

The welders are designed for light to medium-duty applications. They can weld steel and aluminum, and are rugged and durable.

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

The welders are both very capable and have high duty cycles and weld outputs.

Both the 190 and the 210 would be good upgrades over the starter range of welders, being more powerful and able to handle thicker materials.

These welding machines are suitable for industrial and domestic applications such as home repairs, automotive works, metal art, light fabrication, and hobby projects.

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

Overview of Hobart 190

Hobart 500554 Handler 190 MIG Welder 230V The Hobart 190 is a dual process welding machine designed to perform both gasless and gas versions of flux core welding.

The welder is also compatible with a residential power source.

Key Specs –

ParametersDetails
TypeMIG, Flux-core
Product Weight68 lbs.
Input Voltage / Frequency230V
Weld Thickness24 Ga to 5/16 in.
Wire Speed Range40 – 700 in/min
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage31 V
Rated Output 130 A at 21.5 V DC
30 % duty cycle
Output Range25 – 190 Amp
Dimensions (L x W x H)19.5 x 10.6 x 12.4 in3
Price

The machine features seven output voltage settings for finer control making it easy to set and adjust for different materials and thicknesses, while ensuring less spatter and cleaner welds.

The welder weighs 68 pounds and is run on DC input. The machine can weld steel or aluminum and works best for thicknesses ranging from 24 Gauge to 5/16 inches.

Pros

  • Ease of installation
  • Supports MIG and Flux Core Arc
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • High Duty cycle
  • Optional Shielding Gas
  • Durable

Cons

  • Struggles to weld thicker materials
  • Can run on the standard household current input

 

The Hobart 190 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 softer aluminum with ease too since it can be paired with a spool gun reducing 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 the standard 5/3/1 year warranty.

The following video gives a brief overview of the welder:

 

Overview of Hobart 210

Hobart Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder The Hobart 210 welding machine is a dual-voltage welding machine and can be used for a variety of domestic as well as medium-duty applications.

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

Key Specs –

ParametersDetails
TypeMIG, Flux-core
Product Weight79 lbs.
Input Voltage / Frequency115 V, 230 V
Weld Thickness24 Ga to 5/8 in.
Wire Speed Range40 – 680 in/min
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage28 V DC at 115 V
34 DC at 230 V
Rated Output90 An at 19 VDC,
20% duty cycle on 60 Hz (115 V)
150 A at 23 VDC,
30% duty cycle on 60 Hz
Output Range25 to 140 A
25 to 210 A
Dimensions (L x W x H)19.5 x 10.6 x 12.4 in3
Price

The welder can handle commercial and industrial jobs.

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.

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 5/8 inches.

Weighing nearly 80 pounds, the welder produces an output current of 25 to 140 amperes at 115 V and up to 210 V on 230V inputs.

Hobart’s 5/3/1 warranty gives you a five-year warranty on the transformer, three years on the electronics and one year on the 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
  • Thermal Overload Protection
  • High Output

Cons

  • Heavier than some its competitors
  • Medium skill requirement

 

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

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

The machine can be operated without using a shielding gas provided the Hobart flux-wire is used. Its compatibility with lower power sources also makes it ideal for welding thinner metals.

The welder is also equipped with thermal overload protection which keeps the machine from getting damaged if it overheats.

The following video gives a brief overview of the welder:

Key Differences between Hobart 190 VS Hobart 210

The Hobart 210 is a heavier welding machine than the 190, weighing a good 19 pounds more.

The 210 can produce a maximum output of 240 Amperes as compared to the 190s 190 Amperes.

Although both the welders can perform the same welding processes, the 210 is capable of welding thicker materials up to 5/8 inches.

The 210 does cost more than the 190 but also provides two input voltages, and can be used in domestic as well as in industrial environments.

The key differences are summarized in the table –

ParametersHobart 190Hobart 210
TypeMIG, Flux-coreMIG, Flux-core
Product Weight68 lbs.79 lbs.
Output Range25 – 190 Amps25 – 210 Amps
Weld ThicknessUp to 5/16 in.Up to 5/8 in.
Duty Cycle130 Amps at 30%20% Duty cycle at 90 amps / 30% DC at 150 amps
Input Voltage230 V115/230 V
Price

Summary

The welders in the discussion are quite different in capabilities and applications. The first and the most important difference being the input voltages.

The 210 can be run through a 115V residential/domestic power sources as well as a 210V commercial/industrial one, whereas the 190 can only be powered through a 230V one.

The 210 also produces a higher output ranging up to 240 Amperes. The 210 can also weld thicknesses up to 5/8 inches as compared to the 190s 5/16 inches.

Although both welders can be used for the same light to medium-duty jobs, this welder is recommended for intermediate users, as both the welders are not as user-friendly as some of the other less expensive ones that are specifically designed to cater for novice users.

That said, the Hobart 210 costs a little bit more than the 190 but are still cheaper than the welders in the 220V category.

Linda Wilson
About Linda Wilson

Linda has been involved with various home improvement projects for more than a decade. She has experience working with multiple power tools and welding equipment. She loves traveling and cooking.

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