Hobart Handler 125 Welder Review

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In brief: Review of Hobart Handler 125

The Hobart Handler 125 wire feed welding machine runs on a residential input power and can be used for a variety of works. It is a portable and dependable medium-duty welder typically used in domestic and small commercial works. The welder can perform flux core wire welding but MIG welding is also an option that a customer can use this machine for.

The Hobart Handler 125 Welder is manufactured by the company Hobart Welding Products which was established in 1917.

The company produces a full range of welding and cutting equipment which are used in fields from production or farming to do-it-yourself or maintenance works. 

The welder has voltage controls which let the user adjust the output voltage for varying thicknesses of materials that are being welded.

The following sections will outline the details of the welder. The product package also includes 3 contact tips, a MIG gun, a clamp and a ground cable that runs 6 ft. long.

The product can be used for steel, stainless steel or aluminum, it also features an infinite wire feed control.

Along with flux core welding, the machine is also ready for MIG type welding with a pre-installed gas solenoid valve.

The following video shows the Hobart Handler 125 Welder in action:

 

Key Specifications of Hobart Handler 125 Welder

The material thickness that can be welded by this machine ranges from 24 Gauge (0.8 mm) to 3/16 in.

The wire thickness of the welder is between 0.023 inches to 0.030 inches. The machine also possesses a self-resetting feature which keeps it from over-heating. Its power range lies 25 to 130 amperes. 

The product weighs at about 57 lbs. and runs on DC current input. It has three input voltage inputs of 110, 115 and 120V, and has a rated output of 80 amperes at 25%.

A machine is also a two-phased machine that works as a flux arc welder as well as a MIG welder. 

The following table outlines the key specifications of the product:

ParametersDetails
Product Weight57 lbs
Input Voltage110/115/120V
Amperage Range25A - 130A
Input Phase1 Phase
MIG ReadyYes
Wire Free Speed ControlInfinite
Weld MetalsSteel, stainless steel, aluminum
Weld Thickness24 Gauge (0.8 mm) to 3/16 in.
Duty Cycle80 Amps @ 25%
Maximum Open Circuit Voltage28V (DC)
Shielding Gas RequiredNo
Current TypeDC
Power Cord6 ft.
Dimensions (L x W x H)19.4 x 10 x 13.5 in.
Product Weight28 lbs.

 

How to use the Hobart Handler 125 Welder

The Hobart Handler 125 has a straight forward mode of operation. The machine enables the user to select one of four output voltage settings according to the given thickness of the material which is to be welded.

A factory-installed gas solenoid also allows the user an easy transition from flux-cored wire to MIG welding.

The machine also features a built-in contactor that keeps wire electrically “cold” until the trigger is pulled which translates to ease of usage.

A spool hub assembly is also present in the welder which accommodates 4 or 8-inch spools offering you an option to use small or large spools of wire to better suit the welding need for various situations.

The machine self-resets when it detects a thermal overload to protect the transformer. This is a safety feature that activates while the machine is being used.

By investing in a gas tank and a regulator, this machine will also be capable of performing MIG welding.

Warranty/Repairs

Hobart ensures a standard 5/3/1 industrial warranty on the Hobart Handler 125 Welder which translates to a five-year warranty on transformers, stabilizers and main rectifiers, a three-year warranty on generators, circuit boards and the drive systems, and a one year warranty on the MIG and plasma guns, and TIG torches. 

Any customer can claim a warranty on the product by contacting the company’s service number 800-332-3281. For repairs on the product, buyers can enquire in the support section of the company.

Customer Review Analysis

To identify the consensual opinion on the product, reviews and descriptions about the product were scrutinized from various sites including Amazon, Home Depot and Hobart Welding. 

A large number of product reviews were positive and reflected on the quality of the welder. Customers mentioned how the welder was very easy to use and also fairly powerful for its size.

The welder was also credited for the various unique and practical features that the buyers found exceptionally functional.  

Buyers have also pointed at the great advantage of having two phases of operation, specifically MIG and Flux core arc welding, which eliminates the cost of investing in another machine for either of the processes.

 

Pros / Cons of the Hobart Handler 125 Welder

After reading up on consumer reports and expert comments, we drew the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • Ease of installation and setup
  • Can run on the standard household current input
  • A broad range of weld thickness
  • Variable power output
  • Convertible phases (MIG and Flux Core Arc)
  • Portable
  • High Duty cycle
  • Self-resetting feature
  • Multiple input voltage options
  • Factory-installed gas solenoid
  • Built-in contractor

Cons

  • More expensive than some of its competitors
  • Needs a generator for welding heavier materials

 

Recommended Accessories with Hobart Handler 125 Welder

The following accessories are included with the machine in order to make the machine usable from the get-go – 

  • 3 Contact tips
  • 1 MIG gun
  • 1 clamp and ground cable

Additional accessories include –

Gas Hose

This is a reinforced 5 feet gas hose that is compatible with the product and is useful for miscellaneous operations. 

 

FAQs

Can this machine be used for gas welding?

Yes, the machine is capable of gas welding with separately bought accessories.

Can this machine run in the 120V residential plug?

Yes, the machine can be used through a 120V plug.

What is the warranty we get with this product?

The product has a standard 5/3/1 warranty.

Is it capable of weld stainless steel and aluminum?

Yes, it is capable of welding both the materials.

Is it necessary to change to tips for a different wire?

Yes, the different size of the tip is required for different wire sizes.

Does this welder require a shielding gas?

No, this machine will not require a shielding gas when you use gasless flux core wire.

Our Recommendation

The Hobart Handler 125 Welder is a compact and feature-rich machine that is great for light welding processes.

The machine is very easy to use credit to the variety of features it possesses, like a self-resetting system, a four voltage control system and a multi-phased mode of operation.

The welder an also weld a wide range of thickness of materials. 

Although slightly more expensive than some of its peers, the machines provide two phases of operation (MIG and Flux Core) which often very convenient.

We would recommend this for all light to medium-duty purposes including home, farm or ranch projects, and light fabrication, auto-repair and machinery applications.  

Stephen Ward
About Stephen Ward

Stephen believes that "The devil is in the detail". He takes pride in his exhaustive research and fact-based writing. He has written on a variety of topics, including power tools and home appliances.

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