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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hobart 187 vs Northern Industrial Welder

I thought I had made up my mind to go with the Hobart 187 welder.
I even would have bought one yesterday but TSC was all out.

Searching the internet Northern Tool has a MIG 175 for what seems to be a great price. It's within the specs of what Im looking for.

Any experience with these Northern welders? I dont want to spend this much money on crap.
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I have a HH175 it is good, but a bit underpowered for my tastes. I would hold out for a few bucks more and get the miller 210 or equivalent. Hobarts are good welders and as for any no-name I wouldn't touch one with a pole..

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Forget the no names. Buy the Hobart..........or better yet save yourself some headache and do what Jeff said. Step it up a notch. The money spent will be money saved in years to come as you get to be better and tackle bigger jobs.

1. It's not that much more
2. It will be a way better machine
3. You will be a better welder not struggling with an underpowered machine
4. Forget the no names = junk =don't last long =hard to get parts
5. At least stay with Hobart/Lincoln/Miller in no order

I'm a welder. I have GREAT stuff at work. At home I have GREAT stuff and junk. Lets just say don't buy the junk. My Miller (gas drive) is 30 Y/O and still works like a charm. The POS offbrand is maybe 8 and was darn close to new when it was given to me and it's still the same POS. I'm a darn good welder and it makes it hard for me to do anything with it.

So hows that for an opinion?

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Why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel, Dave?

I love my Miller Synchrowave TIG. Not so fond of the Miller 130 MIG machine. It's obvious that it was built for a price and a market, but it gets the job done, within the limits of a 120 volt machine.

EVERYTHING's easy for the guy who doesn't have to do it.
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well im a sucker for holiday discounts.

i bought the northern for 150 less than the HH187 and got a 50 dollar gift card out of the buy.

both are 220V
the northern has 5 power settings and a 20% duty cycle
the HH187 has 7 settings i believe and a 30% duty cycle

its an upgrade from my chicago mig 100 and it fit nicely into my rebuild budget.
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cancelled that order.

ill hold out for the hobart187.
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Smart move. I have the Hobart 187 and I like it. I had never used a mig welder before picking it up. It did pretty good for what I needed (1/4" mild steel).

If you need a little more power, Hobart had a 210 version of the Handler which was a little more than the 187. I wished that I could have spent the few extra for it, but It just was not in the account.

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Jim, you know I'm a quiet guy and don't like to let my true feelings out.

I own good tools (snap on/mac/etc) and I own cheapie stuff too. The trick is to know what works and is best for you. IMHO from what I've had/seen/used when it comes to welders has been to buy name brand and the best you can afford. That doesn't have to mean out of line cash, but maybe a little more than you wanted to spend on the discount "china mart" stuff.

I'm so sure of myself.................( I see your location so it's an idle threat BUT real) I'll let you have my 110 cheapie if you want to pick it up.







And now for the rest of you hounds.................you can't have it.

It sux, but works. This is a guy asking an honest question. If he wants to see how bad a no name is (smaller than the one in question) he can have it.

Like I said , it's a 110. And most would never believe what I have done with (good 110 machines in the past. This is NOT one of them.


I'm really trying to save a guy some headache in the future.

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thanks, but ive got one on order from tsc. dont know if theyre still doing it but they had a sale on the HH187 for 600.00.
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i see i forgot to change my location.
im actually living in canal winchester, OH.

makes that offer seem a little more reasonable!

thanks for the advice on the welders.

im wire brushing my frame right now and ill be putting a new crossmember and body mounts on it soon. it looks pretty good so far, it actually has most of the factory coating still in excellent condition. its just under 25 years of oil and mud.
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