Not to try and be the A-hole here, but RRich is wrong. If a salesman from a real welding store told you that the Hobart Handler 135 is not really a welder, just a toy, then they are trying to upsell you. And I've been in and around the welding industry for well over 10years, and I've NEVER talked to a Service Guy. The Hobart 135 is a SMOKIN deal, and for the money, you can't really beat it. Its built my Miller as a economy brand, and the real difference between the two is the quality of the components in side, and the setup/equipment. When I started building cages and bumpers, I had to use a 135 and NEVER, ya you heard that right N E V E R had a problem where the 135 couldn't get hot enough to BURN THROUGH something on the suspension, chassis or Tube work. If you believe that the 135 is only a 15amp unit, you my friend are MIS-INFORMED! I had to run a 30 circuit breaker to keep the welder running for any more than 5 seconds on its max or close to max setting, so if you were not resetting a 15amp circuit, its no wonder you think its only for think gauge material. That welder will get a hell of a lot hotter than what was said on here.
Now, before you all think I'm just blowing smoke, I'm running a 220amp unit, and I can about PROMISE that there is nobody on OR.C that is running a welder that is equal to mine. Do a little research and you'll see that I've got a pretty decent setup: Lincoln Power MIG 300. When I got mine, I went all out. No reason to skimp, but at a value of well over 3k with all the setups, its no joke.
If your looking for a economy MIG unit, run with that Hobart 135. I'm considering getting one for very small jobs, vs. dropping the spool size down on mine, and for tight areas. Those 300amp guns are HUGE! I was hesitant about using the 135 at first, but my friend built his UROC buggy with one, and another friend is using a Miller Matic 135 and built his UROC buggy. If it is good enough to pass Tech there, than anybody who says its not good for anything other than thin gauge is taking somebody elses word for it. Buy it, and you won't be dissapointed! Granted, if you need to run 1/4 or larger in a single pass, you will need to do some prep work, but you can burn into 1/4 very easily with that 135. Also, the gas makes a huge difference. Run the 75/25 mix for a decently hot and clean puddle.
All in all, when it comes down to it, running with a larger welder is almost always the better option. Go with the largest you can afford, and you should be good to go. As far as the welding cart, you can save huge amounts of money by just making one your self. I'm going to build Brian a cart when I get some more square tube for the bender. I made a really sharp cart for my Plasma Cutter, and everybody thinks its store bought!
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