There is a lot you can do with a welding machine from auto body repair works, metalwork repairs, home improvements, and even farm construction. The question is, which welding machine will suit you.
For home use, you will want a machine that is reasonably priced and can be plugged into a standard 120v power source. Ideally, you will want a machine with a max amperage of 140 amps. A quick search online will reveal that the two best 140 amps MIG welding machines are the Hobart 140 and the Lincoln Pak 140 HD.
So which machine is the better of the two? In this article, we will be comparing the Hobart 140 vs lincoln 140 to see which one you should buy. But before we dive in, it is worth noting that both are exceptionally good welding machines.
An Overview Of hobart 140 And lincoln 140
Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder 115V
Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140 HD Wire-Feed Welder K2514-1
hobart 140 vs lincoln 140 :other considerations on which to choose
Most of the things you will be welding at home will most likely be made from different metals. Thus, you will have steel, stainless steel, and aluminum components to work with. As such, you want a machine that is versatile enough to weld different kinds of metals.
Fortunately, both the Lincoln Weld Pak 140HD and the Hobart can weld a wide variety of metals. Also, they are capable of gas-less flux core welding. Thus you can use them for outdoor welding applications.
The Hobart 140 can weld steel sheets that are as thick as ¼ inches. Also, it can weld thinner sheets of up to 24 gauge. Ideally, you will want to switch to full gas-shielded MIG welding when dealing with thinner sheets of metal.
This applies to the Lincoln Pak 140 HD, which can weld metal as thin as 24 gauge. It can handle slightly thicker metal than the Hobart as it can weld metals of up to 3/16 inches.
Weight and size
Where the Hobart slightly edges the Lincoln is in regards to weight. Interestingly both machines are quite compact and small. The Hobart measures 19 x 11 x 13 inches. On the other hand, the Lincoln measures 18 x 15 x 16 inches. However, the Lincoln is the heavier of the two.
The Lincoln MIG Pak 140 weighs about 70 pounds. On the other hand, the Hobart Handler 140 weighs about 50 pounds. The difference in weight is significant. As such, the Hobart will be easier to transport than the Lincoln.
Measured in percentage duty cycle is another essential factor to consider when purchasing a welder. Both machines have a duty cycle of 20% at 90 amps. Thus, there is no winner in this aspect.
Both have a max power output of 140 amps. Where they differ is in the minimum power output. While the Hobart ranges from 25 amps to 140 amps, the Lincoln ranges from 30 to 140 amps. However, the difference is so slight that you will hardly notice when welding.
When welding, you want to be able to control the voltage. Both machines give you a tapped dial that you can set the output settings with. On its part, the Hobart has five voltage settings. The dial moves with a click to each voltage setting from one to five.
On the other hand, Lincoln has four voltage settings. Thus, the Hobart slightly edges the Lincoln when it comes to voltage settings control.
Wire feed speed
So how do the Hobart handler 140 vs lincoln 140 compare in regards to wire feed speed? This is an area where both machines excel. They offer infinite wire feed speed control. Also, the drive rolls on both machines are made of good quality aluminum.
Both the Hobart welder 140 and the lincoln electric 140 HD have thermostatic protection. However, the functionality of the two differ. Each welder has a light that comes on and a fan for cooling the welder.
The Hobart 140 has a reset button; you have to turn on to reset the thermostatic protection. Contrastingly, the Lincoln resets automatically. Both take up to 15 minutes before they are ready to weld again.
However, the Lincoln may take less time since it auto resets itself. With the Hobart, you have to reset it manually. So in this aspect, all the points go to the Lincoln MIG Pak 140.
Welding wire comparison
When it comes to the welding wires, they use both welding machines differ. The Hobart uses 0.023″ to 0.035″ solid welding wires. However, the Lincoln uses 0.025″ to 0.035″ solid welding wires. These are the wires you would ideally use to weld mild or stainless steel.
When it comes to flux-cored welding, you have the option of either the 0.030″ to 0.035″ wires to choose for both machines. You can also opt for the 0.030 aluminum wire. Speaking of aluminum, both machines can weld aluminum.
However, the Lincoln electric model will require a separate spool gun. While the Hobart also can do light aluminum welding tasks.
It may seem that the Hobart has an advantage over the Lincoln when it comes to welding aluminum, but that’s not the case. With the Lincoln, you can use a spool gun to weld aluminum. The same cannot be said about the Hobart.
However, to avoid the frustrations, I would recommend avoiding aluminum welding with the Hobart 140. The Lincoln though it will require a separate spool gun is a better choice for welding aluminum.
Shielding gas used
The good thing about the two is that they both come with a gas regulator. However, this regulator is a dual regulator for argon and carbon dioxide and argon mix. Thus you will have to purchase a regulator if you want to use 100% carbon dioxide.
The Hobart goes further and is able to support tri-max gas. As such, it is more suited to welding stainless steel. While Lincoln can be used to weld stainless steel, it works best when you use gas-less flux core welding.
Both can run on AC and DC. More importantly, it is easy to switch from MIG solid wire welding to gas-less flux core welding on both machines. You get an easy screw-in terminals for making the switch. This makes it easy for beginners to make the switch.
Both Hobart and Lincoln’s electrics have been around for a long time. Also, both are designed in the US. However, Lincoln is created in the US and manufactured elsewhere, So if made in the US is important to you, the Hobart 140 is a better fit.
We end where we started, between the Hobart vs lincoln 140, which one is better? Well, it all depends on who you ask. In my view, the Lincoln Pak 140 is the better of the two. For the sole reason that it is more suited to welding aluminum.
While it is a bit heavier than its competitor, the fact that the Hobart 140 is not suited for aluminum welding is a major issue for me. Nevertheless, when all things are considered, both are great welding machines, and it depends on what your needs are.
If aluminum is not a metal that you will be welding often, the Hobart Handler will be a good choice. However, if you are looking to weld aluminum, go for the Lincoln Pak 140 HD.