Hobart and Miller Electric are among the most well-known welding brands on the planet. The two companies have an extensive and impressive selection of welding machines. With two of the most popular being the Hobart Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder and the Millermatic 211 MIG Welder With Advanced Auto-Set.
So how do these two compare? As their names suggest, there are pretty powerful machines. Also, they are both dual voltage. Additionally, they are both MIG welders. In regards to price, they are both quite costly with the Millermatic 211 being the pricier of the two.
That being said, are they worth the money, or should you look for cheaper alternatives? More importantly, which is better Hobart 210 MVP vs miller 211. These are some of the questions we will be looking to answer in this article.
An Overview Of hobart 210 mvp and miller 211
Hobart Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder
Millermatic 211 MIG Welder With Advanced Auto-Set And Cart 951603
hobart 210 mvp vs miller 211 :other considerations on which to choose
Ease of use
Being MIG welders, they are both pretty easy to use. Nevertheless, there is a reason why the Millermatic 211 costs almost $200 more than the Hobart. The former is equipped with an Advanced Autoset feature. So what’s so great about this auto-set feature?
To get started, all you need to select is the wire diameter, the welding process, and metal thickness. The machine then pre-sets the necessary parameters for you to start welding. The Hobart doesn’t come with such a feature.
The Hobart is still easy to use, and switching from the standard MIG gun to a spool gun for aluminum welding is easy.
Weight and portability
The first thing you will notice about the Millermatic 211 is that it comes with a cart included. Surprisingly, it is lighter than the Hobart 210, which weighs about 79 pounds. On its part, the Millermatic thanks in part to its inverter technology weighs 38 pounds.
The difference in weight is quite significant. In terms of portability, the Millermatic is undoubtedly the winner in this contest. Nonetheless, the Hobart 210 can still be transported with relative ease.
When you have to spend upwards of $800 on a welder, it has to be able to weld all kinds of metals. Fortunately, the two machines do not disappoint when it comes to welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
However, for both machines, you will have to purchase a spool gun separately. So why is the Millermatic costlier? Well, in addition to the auto-set feature, the machine also comes with an Auto Spool Gun Detect.
This is a feature that detects what kind of gun you have connected it to and adjusts accordingly. So no need to flick a switch when you want to swap the MIG gun for a spool gun. With the Hobart, you have to turn a switch to make the change.
Thus you will get started on aluminum welding much quicker with the Millermatic . However, this is not such a big deal, in my opinion. It might offer some slight convenience, but it’s not that big of a deal.
As mentioned earlier, both are pretty powerful machines. But the two do differ in regard to their power requirements. The Millermatic can be plugged into either a 120v or 230v power outlet. On the other hand, the Hobart can be plugged into either 115v or a 230v power outlet.
The Hobart will appeal more to hobbyists than the Millermatic. Changing the power plugs for the different receptacles is easy on both machines. No tools are required.
Both machines can weld metals of different thicknesses. The Millermatic can weld steel of between 24 gauge and 3/16 inches in thickness. On its part, the Hobart 210 can weld mild steel of between 24 gauge and 3/8 inch steel.
Also, the two can weld 18 gauge to 1/8 inch thick aluminum. Thus, there is a lot you can do with either of the two.
The duty cycle of the two machines depends on the kind of power outlet you have plugged them to. At a 230v power plug, you get a 20% duty cycle at 90 amps with the Hobart. With the 230v power plug, you get a duty cycle of 30% at 150 amps.
For the Millermatic, you get a duty cycle of 20% at 115 amps for the 120v power plug. With the 230v power plug, you get a 40% duty cycle at 150 amps. The Millermatic seems to have a longer duty cycle compared to its competitor, which might explain its slightly higher price tag.
In regards to the power output, the Millermatic again has a slight edge over the Hobart. The former has an amperage range of 30 amps to 230amps. The Hobart, on the other hand, has an amperage range of 25 amps to 210 amps.
Thus, the Millermatic produces a higher heat output. While this might seem like a good thing, it is not always the case. For thinner sheets of metal, especially aluminum, you need a low heat output.
Thus, the Hobart might be better suited for welding thinner sheets of metal than its pricier competitor.
The Hobart comes with seven voltage settings to choose from. Thus, you can optimize your welding to suit the kind of material you are welding. On the other hand, the Millermatic has an advanced auto-set feature.
How it works is first set the wire diameter you are using. This can either be 0.24″, 0.30″, or 0.35″. Next, you select the kind of welding process. This can be flux-core welding, shielded MIG welding, MIG aluminum, or MIG steel 25% carbon shielding gas.
Finally, you select the thickness of the metal you are welding. The auto-set feature will then adjust to the optimal settings based on the parameters you have given. This makes it easier to use, especially for beginners who aren’t sure of the right voltage settings to use.
These two machines are capable of flux-core welding and MIG shielded gas welding. In this regard, they can accommodate both solid wire and flux-wires. With them, you can use 0.024 in 0.035 solid steel wires or 0.03 in 0.045 in flux core wire.
Thermal overload protection is an important feature to have in a welding machine. The two do come with thermal overload protection. With the pricier Miller 211, you get a fan on-demand cooling system that kicks in when needed.
The Millermatic 211 will set you back almost $1500. However, its hefty price tag is justified considering its advanced features. Most of its competitors, the Hobart 210 included do not have some of its features.
Hobart 210 mvp vs Miller 211 the two that set it apart are the auto-set feature, and the spool gun detect. The Hobart 210 costs less than $1000. It has a lot to offer and ticks all the right boxes. It doesn’t have some of the fancy features of the Miller 211, but it can handle most welding projects.