Whether you lust after these two welders for yourself or to give as a gift for a loved one getting into welding.
And it’s got to be a welder that will run on 120 volt power, cause that is all you have available.
Or your budget is fixed and both these welders are at the top end of what you can afford.
I aim to point out the similarities and differences in the two welders in this article “Hobart 130 vs 140 which one? This will Help.”
And help you choose which.
First let us have a look at a high level comparison in the table below.
Quick Comparison Chart Hobart 130 vs 140
|Hobart Hander 130||Hobart Hander 140|
|Flux Core and MIG||yes||yes|
|Duty Cycle||20% at 85 Amp||20% at 90 Amp|
|Amps||30 to 130||25 to 140|
|Metal Weld Thickness||24 gauge to 3/16th inch||24 gauge to 1/4 inch|
|Gun Cord Length||8 feet||10 feet|
- Both are flux core, MIG ready which means they will weld with solid wire and shielding gas
- You have a bundled in quality gas regulator and hose on the Hobart 140
- The Hobart 130 has front dials that are easily read for setting the voltage for the gauge of metal you are welding.
- Both are easy to use and to set up for those beginning welding
- Both have great feedback and should do you proud on producing those welds
- The Hobart 130 is set up for flux core welding at the start. Additional options have to be purchased for welding with gas.
- Neither will weld Aluminum. If that is what you want you will need to look elsewhere
There could be 100 dollars difference in cost when you come to buy.
When would you choose one over the other?
Depends on the skill level you start with and where you plan to go with your welding. Mainly welding thinner metals and flux core? Then it is fine for you to choose the Hobart 130 and get the MIG accessories later when you need them.
Want a wider welding range capable welder from the start because you know your projects are going to need it? Start with the Hobart 140, the bundled accessories and the wider capabilities quickly justify the difference in cost.
Take a look at the Hobart Handler 130 on Amazon
Features of the 130 vs the Hobart 140
When you’re deciding which one, one of the first things to understand is what the welder is capable of.
Both these welders are capable of welding with flux core welding wire or solid wire and shielding gas. Start with flux core if you want and move to welding with solid wire and shielding gas later.
Starting with the Front
When you look at the two welders side by side you’ll notice the front dials and layout look very similar.
Variable wire feed control at the top, power switch next to it. Below is the welding output dial, then the over temperature light along side.
Bottom front is where the MIG guns and ground clamps are connected.
Big brother Hobart 140 looks very similar to its smaller brother 130 … from the outside anyway
When I tell you about the differences, it is in the details.
Duty Cycles Compared
The Hobart 130 has a duty cycle of 20% at 85 Amps and the Hobart 140 has a duty cycle 20% at 90 Amps.
It seems like a small difference however this difference affects how each welder is able to perform.
Duty Cycle explained:
The 20% figure represents how long you are able to weld over a ten minute period. 20% tells you that you can weld for two minutes continuously before you have to stop.
Both welders are rated at 20% so you will have the same two minutes from each.
The at number followed by Amperage tells you how hot the welder is able to go.
Going over the duty cycle will trigger the over temperature switch to stop you from damaging your welder.
With both welders, should you trigger the over temperature light, 15 minutes must be waited to cool each welder before welding again.
Take a look at the Hobart Handler 140 on Amazon
Welding Voltage Side by Side
The welding voltage range of the Hobart 130 is 30 Amps to a maximum of 130 Amp and the Hobart 140 is 25 Amp to 140 Amp. You have a wider range of welding output with the Hobart 140.
Which means you can weld a wider range of metal gauges.
Each of the Hobart Handlers is sold with tapped voltage dials.
The Hobart 130 has four positions. The 140 has five to reflect its greater capability and better welding granularity.
What does this mean, well if you are welding thin gauge steel say a car body panel you can go lower on the Hobart 140 so have less risk of blowing through the metal that you are welding.
The opposite of this is at the top end when you are welding thicker metal you can go to a higher Amperage on the 140 and get better penetration for your weld and so a stronger weld.
I’ll take a moment to explain what is meant by a tapped dial.
The dial moves with a click to each position. Some welders have a infinite range dial so give you greater control of your welding Amperage.
The more experienced will like the greater control of an infinite dial, beginners will find the tapped dials more helpful as they are distinct settings.
The dial on the Hobart 130 is usefully marked suggesting the gauge of metal for each setting,
However be prepared to do your own testing as it wouldn’t be unusual to find each welder runs hot or cool for your particular situation.
See where the Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder appears on the Best MIG’s for Beginners chart
Wire Feel control Contrasted
On the two the wire feed dial is infinitely variable, and goes from zero to 100 on the dial.
The Hobart 130 wire feed speed ranges from 0 to 415 inches per minute compared to the Handler 140’s 40 to 700 inches per minute. The greater wire feed speed on the Hobart 140 reflects the wider range of welding it is able to do and the fine tuning of wire feed speed assists.
Hobart 130 EZ-Mode
This mode is only available on the Hobart 130 and is selected on the wire feed control. When EZ-Mode is set a LED light is lit.
The voltage control is then used to select the material thickness you are welding.
Then when you weld it is the only thing you need to set.
The Hobart 130 automatically feeds the welding wire out at the speed that’s needed.
Note that this mode is only available for flux core wire welding only.
If you are mainly going to weld with flux core and are attracted to this feature then this could mean the Hobart 130 is for you.
Take a look at the Hobart 130 on Amazon
Metal Thicknesses and Type Compared
Both the Hobart 130 and 140 will weld mild steel and stainless steel.
The difference between them can be seen in the thickness of metal that can be welded.
The 130 will weld 24 gauge to 3/16th of an inch metal (with flux core welding wire single pass).
The Hobart 140 will go up to 1/4 inch metal (either with flux core welding wire or solid wire and multiple passes).
Think about the type of welding you plan to do. Need to weld 1/4 inch and have the skill or are prepared to practice and learn beveling and multiple passes then the Hobart 140 is your welder.
Welding Parameters Chart
On each the welding parameters chart is on the inside of the door to the cabinet.
The chart advises on
- The type of metals you’re welding, steel or stainless steel
- The recommended voltage setting
- The recommended wire, flux core or solid wire
- Size of wire recommended
- Shielding gas mix and type
The guides give you a starting point for your welding. As you get to know the welder, no doubt you will adjust your settings to accommodate your individual welding.
YouTube Video Positioning Both Welders
This video from Hobart outlines where the Hobart 130 and 140 welders are positioned in the Hobart 130 line up of consumer welders.
Video Credit: Hobart Welding Products
Each welder is protected from prolonged use causing overheating. The over temperature light will come on and the welders will stop welding.
Leave your MIG gun to the side and wait the 15 minutes for your welder to cool down. Do not remove the power from the welder as they are fan cooled and the fan must run to cool the units down.
There is a reset button on the back to switch once you have waited the 15 minutes so you can start welding again.
Yes, both these welders will run on a normal household 3 pin powered socket with a good ground connection.
Both the Hobart 130 and the 140 are the same, needing 115V input voltage.
You can run each on a 20 Amp fused circuit though to run at their maximum a 30 Amp circuit would be recommended.
If you’re not able to do that in your home workshop or garage, then ensure your welder is the only device working and plugged into that circuit while you are welding.
That way you will have the maximum power available to your welder.
And yes you will notice the difference in your welds.
Side by Side – Welding Wires
The Hobart 130 will weld with
- 0.023″ to 0.030″ solid wire for mild or stainless steel
- 0.030″ to 0.035″ flux cored welding wire
The Hobart 140 will weld with
- 0.023″ to 0.035″ solid wire for mild or stainless steel
- 0.030″ to 0.035″ Flux Core Wire
You match the thickness of the wire to the metals you are welding. Whether you would choose one over the other would depend on what you plan to weld.
YouTube Video on the Hobart Handler 140
Hobart has a great YouTube video on the Handler 140 you can watch and listen to.
Hobart Handler 140 500559
Video Credit: Hobart Welding Products
Size of Spools
Both the Hobart 130 and the 140 can hold either 2 lb. or 10 lb. spools (4 inch or 8 inch spools).
However on the Hobart 130 you have to purchase the adaptor separately to accommodate the 8 inch spools.
On the Hobart 140 the spool hub supplied is capable of being adapted for either 4 inch or 8 inch spools.
Being able to use the large 8 inch spools comes with an advantage as large spools are cheaper per lb to buy, however
if you are only welding occasionally you risk rusting your wire if left in your welder and rendering it unusable.
Your choice maybe for smaller spools as you are only welding now and then.
Weld more often and the larger spools are a price advantage.
See where the Hobart 140 MIG welder appears on the Newbie Welders List
Cords to the MIG gun
The Hobart 130 has 8 feet of cable running up to the MIG gun the Hobart 140 10 feet.
This does make a difference when you are trying to get to an awkward corner or on an angle, the extra footage helps and makes the Hobart 140 much more capable.
Welding Aluminum Compared
Neither of these MIG welders is set up to weld Aluminum.
They don’t have any means for fitting a spool gun to them.
To weld Aluminum you really need a spool gun.
Some have claimed by putting in a Teflon Liner to the Hobart 140 and holding the MIG cable as level as possible you can feed Aluminum wire up the MIG cord.
And so do a small amount of Aluminum welding.
This takes skill, patience and still may not work.
Aluminum welding wire is soft and is easily crushed and tangled.
You could try, sure, but don’t be surprised if you give up in frustration.
I think here is where some of the difference in price can be seen.
Both are MIG welders, which means they can use solid wire and shielding gas for welding.
Being able to use solid wire and gas means fewer spatters as you weld and could give you prettier welds.
On the Hobart 130 although it has a built in gas valve this welder is not supplied with a gas hose or a regulator. This is seen as an option and those will need to be purchased separately.
The Hobart 140 in contrast is supplied with a quality dual gauge gas regulator ready for Argon/CO2 gas which is the most commonly used gas mixture for welding.
Only the Hobart 140 claims to be able to use 100% Carbon Dioxide gas.
Cylinders of 100% Carbon Dioxide are cheaper to buy than Argon/Carbon Dioxide and some welders prefer using it.
You will need to purchase a different gas regulator to use 100% Carbon Dioxide as the supplied gas regulator is not suitable for an Argon Carbon Dioxide mix.
Both Handlers will support Tri-Mix gas.
If you plan to use shielding gas and solid wire then you will need to factor in the cost of a hose and regulator onto the cost of the Hobart 130.
You’ll need to change polarity when switching from welding with flux core wire to welding with solid wire and gas.
The welders are both similar inside and it is an easy job to change welding polarity.
No differences here.
Who Makes the Hobart 130 and the 140?
They are both manufactured by the US company Hobart Welding Products. The company has made welders since 1917.
They are also designed in the US and it is worth noting that Hobart Welding Products was sold to ITW a few years ago.
ITW also bought Miller Electric Manufacturing co.
There is some speculation that the Hobart 130 is a reincarnation of the discontinued Miller 130. Whether this story is true or not there is no doubt that the two companies share technologies and common parts for their welders. Hobart Welding Products are a well respected manufacturer of welders and has been for a number of years.
Users Feed Back
Hobart has a great reputation and that is seen in their positive user feedback.
Largely both MIG have great feed back.
More Hobart 140s have been sold and this is illustrated in the higher number of reviews.
Don’t let that put you off, the reviews are very positive for the Hobart 130.
You can check the feedback on the sales pages.
I’ve provided links below.
Check Feedback for the Hobart 130 here.
Check Feedback for the Hobart 140 here.
Scroll down to the bottom of each sales page, click on the star review rating you wish to look at and select most recent from the drop down button to view the latest feedback.
Hobart MIG Welder’s Manuals
Each manual is comprehensive and clear and makes it easy for the new owner to get up and running.
Click on the text to find and download your pdf copy of the manual for each welder.
In both the manuals you’ll find a copy of the welding parameters chart that will describe the metal thicknesses and settings and size of wire recommended. Extremely convenient if you should ruin the copy of the welding parameters chart printed on the inside of each welder’s cabinet door.
What’s in the boxes when you get your Welder?
In each the MIG welders
- Sample size of Flux Core Wire in each MIG box
- 2 x 0.030 inch contact tips in each MIG box.
- Owners Manual and set up guides
8 foot cable to the welding gun and a 8 foot ground cable with heavy duty ground clamp in the Hobart 130 box
10 foot cable to the welding gun and 10 foot ground cable with heavy duty ground clamp in the Hobart 140 box
In addition in the Hobart 140 box there is
- a spool adaptor for 8 inch spools
- Dual gas gauge regulator and gas hose
- Material thickness gauge in the Hobart 140 box
Are they Portable?
Yes they are both in the portable class of welder. The Hobart 130’s weight is 50.5 lbs
The Hobart 140 weighs 57 lbs.
The dimensions are;
Hobart Handler 130: 16.8 inches High x 9.8 inch Wide x 12.1 inch Long
Hobart Handler 140: 12 inches High x 11 inch Wide x 19.5 inch Long
They both are substantial weights and I would suggest you buy or make your own welding cart to move these babies around.
That way should you want to MIG weld with a cylinder of gas you can accommodate that on your weld cart as well.
Hobart Warranties Compared
Both Hobart’s has the famous 5/3/1 warranty.
5 years on the transformer, 3 years on the electronics, 1 year on the welding gun.
No difference to be seen here.
And there you have it. The Hobart 130 vs 140. The greater welding Amp range, metal thicknesses and MIG accessories show in the price of the Hobart 140
If you have no need for any of that then the Hobart 130 should be your choice.
I wish you well with your welding.
I have a fuller review of the Hobart Handler 130. Please feel free to go over and take a look.
I also have a fuller review specifically of the Hobart Handler 140 MIG. Please go ahead and take a look.