Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140, Can’t Choose? Read This …

By Ben Norton / October 4, 2018
Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140

I put head to head the two most often compared MIG welders in their class - The ​Hobart Handler 140​ MIG welder and the ​Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140​. I attempt to answer the questions

  • Which one has the edge?
  • Can I help you make your choice between one or the other?
  • Is it going to be any good for what you want to do?

How well will I get on with answering your questions? Read on ... Let's see in this head to head who comes out the winner.


​Pros

  • ​Easy to use and set up for a beginner or the more experienced to weld.
  • ​The pair are from US companies with solid reputations and each of these welders have done well for the users that have bought them.
  • ​Good manuals and lots of resources on YouTube to help you get started.
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    ​​Equally portable, with the Lincoln Electric being a little lighter in weight.

Cons

  • ​​Light to medium welding tasks only, but if that is what you want in your welder then this doesn't really count as a negative against either welder.

Overall Verdict

Of course it's going to some down to your own preference as there is very little to tip the balance either way.

Both are good looking welders that will do a job for you. For me the Hobart Handler 140 has the edge, the five stepped welding output control makes it just that more flexible as does the slightly wider output range on welding. And it's got the stronger warranty.


​Hobart  140

Hobart Handler 140

But if you are Aluminum welding then you really should go for the Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140.


​At a Glance Comparison Chart
Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140

Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder
​Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140 MIG Welder

Duty Cycle

20% at 90 Amp

20% at 90 Amp

Amp Output Range

25 to 140 Amp

​30 to 140 amp

Flux Core Wire and Shielding Gas

Yes

Yes

Weld Aluminum?

Yes - Possibly light occasional use

Yes - with optional spool gun

​Max Steel Gauge

​24 Gauge to 1/4 inch, 5/16 ths with multiple passes

​24 Gauge to 1/4 inch, 5/16 ths with multiple passes

Gas Regulator

Yes

Yes

Warranty

​5/3/1 - 5 yrs on Transformer, 3 yrs on Electronics, 1 yr on Welding Gun

​3 years on MIG, 1 year on Gas Regulator, 90 days on Welding Gun

The Difference between Lincoln 140 welders

A quick heads up in case you are wondering what I am comparing the Hobart too.

The Lincoln 140 is marketed and sold in many guises. The same welder is known by a few names.

  • ​MIG Pak 140 
  • Pro MIG 140
  • Easy MIG 140
  • Weld Pak 140 HD

They are all one and the same and clever marketing between Lincoln Electric and their many distributors.

So if you are looking for say, the Lincoln Easy MIG 140 vs Hobart Handler 140 or even the Hobart Handler 140 vs Lincoln Pro MIG 140 don't worry you are in the right place just read on.

 If you would like to find out more specific detail on the Lincoln 140 do take a look at my Lincoln 140 MIG welder reviews 'Lincoln Weld Pak 140, the Cheat Sheet'

​Lincoln Electric 140

Lincoln Electric 140

Hobart 130 vs 140?

I know, Google sent you here for that review.

 And I do indeed have a document focused on the difference between the two, the Hobart 130 vs 140.  Do pop on over to take a look that article, where I compare the two.

What Can the Hobart 140 MIG do versus the Lincoln 140?

Equally the welders are aimed at the light to medium duty end of the market, and are for repairs around the home or yard, light to medium farm repairs or car repairs or for those professional welders who want a nice easy portable welder.

​Hobart vs Lincoln Flux Core Wire

​Both the Hobart 140 and the Lincoln Electric 140 can weld with flux core wire.

Ideal for a beginner who may want to start off welding with flux core wire and then move up to using solid wire and shielding gas later.

Lincoln vs Hobart Solid Wire

Yes.  Making them each just as flexible.

When you're ready, use solid wire with shielding gas.

The two welders are designed with the beginner in mind and are equally easy to set up and use.

Skilled welders who want a portable welder that they can depend on will also love these welders because they are very capable can do a good job for them.

Welding Output Range and Max Steel Gauge

​The Hobart has an output range of 25 to 140 Amp and is suitable for welding mild steel sizes from 24 gauge up 1/4 inch.

The Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140 output ranges from 30 to 140 Amp and is also able to weld mild steel from 24 gauge to 1/4 inch.

Both welders are more challenged when when you reach 1/4 inch steel, needing multiple weld passes. And bevelling and several passes with 5/16ths also should you want to weld that size.

Are you a skilled welder?

Then beveling and more weld passes will be no issue.

Not so much … practice makes perfect.

​See where the Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder appears on the Best MIGs for Beginners Chart

Features of the Hobart Handler 140 vs the Lincoln 140

​The Hobart and the Lincoln are extremely well designed with comparable looking front panels.

The power switch, output voltage control and variable wire feed control are on the front. There is a light on each one that comes on should the welders overheat through exceeding their duty cycle.

Hobart 140 Aluminum Drive Roll System

Hobart 140 Aluminum Drive Roll System

​Inside each cabinet is a quality Aluminum drive system that is robust and built to last.

Lincoln 140 Drive Roll System

Lincoln 140 Drive Roll System

​Welding charts are inside each cabinet door to tell you where to start so you can get your welding right.

Head to head they are very similar and you'll see it's going to be in the details where we can tell them apart.

YouTube Video on The Hobart Handler 140

Hobart has a great YouTube video describing the Handler 140 take a look.

​Video Credit: Hobart Welding Products

​In Depth look at their Duty Cycles?

Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140 both have duty cycles of 20% at 90 Amps. Which is pretty good for welders at this end of the market.

This means that at a 90 Amp setting you will be able to weld for two straight minutes before you must rest the welder for eight minutes.

On the Hobart should you exceed the duty cycle the trip switch to prevent over heating cuts in. You must leave the welder 15 minutes so it is able to cool down before you can start welding again or risk damaging your welder.

For the Lincoln Electric the thermostatic protection automatically resets when the welder is cool enough.

The Lincoln Electric manual states that the thermostatic protection resets when the welder returns to a 'reasonable operating temperature' although unhelpfully it doesn't say how long that will take.

I imagine it would depend on the temperature of the environment you are working in.

On this the two MIG's differ.

Output and Voltage Compared

​The Hobart Handler has a tapped dial that you use to set the output settings. The dial has five positions. The term tapped means that the dial moves with a click to each position one through to five.

Hobart Handler 140 Front Controls

Hobart Handler 140 Front Controls

​The Lincoln Electric Weld Pak also has a tapped dial that moves A through to D four tapped settings.

Lincoln 140 Front Controls

Lincoln 140 Front Controls

With similar output ranges for each machine, the Hobart just had the edge and is more flexible.

On either, there is no half settings - it is not possible to have a half setting on a tapped dial - for example two and a half or B and a half. For some, particularly beginners this makes the welders easy to use. The experienced welder who wants to play more with the settings may find this a nuisance.

Lincoln 140 vs Hobart 140 wire feed control

On the two the wire feed dial is infinitely variable, and goes from one to ten on the dial. Flexibility on fine tuning your welding is through playing with the wire feed settings.

​Welding Guide

On both welders there is a welding guide on the inside of the door to the cabinet.

The guides give details on the materials to be welded. The guide on the Hobart details and shows the polarity needed - flux core versus solid wire and shielding gas.

Hobart Cabinet Welding Guide Chart

Hobart Cabinet Welding Guide Chart

Each guide details settings for whether you are using flux-core or solid wire and shielding gas and the settings for the gauge of metal you are welding.

The guides tell you what settings to dial up on the output voltage dial and the suggested wire speed setting.

This makes it easier for beginners and skilled alike to get started.

I think with either MIG welder you'll want to do your own practice sessions on the materials your welding to find the right setting for you.

You may find the welders run hotter or colder than the settings for your particular situation.

Thermostatic Protection

Each welder comes with thermostatic protection just in case you exceed the duty cycle while you are welding.

Why is that important? You'll not want a melt down of the internals of your welder through over heating.

Each has a light that comes on and fans that will run to cool the units down. The Hobart 140 has a reset button you have to switch to reset the thermostatic protection, the Lincoln 140 does this automatically, however on the Hobart you have to wait at least fifteen minutes before starting welding again.

You'll find the same on the Lincoln Electric but as it resets itself automatically this could be variable depending on where you are using it and the ambient temperature.

​MIGs on Household Power?

Hobart vs the Lincoln MIG welder - the two MIG welders use normal household 120V, 3 pin power and plug socket. The Hobart Handler wants 115V input voltage, the Lincoln Weld Pack 110V.

The pair need sockets that are on a 20 Amp fused circuit with a good earth as a minimum.

Though I would strongly suggest for both you get your local electrician to pay you a visit …

You could offer beers ...

and have a 30 Amp fused circuit put in.

Particularly if you want to run these welders at their maximum welding output. In addition make sure there is nothing else plugged in and running on the circuit your welder is plugged into, as that will take power away from your welder.

You'll want to make sure you get the maximum output power you are able to for your welding projects and produce those shiny impressive welds.

Lincoln Electric 140 YouTube Video

​Lincoln Electric has a YouTube video introducing the Weld Pak 140. Why not take a peak?

​Video Credit: Lincoln Electrictv

How do the Welding Wires they use Compare?

The Hobart 140 uses:

  • 0.023" to 0.035" solid wire for mild or stainless steel

​The Lincoln 140 uses:

  • 0.025" to 0.035" solid wire for mild or stainless steel

Either will use 0.030" to 0.035" Flux Core Wire.

​Or 0.030 inch solid Aluminum wire.

- On the Lincoln Electric you will need the optional spool gun to weld Aluminum.

- On the Hobart 140 MIG may get away with doing light Aluminum welding jobs.

The Hobart would be tricky to set up, needing Teflon liners and the like, difficult but just possible.

Spool gun for Hobart 140?

Unfortunately, there is no spool gun option on the Hobart 140 MIG.

If you are interested in welding Aluminum, using a spool gun on the Lincoln 140 though more expensive -  is going to be easier and produce better welding results.

The Lincoln Electric comes supplied with three 0.025" and three 0.035" contact tips. The Hobart Handler is supplied with two 0.030 contact tips only.

The Hobart and the Lincoln can take either 2 lb. or 10 lb. spools (4 inch or 8 inch spools) and have adaptors that enable you to switch between the different sized spools.

So you have the convenience of being able to use the larger spool sizes should you wish.

​​See where the Hobart 140 MIG welder appears on the Newbie Welders List

Wire Feed Speed Compared

The wire speed rates on the two MIGs are infinitely variable. On the Hobart the speed range is 40 to 700 inches per minute. On the Lincoln 140 the speed range is 50 to 500 inches per minute.

So there are some differences in the size of wires you can use and speed of wire feed. Depending on the projects you have in mind this may well steer you toward one welder or the other.

Hobart Handler 140 Aluminum Welding Compared to Lincoln 140

Both the Hobart 140 and Lincoln 140 claim they can weld Aluminum so what does that mean in reality?

Welding Aluminum with Hobart 140

The Hobart 140 Aluminum spool gun?

Nope there is no such thing, this means attempting to weld Aluminum on the Hobart 140 will take skill setting up.

Even with putting in a Teflon Liner and holding the MIG cable as level as possible, feeding soft Aluminum wire up 10 foot of cable to the gun may be too difficult for all but the very skilled. Even for small amounts of Aluminum welding.

I suggest you forgo what the promotional material for the Hobart 140 says and save yourself hours of frustration. For Aluminum welding move up to a larger MIG in the Hobart range - one with a spool gun.

Lincoln 140 HD and Welding Aluminum

The Lincoln 140 does have a spool gun. Yes it is an extra cost but this does make the Lincoln much more capable of Aluminum welding.

You will be able to weld Aluminum from 22 gauge to 10 gauge.

​What Shielding Gas Can I use?

Each of the MIG welders are supplied with a quality dual gauge gas regulators for Argon/CO2 gas.

The pair will use the standard Argon 75%/Carbon Dioxide 25% mix. And will use 100% Argon gas or 100% Carbon Dioxide gas. Though you will need to purchase a different gas regulator for Carbon Dioxide as the gas regulators supplied are for Argon Carbon Dioxide mix only.

The Hobart Handler also supports Tri-Mix and so is more capable in this respect and means that you can weld a wider range of materials.

Changing Polarity from Flux Core Welding to Solid Wire and Shielding Gas

​The pair has easy screw in terminals for changing the welding gun polarity from Flux Core wire welding to using solid wire with shielding gas making the change super easy to do for beginners.

Lincoln vs Hobart The Manuals

Each Manual is comprehensive and clear and make it easy for the new owner to get up and running.

I've provided a link to each here. The Hobart Handler 140 and the Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 140.

I think the Hobart Handler manual has the edge as you also get a hard copy of the welding chart that is printed on the inside of the cabinet door. Useful if you damage your copy on the door or want to do some research away from the MIG welder.

What do Users think?

Users of both MIG's seem to love them and have very good things to say about the welders. Emphasising that they are both good welders with excellent reputations. Take a look at what the reviewers on Amazon have written.

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.

What is in the boxes?

Of course you get the MIG welders

  • Sample size of Flux Core Wire. In the Lincoln Electric box you also get a sample size of solid steel wire
  • The pair has spool adaptors for 8 inch spools
  • 2 x 0.030 inch contact tips in the Hobart box. In the Lincoln Electric box you get 3 x 0.025 inch and 3 x 0.035 inch contact tips
  • 10 foot cable to the welding gun and 10 foot ground cable and heavy duty ground clamp on each
  • Dual gas gauge regulator on each, equally of excellent quality
  • Gas hoses

Material thickness gauge in the Hobart 140 box.

In the Lincoln Electric there is a printed gauge as part of the welding guide on the inside of the cabinet door. Not that easy to use if you are not able to hold your material up to the gauge to judge its thickness.

Owners Manual and set up guides. In the Lincoln Electric box there is a DVD with the manuals in it and a how to weld video.

Which is Easier to Set Up?

​They both set up and use in about the same way, easy and straight forward. I wouldn't put one over the other in terms of set up and use.

​Lincoln 140 vs Hobart 140 Size and Weight Compared

The real question behind comparing their sizes is to find out whether they are portable.

Yes certainly portable.

Lincoln Weld Pak
​Hobart Handler 140

​50 lbs

​57 lbs

The Hobart weighs 57 lbs. and the Lincoln Electric is lighter at 50 lbs.

Their dimensions are;

Lincoln Weld Pak
​Hobart Handler 140

13.7 inches High x 10.15 inch Wide x 17.9 inch Long

​12 inches High x 11 inch Wide x 19.5 inch Long

​For either I'd say your going to need carts to conveniently move them around particularly if you are MIG welding and you need to move a cylinder of gas too.

Who Makes the Hobart 140 vs the Lincoln 140?

Both MIG welders are from US companies that have been around in the MIG welder space for a long time. Hobart Welding Products started in 1917 and Lincoln Electric in 1895. The Hobart 140 is designed and manufactured in the US by Hobart Welding Products, who is now owned by ITW who also owns Miller Electric Mfg Co. The Lincoln Electric 140 is designed in the US and manufactured elsewhere.

The two companies have solid reputations and so have their MIGs.

Hobart vs Lincoln 140 MIG Welders the Warranties Compared

The Hobart 140 comes with the famous 5/3/1 warranty. 5 years on the transformer, 3 years on the electronics, 1 year on the welding gun.

The Lincoln 140 comes with 3 years on the MIG. 1 year on the gas regulator, 90 days on the welding gun. You can buy the option to extend your warranty by an additional two years on the Lincoln 140.

For me the Hobart has the edge in terms of the warranty offered.

Last Words

Thank you for reading my article "Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140 Can't Choose? Read This".

I hope I have helped you make your decision and decide which out of the two is best for you.

If you would like more a more in depth look at either welder check out my individual reviews.

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Kent C. - July 13, 2018

I bought the Lincoln Electric Weld-pak 140 about 6 months ago and am very happy with it. It welds fine. My only gripe so far is that it would be really helpful if Lincoln Electric (or Hobart for that matter) would actually show voltages and inches per minute on the settings dials, instead of an arbitrary scale (e.g. for LE 140: A – E, 1 – 10). Every welding lesson or tutorial or lesson that I have seen will usually provide set up info., that will include instructions such as “set your voltage at 18 volts, and your wire feed speed at about 180 inches per minute.” It seems to me that it would make much more sense for a manufacturer to label the welder controls with actual values rather than an arbitrary letter or number that is not related to actual feed speed or voltage.
Just my two cents.

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Ben Norton - July 15, 2018

I completely agree. It would make life so much easier for a beginner or someone new to the welder. I guess the manufacturers may be saving themselves some criticism, as then the A to E settings would have to conform to specific voltage settings and the manufacturing specs of their welders would need to be much tighter.

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