Hobart Handler 140 Welder Review

hobart handler 140

Hobart Handler 140 

With MIG/Flux Core Welder

Welds up to 1/4 inch 

115 volts

The Hobart Handler 140 is a great welder for beginners. It has MIG and Flux core capabilities. This unit is easy to set up, and its user-friendly interface is an added feature for a new user. 

The Handler 140 is perfect for someone doing auto shop work, household repairs, or light industrial projects. 

Hobart has an excellent reputation in the welding industry. They have been making industrial welding systems since 1917. This unit is renowned for its versatility and flexibility. In our test, we've found that the unit is aimed at the light to medium welding jobs and perfect for repairs around the yard or home and car repairs. It is a solid welder.

  • Standard 115v power
  • Five-position voltage control
  • Quick Select drive roll
  • Decent Duty Cycle

The 20% duty cycle at 90 amps is undoubtedly quite decent for a MIG welder. It means at 90 amp setting you can weld continuously for 2 minutes with 8 minute interval.

  • Integrated Thermostatic Protection

Hobart calls this their self-resetting thermal overload protection. this unit will provide you with thermostatic protection. It means that if it exceeds the duty cycle, the thermostatic protection will trip and the unit will shut off to prevent the risk of damage to the machine.

  • Quick Select Drive Roll

The patented, exclusive dual-groove quick-change drive roll makes it easy to set up and quick for spool gun change. Thus, it is an easy to use welder for nonprofessional and definitely for professionals too.

  • 5-Position Voltage Control 

The unit comes with five-position voltage control that means you have the scope to choose different voltage control based on your necessary depth penetration. It helps you to achieve a good fit, smooth and stable arc for various welding thickness.

  • Dual Gauge Regulator 

This unit features a high-quality regulator with dual gauges for Argon/ Carbon Dioxide to show you where you're up to on your gas. It also supports Tri-Mix that makes it more capable in this respect. That means you can weld a wider range of materials.

Hobart Handler 140

  • Smooth wire speed adjuster
  • Quick and easy set-up
  • 5 setting voltage control
  • high quality gun and trigger has a good feel to it.
  • Ground clamps could be better quality
  • Power cord is a little short

What's Included

  • MIG gun including liner (10 ft.)
  • Gauge regulator
  • Clamp & work cable (10 ft.)
  • Power cord (10 ft.)
  • Extra contact tips ( 0.030)
  • Sample spool (.030 flux-cored wire)
  • Spool adapter (8-inch)
  • Owner manual
  • Set-up guide

Hobart Handler 140 Specifications

Safety / Unit Protection Features

Thermal Overload Protection


Voltage Control Settings

5-position tapped

Primary Specification

Product Dimensions

19 x 11 x 13 inches

Item Weight

65 pounds (unit only)

Item model number




Power Source

Corded electric

Power Specifications 

Duty cycle 

 20% at 90 amps

Input Voltage


Output Amperage

25 to 140 amps

Wire Feed Speed Range

40-700 IPM

Drive System 

Industrial cast aluminum wire

Work clamp

 200 amp heavy duty

Flux Core Wire and Shielding Gas


Performance Specifications

Process Type

Flux Core, MIG

Welding Capacity

24 gauge up to 1/4 inch mild steel

Weld Aluminum

Yes- Possibly light occasional use

Weld Thickness

24 ga. – 1/4 inch.

FAQs About Hobart Handler 140   

Q. Does Hobart 140 work on 18 gauge steel with flux core?

A. Yes. You will get the great result to weld 18 gauge steel using flux core. You have to adjust the heat to weld and have to work in steps to avoid overheating the metal and burning through.

Q. Does the unit reverse the polarity?

A. Yes, this unit is able to run solid wire or flux core while employing the gas option and it's easy to set up.

Q. Does the unit offer a spool gun option?

A. Unfortunately, there is no spool gun option for this unit.


A well known brand coupled with it's stream lined design makes the Hobart Handler 140 a great addition to your work shop. It is definitely priced at the premium end but quality tools usually are.

Ronald Wilson

I’m Ronald, Specialist engaged in the manufacture of fabricated metal products. I’ve been involved in the fabrication industry since 1998. To continue my love in welding and to share my experience I've formed a research team and have created this website for our valuable customers.

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