Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Wire Welder Review


Are you looking for a compact wired-feed MIG welder? If the answer to this question is yes, Hobart Handler 140 is a product that you should know. It is a great value for money thanks its durability and performance. It is an example of excellent workmanship for which the product is known for. It can be used to weld a number of metals including aluminum, steel, stainless and even thin gauge steel of about 1/4inch. The product delivers industrial performance thanks to its industrial cast aluminum drive system as well as heavy duty work clamp. Whether you are a do-it-your hobbyist or a professional, you will be able to utilize this product for welding on different environment. You will be able to do household repairs with it and even weld on auto body. You can also accomplish heavier farm projects which requires higher power to be accomplished. Given its impressive versatility and multiple functionality, it is a good product for welders that want to kill several birds with one stone.

Before you think that this product has got it all and it is what you have been looking for, it will be good that you first of all understand its features. This product is packed with lots of upgraded features which together enhance the performance and functionality of the unit. Here are some of the important features of the product that you should know.

Features and description

Handler 140 is available in a compact design to make it possible for people that have limited space in their workspace to use. It is created to run on 115V AC household power. With this type of current, you will be able to weld gauge steel up to 1/4in. The product is designed in such a way that users will find it easy to use the product and its functions. Its control panel is located at the front so that you will be able to see all the controls and use them as you want during welding. You will be able to make all necessary adjustments you want for optimal use of the machine.

This Hobart MIG welder has a dimension of 19 L x 11 W x 13 H inches and it weighs 65.3 pounds. With this dimension and weight, you will not have any problem in going to work with the welding machine. Wherever you need the machine, whether you want to work in your home’s garden or in a construction site, the product will follow you. If the nature of your work demands that you move the welder from one position to another during work, you can do that without requiring any person’s help. One person can work with the machine thanks to its lightweight and compact size. Besides, its compact size is also great for storage. If you lack storage space or your work space is not large enough, this product will meet your requirements as it will not occupy much of the space in your storage.

Hobart 140 is a versatile machine. It features adjustable settings from where you will be able to choose the function you want. It comes with a 5-position voltage control selector from where you will be able to choose the right setting for the type of work that you will want to perform. If you are welding, you don’t have to slow down in order to change the sizes of your wire. The product comes with a quick-release drive roll system which is included in order to enhance and quicken the changing of wires. You don’t need to go through the manual in order to discover the right original welding setting. The product comes with a door chart that you can refer to when you want to get thickness setting as well as the  right gas, material, wire and others. If you are a novice, this feature should be your reference point. It can also be useful to professionals.

The welder comes with a cabinet which has a storage apartment. The storage compartment plays important role. First, it helps you to conserve storage space because rather than keeping your spare parts in other spaces, you can keep them in the compartment. In this way, you will be able to free up some space in your workspace. Secondly, it allows you easy access to your spare parts and accessories. If you need the nozzles, spare contact tips and drive rolls, they are at a stone throw away from you.

This product is strongly made to deliver impressive durability and performance to the users. In the first instance, it is a US made welder produced under strict quality control. Secondly, it is made with the best materials. So, given the excellent workmanship put into its construction and the quality of materials used in constructing it, you will use the product for many years. It is a good value for money. Besides, you are covered with a 5 year warranty on some important parts of the products which include the stators, rectifiers, reactors, transformers, rotors, brushes, stabilizers and others. There are some other parts that are covered with three years warranty. The parts that are covered with a three year warranty are PC boards, solenoid, 1-year on plasma torches, running gear, field options, spoolguns, regulator, MIG guns, relays, triggers and accessories. Parts that normally wear out such as plasma torch tips, gas, nozzles, electrodes, contact tips, drive rolls, gas diffusers and weld cables do not have any warranty.

The unit is also safe to use. The designers considers the safety of the users. The unit is protected when it is used on the toughest applications thanks to the safety thermal overload system that automatically resets itself. Another feature of the product that makes for safety is the self-resetting motor protection which removes the need for resetting of circuit breaker buttons and changing of fuses by guiding against wire feed overload.

What are included in the package

  • MIG gun (1) 10ft
  • Handler 140 MIG welder (1) 10ft
  • Power cord
  • 3-groove drive roll
  • Sample spool of flux core wire
  • Dual-gauge
  • Spool hub assembly
  • Dual-gauge


  • Easy to use
  • Covered with many years of warranty
  • Available in a compact and lightweight design which makes for easy storage and usage
  • Easy to set up the machine for use
  • A versatile welder


  • The voltage is small and thus it may not do big projects


This Hobart welding machine is designed to meet the needs of do-it-yourself hobbyist. It comes almost ready to use as it only requires little set up. You can feel the quality as soon as it is brought out of the box. It has impressive rating thanks to its impressive performance. If you want a product that will give you value for money, you may consider this welder. If you need more powerful machine, then you should check out our Hobart welders guide.