Most starter MIG rigs offer tapped voltage settings instead of continuous adjustment, both because it’s less expensive and because it simplifies things for beginner and intermediate welders. But while most units offer a five-tap system, Hobart’s new Handler 187 has seven settings, which gives you better control.
Hobart also says the 187’s improved inductor keeps a tighter reign on amperage, which in turn “smoothes out the arc” and improves metal flow.
The details: It weighs 68 lbs and has a welding output range of 25 to 185 amps. It operates on standard 230V/240V household power and accommodates a 4″ or 8″ wire spool. Its dual-groove drive roll takes .023 to .035 wire, which means no extra accessories for handling sheet metal vs. angle iron. The unit can utilize flux-core for gasless welding.
MSRP is $820, but we found units for as low as $650 via Froogle today. If you’re pricing this as a first-time buyer, remember that you’ll need gas and safety equipment — as well as possibly a stand.