If you picked up one of Hobart’s portable “Handler” series welders a while back to try some projects of your own, you might want to consider protecting it with a custom-fitted cover. Sawdust, bugs, and shop grunge don’t make for a well-functioning welder.
We wont kid you: the Hobart in our long-term test fleet here at TM isn’t covered and it’s doing ok. But if we owned one personally, we’d totally cover it — if just to keep from having to wipe it off every week or so. Another great reason to pick one up is that it includes a side pocket to store the torch and ground clip so they’re not flopping around when you carry it.
It fits all the handler models and sells for around $45.