If you want to know how the welding supply industry is reacting to the cordless market, take a gander at the Trek 180 battery-powered MIG Welder. It’s awesomeness in a 52-lb. box.
We’re not saying this is meant to replace a larger shop model, and neither is Hobart. What the Trek 180 is designed to do is take care of small jobs when you are away from anything resembling civilization. The rig can run off its own 120 amp 17VDC battery or from an 115V power outlet with a 20 percent duty cycle.
It doesn’t sound like a lot until you are miles from nowhere with a busted-ass whatever you need to take care of on the spot. Then the little Trek 180 looks awfully powerful. Of course, this assumes you have a burning need to shell $1400 for this convenience. Then again we have met some off-road guys that would be all over this.