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The last and only time Toolmonger covered a welding hammer was back in ’06. It seems like this is a tool most people don’t think about — but somebody at Hobart has been thinking about chipping hammers. It may not be a new idea, but they combined two commonly used welding tools — a chipping hammer and a wire brush — into one. Now you’ll have one less tool to hunt for.

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Let’s pretend for a minute that you are Hobart. You make fine welding equipment as well as some great safety gear-like gloves. For years you’ve watched other companies take multi-purpose gloves and make a killing. What do you do? Well, Hobart decided to enter the ring themselves with the mantra “more is more.” They’re now rocking three new sets of gloves including multi-use (Mechanics gloves). This is the newest multi-pack of Hobart gloves for around $23.

The pack contains two pairs of Welding Gloves and one pair of the Work/Multi-Use gloves. We don’t know much about them yet, but as soon as we can get a set in the shop we’ll start the torture testing all gloves seem to get around here. We’re excited to see how they hold up against other work gloves like Mechanix.

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Long-time Toolmonger and friend Joel Miller sent me some pictures and a link to a blog post about a project he took on to get familiar with his new Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder: a 55-gallon drum smoker. When I think “beginner w/inexpensive MIG rig makes drum smoker,” I envision a drum badly cut in half with some hinges metal-glued on, and maybe a coffee can smacked on the side.

Of course, Joel’s a little more together than that.

In fact, his smoker looks completely awesome — and better and more durable than most commercial models I’ve seen.

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Though you’ll hear lots of weekend warriors spouting the “you have to have a TIG rig to work aluminum or stainless,” that’s not entirely true. In fact, most commercial apps don’t go the TIG route for heavy assembly work: Just like with steel, MIG is faster and easier. Of course, you’ll need a separate feed for the aluminum or stainless wire. That’s where a spool gun comes into play.

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Hobart wants you to venture into TIG, and to help you along they’ve introduced a new model in their EZ line: the EZ-TIG 165i. Like Hobart’s other EZ models, the 165i features a single knob control, simplifying the learning process by combining some of the most common settings into easily-selected presets. Just select your metal type and thickness and you’re good to go.

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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.

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I dunno; it’s just something about seeing monster versions of standard kitchen tools that I find fascinating. Every so often, while channel surfing, I catch some show with people either using or making commercial or industrial sized things like mixers, and I think how neat it would be to have one of them. I don’t know what the heck I would do with it — except maybe make enough pizza dough for a year — but the idea still appeals. Part of it is that they somehow take me back to my early youth and watching Industry On Parade on Sundays.

This post was triggered by seeing a reference to the KitchenAid time line, and its note about the early (1908!) development of the stand mixer including being listed as “regular equipment” on all U.S. Navy ships by 1917.

Admit it — isn’t there a little voice in your head telling you how cool it would be to have a 140-quart floor mixer in the kitchen — or even the garage — to mix up a big batch of something?

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Hobart is reskinning their OpticArmor auto-darkening hoods to appeal to the off-roading crowd. The new welding hood provides the same protection as the rest of the OpticArmor line but now sports some sweet new graphics as well.

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We mentioned a while back that the Hobart Handler 210 was going to be available soon, and now it is. One the newest models in the Hobart line, it looks like a sweet unit.

The 210 plugs into a standard 230V outlet and delivers up to 210A of power, which will weld 3/8″ mild steel and up to 1/4″ thick aluminum. It sports a 30 percent duty cycle — which means for every 10 minute period, the welder can weld for three minutes of it without stopping to cool down. This may seem like a limitation at first, but it’s actually not bad if you’re on location. Plus, the 210 comes loaded with flux-core, so no bottles are needed straight out of the box.

At around $850, it’s more expensive than some of the other models in the line — but the extra MIG capabilities do set it apart.

Handler 210 [Hobart]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


For all those steer-raising, cow-punching folk that learned to weld in the FFA, Hobart has got your welding helmet — auto-darkening, metal flake blue, with FFA spirit literally scrawled all over it.

Hobart loads this special edition with all the sweet features of their regular auto-darkening helmet: solar-powered, auto-darkening, fixed-shade, #10 lens; two independent arc sensors; and a lithium battery. The down side that goes with the FFA emblem on the chin is the mammoth $120 price tag, which’ll put off almost anyone actually in the FFA.

FFA Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet [Hobart]
Street Pricing [Google Products]