Hobart Handler 210 MVP Review
- Dual voltage (115v/230v) w/ MVP
- Infinite wire speed control
- Spool gun ready
- 7 voltage settings
- Cast aluminum drive system w/ quick select
- Accommodates 4′ and 8′ spools
- 10-ft MIG gun and work clamp
- Easy to setup and operate
- Simple controls
- Includes welding chart and thickness gauge
- Comes with spool of F/C wire
- Not very portable
- Aluminum spool gun sold separately
- Work clamp lead is a bit stiff
Dual voltage (115v/230v) w/ MVP
For the ultimate in versatility the Hobart Handler 210 MVP is capable of running off both 115 volts and 230 volts depending on the task at hand.
Generally the voltage outlets running through a standard household is between 110v – 120v so for doing some basic home repairs or light-duty welding around the house this machine is more than capable.
You’ll be able to use up to a maximum of 140 amps which give you enough power to weld 1/8-inch steel on a single pass.
Furthermore you’ll have a duty cycle of 20% at 90A, which is a bit low if you ask me but it’ll be sufficient for small household projects.
However, if you want to get the most out of your new welder and use all 210 amps you’ll need to install a special 230v outlet, which requires a bit of electrical know-how (if you don’t already have one).
Or better yet, get a professional to install one.
In that case you’ll have a duty cycle of 30% at 150A with enough juice to weld up to 3/8-inch steel on a single pass.
Additionally, Hobart make it’s incredibly easy to switch between the two voltage inputs.
Using a Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) all you need to do is attach the appropriate one to the power cable and plug it in.
The machine automatically detects which plug is being used and adjusts accordingly.
The controls on the Hobart Handler 210 MVP couldn’t be easier to understand and adjust. There are only three things you need to know: On/Off switch, wire speed control and voltage selection.
Infinite wire speed control
The infinite wire speed feed control lets you adjust the speed that the wire is being fed through the gun to your exact specifications.
The Hobart Handler 210 MVP allows you to easily adjust the speed required via a knob on the front control panel – which can be adjusted even while wearing gloves so you can get back to important stuff.
Wire speed, which is measured by inches per minute, is what is used to control the amperage, which in turn controls the amount of weld penetration.
Generally, the thicker the material the higher speed you want.
7 voltage settings
The seven voltage options for 230V and four for 115V offer the ultimate control of your weld.
This allows for improved arc performance with less spatter to give you an aesthetically pleasing bead with less clean up.
The voltage tends to be the most commonly adjusted setting when it comes to MIG welding so it’s imperative that the control is easily accessible.
Which is exactly what Hobart has done on the 210 MVP.
Smack dab in the middle of the control interface is a huge knob that can be easily adjusted even with gloves on.
The challenging part is figuring out the correct voltage settings as they differ based on a number of factors, including wire diameter, metal thickness and gas type.
Spool gun ready
If you weld aluminum on a regular basis, the Hobart Handler 210 MVP is the machine for you.
It’s equipped with spool gun circuitry so when you want to attach a spool gun all you have to do is flip a switch plug in the gun and you’re good to go – no extra kits required.
The recommended spool gun is the Hobart SpoolRunner 100 which, in addition to aluminum, can also weld mild and stainless steel.
The reason why a spool gun is used for aluminum is because without it, the soft aluminum wire can cause wire feeding problems – often called ‘bird-nesting’.
The wire gets bunched up in the gun and wont feed unless you untangle it.
As soon as you experience this a few times you’ll know how frustrating it can be.
With the SpoolRunner 100, that problem is eliminated allowing you to weld in peace.
Cast aluminum drive system w/ Quick select
The drive system is one of the most important pieces of any MIG welder but the robust system of the Hobart Handler 210 MVP is on a whole other level of convenience and reliability.
Heavy-Duty – Made from solid cast aluminum, the drive system on this unit is as good as it gets. It’s what drives the wire from the machine itself to the gun so the pieces are always moving and gets a lot of use. A rugged wire system is a necessity.
Quick select – The quick select feature makes it incredibly easy to change wire type and size without the use of tools. There are three groves for different sized wires – .024” and .030/.035” for solid wire and another for flux-cored wire.
Accommodates 4′ and 8′ spools
The spool hub assembly allows for both 4-inch and 8-inch wire spools, giving you a wider range of wire options.
10-ft MIG gun and work clamp
The Hobart H100S4-10 MIG gun is comfortable enough to weld for hours without your hand cramping up and its 10-ft lead gives you plenty of room to maneuver around without having to constantly move the welder around with you.
For added flexibility and to prevent premature cable wear the lead is equipped with a d-spring for each end – one for the gun and one for the welder attachment.
The included work clamp matches in length but leaves something to be desire in terms of quality.
Includes welding chart and thickness gauge
Since MIG welding is often the first type of welding people learn Hobart has included a quick reference guide on the inside of the Handler 210 MVP so you don’t accidentally set the wrong settings and zap your machine – or worse yet, yourself.
The guide explains how to set up the welder and shows you the optimal settings for the most common materials and thicknesses you’ll likely be welding.
Additionally they’ve included a thickness gauge so you can quickly measure the thickness of metal you’re working on – if you don’t already know.
Comes with spool of F/C wire
While it doesn’t come with a lot of wire it does include a sample spool of .030” flux-cored wire so you can get started welding as soon as it gets to your house.
Although I recommend getting some additional spools because you’re going to be having a lot of fun and will burn through the sample pretty quickly.
Not very portable
The Hobart Handler 210 MVP is based on the older transformer style of welders as opposed to the newer inverter types.
Which means it’s much heavier than some of the newer models out there.
On the plus side, it’s argued that transformer welders last a lot longer and I personally know people who’ve been using the same welders for decades.
If you plan on keeping your rig in one place then this might not even be a bad thing.
Aluminum spool gun sold separately
If you want to weld aluminum, this unit is great at it.
However (and they do a horrible job at making this clear) you need to buy the spool gun separately as it is NOT included.
So if you’re planning on buying this package for aluminum, keep that in mind.
Work clamp lead is a bit stiff
This may just be an issue with a particular production run but the work clamp cable seems a bit stiff and will likely be the first piece that needs replacement.
Maybe I’m a bit biased but I love Hobart and the Handler 210 MVP is no exception – it’s a phenomenal piece of machinery.
It performs like and has the high-quality standards of a Miller (because it’s made by them) at a fraction of the cost.
Featuring the highly regarded Multi-Voltage Plug and its capacity to weld not only solid and flux-cored wire but also aluminum using the SpoolRunner 100, this unit is one of the most versatile MIG welders on the market today.
Its rugged drive system and simple controls are just icing on the cake.
If you’re looking for a powerful welder that will last for decades to come, get yourself a Hobart Handler 210 MVP.
Specs and Features
Weight: 79 lbs
Size: L19.5″ x W10.5″ x H12.5″
Power Input: 115V/230V
Power Output: 210A
Duty Cycle: 30% @ 150A
Material Thickness: Up to 3/8″ steel
Warranty: 5 year