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Old 05-30-2006, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best place to buy a welder

I am looking for a Hobart 135 mig welder, and was just wondering where the best/cheapest place to look is. I know there has been a few threads on here showing some decent online places to buy, I just cannot seem to find any of those threads.

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Old 05-30-2006, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The very first place I'd look is craigslist. http://www.craigslist.org/

Find a place near you on the right side of the page and check their classifieds. You might find something used the fits your needs. If that didn't work then I'm not sure. Northern Tool has free shipping on the Hobart 140 mig welder. That might work for you.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I went through CyberWeld a few years back for my Miller - best price I could find.
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cyberweld was the cheapest when I was welder shopping about a year ago. I gave the two local places a chance to match the price. One gave me an big additude, and the other said no problem.
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Northern Tool seems to have better prices than cyber weld now.
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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check out ebay for remanufactured Hobart stuff... Look for Tool King (he is also at toolking.com) I bought a reman'd HH180 for less than 500 shipped (like 480 or something). I'm way happy with it, and I felt like that was dirt cheap.
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I'd check around your local distributors first. They can be an untold amount of help in getting you set up and helping out after the sale.

Having said that, the closest place to me was such a bunch of a--holes to deal with that I dealt with CyberWeld and B&R out of Maryland for a long time with great results. Recently I found the local AirGas store (just slightly further than the other local place I had dealt with) has an excellent group of people. Whatever I would have saved by buying online has been more than tripled with advice, some freebies, and other things. They even gave me a call when the Hypertherm rep was in and he spent an hour with me showing me what I could do to improve my skills and tuning up an older machine for me.

So don't immediately write off the local guys. But if they're anything like the first place I dealt with, have no qualms to go online.
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I paid $551.87 shipped for a brand new Hobart 180 from a company call Indiana Oxygen Company on eBay. That was back in November of '04.

[edit] Just checked, and it seems the prices of the HH180s have gone up ~$100. Glad I got mine when I did [/edit]
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i got barnes welding supply to price match cyberweld on a mm210 and thermaldynamics cutmaster 51. now ive got local customer service if needed and a great price(i did have to pay tax though)
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Look At Tractor Supply They Have The 140 For 419.00 Cheapest I Found
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The 135 has been discontinued but I just picked up the 140 and am very happy with it. I tried to get it at my local Tractor Supply but they wouldn't honor the $419 price so I got it on ebay for around $430 shipped to my door.
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Old 05-30-2006, 07:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I got a refurbed Hobart 135 from Harbor Freight for $329. Can't beat that with a stick! That was about a year ago.
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Like many others have said, I would try locally first. I searched online for the lowest price I could find for my MM175 from a reputable online dealer and printed a copy of my shoipping cart with all the stuff I needed and brought it in to my local welding shops. One said no, other (was A&R Welding - Now AirGas..) was glad to do it and it was close to $90 less than what they were selling it for locally. The smart dealers should understand that you will need consumables and other tools/products down the road and you will be a long time customer if your treated right.
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Harbor Freight's newest ad shows them sell a remanufatured Hobart Handler 125 for $299. I am not familiar with hobart stuff but I havent heard of a 125 unit. Seems like a decent price though.
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check out ebay for remanufactured Hobart stuff... Look for Tool King (he is also at toolking.com) I bought a reman'd HH180 for less than 500 shipped (like 480 or something). I'm way happy with it, and I felt like that was dirt cheap.
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Harbor Freight's newest ad shows them sell a remanufatured Hobart Handler 125 for $299. I am not familiar with hobart stuff but I havent heard of a 125 unit. Seems like a decent price though.
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Couple that with one of their 10% or 20% off discount coupons and you've got yourself a damn fine deal.
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I went with Northern for my HH140. I couldn't risk going through ebay, though I'm sure lots of people have done so and fared well.
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just bought a hobart handler 140 3 days ago from tractor supply, bought it for 449.00 and it came with regulator and all. Not a refurb either, they sell them cheaper than hobart does. (Well to us anyway.) Also got a discount because it was a display model but 449.00 is what the reg price is. I wouldnt buy a welder form ebay but that is just me..
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Prices sure have gone up. My Hobart 175 from Cyberweld was in the $500 range last year. At that time, Cyberweld had the best prices for new welders.

Current price from Cyberweld.


Hobart Handler 180 MIG Welder
Mfg Industrial Price: $808.00
Cyberweld Price: $662.00

Hobart Handler 140 MIG Welder
Mfg Industrial Price: $599.00
Cyberweld Price: $495.00

Hobart Handler 125 MIG Welder (115 Volt)
Mfg Industrial Price: $537.00
Cyberweld Price: $445.00
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Hobart Handler 180 MIG Welder
Mfg Industrial Price: $808.00
Cyberweld Price: $662.00

Havn't purchased yet, but just looking around on line I've found this welder for $519 reconditioned.

Anyone who has a reconditioned unit have any problems?

Stay away or grab the deal?

Been using Millers and Lincoln's for years, but owned by the govt, time to purchase a welder for my self and on a budget, kinda leery about downgrading from the equipment I'm used to using, but $400 difference between the miller and hobart, I'm considering the hobart, wise or keep pinchin pennies?
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i got barnes welding supply to price match cyberweld on a mm210 and thermaldynamics cutmaster 51. now ive got local customer service if needed and a great price(i did have to pay tax though)
I bought my welder from those guys years ago.....awesome service!!
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Havn't purchased yet, but just looking around on line I've found this welder for $519 reconditioned.

Anyone who has a reconditioned unit have any problems?

Stay away or grab the deal?

Been using Millers and Lincoln's for years, but owned by the govt, time to purchase a welder for my self and on a budget, kinda leery about downgrading from the equipment I'm used to using, but $400 difference between the miller and hobart, I'm considering the hobart, wise or keep pinchin pennies?

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When I was looking around POR researching a welder I found on these forums that the difference between Miller and Hobart was the Hobart used some plastic pieces internally. I've heard good stuff about Hobart and Lincoln, but in the end I chose a Lincoln. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.
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