Both of these machines are capable 140A MIG Welders, affordable for beginners and casual users and are backed with impressive warranties from large companies.

We will be comparing each main aspect of these welders to give you an idea what to expect, in terms of performance from each machine. Bigger isn’t always better therefore this provides you a transparent and direct comparison, to find the best fit for you!

Hobart 140
  • 57lb/25.8KG
  • Duty Cycle: 20% @ 90A
  • 40-700 IPM
  • 24 ga. - 1/4"
  • Output Amperage: 30-140A
  • 3 Year Parts and Labour Warranty
  • 12.375 in x 10.625 in x 19.5 (315mm x 270mm x 495 mm)
per month$50
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Lincoln 140
  • 50lb/22.6KG
  • Duty Cycle: 20% @ 90A
  • 50-500 IPM
  • 24 ga. 3/16"
  • Output Amperage: 25-140A
  • 3 Year Parts and Labour Warranty
  • 13.7 in x 10.15 in x 17.9 in(357mm x 258mm x 472mm)

 

Weight

As inverter welders are significantly lighter than their transformer counterparts, more operators are becoming interested in the weight of their machinery. Portability of equipment has become more important to buyers, as one machine has the potential to fulfil all of a welders desired applications.

A products weight will depend on many factors such as build quality, output amperage, features and size. Depending on what you want from a machine, a heavier therefore less portable machine isn’t necessarily a bad choice. Some machines can weigh less than 10lb, however don’t expect to be welding inch thick steel.

Hobart Handler 140

Weighing 57lb/25.8KG, light enough to transport between job sites or working locations.

Lincoln 140

Weighing slightly less at 50lb/22.6KG, also transportable and easy to manoeuvre.

Winner: Lincoln weighing 2.9KG less than the Hobart counterpart.

 

Duty Cycle

Duty Cycle is the amount of time as a percentage, that a welder can produce the stated output (typically referencing a total period of 10 minutes). For example a 20% Duty Cycle @ 90A means 90A continuous output for 2 minutes, with 8 minutes cooling off.

The working section of the duty cycle will be lower, the closer to the maximum output amperage of the welder.

Duty Cycle is a good metric for comparison because a short duty cycle affects productivity, therefore giving you less arc time the more you demand from your equipment.

Hobart Handler 140

A duty cycle of 20% @ 90A, allowing you to weld for 2 minutes with up to 8 minutes of cooling.

Lincoln 140

This model is also the same, with 20% @ 90A duty cycle.

Winner: Tie!

 

Material Thickness

The range of thickness a material can join in one pass is a key point in buying a welder. There’s no point purchasing a welder that can’t join material you want to work with!

The lowest thickness is also important to note too. Although the upper limit of material thickness is important, being able to weld thinner sheets such as auto body panels without blowing holes though the material is also important.

In our comparison we will look at what each machine can weld in one pass, and whether one unit is unsuitable from their specification.

Hobart Handler 140

The handler 140 has a lower limit of 24 ga, and an upper limit of 1/4 Inch.

It can also weld thicker material with multiple passes, however for this comparison we will look at a single pass only.

Lincoln 140

On the other hand our Lincoln model can weld from 24 ga to 3/16 Inch thick material.

Winner: Hobart

 

Output Amperage Range

Output Amperage and Material Thickness go hand in hand, as more amperage allows you to weld a thicker piece of material.

The slight difference comes with the types of material you want to work with, for example steel will require a slightly higher amperage compared to aluminium despite both pieces of material being the same thickness.

By comparing the amperage range, you can see which materials you can work with.

Hobart Handler 140

Hobarts Handler 140 amperage range is between 30-140A,

Lincoln 140

Lincoln on the other hand state their models amperage range is between 25-140A.

Winner: Lincoln 140

 

Warranty

A brand confident in their products quality will have a long warranty, giving you confidence that it will be repaired if the worst happens.

Especially if you rely on your welding equipment to generate income, you don’t want to worry about your equipment’s ability to perform properly for the long term. Sometimes the cheaper option can become the most expensive!

Most equipment is covered by at least a years manufacturers warranty, assuming the equipment hasn’t suffered water damage and has been serviced by an approved service center.

Hobart Handler 140

3 Year warranty on the welder itself, accessories such as MIG Guns/Torches have a 1 year warranty (90 days if used industrially).

Lincoln 140

3 Year warranty on the welding equipment itself, a standard 90 days on torches and spool guns.

Winner: Tie!

 

Final Recount

Hobart Handler 140: 1/5 (2 Ties)

Lincoln 140: 2/5 (2 Ties)

 

Useful Links

Lincoln 140

Product Spec Sheet
Warranty Info
Lincoln 140 Manual

 

Hobart Handler 140

Product Info