A US based welder manufacturer, established since 1917. Now owned by Miller Electric, they offer an extensive range of welders, cutting equipment and safety gear.
The two products in our comparison is the Hander 190, a MIG welder capable of delivering up to 190A output using 230V. The 210 MVP is our second unit we will be comparing, allowing the user to use 115V or 230V input voltage, and delivers a slightly higher 210A output amperage.
But which is the best purchase for you?
Breaking it down
In our comparison we will compare both models by their specification and experience using each model. We will compare the main factors that influence a decision when buying a piece of equipment, and how this will affect your applications with each model.
Bigger isn’t always better therefore this provides you a transparent and direct comparison, to find the best fit for you!
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 their capability will be less than a heavier machine.
This model weighs 68lb/30.8KG, feasible to transport between jobs however might be difficult to carry. Would be easier to move with a cart if you have difficulties lifting heavy equipment.
This unit weighs 79lb/35.8KG, also transportable however not classed as lightweight. Would be easier to manoeuvre with a cart.
Winner: Handler 190
Duty Cycle is the amount of time as a percentage, that a welder can produce the stated amperage (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.
Has a duty cycle of 30% @ 130A, allowing you to weld for 3 minutes with 7 minutes of cooling.
The Multimatic has a 230V: 30% @ 150A (220V Input voltage), and 20% @ 90A (115V Input Voltage).
Winner: Handler 190. Despite having only compatibility for 115V, it features a duty cycle of 30% @ 130A.
The 210MVP only has a duty cycle of 12.5% @ 130A (on 115V Input Voltage). It can however provide a duty cycle of 35% @ 130A (220V Input Voltage).
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.
The handler 190 has a lower limit of 24 ga, and an upper limit of 5/16” Inch when working with steel.
It can also weld thicker material with multiple passes, however for this comparison we will look at a single pass only.
The 210MVP can weld from 24 ga. to 3/8” Steel. This is due to its higher output amperage, as it’s compatible with 230V input voltage.
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 machine is more suitable to your desired work material.
With a range between 25 and 190A, the Handler 190 is a well specified MIG welder, suitable for beginner to intermediate welders.
Our second model can produce between 25-140A on 115V Input Voltage, and 25-210A using 230V.
Winner: Handler 210.
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!
A 5/3/1 warranty is standard on all of their purchased products, this covers various different types of equipment. For example all welders are covered for 3 years, however inverters are covered for 5.
MIG Guns are only covered for 1 year, and if used in an industrial application this is reduced to 90 days.
For more information you can see their warranty information here. https://www.hobartwelders.com/support/warranty
Handler 190: 0/5 (3 Ties)
210MVP: 3/6 (3 Ties)