Millermatic 211, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 and Hobart Handler 210 are three very powerful multi-voltage plug MIG welders with additional Flux-cored welding capability. Even if all of it comes in the same category, there are certain attributes of each welder that differentiate them from each other. Knowing the differences not only makes your welder selection task easy, but also helps you better understand the various types of welders. Now, let’s determine and compare the welders based on each aspect.
Output power of Millermatic 211 ranges from 30A to 230A, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 has 20A to 220A power output range and Hobart Handler 210 offers 25A to 210 outputs. All the three welders have almost the same output rating, with minimal differences.
When these MIG welders are compared based on the power output offered by each, we can conclude that Millermatic 211 is most powerful among the three as it has the highest output rating. Hobart handler is least powerful. When versatility is contemplated, all the three are equally versatile. These devices have enough power for mild industrial metal fabrication applications. You can select according to your power output need.
All three MIG welders have advanced technology, but are designed user-friendly so that even novice welders can effortlessly use them. Similar to other MIG welding devices, these welders can also weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum materials.
Millermatic 211 is capable of welding aluminum and mild steel that are as thin as 18-gauge and 24-gauge respectively, up to 3/8 inch thick, and ideal for various metal fabrication applications related to DIY, home projects, farm, ranch, metal art and auto body workshops.
Lincoln PowerMIG 210 can MIG weld steel up to 3/8 inch thick and aluminum up to 3/16 inch, good for hobbyists, contractors and educators who want to do MIG welding and explore other processes as well, but has the budget of only one machine. Additional to MIG/flux-cored welding, this tool is also capable of DC TIG and Stick.
Hobart Handler 210 can handle 3/8 inch thick mild steel and has stable control enough for 24-gauge materials, recommended for various metal fabrication applications related to home, farm, auto-body workshops, DIY and small industrial sites.
They are ideal for mild industrial use. However, when ability is considered, penetration capability of the three is the same. But, if you need to deal with thinner aluminum materials, I recommend Millermatic 211. Again, if you are also interested in other processes other than MIG/Flux-cored, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 is your ultimate choice.
Duty cycle is one of the most important attributes that you should consider in welders. It signifies how long a welder can work efficiently on non-stop basis. Duty cycle of Millermatic 211 is 40% at 150A, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 offers 25% duty cycle at 200A and Hobart Handler 210 serves 30% duty cycle at 150A.
More duty cycle promises more workload. If you need to work with the welder for longer time constantly, it’s best to choose the device that offers maximum duty cycle. Among the three, Millermatic 211 offers the highest duty cycle, whereas Lincoln PowerMIG 210 serves the least. You can go for Lincoln PowerMIG 210 if you need a powerful and versatile welder, for irregular basis.
These welders are powerful, and superior to other welders of same category, but are still recommended only for home or mild industrial duty. For more power and heavier industrial applications you can browse the site for mightier welders.
These three welders are MVP welders, and they are designed to run on multiple voltages. All you need to do is select the right plug the fits your receptacles, or according to the power you need and connect it to your device. Millermatic 211 is quite flexible and it can run on input powers 110V, 115V, 120V, 220V, 230V and 240V. Lincoln PowerMIG 210 runs on 120V or 230V and Hobart Handler needs either 115V or 230V input power. You can operate these welders wherever you can find a power socket.
If flexibility is to be considered among the three welders, Millermatic 211 is again a more versatile welder. Hobart Handler 210 and Lincoln PowerMIG 210 are also very much flexible as they can be used at both home and industrial job sites. You must select depending on the power you need and can afford.
If you need the welder for remote welding sites, you would like consider a welder that can run on generators. Millermatic 211 comes with inverter technology, so it can also be powered by generators. Whereas, the other two lack this feature and may not operate on generators efficiently. Millermatic 211 is mostly preferred for remote sites.
Portability is one important factor that you must keep in mind when comparing the welders. Weight is a vital aspect if you need the welder for rental shop, or often have to carry the device to various sites. Millermatic 211 weighs 38 pounds, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 weighs 40 pounds, and weight of Hobart Handler 210 is 79 pounds.
Among the three, Millermatic 211 and Lincoln PowerMIG 210 are lightest, and they differ only with 2 pounds. If you need to often carry your welder to distant welding sites or for rental shop, then these two are the optimal choice. Hobart Handler 210 is the heaviest one, so it isn’t recommended for regular transportation. However, its size is compact, and you can effortlessly carry it around the site by using a cart.
Like all other welders, these three also come with special sets of features that make each one superior and comparable to each other.
- Millermatic 211 is featured with Advanced Auto-Set feature, Inverter technology, Multi-voltage plug, new cast-aluminum drive system, Quick-select drive roll, Auto spool gun detect and Built- in fan-on-demand.
- Lincoln PowerMIG 210 has features like Intuitive push-and-turn digital controls, Advanced and easy accessible settings, Multi-process ability and Large color display.
- Hobart Handler 210 comes with various features including 7 voltage selections, Built-in spool gun control circuitry, Easily accessible polarity changeover, Dual-groove drive rolls and Self-resetting thermal overload and motor protection.
Each feature has its own unique specialty, and these are necessary for easy use, optimal weld and for better durability of the tool. Here, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 has the least number of features when compared to the other two welders. Its features are mostly focused on ease of use. Millermatic 211 has maximum features, making it one of the most convenient welders. I would personally recommend it if you need a welder that can handle heavier workload. Hobart Handler 210 also has convincing attributes, and also it’s the most reliable and durable among the three. To know more about the features of each welder, you can check through the reviews.
Here are some of the advantages of the three welders over other MIG welders;
- Millermatic 211 can operate in numerous voltages, making it the most flexible one. The tool is conveniently small in size and very light in weight. The infinite voltage control settings allow you to manually set the tool, with more flexibility. Fan-on-demand feature offers more duty cycle, to handle heavier workload.
- Lincoln PowerMIG 210 is capable of four welding processes, making it more versatile. Its built is sturdy and the tool is quite durable, likely to last for maximum period.
- Hobart Handler 210 costs more effectively and is much affordable. It also produces high quality and clean weld every time. The tool is very reliable due to the thermal overload protection feature.
Each one has advantage over the others. You can compare the benefits and choose among the three according to your preferences.
Nothing is perfect. Along with advantages, the welders also have few limitations and drawbacks;
- Millermatic 211 is more expensive than the others. It’s mostly preferred by professionals than learners due to some of the advanced features that aren’t necessary for novice. The built-in fan would breakdown very often, in the long run.
- Lincoln PowerMIG 210 tool is not so powerful for other welding processes than MIG. The welder is also somewhat expensive.
- Hobart Handler 210 has heavier weight, constricting its portability.
Cost of the welder also matters as you can choose only the tool that falls under your budget. Millermatic 211 costs around $1300, Lincoln PowerMIG 210 costs nearly $1200 and Hobart Handler 210 costs only around $850.
Out of the three, Hobart Handler 210 is the most affordable welder, and if your budget is not more than $1000 then it’s ideal for you. Millermatic 211 and Lincoln PowerMIG 210 are almost of the same rate. You can choose either of the two if you have no budget limit, by contemplating other aspects.
With classic and user-friendly design, these three MIG welders are the best in their category. You must have by now known the differences between each of the welders. You should compare the aspects, advantages and disadvantages, and finally decide which suits your applications the best. For more information about each welder, you can go through the individual reviews of the welders.