Hobart Ironman 230 review

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On April 22, 2016
Last modified:April 22, 2016

Summary:

Power and Applications

Hobart Ironman 230 is the best 230V MIG welder under 250A. This unit’s superior arc quality delivers precise and spatter-free welds, making after-weld clean-up almost unnecessary. Its output ranges from 30A to 250A and it’s good for both professionals and hobbyists.

This tool is unmatched in its category and it can weld mild steel materials that are up to 1/2 inch thick in a single phase and offers 60% duty cycle at 175A. It can also weld stainless steel and aluminum, including many other metals. Hobart Ironman 230 is ideal for light industrial applications.

Portability and Flexibility

This MIG welding unit is quite large and heavy in weight, weighing around 185 pounds. Due to its weight, this tool is somewhat very less portable and cannot be moved around often. So, it’s not recommended for outdoor sites or rental shops. Also, it’s not compatible with generators.

Hobart Ironman 230 can operate on input power of 230V, making it good for industrial sites and not very much applicable for household tasks as it cannot be operated on normal household power supply outlet, and requires special setup. It’s just perfect if you are likely to use it for large workshop or garage.

Special Features

Some of the special features of Hobart Ironman 230 are as follows;

  • 12-position voltage control offers simplified and accurate voltage adjustments, maximizing the amount of control. It also allows a smooth arc with the precisely high operator appeal.
  • Reversible drive rolls, consisting of two grooves for two wire sizes on one drive roll. It reduces spare-part and change over time, ultimately minimizing the overall cost.
  • Hinged Feeder Panel for easier accessibility to wiring feeder panel for feed roll and spool changes, increasing productivity and user convenience.
  • Infinite wire feed speed control allows better control over penetration and adjustment of weld bead shape.
  • Built-in thermal overload protection protects the unit from heating up due to overload during complex applications.
  • Fan-on-demand works whenever necessary. It reduces power consumption amount and prevents various contaminants from drawing into the machine.

Advantages

  • The tool has all the necessary features like the overload protection, built-in fan, etc. that makes it highly durable and long lasting as compared to other welders in the same category.
  • It can weld thicker materials than other welders with the same capacity.
  • This unit comes with a sloped control panel, making the controls more visible and convenient for users. It has been designed quite easy to use.
  • Hobart Ironman 230 has the widest power output range than any other welder in its class.
  • Unlike most of the MIG welders, this tool comes with spool gun ready for welding aluminum, with no requirements for the additional interface.

Disadvantages

  • This unit is quite heavy as compared to other welders, and hence, it’s not recommended for outdoor applications. If you need a portable and powerful tool, you can go for Millermatic 211 or Lincoln 210 MP.
  • Hobart Ironman 230 is not a very flexible tool as it cannot operate on normal household power supply outlet.
  • It’s more expensive than other MIG welders.

Cost and Warranty

Hobart Ironman 230 is quite an expensive tool. It’s no doubt a very powerful device with all the high-quality features that a welding professional can seek in a 230V welder. But, some of your budget estimation might not meet its price. However, if you have the right budget then it’s your ultimate choice.

This unit comes with the Hobart Handlers 5/3/1 warranty. When bought, the warranty period of this tool will be specified if it’s covered under the 5 years, 3 years or 1-year warranty.

Conclusion

Hobart Ironman 230 is just the perfect tool for you if you want a 230V MIG welder with dual abilities. You can either use it as gas shielding MIG or self-shielding Flux-cored welder. Both ways work flawlessly and most efficiently. The best thing about this device is its wide range of power output and user convenient built.

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