Hobart 500554001

Hobart 500554001 Handler 190 with SpoolRunner 100 Review

Are you in need of an affordable MIG welding machine that’s both durable and powerful? The 500554001 handler welding machine by Hobart is designed for MIG welding and it comes loaded with the type of output amperage you need for tough welds. This model is considered a professional level welding machine due to its high voltage rating and overall power.

Read on to learn why this leading Hobart model scored well in a variety of areas.

Overview and Features

Right off the bat, it’s important to mention that this is strictly a MIG welding machine. While there are machines out there that will allow you to adjust the settings and perform stick and TIG welds, this model does not.

Since MIG is the most popular type of welding process and one that’s definitely the most beginner friendly, it makes sense that the manufacturer has marketed this model toward beginners, but the machine’s power rating and voltage settings make it suitable for professional use as well, as does the portable design.

Hobart 500554001: Quick Verdict

Product Rating: (5/5)

Hobart 500554001This may not be the most versatile welding machine on the market, but what it does offer is the type of duty cycle and power that welders of all skill levels can appreciate. Additionally, it’s also very user-friendly, making it a great tool to rely on if you’re currently enrolled in a technical school program for MIG welding.

This MIG welding machine features a pro-quality setup, plenty of power, a total of seven voltage sections and a thirty percent duty cycle at one hundred and thirty amps. Perfect for the professional welder in need of a portable machine for work purposes, or the hobbyist who wants a pro-quality setup in the comfort of their own workshop or garage.

Packing serious power, this Hobart welder comes loaded with some great features that both hobbyists and pros can appreciate. The machine’s versatility allows you to weld a wide variety of metal thicknesses for DIY jobs around the home or big projects at work.

Inside the box, this model comes with the welding machine, gas hose, dual gauge regulator, ten-foot power cord, ten-foot work clamp and cable, ten-foot MIG gun, a sample of flux core wire, user’s manual, eight-inch spool adapter, and the popular Spool Runner one hundred.


This model offers a twenty-five to one hundred and ninety output amperage.


The welding machine operates on two hundred and thirty volts.

Duty Cycle

This model can operate at thirty percent duty cycle at one hundred and thirty amps.

Operation Details

This one hundred and ninety wire feed welder comes with a ten foot, one hundred and fifty amp spool gun. It features a highly portable design that makes it appropriate for onsite welding at a construction site. The portable design will allow you to easily transport this model from job site to job site.

This is a heavy-duty machine that’s designed to weld stainless steel, flux core, and mild steel. It can even handle thinner metals such as aluminum.

Operating Parameters

In terms of thickness, we were impressed with this machines versatility. It can handle metals ranging from twenty-four gauge to 5/6 of an inch in just one pass. Additionally, it can handle serious jobs such as welding car panels, or farm equipment, or it can be used for big jobs around the home.

Voltage Power and Settings

The voltage rating comes in at two hundred and thirty volts, offering the type of powerful performance that welding professionals are looking for.

This welder comes equipped with a total of seven voltage settings, making it easy to switch the voltage settings based on thickness level and material type.

Assembly and Set Up

Assembly and set up time will take approximately fifteen minutes before this machine is ready to go. The included user’s manual is easy to follow and includes helpful information that discusses how to properly use this machine, in addition to a guide you can rely on in terms of voltage settings based on metal type and thickness.



This machine is designed for serious projects or any job that requires a more powerful welding machine. It can be used to weld mower decks, tool carts, car and truck panels, farm equipment, metal sheds, or any type of welding project around the home.

MIG welding for beginners couldn’t be any easier with this top of the line model. While it’s rated for the pros, the machine’s intuitive controls, voltage settings, and overall setup make this model a great choice for the welding newbie.

Considering the price, a professional welder may want to pass this model by if they’re looking for a more versatile model such as the Lincoln Electric Powermig 210 Mp #K3963-1.

The Lincoln welding machine is able to handle a wider range of processes including DC TIG, DC stick, flux-cored, and MIG. While this Hobart machine is a set MIG machine. Of course, with that type of versatility, you can expect a higher price tag.

This model by Hobart is reasonably priced and pro-quality, making it perfect for the welder who mainly uses the MIG welding process.

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  • Seven voltage settings
  • High power rating
  • Decent duty cycle
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
  • Fast assembly
  • Built tough


  • Can only perform MIG welds

Conclusion and Rating

Hobart 500554001 Handler 190

Product Rating: (5/5)

Hobart 500554001The Handler 190 MIG welding machine by Hobart may not have the type of welding versatility that higher priced welding machines offer, but if you’re strictly a MIG welder, then it doesn’t even matter. More versatile welding processes will only come in handy for pros who specialize in a wide range of processes. The MIG welder will appreciate everything this model has to offer ranging from its high power rating, the seven dedicated voltage settings, the portable design, and the reasonable price. We gave this machine a rating of five out of five stars.

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