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Old 09-09-2011, 12:30 AM
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I can finally say I am the proud owner of a Hobart 187!

Hot dog! I've been wanting this machine for quite a while! So, on Labor Day, the Mrs. and I set out to find one locally and after striking out at 2 Tractor Supply stores, I called a 3rd and they had two in stock! Now, I'm just waiting for my electrician buddy to come over and help me re-arrange the fuse panel and make room for the 50 amp breaker for my outlet. In the meantime, I've been resigned to just looking at it in the box!

Hope to be back soon with some pics and some new project threads, like maybe the pics of the cart I'll have to build!
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:40 AM
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Better late then never. will you be running with Gas or just flux wire?
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:01 AM
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SWAT,
Welcome, and welcome to the world of welding. I think you'll like the HH187. I have the HH210 and it was a toss-up which of the two I'd get. I like my 210, but I've heard nothing but good reviews about the 187.
Don't tell Madam I said this, but the Hobart site has a forum that can be very helpful for Hobart owners. There are a few regulars on there that are very experienced with Hobart welders, as well as a Hobart technician.
When you get your power requirements complete, post some pics of your progress.
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I can finally say I am the proud owner of a Hobart 187!

Hot dog! I've been wanting this machine for quite a while! So, on Labor Day, the Mrs. and I set out to find one locally and after striking out at 2 Tractor Supply stores, I called a 3rd and they had two in stock! Now, I'm just waiting for my electrician buddy to come over and help me re-arrange the fuse panel and make room for the 50 amp breaker for my outlet. In the meantime, I've been resigned to just looking at it in the box!

Hope to be back soon with some pics and some new project threads, like maybe the pics of the cart I'll have to build!
Congratulations on the welder. I think you only need a 30A breaker for it.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:36 PM
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Welcome SWAT!! Hope you like the new welder. Only decent new welder I ever bought was a Craftsman (century I guess) mig that I bout about 10 years ago. Might be time for a new liner though. Anyway good luck with the Hobart. Also you know that it is virtually mandatory to post pics of the machine and your welds!!
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SWAT, welcome aboard. Unfortunately a few years ago we bought a Lincoln 175 MIG welder. Then we got a Miller Dialarc 250 stick welder, then a Syncrowave 250 TIG/Stick welder and an Oxy/Acetylene rig. They should come with a warning they are relatively cheap and last forever and are addictive as well. Buyer beware...
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for the welcome and the replies!
I set up the outlet this week and made a 35' extension cord from 10/3 and male/female terminals. Ran a few beads of flux core and was instantly surprised at how hot that baby gets on the lowest setting! I'll keep burning flux core until I get a larger bottle of 75/25, then I'll go solid wire.

Needless to say, the obligatory welder cart is about 50% completed and pics WILL follow!

Thanks again!

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Old 10-02-2011, 01:48 PM
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Default Putting the 187 to work

I've been using a recycled typewriter cart in the interim and working on a permanent cart a little at a time.

I used the flux-core spool that came with the welder, since I haven't acquired an argon bottle yet, hence, the empty space over the rear wheels.

I plan to add more hangers, pegs, maybe a tool tray, plus I need to add a perimeter flange or raised edges to hold the welder in place.

As long as you have a grinder, cutting wheel, wire, and new ideas, is any welding project ever really finished?

Thanks to all the SFT members who have posted pics in the past - I borrowed some ideas and tweaked them here and there!
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