Hobart – 500553 Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder,Small

(10 customer reviews)


  • Your purchase includes One Hobart – 500553 Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder, One 10 ft. (3m) H100S4-10 gun, One 10 ft. (3m) work cable with clamp, Built-in gas solenoid value and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose
  • Welder Dimensions: 10.62” W x 19.5” L x 12.37” H | Welder weight: 79 lbs. | Input Voltage: 110/115/120 V – 220/230/240 V | Material Thickness: 1/4” – 3/8”
  • Sized for you to easily transport the unit to the jobsite with the power to weld 3/8 in. mild steel
  • Keeps wire electrically “cold” until trigger is pulled which gives you ease of use and keeps you safe
  • Allows you to fine control the output parameters for improved arc performance with less spatter for a better bead appearance and less clean up.


Product Description

The Hobart Handler 210MVP allows for great welder portability and convenience through the use of a multi-voltage plug. This option lets you plug the unit into either a 115V or 230V outlet with an easy change of the plug. The generous operating parameters allow you to weld 24-ga. to 3/8in steel in a single pass. Plus, it is extremely versatile and perfect for the welder who wants to work on auto body, household repairs, or even heavier farm projects requiring extra power. With an arsenal of standard features such as 7 output voltage settings and a dual-groove quick change drive roll, the Handler 210 is as versatile as it is powerful. Built-in gas solenoid value and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose

From the Manufacturer

This package allows for greater welder portability and convenience through the use of a Multi-Voltage Plug. This option gives the welder the power to plug the unit into either a 115V or 230V outlet with an easy change of the plug. Includes the following: Comfortable 10-Feet (3-meter) H100S4-10 gun, 10-Feet (3-meter) work cable with clamp. Built-in gas solenoid valve and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose, spool hub assembly accommodates 4 or 8-Inch spools, Sample spool of 0.030-Inch (0.8-mm) self-shielding fluxcored wire 0.030-Inch (0.8 mm) contact tips, 10-Feet (3-meter) power cord with 5-15P (115 V, 15 A) and 6-50P (230 V, 50 A) MVP plugs, Weld set-up chart, owner’s manual with parts lists, installation, operation and maintenance guidelines.

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Additional information

Weight 79 kg
Dimensions 24 × 18.6 × 13.2 cm
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Item Weight

79 pounds

Package Dimensions

24 x 18.6 x 13.2 inches

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Included Components

One Hobart 500553 Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder One 10 ft. 3m H100S4-10 gun One 10 ft. 3m work cable with clamp Built-in gas solenoid value and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose

Batteries Included


Batteries Required


Warranty Description

3 year limited warranty



Domestic Shipping

Item can be shipped within U.S.

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Date First Available

April 1 2011



10 reviews for Hobart – 500553 Handler 210 MVP MIG Welder,Small

  1. Kevin patterson 2nd

    Exactly what I wanted!I really only have one question. Why I waited so long to buy this? I have a Miller stick/tig box and love it and was really set on getting a Miller mig machine. I just couldn’t justify the extra money for what I really needed. This has handled everything I’ve wanted it to do so far.It’s a heavy machine. Especially with a large spool of wire on board. So actual portability is probably not so good. Could I get it out to the field, sure. Would I really want to haul it out there? Probably not. But I bought this for the garage and it’s on a cart so no worries there.Keep in mind, they say it’s ready to weld out of the box and they mean with flux core. If you’re gonna use gas, you’ll need to switch polarity. If you’re new to this don’t be intimidated, it’s an easy machine to set up. Read the directions and take your time. The chart on the door makes dialing in the settings easy.

  2. oreo21

    Perfect little welderThis is my second welder like this. First one is 8 years old and never missed a beat. Brother started using it more than me so I sold it to him and got me a new one. Able to weld 1/2 if you bevel and layer correctly. Love love it

  3. GLIverson

    Moderate price, very good quality, and USA made.This is a nice “concentrated” type of compact welder….. that is a good thing for most folks. It is not a light weight unit with little going on inside of it.The one question that I personally wondered about was if the dual voltage would be worth the extra money over just buying the lighter single voltage unit. Now that I am using it, I think that I will indeed get some use out of the convenience of the 120VAC input. But do be aware, and know, that when using the 120VAC input you will NOT be able to do any heavier welding or aluminum welding unless it is paper thin materials. Aluminum sucks all the heat away so fast that much higher currents and voltages are required than with steel. I put it up on voltage levels 6 & 7 and ran two beads of about 1.5 inches long at 30% wire feed speed….. it tripped a 20 amp single pole Square D breaker immediately. Biut, that is exactly what one should expect to happen, right? Also, Square D is one of the best made and most sensitive breakers on the market so if you have an old GE panel or a Cuttler you may get away with more. (Just a not from a Journeyman Electrician for over 30 years now: the breaker protects the wiring within your walls…. prevents fires, so if it trips there is a reason and do not merely reset and go on. These are thermally triggered so need time to cool down or a wiring fire might result.)This machine has some great engineering in merely the packaging, let alone the rest of the machine! It is well packed and should get to you without any problem. The assembly of it is easier than many and should present ZERO trouble for anyone….. the instructions are excellent…. but what else would one expect from a USA made machine?? To say it is “Made in USA” at least the majority of the unit must be assembled from USA made parts as well as labor – I was glad to buy USA and support my fellow workers.This machine has a novel way of swapping the wire drive wheels too! Just push it in, turn 90* and slip it out, turn it over and slip it back in and it is ready to go: no screws or tools needed at all. The stinger is quite good for the size and price of the machine….. oh yeh, like some commented, the trigger is pretty easily tripped, but most of us do not use the big heavy leather guanlets with a buz box because they are not as hot and do not present such problems to require such heavy gloves. I just used some good medium duty leather gloves and the switch was ZERO problems at all…. at least it was zero for me.Would I buy this again? Yes I would, and I think that if you want a slightly larger/heavier unit with greater capacity than the smaller units, this might be just what you are looking for. Hobart has a very good warrantee, and that too is a bonus. Buy with confidence. Enjoy.

  4. Couve

    Only downside is manual polarity switchingI knew when I bought it that you had to switch the polarity manually but otherwise a great machine.

  5. S Graham

    easy set up, light weight and versatileeasy set up, light weight and versatileafter reading several foams,and Amazon reviews I chose the Hobart unit. It was very easy to set up for first use, and the directions easy to follow. my first attempts to weld with the unit, gave me the confidence to use it. the wire feed works very smooth and the handle is easily maneuvered. Because the 240V plug is different then what I have I have not yet used it in 240V modes. In the 115V setting it arcs without issue. and after a few attempts I was able to hold the arc along the seam. the light weight, and compact design make getting the unit into position easy.Once I have rewired my site, I will post and update.

  6. Steve

    worth more than the costNot a pro! I just weld like one now. As an auto dealer we have had a few even Millers. This thing don’t mess around it just does what you ask. The settings are by dial so you can change them precisely, not by halfs but what works. we have only used it on 230 but it blows the 5 yr old miller away in speed setup.

  7. Jason B.

    Solid performing machine for lessWhen the machine first came in, it was supposed to come with the spoolrunner 100. The spoolgun did not come with it. I made a call to Amazon, who suggested shipping the item back and they would send out the right product. I politely explained that that would be quite wasteful in terms of shipping. After speaking with their supervisor the agent was able to credit me the amount of a spoolrunner which I could subsequently order. Despite the initial snafu it was a pleasant experience.For a frame of reference – I was a professional welder for a number of years, and am currently a certified welding inspector.First the pros:Solid performing machine – good arc characteristicsTime proven transformer technologySolid metal drive roller system (an upgrade from the plastic on my last hobart which became inoperable after about 18 years.)Easy to change drive rollers between sizes and types of wireEasy to change spoolgunWelds aluminum surprisingly well!120/240v input is a great feature and easy to change (just swap the quick connect plug)Welds surprisingly well even on 120v inputThe cons:Heavy – at roughly 80 pounds it can certainly be carried short distances, but this is a trade off – you either get a heavy transformer based machine or a lightweight IGBT based machine.Single drive roll in lieu of dual drive rolls like the more expensive counterparts (not that serious now that it’s metal)Putting wire in the spoolgun is a bit finicky – albeit I haven’t met a spool gun that isn’t that wayOverall I would suggest this for the following types of people:Home hobbiest DIY’er typeProfessional that likes to take on the occasional side jobAspiring entrepreneur that needs a solid machine on a budget.

  8. Joel De Gan

    This is most likely the welder you want.Like most people I wanted to stick some metal together and so I needed a welder, but before buying this I spent a ton of time looking over MIG welders and various multi-process welders like the Forney 190. I like the 190 but I already have an arc welder I seldom use and the only reason I would need TIG would be for aluminum. This welder can easily do aluminum with the $200 spool add-on and can do some beefy welds hooked up to 230v. Even on 115v testing it out (see images of some first free-hand test welds) it welded great and those welds are literally the first welds done with this welder after I switched it from flux core to gas, and I was fiddling with settings and gas flow, so don’t judge too harshly.It’s heavy, so you will not be just carting this thing around a lot, I’m happy I got a welding cart to put it on, though I am putting together a steel welding table with casters and I might just add on a shelf for this.Flux-core welds are going to be “alright”, I tried both flux and gas and suggest anyone with this welder spend the money and get a 75/25 gas bottle and a 10lb solid wire spool and you will be thrilled.The settings are fairly arbitrary and you just follow the chart on the inside panel, I was a bit skeptical of this format of dialing in the welder but pretty quickly I realized it works well.Overall, this is a great purchase and a great welder and I would recommend it.

  9. Stanward S. M. Oshiro

    Hobart Quality! Highly recommended!MVP, not Most Valuable Player, but Multi Voltage Plug! This allows you to weld utilizing a 240V outlet in your workshop, or the standard 120V outlet found almost anywhere else!I am only aware of Miller Welders that have this feature as well. I upgraded from a Hobart Handler 187 up to this unit because of the higher capacity, MVP, and the SpoolRunner. The Handler 187 can use a spool gun (to weld aluminum), but you need to purchase the expensive Miller spool gun controller and the spool gun itself (need to spend at least $500 to weld aluminum), whereas this unit already has the spool gun controller built in. The SpoolRunner 100 costs about $200.This unit is very heavy. About 70-80 lbs, so being portable is a frame of reference. It could be light for some people, but heavy for others. You need a good welding cart to hold this puppy!The MVP is super easy to use! No switches to fumble up. Just replace the plug on the end of the cord and you’re ready to weld at whichever voltage you choose.There are 7 different voltage settings, and an infinite wire-speed control. There is a welding chart on the inside of the door (to change the welding wire), so you can easily set the voltage and wire-speed.It has a super powerful fan in the unit to help cool it down as you weld. Sometimes the loud noise gets annoying. But it’s understandable, as the welding process produces a lot of heat within the transformer in the unit.My only complaint with this welder (along with my Handler 187) is the trigger for the MIG gun is too soft. If you have the welder on and you bump the trigger, the MIG wire will feed. It gets annoying after a while. I think I will need to figure out how to put a stiffer spring in the MIG gun. But, still, I will rate this product with 5 stars.

  10. Mr.

    Switch failedPower switch lasted about 6 months and failed. Its a plastic frail switch so use with care. I never did like the feel of this switch. They may send me a new one but how long will that last? We use this machine at least once a week so maybe others will have better results than We did. I will probly end up converting to a DPST toggle switch of equal or better rating. Other than that so far this machine has been a good welder. I have used many welders so I do have experience with these. I realy like the 7 position switch feature.

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