Company: HOBART Welding Products
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Ideal for maintenance and repair applications in ...
Complete professional system allows 'off-the-grid' welding.
Hobart introduces the Trek 180, a portable MIG welding system ideal for DIY, metalworking enthusiasts in automotive restoration, racing and home hobby markets. This revolutionary wire welder operates off its self-contained battery or 115V power, welds 24-gauge up to 1/4-in. mild steel in a single pass and recharges off an automotive power inverter or 115V receptacle.
Portable: 52-lb. package operates while plugged in or completely cordless
180 amps on 115V power (an output previously limited to 230V welders)
120 amps on 17VDC battery power at 20 percent duty cycle
Recharge from inside a vehicle using an automotive power inverter
Exceptional arc quality with self-shielded flux-cored or solid-gas wires
When fully charged, the unit delivers approximately 100-in. of continuous weld bead using .030 dia. flux-cored wire on 1/8-in mild steel. Unlike other battery welders, battery power is monitored continuously to provide consistent welding voltage regardless of the charge level. The Trek's low battery shutdown feature disables the welder when the battery runs low, protecting the life of the battery and quality of weld output.
On battery power alone, the Trek 180 offers a rated output of 120 amps, 17 VDC at 20 percent duty cycle. When plugged into standard 115V power, the unit is capable of delivering 180 amps, (an output previously limited to 230V welders!)
The Trek's low 12-amp power draw allows the unit excellent performance when using cheap or low-quality extension cords commonly found in home improvement stores.
A removable storage bag is a handy compartment for securing all the Trek¡¯s cables, MIG gun, work clamp and removable power cord with additional room for extra wire, contact tips and welding gloves. The bag can be detached, allowing the unit to slide under a seat of a truck, or strapped down.
Superior Arc Performance
Inverter-based technology enables Hobart's Trek 180 to control arc characteristics thousands of times faster than conventional transformer technology. As a result, the unit provides welding characteristics (positive arc starts without popping and minimal spatter while welding) that are far superior to any other small MIG welder. This includes highly stable, low-spatter welding with self-shielded flux-core wire and outstanding results when using mixed gas.
The Trek 180 features a durable built-in wire feeder with a quick-release tension lever. Accepting 4-in. spools of .023-.035 wire, its cast aluminum dual-groove drive rolls can be configured for a smooth or knurled feeding performance. Its infinite voltage and wire feed control provides a broader operating window for each wire, allowing operators to quickly and easily fine-tune the welding arc for their desired output on different materials and thicknesses.
The Trek 180 also ushers in a new form of operator/machine communication. LED diagnostic lights on the front of the unit provide quick information on temperature, charging and battery status. The real advantage to operators is the ability to quickly identify if the unit momentarily shut down due to duty-cycle, or low battery; saving unnecessary trips to service centers.
Tough, Durable, Reliable
Leading the way for a new category of durable welding equipment, the Trek 180 was tested to meet the most extreme conditions the unit was designed to encounter. Because welding machines often ride in the back of trucks and get used on tough job sites, they are often subjected to incidental abuse, impact from tools and materials (lumber, steel beams, bricks, etc.) and covered with dust, dirt and water. To survive this environment, the Trek 180's case is made from impact-resistant plastic that provides superior strength and durability compared to metal cases.
Every internal component was engineered with durability in mind from the built-in wire feeder to the constant-voltage DC power source and inverter circuitry. Pre-production, Hobart engineers comprehensively tested the trek for reliability in extreme environments and situations. Additionally, each Trek 180 is tested before it leaves the production floor.
No other welding manufacturer offers a better warranty than Hobart does. The Trek 180 is backed by Hobart's 5/3/1 warranty, which covers power source electronics for three years and the MIG gun for one year on parts and labor.
Ideal for maintenance and repair applications in remote areas, Hobart's Trek 180 battery-powered MIG welder is the first professional system for "off-the-grid" welding. Operating while plugged into 115V power or completely cordless, the 52-lb. unit is capable of welding 24-gauge to 1/4-in. mild steel in a single pass.