Hobart Handler 210 MVP vs Miller Millermatic 211 – MIG Welder Showdown

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Hobart. Miller. Two well-known brand names that every welder knows.

If you are in the market for a heavy-duty MIG welder that runs on both 120 and 240 volts and can handle up to 3/8 in. steel in a single pass, these two welder manufacturers are likely to be on your wishlist.

The Hobart Handler 210MVP MIG and Miller Millermatic 211 MIG run with dual input voltage. Amperage output of both maxes out in the 210 to 230A range, which lets you weld mild steel up to ⅜ in. in one pass. Plus, both can accept a spool gun and weld aluminum. 

Further, each can run C100 gas and these quality welders come from established brands and a good warranty. On the surface, they appear similar. But look closer and there are significant differences.

Picking the one right for you requires details for each welder before you buy. Luckily, all the needed information is already assembled for you below. Read on to learn what features each machine packs, and which MIG welder fits your shop best.

NOTE: We also included an alternative that rivals both of these welders for those who are on a tight budget at the end of this comparison…

Side-by-Side Comparison

  Hobart Handler 210MVP Miller Millermatic 211
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Welder Type MIG, Flux Core MIG, Flux Core
Input Voltage 120V / 240V 120V / 240V
Technology Transformer Inverter
Duty Cycle 20% @ 90A (115V)
30% @ 150A (230V)
20% @ 115A (115V)
40% @ 150 A (230V)
Amperage 25 – 140A (115V)
25 – 210A (230V)
30 – 130 A (120V)
30 – 230A (240V)
Voltage  4 Fixed Positions (120V)
7 Fixed Positions (240V)
Infinite Positions
Weldable Materials Mild & stainless steel, aluminum Mild & stainless steel, aluminum
Wire Feed Speed Infinite Infinite
Torch Lead Length 10 ft. 10 ft.
Ground Cable Length 10 ft. 10 ft.
Mild Steel Thickness (Single-pass) 24 ga. – 3/8 in. 24 ga. – 3/8 in.
Aluminum Thickness 18 ga. – 1/4 in. (w/ spool gun) 24 ga. – 3/16 (120V)
18 ga. – 3/8 in.(240V)
Wire Thickness 0.023 – 0.035 in. (steel)
0.030 – 0.045 in. (flux cored)
0.030-0.035 in. (aluminum)
0.024 – 0.035 in. (steel)
0.030 – 0.045 in. (flux cored)
0.030 – 0.035 in.  (aluminum)
Wire Feed Speed (“WFS”) 40 – 680 IPM 60 – 600 IPM
Wire Spool Sizes 4-in., 8-in. 4 in., 8-in.
Spool Gun Ready
Dimensions (H x W x L) 12.375 in. x 10.625 in. x 19.5 in. 12.5 in. x 11.25 in. x 20.5 in.
Weight 79 lbs. 38 lbs.
Warranty 5/3/1 years 3 years
Price Latest Price
(with free shipping)
Latest Price
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Hobart Handler 210MVP [500553]

The Hobart Handler 210MVP sits in a sweet spot for small to medium-sized shops. It offers more power than many of the budget-priced MIG welders. But it still does not break the bank. 

So, it is no surprise this welder is recommended for maintenance/repair, auto body, farm/ranch,  construction, boat/marine, and metal artwork. The 30% @ 150A (230V) duty cycle is adequate for these applications, and users often comment they rarely trip the thermal protection.

A wide thickness range allows you to use just one MIG welder for a variety of jobs, a must for many shops. The 210MVP does not disappoint and can go down to 25A to weld as thin as 24 ga. stock. 

On the top end, 210A of output power lets you tackle ⅜ in. steel in a single pass. Plus, add the optional spool gun and you can weld up to ¼ in. aluminum. 

The controls, two knobs and an on/off switch, are simple to learn and use. With the settings chart printed right on the welder, you can set up and start laying down nice beads in no time at all. That includes new welders, too, who find this machine makes learning to MIG weld easy.

When you need to switch over polarity for flux-cored wire, again Hobart kept it simple. You have easy access to the leads and flipping them is easy to do with clear instructions printed on the welder.

Ease of use continues when you change wire size or type. The Hobart Quick Select system offers toolless changes and the wire drive is made from cast aluminum. For many units, the wire drive system is a weak link, but not so with this Hobart MIG welder.

It is not the lightest welder, but you can move it around when needed. Plus, the ability to switch over and use 120V makes it easier for you to go to work when needed.

Related: Hobart 210 MVP Review

What’s Included

  • 10 ft. (3m) HR-100 gun
  • 10 ft.(3m) work cable with clamp
  • Owner’s manual with installation, operation and maintenance guidelines
  • Built-in gas solenoid valve and dual-gauge regulator with gas hose
  • Spool hub assembly accommodates 4 or 8 in. spools
  • Sample spool of .030 in. self-shielding flux-cored wire
  • .030 (0.8mm) contact tips
  • Quick Select™ drive roll for .024 in. (0.6 mm) or .030/.035 in.
  • Power cord with 5-15 P (115 V, 15 A) and 6-50 P (230 V, 50 A) MVP (TM) plugs
  • Welding guide
  • Material thickness gauge

Handler 210MVP Compared to the Millermatic 211

Pros

  • Lower price
  • Simple to learn and use controls
  • Uses proven transformer technology to power the welder
  • Gets down to 25A for thin stock
  • Strong warranty

Cons

  • Heavier
  • Only welds aluminum 1/4 in. thick
  • Slightly less top end amps

Where to buy the Hobart 211

Miller Millermatic 211 [907614]

Miller and Hobart are both owned by Illinois Tool Works. So, what is the difference?

Well, at the risk of oversimplifying, Miller is often considered the “pro” grade machine. 

As already noted, there are many similarities. One we did not mention yet, the wire drive system is the same Quick-Select mechanism found in the 210MVP. So, yes it is a fine line, but “pro” grade is a handy way to compare the Miller to the Hobart welder.

For starters, the 211’s 40% @ 150 A (230V) duty cycle is higher than the Hobart’s. Also, the 230A output is a little higher but still tops out at ⅜ in. steel in a single pass. It also handles ⅜ in. aluminum with the optional spool gun, which is thicker than the 210MVP. 

But the real difference is inside. The Millermatic 211 uses an inverter-based design to power the machine. The result, the Millermatic 211 is half the weight compared to the transformer-based 210MVP. 

So, the 211 is easy to carry and transport, and using dual input voltages, it can easily go to work when needed. Also, the 211 and 210MVP can both run on generators if necessary. (The 210MVP requires a little less continuous power than the 211 when run with a generator.)

The Millermatic 211 controls are a bit more complex. But the built-in program is designed to help improve the arc quality. It is not as intuitive as the 210MVP, but once you know how to use the controls, setup is just about as fast as the 210 MVP.

You will notice the 211 has an additional knob you use to set the “combination.” The wire/gas combination works with the volts/thickness and wire-speed/size knobs to help get you the best quality arc.

Note that both the voltage and wire feed speed knobs serve a second purpose. This is part of an “auto-set” function, designed to help you get the best settings for your weld.

So, the setup process is not as simple as the 210MVP. But it is designed to help you improve arc quality for your wire/gas combination. And if your settings are not recommended, the auto-select will blink to let you know. 

If the auto-set function feels constraining, you still can just use the wire feed speed and voltage settings. Some users may feel that this “manual mode” is more natural and provides more control for fine-tuning a weld. If that is you, reconsider the 210MVP which costs less.

In summary, if you need one of the Millermatic 211 additional features, you may be willing to pay the added cost. Especially if you want a light welder, the ability to weld ⅜ aluminum, or the fancier auto select system.

What’s Included

  • Millermatic 211
  • Hook-and-loop cord wraps
  • 6.5 ft (2 m) power cord and MVP™ adapter plugs for 120V and 240V
  • 10 ft (3 m) MDX™-100 MIG gun
  • 10 ft (3 m) work cable and clamp
  • Argon and AR/CO2 mix regulator/flow gauge with hose
  • Spool of Hobart® .030 in (0.8 mm) solid wire
  • Two contact tips for .030 in (0.8 mm) wire
  • Quick Select™ drive roll for .024 in (0.6 mm) or .030/.035 in (0.8/0.9 mm) solid wire, and .030/.035 (0.8/0.9 mm) flux cored wire
  • Material thickness gauge #229895
  • User manual

Millermatic 211 Compared to the Handler 210MVP

Pros

  • Lightweight, portable
  • Welds aluminum 3/8 in. thick
  • Uses newer inverter technology
  • Auto set for specific wire/gas combinations
  • Fan on demand
  • Cord wraps to keep things organized

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Controls are more complicated
  • Only goes to 30A for thinner stock
  • Some want to wait and see if the inverter technology can hold up in a MIG welder that pumps out 230A

Where to Buy the Miller 211

Hobart 210 vs Miller 211: The Main Differences

Technology

The Handler 210MVP uses transformer technology. It is an established design with a long track record. The biggest con, transformers are heavy.

Miller designed the Milleratic 211 using inverter-based technology. It weighs less but is newer technology and some users are a bit leary of how it will hold up in real-world use.

So, the core technology driving these welders is a key difference. If you want more control in a lighter welder, the Miller is your choice. But for some, the newer technology is unknown with a higher price tag.

If you want a proven track record, with simple to use controls, the heavier transformer-based Handler 210MVP is a fine choice. It gets evens better when you remember that the Hobart costs less than the Miller.

Portability

As touched upon in the previous section, the technology used in these welders impacted how much they weigh. The Handler 210MVP comes in at 79 lbs., while the Millermatic tips the scales at 38 lbs. 

For a light, easy to tote welder, Miller is half the weight and therefore edges out the Hobart unit. But the Handler 210MVP can still be transported, it will just take a bit more elbow grease to move it around.

Controls

Most welders want a simple-to-use, easy-to-understand set of controls. They want to weld, not set knobs, pushbuttons, and so on. If that is you, the Hobart is your pick.

The Hobart Handler 210MVP keeps things simple. Two knobs and an on/off button. To make it even easier, the welding settings chart is printed on the wire compartment door for quick reference.

The Miller 211 includes the settings chart on the machine, too. But the Millermatic comes with three knobs that serve different purposes depending on how you are using the welder. It is harder to learn, but you do have more options at your disposal.

So, if you like tweaking with lots of options, you may be willing to pay the extra for the fancy controls on the Millermatic 211. But for ease of use at a lower price, the Hobart will appeal to many users.

Aluminum Welding

Yes, both welders are spool gun ready. But the Millermatic 211 can weld up to 3/8 in. thick aluminum. The Hobart only claims to handle 1/4 in. aluminum.

So, for those who work with lots of aluminum, the extra thickness offered with the Miller welder may make a difference.

Price

Finally, the Handler 210MVP is priced lower than the Millermatic 211.

So, unless you need one of the features specific to the Miller unit, most will lean towards saving some coin and opt for the Handler 210.

Alternative to Consider

If your budget is tight, the Vulcan MIGMax 215 from Harbor Freight is worth a look. It is surprisingly similar to the Miller and Hobart welders compared in this article. But it costs less than the Hobart. 

Some highlights, it runs on dual input voltage, welds 3/8 in. steel, accepts a spool gun, and has a smooth arc start feature in a light, inverter-based MIG welder.

But it does not come from a manufacturer with 100 years of manufacturing experience like the Hobart and Miller units.

That being said Harbor Freight has upped the quality of their premium ranges and the Vulcan MIGMax 215 seems to winning welders over. You can see the full MIGMax 215 review here.

Wrapping it Up

The Hobart Handler 210MVP price beats out the Miller 211 while doing most of the same things. Plus, it comes with one of the best warranties for a MIG welder on the market.

So, the performance to price ratio for the 210 MVP wins out for most welders.

However, if you need a light, portable welder, you may be willing to spend more for the Millermatic 211. Using inverter-based technology, it weighs half the poundage of the Hobart 210MVP. Plus, you can weld up to 3/8 in. aluminum with the optional Miller spool gun.

When it comes to ease of use, again the Hobart beats out Miller with its simple, easy-to-understand controls and easy-to-use settings chart printed right on the welder. No fussing to find the right settings, and you only need to set two knobs. Less is more.

But if you do want more control, that takes into account the gas you are using, you may be willing to spend more for the Millermatic 211. But before you do, you might want to check out the bonus welder which has many of the same features of the 211, for less.

Bonus: If you are on a tight budget, but still need a powerful MIG welder, consider the Vulcan MIGMax 215. You may be surprised by the set of features that competes with both the Hobart and Miller.

If you think we missed any important details out in this comparison, let us know in the comments below.

About Jeff Grill

Jeff Grill hails from Long Island, a 118 mile stretch of land that starts just off the coast of Manhattan and stretches deep into the Atlantic ocean. He has always been interested in welding from an early age and has the cuts and bruises to prove it as he set out to work with a variety of metals.

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