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Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC

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The Stickmate LX 235 AC/160 DC power sources lets you choose between AC or DC weld output to expand your welding options to either AC or DC stick electrodes. Although DC current offers welders a smoother arc with less spatter and better arc starts, the AC setting offers welders the ability to work on heavier steel with a top end of 235A.

  • 15 ft. electrode cable with heavy-duty holder, 10 ft. work cable with clamp and power cord with plug
  • Welds 1/8 in. up to 1/2 in. mild steel in a single pass
  • Operates off 230V input power
  • AC - 30 to 235 output Amperage, DC - 30 to 160 output Amperage
  • Duty cycle - AC 20% at 225 Amps, DC 20% at 150 Amps
  • Accu-Set Amperage indicator for accurately controlling amperage or heat output
  • Infinite current control allows output adjustments by as little as 1 A increments
  • Output selector switch - quickly select low or high range without adjusting the output leads
  • Manufacturers limited warranty

Specification Description
Brand: Hobart
Duty Cycle: 20% @ 225 A
Height: 14 in.
Input Voltage: 230 V
Length: 22 in.
Product Height: 14 in.
Product Length: 22 in.
Product Type: Welders
Product Weight: 110 lb.
Product Width: 20 in.
Weld Thickness: 1/8 - 1/2 inch - Single Pass
Welding Amperage Range: 30 - 270 A
Width: 20 in.
Power Type: Electric
Manufacturer Part Number 500421
Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome welder Bought welder to weld an apparatus to assist my wife in keeping her arm in place to provide for comfort after being stricken with a stroke when she sleep, it was very helpful
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy again Great welder for a great price, shopping around its hard to find a good AC/DC machine for a decent price. I really like the way the machine worked, ran 1/8" 6010 rods on a big project with ease.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First welder Finally broke down bought a stick welder shopped around a lot and was not a hard choice for the money and what it can weld. Used it many of times performes very well I have no complaints
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid machine, welds like a dream. I've been welding with inverter machines exclusively for the past several years. I learned on an engine driven buzbox but that was 18 years ago. My 300 amp stick welder was DC only and an inverter. Even though the inverter machine has digital settings, I was having serious difficulty welding .065 thick stainless tubing without blowing holes in it. I needed an AC capable machine so I researched several different models. I took a chance on the Hobart because of price, features and reliability. It had a great reputation as well. I could not be happier with this machine. Even though its not digital, I was able to fine tune the amps, eliminate the blow through and produce a superior bead on the stainless project. Ive also found the DC arc characteristics to be far more fluid and the puddle more manageable with this machine while welding mild steel. Its fairly quite and doesn't take up much space but it is heavy (104 lbs). Only issues: Work clamp is kind of cheapo and has a short lead. Would prefer dinse style connections.
Date published: 2018-06-08
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Does the dc part of this welder have hot start like your dc only welder?

Asked by: tracker7below
No, as it is a transformer based unit where the DC only unit is an inverter design with electronic control.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-07-28

You say it has a 230v power requirement but what amp circuit to run this machine? Is it 50amp and what is the plug configuration?

Asked by: Ralph B
Yes, 50 amp circuit and with a NEMA 6-50 style plug. Receptacle needs to be purchased separately.
Answered by: ElliottB
Date published: 2018-07-01

What size generator would be able to tun this welder without problems?

Asked by: BMWS
Any generator that can handle 230V output power and AC - 30 to 235 input Amperage, DC - 30 to 160 input Amperage.
Answered by: DanielB
Date published: 2018-07-01

i know this welder is made in the USA. But what about the Hobart stickmate lx235 ac only welder.

Asked by: Steve747
Appleton, WI
Answered by: Gano
Date published: 2018-05-05

Would a Generac GP7500 (7500 sustained watts, 9250 ish surge watts) run this welder without limitations? If it won't, what amp settings would it run the welder at without issues?

Asked by: Smith82
With that size generator you have to stay with 1/8" rods and smaller so as not to overload the generator.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-03-17

can a 4000 watt generator handle up to 140 amp output

Asked by: scott518
No it will not. You would need at least a 7000 watt running to achieve close to that type of output.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-07-09

Can this machine be setup for all phases of tig welding including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum?

Asked by: Monk409
This unit is primarily a stick welder. It will not do TIG aluminum but with the addition on a TIG torch with a valve on the handle you can do SCRATCH start TIG on steel and stainless with limited success. There is no kit from Hobart to do this modification.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-08-04

What size welding cable.

Asked by: Stephen31662
The welding leads are #4 welding cable 10 feet long.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-02-28
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