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Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC

SKU: 383730999
Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC
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1639 us hwy 74a byp ste 200
spindale, NC 28160
(828) 286-0760
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1639 us hwy 74a byp ste 200
spindale, NC 28160
(828) 286-0760
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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
Welding Amperage Range: 30 - 270 A
Product Length: 22 in.
Duty Cycle: 20% @ 225 A
Input Voltage: 230 V
Product Height: 14 in.
Weld Thickness: 1/8 - 1/2 inch - Single Pass
Power Type: Electric
Height: 14 in.
Product Width: 20 in.
Width: 20 in.
Length: 22 in.
Product Weight: 110 lb.
Brand: Hobart
Manufacturer Part Number 500421
Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 82.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine. Especially for the money. Great welder. Has handled every job I’ve put it on. Great stick machine for normal farm type jobs. Would be nice if it had a little better duty cycle but for a machine at this price it serves its purpose very well. No regrets.
Date published: 2019-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised Infinite adjustablilty makes this welder worth buying compared to other competitors. Has enough power for some serious fabrication.
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good little stick welder. Great little stick welder. I bought this unit due to the price (it was on close out) and I like the convenience of stick welding. I’ve already put about 15 hours on the machine working on various project and teaching my children how to weld. The 15% duty cycle worried me, but after reading reviews and downloading the manual before I purchased it I learned that for most of my needs it could run a 30-50% duty cycle. The unit is heavy, very solidly built and can get the job done. Only two complaints I have is that the electrode lead wire has fallen out of the electrode holder twice no matter how tight the connection is. The voltage selector on the front is not as accurate I’d like, but for the price I couldn’t pass it up.
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for 6010/7010 Runs 6010 and 7010 amazingly. Runs all other rods very well but I only bought this to run 6010 & 7010 because inverters cannot run 10 series cellulose rods.
Date published: 2019-11-28
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Thanks for the quick response. I have virtually always used 1/8 inch rods and prefer DC. I think that is what I would be using for most farm welding which is when I would use the generator.  What size generator would be needed for 160 DC and 1/8th rods? 

Asked by: Stu5882
10Kw running watts recommended.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2019-10-01

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: 2019-03-01

If i get the a 7500w generator that can use gas (7500w) and propane (6750w) will it run this welder reliably with no problem

Asked by: Matt454
That size generator will not run this unit to it's full output capabilities. You may be able to run the unit at a max setting of 100-120 amps, most 1/8" diameter rods. Any higher will most likely overload the generator and the Stickmate will not weld properly. To operate the unit at full would require a 12.5Kw running watt generator.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2019-02-21

Does it run on 220 single phase or 3 phase

Asked by: Ol red
230 single phase input is required for this unit.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2018-10-29

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: 2019-03-01

Can i run a suitcase mig welder off of it Cc/cv?

Asked by: Ln25
While you can connect a voltage sensing CC/CV feeder to this unit we do not recommend it. The Stickmate unit has a 20% duty cycle and no internal thermal safety shutdown. When running the wire feeder it would be easy to over-duty cycle the unit and damage the machine.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2019-02-13

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: 2019-01-03

This welder is rated a.c. dc but dose that mean dc positive and dc negative polarity. Also what is the largest electrode it can handle?

Asked by: Alfred1969
This is an AC/DC arc welder. AC maximum is 235 amp and DC is 160 amps. This will handle a maximum 5/32 diameter electrode depending on the type of rod and what polarity you have it set on.
Answered by: Hobart Specialist
Date published: 2019-02-28
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