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Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC

SKU: 383730999
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
Product Height: 14 in.
Brand: Hobart
Power Type: Electric
Product Width: 20 in.
Weld Thickness: 1/8 - 1/2 inch - Single Pass
Length: 22 in.
Input Voltage: 230 V
Width: 20 in.
Welding Amperage Range: 30 - 270 A
Product Length: 22 in.
Height: 14 in.
Duty Cycle: 20% @ 225 A
Product Weight: 110 lb.
Manufacturer Part Number 500421
Hobart Stickmate LX 235AC/160DC is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 88.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Stick Welder for the Money Great purchase. If you're looking to get into stick welding with the ability to run AC or DC, and maybe get into TIG welding later on (scratch start) this is the best welder you can get for the price. Looking at the Miller Thunderbolt it's the exact same welder. Does what it advertises and duty cycle is 100% at medium low range on both sides.
Date published: 2020-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great AC/DC stick welder I had been looking to replace my old AC welder and saw the Hobart Stickmate LX235/160DC. This is the stick welder to buy. Has all the features and power you will ever need. From welding thin to thick this one will do it all. Main reason I bought this one was the Hobart reputation and Made in America.
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far I have only used this weld enough to burn thru 30 rods so far but it has run flawless to date. Much nicer than the old AC stick welders and would be a great addition to any farm shop.
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hobart stickmate Welder works great, worth the extra money for the dc option. The welder is quite heavy so the fist job I suggest you do is make a cart for it.
Date published: 2020-01-24
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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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