Finally broke down and got a welder. It's only a 115v machine....but I think it will do the job just fine for the small things I want to do. It's a Clarke 130. 130amp mig/flux core wire feed welder. I was going to get the lincoln 3200HD pak, but it was 469 plus tax, and no cart, or regulator and such for mig welding. The clarke I found had all the supplies for mig welding, except the bottle. And I got it for a steal.....299 plus tax. I found it at our local farm supply store, Orschilen farm and Home. They list it at 399, but when I went and looked at them....saw that someone else had purchased one on sale at 299 over the holiday season. It was on layaway, with the tag on it. 299 was 100 bucks cheaper than I could find it anywhere else.....so I asked the store mgr if I could get it at the sale price. He was nice enough to give it to me at that price....so I picked up a hi lift jack as well!!
I know, I know...it's not a lincoln, hobart etc.....but, it's my first welder.....and for the money....couldnt beat it. Considering the closest welder with that amperage....was 150 bucks more. I couldn't wait, so I put it together tonight after work....lol.