the OP said "being able to wire feed instead of just stick off my ranger 8 would be really nice" which was the basis for my suggestion. I assumed the new Mig machine would be powered up by the ranger8. A MM211 would make a good garage unit, but with a 30% DS I'm not sure it's the best bet for a dedicated shop machine. I agree, I wouldn't want to fab all day running the generator in a garage or shop. For occasional use, I'd expect the MM211 to be more than adequate. It would be the best of both worlds...Mig when you can, stick when you must!