You said you have 1000$, My OPINION would be HH135 (500), or a MM135 (600) you will need a C25 tank, a 80CF would be a good size and run you about 150$ (or less), I would recommend an auto darkning helmet and you might as well get a good one (200-300). That would get you to 950-1050 and then there's gloves, wire, metal to get a cart built with and other misc stuff. You could lower that if you got a deal on the welder, a decent Hobart/Miller helmet can be had for about 150 (or you could go with a fixed shade #10 or so for about 30) and shop the tanks at some place you would like to trade in the future, cause you will be needing gas every so often. I started with a HH135 and would have never upgraded but I had a need to do 1/4" fairly often and didn't want to have to use flux wire. Let me qualify that by saying there is certinly nothing wrong with flux wire, it's just not my preference. Good luck and have fun.....
Last edited by Sundown; 02-18-2004 at 07:52 PM.
Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine
Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter