Hey! I'm pretty pumped. I just bought a Miller 211. It is my first MIG welder. I decided on the unit it using the principals of
1) Buy American when possible
--There isn't always an option
-- Sometime it is unjustifiably expensive
2) Buy the best you can afford
3) Take care of it and it should last a long time-- and ideally be repairable
I spent the better part of the weekend researching machines and was really torn between a Hobart MIG, The MM211, and an Everlast PowerTig 250 AC/DC unit. I know the Chinese TIG is an odd running mate, but I fundamentally wanted to buy a TIG and on paper you get a TON of machine for less $ than a fairly basic MIG.
I did a lot of internal debating and went with the MIG thinking that if I'm only going to have 1 machine for a while, the MIG was less expensive and well suited for automotive work.
Hopefully I don't end up with buyer's remorse going with a MIG unit. I've done limited gas and TIG work and even less MIG, but I always enjoyed welding... I actually enjoy gas welding the most, but it isn't exactly practical.
I'm rambling because I'm exhausted and stoked.
Now I need to figure out an extension cord I can run to the laundry room for 240V... 8/3 is so f-n expensive!