I appreciate ALL the inputs.
YES, i have considered many things and have looked at many angles and other possibilities into my decision on choosing a welder for my applications.
I obviously don't know much about the power outlets and their voltages (to include the amps each hold) in my house, so therefore my dilemma
on choosing a 110 vs. a 240 type welder.
Taking classes at a JR college has also been considered, but i feel that doing good research and then buying a decent welder to practice may be a better route into "learning" how to weld. some classes take 2-3 courses before anyone can even touch or start the welding process. i feel the best route would be to start doing it to get better at it, while taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of course.
I understand MIG is "easier" and stick "takes more practice". I just don't want to deal with the extra costs of gases and the maintenance that is associated with gases. <<< As stated in my earilier posts, I'm trying to stay on the "simplicity" side as much as possible and not deal with many other potential add-on expences.
Also have checked on Craigslist often, but no good "deals" on there that's local to me. There are a few used lincoln AC 225 "stick" welders. <<< How are these machines, good enough for my application of building tube bumpers and sliders???