I have been tired of hiring the mobile welder, or loading up and taking projects to the in-laws to weld, so finally bought a welder. ThermalArc, 220v, and works great. Boy-can my son lay down a weld!!! I know now that I will need some practice, and will be hiring the kid to do my welding until I get the hang of it again. At least I can get things done when I want, and not have to work around someone elses schedule. Next?...plasma cutter, though the wife doesn't know it yet!!!