any of the good brand names are always dependable and work well when you get the 240 volt ones. Nick, fierofetish just bought a china made one he loves so far, was cheap as well, inexpensive. if you want portability as well as 240/220 volt lincon has a great SP-180T MIG Welder that is no bigger than the 110 units and will hold its own against the big boys, shop size ones if you need the portability. it will weld al, steel, with or without gas.http://www.lincolnelectric....aspx?product=K2689-1
been a welder for 20 years, 15 heavy industrial construction and used just about every make and model made.
find yourself a adult education course at any local high school, the prices are usually not bad, you have an instructor on hand, all the equipment you could ever want, that is my best advise for anyone who wants to learn.
My other vehicle is a broom.
[This message has been edited by fierowitch (edited 08-27-2011).]