Yep you guessed it, yet another welder thread to add to the pile. My welder has become too small and I'm thinking of breaking free of the standard choices of red blue or orange. At my welding supplier they're having a pretty sweet deal on these Thermalarc models by Thermadyne. It's a 251 amp which is basically equivalent of the Millermatic 251 but at about $500 less. As everyone's probably familiar, the Miller 251s go for about $1900 and the 210s I've seen at about $1200. So, being that $1900 is just outside of my budget at this time, the store is selling this Thermadyne 251 for $1390 and it sounds like a pretty sweet deal compared to the MM210 I was going to go with. The big price difference is because the MM is digital while this one still uses the old dials and stuff, but that's fine by me. I demo'd it in their shop and was pretty impressed with it, it'll handle 1/2" in a single pass no probs. They seem pretty standard as far as quality and as you can see on the site, the consumables are widely available. I think that they are used pretty extensively in the industry. I can't see a reason not to go with it. Oh and it's purple, and though blue is the color of choice, anything beats red. Check it out: Thermalarc Fabricator 251 Thermadyne home The obvious questions: Anyone ever dealt with one of these machines? See any reason not to go with it?