See a few years ago Hobart and Bernard were like brothers, but now Miller owns hobart. They still make hobart, but they spend all their time and research into the miller line. I would suggest a millermatic welder. The Millermatic 210 is about 1200 bucks, its 220V, its really nice up to 3/8 stock in one pass. I got the 251 to have the big spool gun, the digital dials, and higher voltage, etc.
I havent payed close enough attention. A mig welder is like a wand with a triger on it.
Re: Autodarkening helmet.
Those are really nice larry. The thing is, you can stay right where you need to without trying to throw down your helmet with your neck. I always put the helment down with my hands and I bring my other hand down to the electrode clamp, then I strike the arc.
I am really good at stick welding, I have about 100 hours of practice. I used to buy stainless rod, but they dont make the kind that I like, so Now I have to find something else to use.
I can tig weld, but I have to sit down and be very comfortable so I can be steady. I usually make latches and hinges tig welding.
No Benzes in the stable at the moment, but itching for one again.
Former Mercedes in the Stable:
1983 300CD Turbo diesel 515k mi sold
1984 300CD Turbo Diesel 150 k mi sold
1982 300D Turbo Diesel 225 sold
1987 300D Turbo Diesel 255k mi sold
1988 300 CE AMG Hammer 15k mi sold
1986 300E Amg Hammer 88k mi sold
1992 500E 156k mi sold