Somebody local to me has a "lot" of 400smt and 300sm welders and Powerdrive II feeders for sale for a VERY good price... However, with there being no support for these any more, I'm a little hesitant to spend the cash.
I currently have a Hobart 205AC, but have been getting in to stuff where a MIG set-up would be ideal (tube for 4x4 bumpers, sliders, etc.). I'd like to keep the stick and gain MIG (TIG would be icing on the cake for further down the road). You guys seem to be the only ones that know a whole lot about these machines.
So: just how reliable are they, and what are the chances of repairs going forward? Or: should I just save up a bit more and either buy a good MIG or a multi-process that's still got support?
Now: The nice part of having a few would be scrounging pieces as things die.
However: I was hoping y'all could tell me just how reliable these things are. Note: this will be for hobby use rather than a production environment.
Thanks in advance.