I've had my 205 for a couple of months now, and really only used it long enough to make sure everything worked.
Last night I use the cutter to make a pile of metal out of a rusty old Jeep frame. I did splatter back and ruin the tip from under the metal cone after quite a bit of use. After changing, I was having to stop and pull the cones and the tip, and blow it out before it would strick an arc.
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