Thirty years ago, I started a small security business specializing in the manufacture and installation of custom security window bars. At the time, I used a heavy duty Lincoln SP 250 and a Century 50 amp plasma cutter accompanied by a HUGE 5 hp compressor. Eventually the business morphed into a full blown security company now run by my son. I just recently sold all of the older equipment to make some much needed room in my shop, and since I love metalwork of all kinds, I found myself virtually crippled without welding facilities and a plasma cutter. So after a month of research, I decided on the multi purpose Powerpro 164, which I just unpacked, and haven't had a chance to use yet. So far, the HUGE space savings with this new inverter technology is a welcome addition to a small but well organized home metal shop. I am also very surprised and pleased to see how much smaller a compressor I can use with this machine

I am now in a learning curve to weld aluminum with the TIG portion of this device, and I look forward to a much finer level of work from that which I was used to in the past. I'm also hoping this new, much less expensive inverter technology turns out to be as reliable as my older machines.

I am a firm believer that you generally get what you pay for, so here's hoping I made the right decision in saving thousands of dollars up front....

Bob Campbell