I have held off on buying a plasma cutter for years,... Yes I have used them and like them, But I have always been a torch guy when it comes to cutting up steel to make brackets,... not to brag, but I have always been pretty good at cutting steel with a torch. I have two big sets of torches, and a small plumbers set, that has gone with me to to pick up project cars, junkyards & sometimes even a swap meet or two. I went recently to get the little sets bottles refilled,.... And when they told me the total,.. I actually said to the counter guy,... "No that cant be right,.. I didn't bring in my big bottles,..." He said,.. no,.. thats right !,... I haven't had to refill the big bottles in quite some time,.. I hardly do any gas welding anymore,.. I mostly just use the torches for cutting. So is this going on in your area as well ?,.... Dang !,.. I guess this is how Rip Van Winkle felt when he woke up. Sorry for the ramble,.... but I think in the long run it will be a lot cheaper to buy a nice plasma cutter.