I hear you, but don't buy a cheap POS machine, or you'll never learn. I went 220v because I already had the plugins for the arc and I've never regretted it. Go with a mig from a good name brand... Miller, Lincoln etc. I have the Lincoln 180C with the bottle and it's been a good machine. Flux cores will give you crappy looking welds when you start. Yes, people will claim to have learned how to overcome that, but you are a beginner. Ditto for torches... if you get one, get a good one. I bought one at Princess Auto (same as HF crap down there) and it was a waste of time. Regulators don't regulate and you can't maintain a setting on the cutting torch. It's ok for welding, but I should have left it on the shelf. Harris "style" is not the same as a Harris and Victor 'style" is not the same as a Victor. Air Liquide or Liquid Air down there is another good one. Deal direct with the company that makes quality equipment. I put $200 into a piece of junk that could have half paid for a quality torch. Everybody bitches about expensive tools, but there is one thing I have never ever done with a Snap On wrench. I've never thrown one out, but I've tossed lots of cheap junk. Buy quality and it will be the cheapest tool you own in the long run.