When my tax returns come back I have been planning on getting a Lincoln sp175plus, $719. But, the other day I was at Home Depot and they are selling the Ranger 250 for $1999. I have seen it at welding suppliers for $3000-$4000, so I went home and checked the specs in my Lincoln catalog. Looks like the 250 will do every kind of welding process, except pulsed tig, and submerged arc. Now I am thinking of ponying up more $$ for this one. The benefits are, I will be able to take it anywhere, and, I will be able to weld arc, mig, tig at my discretion. Now I know, that after I buy and get good with the mig, I WILL want a tig at some point, and I am already looking for a used Lincoln buzzbox. So, is the Ranger 250 at ~$2000 a good buy? Hopefully some of you experienced welders can help point me in the right direction.