Bringing back from the dead a bit. Somethings to note: most of the issues you'll have with a welding machine happen within the first few uses, especially right away. Get a replacement soon as possible. I wouldn't shy away from Everlast welders. One I was recommended from good old Chucke2009 recently is the Everlast Power iMig 230, it's a stick and mig machine, starts at around $1039. Dual voltage machines are great because even if you lack 240v right away, you can still use it on 120v in the mean time.