Ok. I've had enough. I moved up here to the hinterlands a year ago, set up my little griz miller & lathe (the minis) and it's all happy nice nice.

But something's missing.

So how badly am I going to hurt myself if I just go buy some gloves, a mask, and a 110v (all I've got) arc welder and some rod?

Also, there seems to be a bit of a price spread. There's the $150-$200 units and the "...and up" category. What's the danger of the cheaper units? I don't mind buying mediocre gear for the first round.

Just got paid and have a 3 day weekend. I'm thinkin' I should cause some damage.