(Antioch CA USA)
I am a firm believer that the global economy is a reality. It is very clear that the Swiss have mastered the watch. The Japanese have mastered car, Honda and Toyota. The Americans have mastered the welder, Miller and Lincoln. The Chinese have mastered dinner ware,……… (Fine China). I am sure that with the pressure of free market and capitalism there will be a less expensive welder/plasma/stick machine but like most things it will take time to evolve and be perfected. Look at televisions in the last 50 years.
Until the time that the low cost combination machine is perfected I am going to continue to put my money in the safe bet of Miller or Lincoln welders. It may be a few more dollars up front but I know in 20 years it will still be humming along like my 1940 era GE welder is doing today.