Didn't even know they had private messages -sorry for lack of response. The Hypertherm 1000 is very similar to the Miller (same torch/power) except it weights like 80lbs. Not as portable. But it is very reliable. I'm using a simple two stage filter (one is coallescing) and it seems to work great. The 1000 is decent enough in gouging as well. Consumables aren't too bad, ebay or on-line is the way to go.