I am a PLC beginner trying to learn how to program on my own at home. I am about to purchase a training kit online and just needed some advise on which one to purchase; i have narrowed down to 2 different plc's and i will list what comes with each and hopefully you guys can advice me;
if wirings are not essential for your training, be aware that some PLC programming environments provide an integrated software simulator (virtual plc).
For example you may check the free version of Schneider Somachine Basic (supports ladder language only)
Just my humble opinion- an IEC61131 codesys based environment is valuable for learning, since it exposes you to multiple languages and applies to multiple manufacturers. It's less proprietary. Mfg's supporting this include Schneider, Wago, Festo to name just a few. I am sure you could find some hardware on Ebay or buy a intro kit which would include software.