If he is interested in SMAW he should look at purchasing a AC/DC machine. I know that there are 7018 AC electodes out there, but 7018 DC is the ticket. I don't even remember the last time i used a 6013 rod, even though i have 10lbs of them. Also, if he does end up with a stick welder i would highly recommend an oven for his 7018 electrodes. I use a Keen oven, which is a piece of garbage, but i got what i paid for. It costs about 60 dollars a year to run my oven 24/7. I paid about 400 for Hobart's Stickmate LX, which is a step down from Miller's comparable machine that is quite a bit more. If i would have done it again i would have bought a used AC/DC machine.