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.
Bringing an old thread up. When you posted in my build thread I realized you're local. Did you ever snag a welder? I have 3 at my house in Jville. A Lincoln A/C 225, a Hobart 140 and a Millermatic 175.
I picked up the Millermatic a little over a month ago from a guy in Wilmington for $500. Keep searching craigslist, deals are out there
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