I bought this unit after a lot of research comparing other similar options and decided that this was the best value for me. This is the best quality welder I've owned so far and I find that it will meet my needs well. I can only compare this unit to a Lincoln mig and Harbor Freight small inverter stick/tig welder that I've owned in the past. The Lincoln mig was my first welder and I got rid of it because I wanted more control mid weld. I sold it off and bought the HF to train myself how to scratch start tig. The HF unit actually worked pretty well and I was impressed with the results for the amount I had invested in the setup. However, the torch and ground clamp were garbage on the unit, I was limited to 130A output 220V input and I was ready to move up to lift arc and get away from scratch start. I probably only burned about a dozen 6011 rods with the HF inverter unit. It got the job done, but didn't impress me. I bought the ESAB stick package for a job I have coming up where stick welding will be better suited than tig and plan to add the tig accessories at a later date. So far I've only ran the machine with 120v burning 3/32 6011 rods. I've burned about a dozen rods and find that the machine runs very smooth. I can get the job done with good penetration, they aren't as pretty as I'd like, but I believe I'll get there with more practice. I feel a lot more confident in my stick welding skills with this machine than any other I've tried in the past. I'm looking forward to setting up thee machine for tig and seeing what it can do.
ProsPrice, dual voltage, quality, smooth output
ConsPower cord good quality but too stiff (I'll end up replacing entire cord. Plugs for electrode and ground clamp on front of machine are annoying (easily removed). I'd prefer a handle instead of shoulder strap (shortened shoulder strap into handle).