After much research and trying out a couple of different machines I'm glad I chose this rig. Has a smooth arc, and will fit the bill for any small fab, hobbyist, farm or agricultural setting, or light to medium repair shop setting. With the ability to reach 210 amps, you can really crank it up and weld some heavy materials. Compared to some other machines I've used, the "Hot start" functionality, makes rod sticks a thing of the past. I'm currently welding on a project using 1/4 mild plate and this thing hasn't missed a beat yet. I've thrown 5 lbs of 1/8th 6011, 7018, and 6013. So far, no issues with any of those rods. I haven't had a chance to use 6010 yet, so I can't speak to it's ability on it, but the above rods I've listed work smooth as heck. Did I mention that this thing can be carried with a shoulder strap? Yeah, it's that light. Also, for the normal operator, if you keep this thing below 90ish amps, you will never hit the duty cycle on it. So far, for the couple of hours I've welded on it, I've yet to see the overheat warning light come on, unless I've pushed it above that range. In summary, if you're on the fence because this is "new" tech, and not an old transformer based model like the ones we've grown accustomed to, pull the trigger on this purchase and don't look back.
Pros* "Hot Start" rocks
* Extremely light and portable
* Solid performance for any small fab, hobbyist, farm or agricultural setting, or light to medium repair shop setting.
* Infinitely adjustable amperage setting
* Literally only one knob to adjust. Set and go,
* Utilized dinse connector for ground clamp and electrode holder.
* Smooth arc so I can hear that bacon sizzle!
ConsWould be nice if the leads were a bit longer. 10 ft is a great start, but 15 ft would probably have been the sweet spot. Also, the amperage knob could be improved if it was a bit bigger to see more precise amperage settings.