Harbor Freight AC/DC Stick Welde
I have a Harbor Freight AC/DC Stick Welder that I bought new in 1993-4. It puts out a more stable arc than some name brand machines. It has lasted for years. I think that it was made in Italy--not China. Got lucky I guess.
I am a Lincoln fan because from experience. When I was learning welding in college we went to a Miller 'show' at a local welding supply store. They had every product there. They were pretty to look at and I wanted everything they had.
Then I got my first welding job. I welded pulsed mig. The new Miller could not be adjusted to put out the same quality of weld that the older Lincoln could. Constant adjustments and repairs to the other Millers got on my nerves. The Hobart feeders were a nightmare. I have found that saving up the extra money for name brand equipment that I have is worth it.