Are you wanting to do Steel only? Aluminum as well? Stainless?
I used to have this same Lincoln buzz box i lovedthat it was AC/DC I always welded on DC with it seemed to run hotter for thicker material. Only sold it because I got a Miller that does Tig/Stick and didn’t need a ”extra”
Comes down to how much you want to spend at the end of the day. I don’t do it for a living, nor do I do it everyday but I usually end up needing something different every time and so I split my money rolled the dice on titanium unlimited 200 multiprocess mig, Tig, stick and it works just fine and used the rest of the money for a plasma cutterMy dad is looking into getting a welder for our garage. We don't do a lot of fabrication, but enough where having a welder comes in handy. He's planning on using it to fix the western hauler body on his 450 first.
He grew up using mainly a stick welder and that's what he's most comfortable with. He's been looking at some AC/DC ones so he can have a little more flexibility.
What would you guys recommend?