I vote for the mig also, I have recently added a Lincoln round top 250 ac/dc and a Lincoln weldan power 225/210 with my 180c, sure glad I started with mig cause this stick stuff is a steep learning curve, I have been looking at the Century 255 with spool gun for under $1400 @ usa weld, and the HTP 250, might give those a look. I would love to have the Lincoln 255