Century makes an Inverter Arc 120 stick welder, model K2789-1, for approximately $249. This model is a portable DC stick welder which weighs only 15 pounds so it can go anywhere you want it to. Features include a work clamp and 10 foot work cable in addition to a shoulder strap and 10 foot electrode holder.
Materials up to 1/8" thick can be welded and are easily available.Lincoln Electric offers Fleetwood 47 Electrodes, model EDO31153, which runs about $34 for a one pound container.
This wonderful little unit can be used to repair garden gates and bed frames as well as many other common household items and would be beneficial in any home.
Thermadyne offers an Inverter Stick/TIG Welder 185 AC/DC, model ArcMaster 185 AC/DC. This is perfect for larger jobs. Features of this model include AC frequency which gives the welder control over the weld bead shape while AC balance allows the user to fine tune any AC welding cycle.
The job save and load feature gives you the option of storing up to five exact optimized welding diameters which can easily be recalled through digital controls for perfect repeatability.
This unit runs approximately $2800 and comes with plenty of accessories such as an argon regulator and foot control. Don't forget the Hobart welding sticks/rods, model 6013. This 10 lb. pack of 1/8" rods will run around $23. This model will be greatly appreciated in any auto repair shop.