$1000 for everything. Stick welding at the steel mill years ago. Just brackets and small stuff. We had profesional welders for good welding. Then a MIG machine at my last employer. MIG is the way to go for a home shop. Even a hack like me can make a good enough weld using shielded gas MIG. I decided on this machine from HF for $750, and a good welding shield from Vern Lewis with a cheater plate that slides in, that was $170. Still need a cart and a gas bottle. I can keep going on my bucket seat frame repairs now at least using the flux wire till I get a gas bottle. Dont have to wait for a friend to be available anymore.