I have had this machine for a couple months or more but just got around to checking out the stick rod function. It does have a setting for 6010 and one for 7018 so I first tried it with 6010. I set it up for 1/8 and1/4" plate which is what I was welding on. I struck an arc and immediately thought I had the leads reverse and it was on straight polarity. I just swapped the leads without looking at the terminals and WOW, it really started frying with that. I went back, checked the + and - on the machine, switched the leads back where they were and lowered the amps from 135 down to 125 then down to 100 . This was a bit more acceptable but the arc blow was still significant with the 6010. I next set it up for 1/8" 70xx per the machine program. It welded a bit better with 7018 but the arc still didnt work for me so I shut it down, unspooled my Miller Dialarc 250 set it on 125 amps and did my welding, the arc was super smooth just like it should be. I guess the Vulcan will just be doing wire feed which it does very well for FCAW and MIG. I havent hooked it up on TIG yet but I suppose I should try that since the stick rod arc was so unstable. I think I may need some adapter to hook up my TIG torch and I havent bought the remote foot control for it either. But scratch start with DC machines is what I welded with for all my welding career. The Everlast TIG with HF start and foot remote will spoil you pretty fast though.