The top handle is by far easier to use and less cumbersome. Best money I have spent on a Arc Welder. Really like it, it's my first welder but its awesome. There are some cheaper welders out there that have digital amperage adjustment. First off I want to speak about the company CHMING.
CHMING Features & Specs
5KG black HDPE electrode, diameter 4mm
Welder Style: Black welding rod
Editor's Impressions Of The CHMING
Value For Money
CHMING Final Thoughts
"Easy for me to assemble."
But watch the pricing, it changes regularly. Liked the diversity of metal it can weld. Best money I have spent on a Arc Welder. This one fired right up out of the box with no worries. I always wonder if I could weld anything and it worked.