Originally Posted by Monkeyevil
We have 1 Lincoln 215 and 2 255's.
I would recommend the 215 as the best bargin. You can sometimes find them for ~$1400 if your local supply will match online prices.
Benefits over the Ironman would be:
15' welding lead as opposed to 10'
The 215 has an all metal drive assembly (unsure on the Ironman)
At 170 amps the 215 has a 70% duty cycle... The Ironman is 40% at 150amps.
I don't know how much you plan on using it at once, so duty cycle may not be a concern?
Also check cost of consumables for each model.
Thanks for the info, I got to talk more to my welding buddy and we agreed on the Ironman and the duty cycle would not be an issue.
I am dealing with the guy on craiglist right now, but I also have a friend that works at TSC for the discount