As some of you may remember, I have a couple of old "short hood" Lincoln SA-200 welders.
A business acquaintance has developed an interest in welding and wants to buy one. However, I have a rule to never sell anything to a friend or relative, and told him this.
But I have convinced him that if he must take the plunge, a SA-200 is a solid investment, provided you are a prudent, cautious, and circumspect buyer.
He has come to look at me as an "expert" on welders although I've tried to make it clear that I am simply an enthusiastic and informed hobbyist who frequents this watering hole.
Here are a couple of questions for the group. What was the pinnacle year or year range for these machines? I hear a lot about the "red face" machines. Not only am I not sure about what a "red face" Lincoln is I also don't know what year ranges qualified as "red face".
A related question is: What is a fair price range for a given machine in poor, fair, and excellent condition?
I've told him that I thought an older SA-200 in fair but usable cosmetic and mechanical condition would be sell for between $1500 - $1800 and one that's recently rebuilt and painted might bring from $2300 to $2500.
Is this about right? Or do I need a reality check up or down?