Apparently unavailable now online so presume it was running for 1 week only. I'll check instore tomorrow.
Had (and still have) the same thing, a Pickhill Bantam which as well as welding can also be used to jump start a tractor - don't try that with an inverter :) at least it still works and is a lot better than the fan cooled transformer variety. Using it for the same purpose as yourself, fixing broken stuff on a farm.
I'll not pretend that I know how these things work, but I remember starting out on a giant big oil cooled welder that could only put out 250A, and now you can get something shoebox size to do the same thing, but they do seem to work very well. Unless you spend very big money all these welders are made-in or assembelled with Chinese components and you seem to pay different amounts depending on the quality of the capacitors so look at price, duty cycle and warranty as the truth is nothing nowadays is built to last. I've had mine just over a year now and it is used hard on an intermittent basis around the farm welding everything from tin to H-irons and it's been flawless.
Thanks for letting me know. I am looking to replace a Thermal Arc 175SE that stopped working after about six years. There is someone selling those for £250 on eBay which I thought was good. This is potentially even better. I find it hard to put my faith in any PCB handling that sort of current and heat so perhaps better to buy a cheap one.
Price up slightly. Note that it will arrive with an eu plug. https://www.expondo.de/stamos-germany-elektroden-schweissgeraet-250-a-8-meter-kabel-hot-start-led-display-2228