50 mile round trip and ~ 15mpg in you PU = 3.3 gal of gas; @ $2/gal, that's less than $7 for transportation. I don't know how much the rental runs, but it'll cost you $1500 -$5000 to buy one.Well, I have the welder, and live 25 miles from anyplace that rents stuff like that.
Wow that’s a big generator, you sure you didn’t fat finger those numbers? I’m guessing you meant 5500 running and 8500 starting. That would be “normal” portable generator around 8-10hp. A 55,000 watt generator would be more like a 100 or so hp engine running it , think 300ci Ford engine. If it’s a 5500 watt geny it should have a 30 amp twist lock 230 volt plug. That plug should provide you with about 23-24 amps at 230 volt which is the voltage your Lincoln bus box requires however it is not enough amperage. You could try it if you wire the correct plug to your welder, my guess is you would be limited to around half the amps that welder can do when running on the generator.tHE gENERATOR HAS 55000 WATTS, AND 85000 STARTING WATTS