I am not extremely familiar with the Insta machines, but have had a chance to operate one at a show. From first glance it looks like a quality machine. My only dislikes are the single handle design, makes it tougher to lock down than a shovel handle design. And I believe that a pin needed to be inserted after locking the press down to hold it into place (can someone verify this?). It might have been on just the model I was using, but it would be worth asking the supplier you plan to purchase from.
Josh, I have the 228 model and it locks automatically when the handle is pushed down and the timer also starts once the handle reaches the down position. As for the one handle VS the shovel I did'nt find it to be any trouble.
Hope this helps.
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