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  • tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

    What tools should one own as an apprentice fabricator welder?
    I work with medium/heavy steel and rarely with thin steel (never less than 2mm) I have ball peen, lump hammers
    Various burning nozzles,
    Scribes
    Centre punches
    A trammel
    Steel rule
    16ft tape
    Files flat and round
    Chisels
    Punches
    Screwdrivers
    Squares (regular and combi)
    And a hitachi 9" grinder.
    Is there anything that any of you can suggest will help make life easier?
    Thanks
    Cori

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    Originally posted by cori_southwales:299135
    What tools should one own as an apprentice fabricator welder?
    I work with medium/heavy steel and rarely with thin steel (never less than 2mm) I have ball peen, lump hammers
    Various burning nozzles,
    Scribes
    Centre punches
    A trammel
    Steel rule
    16ft tape
    Files flat and round
    Chisels
    Punches
    Screwdrivers
    Squares (regular and combi)
    And a hitachi 9" grinder.
    Is there anything that any of you can suggest will help make life easier?
    Thanks
    Cori
    2 At least 25' tape preferably 30'.
    4-1/2" angle grinder.
    Levels magnetic 8" & 48" two each.
    Framing square & large adjustable t-square.
    Chalk line for large layouts.
    Plum bob.
    Pair of Collapsible pipe stands.
    On/off 90 powered magnets. Helps while tacking & layouts.


    That's off the top of my head.

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    • #3
      Nice stabila levels, nice angle finders, good comfortable ear protection to name some of my favorite day to day items.

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      • #4
        tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

        Should be supplied by your work

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jbomb:299151
          Should be supplied by your work
          Not everywhere.
          My previous employer had us (welders) supply all our own tools.
          Which I didn't mind.
          But ! if your tools get damaged or worn -the employer does need to replace them.

          & 1 other item I just can't do with out
          are Bessy clamps. Try to build your set in pairs. Their expensive but a must have tool.

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          • #6
            tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

            Vice grip clamps, for small stuff. Soap stone holder, compass to fit round soap stones, hood, chipping hammer,ss wire brush , welding jacket and tig finger, sold by weldingtipsandtricks.conm
            Last edited by go2building; 01-05-2013, 10:58 PM.

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            • #7
              Never worked somewhere that didnt provide all the safety gear, grinders, & clamps. I use calipers alot. Also took 2 pieces of angle about 2" long & welded flat bar on the point of the angle & then put a half moon bead of weld on the flat bar. Helps with using pipe clamps on square tubing when trying to square up parts. Also have a 6" scale. If you have to provide your own grinders a nice die grinder & dynabrade belt sander are nice too.

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              • #8
                I've never worked anywhere that didn't supply the tools and would buy you any tool you needed to do the work

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                • #9
                  Ask them what they expect... so you don't buy stuff you don't have to......unless you're RICH!

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                  • #10
                    i use two 4 1/2" angle grinders a lot. One has a flap disk the other a grinding wheel or cut disk. Heck i could use a 3rd on but just to much stuff hanging on my welding cart.........Fireman Bill

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                    • #11
                      tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

                      Does anyone use carver clamps?

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                      • #12
                        (2) 1 1/4" spuds
                        (1) adjustable spud
                        (1) 1 1/8" spud
                        (2) sleever bars
                        (1) chipping hammer ( mine is drywall hammer with nuts welded in the flat side. I have tips i can change out
                        40' tape
                        Ratchet spud 1/2" drive
                        3/4" drive ratchet
                        2 bolt bags
                        Scabbard
                        Sleever bar holder
                        Squares
                        Clamps
                        Just to name a few...don't forget a welding hood

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                        • #13
                          -100 feet of tring.
                          -allen wrenches up to 3/8"
                          -allen wrenches up to 10mm.
                          - toolbox that is lockable for all the tools along with room for expansion


                          Just a few suggestions that I have.

                          Thanks
                          Byron

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                          • #14
                            tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

                            What is tring?
                            I googled it and it said its a small market town in Hertfordshier, England.

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                            • #15
                              cori_southwales,

                              Here is what I have found to be very useful.

                              I use several as cheap, almost disposable tooling.

                              By this I mean that I can hold parts with them and if necessary, I can weld on pieces to create a simple, inexpensive, and quick custom fixture.

                              If I want to "reclaim" it after a project, I cut off the extra pieces and grind it somewhat smooth.

                              If it is too far gone, I can still save some parts of it for another project.

                              It sits flat on my weld table and I don't mind if I mess it up while welding.

                              Here in the states, one can be purchased for about $10 US.
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