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    Hey y'all. Names Jake. I've look to get a rig set up. Nothing to fancy, I'm not trying to go to Oklahoma or Alaska or anything. I live in a farm town and I'm just looking to offer my services as a welder to the local farmers in need of them. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • #2
    What do you already have? Or are you starting completely from scratch?

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    • #3
      Ok you need to get a Kenworth Contracter special with a Cat C15 and a dump bed. Purchase an 825 IR compressor to bolt to the bed. Then a Miller Duo-Op 600 and 1500ft of lead.

      That is my suggestion until I get more information.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rezeppa View Post
        Ok you need to get a Kenworth Contracter special with a Cat C15 and a dump bed. Purchase an 825 IR compressor to bolt to the bed. Then a Miller Duo-Op 600 and 1500ft of lead.

        That is my suggestion until I get more information.
        That's a great start.

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        • #5
          welding rig ideas?

          Thanks for the ideas. I'm starting from scratch. I'm a full time welder for Hobart. And every job I've had has been in shops, so I haven't needed to buy anything. I just get bored on the weekends and have friends asking if I could weld stuff for them. But I haven't been able to cuz I've been dragging my feet on setting up a rig.

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          • #6
            Sounds like you'll need a engine drive with decent length leads, oxy-acetylene rig, engine driven air-compressor and a handful of hand tools. A few 115v extension cords to run drills, grinders, and lights off the engine drive. If you have lots of cash maybe a suitcase wirefeeder or a HF box.

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            • #7
              http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...elding+trailer

              Check out the link above. This would give you some ideas. Do a search on this forum for welding rigs, welding trailers, welding skids. You will get lots of ideas.

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              • #8
                welding rig ideas?

                Thanks for all the input guys. And thanks for that link. I don't have a ton of cash to drop to start off with. But I can build towards it.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah , sometimes when strapped for cash we have to get creative, remember that they're are many things you can build for your rig. That's how I'm gettin started.

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                    • #11
                      Yes...creativity is a welders best friend. I'm trying not to go too crazy since I won't be using it daily.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by elvis View Post
                        Sounds like you'll need a engine drive with decent length leads, oxy-acetylene rig, engine driven air-compressor and a handful of hand tools. A few 115v extension cords to run drills, grinders, and lights off the engine drive. If you have lots of cash maybe a suitcase wirefeeder or a HF box.
                        Originally posted by GemCityJake View Post
                        Thanks for all the input guys. And thanks for that link. I don't have a ton of cash to drop to start off with. But I can build towards it.
                        Originally posted by Millright52 View Post
                        Yeah , sometimes when strapped for cash we have to get creative, remember that they're are many things you can build for your rig. That's how I'm gettin started.
                        Elvis is right on all those things, and if your strapped for cash and want to get creative. Go out on a pipeline job somewhere, find a guy busy running a bead, knock him in the head, roll up the leads, and leave in his rig. You will have most all the stuff right there to get started immediately. Then all you need to do is clean it up and repaint it so no one will recognize it and your all set. Lots cheaper than what rezeppa suggested, just don't get caught with it and park it in the back yard or closed in a garage when not in use.

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                        • #13
                          Never mind, scratch that idea, you may end up hurt trying to do that. Most of those pipeline guys can be pretty tuff and hard headed and end up stuffing you into the pipeline and welding it closed behind you. Then we will have lost a new forum member, mysteriously.

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                          • #14
                            You can't go too far wrong doing a little "market research". What I mean is to (1) Talk to someone doing that sort of work if you can find anyone and ask what they use or DON'T USE and/or wish they had. (2) Talk to your target customers and find out what kind of welding there is a demand for. (3) After doing (1) and (2) try to figure out what sorts of jobs YOU will do and what kind of equipment will give you the best return. You can NOT have a tool or a machine for everything and you might as well start out with the stuff that you will use most and that will maximize your "bang for the bucks spent". I guess what I am saying is that you will do best matching the tools to the jobs you will be doing.

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                            • #15
                              Are you serious? Cuz I'm missing the humor...

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