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  • calweld
    started a topic Welding rigs -- Details

    Welding rigs -- Details

    There was an excellent thread started last winter by Mr. Hall with pictures of everybody's rigs. We're still waiting for Portable Welder's pictures, I guess nobody's holding their breath.

    Now it's time for details -- what do you actually carry on your truck, why you carry what you do, how you organize (or disorganize , as the case may be) to fit your work and clientele? We're all a little bit different, some of us do a little of everything, some of us specialize in certain types of work, some have rigs just to take care of in-house work on their own enterprises. Then we have the pipe welding rigs, which is an entirely different world, with their own specialized tools and layout equipment. We have big trucks, little trucks, and everything in-between represented here, I'd like to see them all, pickups, flatbeds, and utility vehicles. Smaller rigs would be particularly interesting, since with size/weight restrictions you would have to make harder choices, and maybe come up with some unique solutions.

    I know everybody's busy right now, but I think it would be very informative and educational, and I'm sure in some cases surprising, to find out what different people carry on their rigs, and how. I'll try to get some detailed pictures posted of my rig and contents this week, it won't be "clean and sanitary", but as it actually is in the middle of a very busy time. I have also finished equipping my "welding skid", I think you will be very surprised how much can be fit on a 40" by 48" space.

  • JSFAB
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    If I recall correctly, there were several threads started about the same time as this one, those who keep posting up asking for "rig ideas", could simply do a search and find every possibility out there.

    Although it woudn't work for me, an enclosed box truck or trailer, set up properly, can actually give you more useable space than a dedicated truck or open trailer. Depends on your needs and your clientele. Myself, over 25 years, went from a pickup, to a flatbed, to a F350 utility bed, to a class 7/8 diesel rig, and now, mostly due to California air regulations and CHP rules, back down to single rear F350's. Gassers, no more diesels. Being in business, it definitely pays to be flexible.

    Last two posters, nice setups, worth thinking about if it fits your needs.
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  • jpence38
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    Some pics.
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  • jpence38
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    More Pics
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  • MMW
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    In one of my truck boxes I carry misc. mechanic type tools. In the trailer I have welder, feeder, two 125cu oxy, two 145cu acet, one 125cu 75/25, 25' stinger, 21' work lead, two 46' ext. (I have two 80' ext. that I bring when needed, also 100' torch hose) 50' each of oxy/acet hose, mig hose & 14 pin ext. Grinders, clamps, compressor w/60' hose, cac torch, rods, wire, misc. steel, ext. cords, 4' step ladder, rosebud. I'm sure I forgot something but it works great for what I do. Where I mostly go is wide open so no problems getting in & out. I love the fact that everything is out of the weather & hidden from view.

    I can drop the trailer & use my truck as needed without it being tied up & I don't have the overhead of a dedicated truck. Another plus is it is easy to get in & out of with out climbing up. The other nice thing is in the winter I leave the side door closed & it gets to be about 55* inside while in the teens outside. In the summer with all the doors & vents open it stays about outside temp. The silver color keeps it from baking inside from the sun.
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  • MMW
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    Here it is as a single axle & getting the second axle & extending the fender. Moved the original one as far forward as I could with the side door. Click image for larger version

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  • MMW
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    I found a 6x12 v-nose enclosed trailer used. It already had brakes on a single axle & was rated at 3500 #. I ran it this way but was constantly at about 3500-3700#. I looked for a tandem & when I couldn't find one I added a second axle. I don't have recent pics but these are when I first was setting it up. I'll take some pics this week & post them.Click image for larger version

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  • MMW
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    So Portable has asked for pics of my set up. Thought I would revive this old thread.

    In 2009 after 23 yrs. at a fab shop they closed their doors & I went out on my own. I had already been doing mobile side jobs for 11 yrs. with a skid (no pics) & a 89 Chevy crew cab dually. At this time I had a 04 Chevy 1500 xtra cab with rear air bags. I didn't get a dedicated truck because I planned on doing mostly shop work at my shop & occasionally mobile as I had been doing. I turned out doing just the opposite & after 8 months decided to try a trailer first to see how it worked. For what I do the trailer is perfect.Click image for larger version

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  • Eric Carroll
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    looking good, but aren't you worried about the rust when it comes time to paint?

    I plan on having the whole bed sandblasted in the spring.That way I can run it for a while and if i want to change anything it wont be a big deal.Need to get/make a spool for my o/a now.I only get to work on it a few hours a week.I may get the bumper on today.

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  • Portable Welder
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    Thanks for the kind words there Aero weld and for sticking up for me, However its been a couple of years since you've seen my truck.
    Its not quite as shiny as when it was new and she's got a few rust spots starting on the bed and tool boxes, I'm hoping that they dont show on the pictures, however she still works just as hard as I ever ask her to.

    Jim I'm glad to hear you finally picked up a 550, let me know if I can be of assistance when you need to set the bed on.
    My crane can safely pick up 3,500 Lbs 8' out.
    As far as hauling 24' pcs of steel, installing a reciever tube in the front and rear of the truck with removable uprights.
    I cant imagine not beeing able to carry long pcs.
    Next thing youll want is a crane on your truck.
    I cant tell you all the jobs that I now can do because of the crane that I used to pass up on.
    As far as concealing the crane I seen a guy with a nice cover for his crane that really made it blend in.
    I've seen a couple cranes in the auto swaper connected to trucks for $ 6,500.00 Just take the crane off and sell the truck for $ 5,000.00 and you have a $ 13,000.00 crane for $ 1500.00
    Jim, Its because of me seeing your F- 450 set up so nice that led me to build My F-550 and by the sounds of it your raising the bar even higher.
    Have you seen my buddy Verns Rig out of Plymouth, its the new GMC 4500 with the aluminum alcoa rims, its a butifull truck.
    Happy New year everyone.

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  • weld-tek
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    very nice eric,when im down there next month i would like t come browse around and check your operation out,if it is ok.

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  • Eric Carroll
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    com/albums/c27/EricCarroll/DSC00399.jpg[/IMG]Heres what Ive got done so far,I may be done by the time you come down but i wouldnt bet on it.

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  • weld-tek
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    Originally posted by Eric Carroll View Post
    I wanted to keep this thread going, so heres my new truck, 06 5500 gmc. I'll do more pics when bed is done.








    i would like to see truck completed,maybe when i come to music city in feb it will be done,any updates?????????????

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  • Sberry
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    Aero, I am not sure how you get all that stuff on there. I only carry a small stick machine and about 10# of rod. I need to weigh it again tooled up, I had it calculated and I forget the numbers but mine is heavy and I carry a lot of stuff. I totally enclosed everything but I have complete air tools and pipe threading. One thing that had kept mine in the shed even more these days is battery impacts. I work from a pickup when I can but I aint a welding spe******t, one thing I find in my line of work is the ability to be hi problem solver with minimal resources and a sense of the stuff I really use and lean on. I am doing my own work so I have the luxury of pre-planning and pre-empting. I like having hi air and a lot of fittings, bolts, etc. I have a remote location, it was nice this spring to have it on the job as a gang box. I have kind of worked my way out of it though but for what I got into it even the occasional need makes it worthwhile and sometimes some petty contracting. I could get by with trailer mounted or skid, I can solve most field problems without welding anymore, my equipment goes out serviced and I have good trucking, I will haul a problem home if I can. New pic, same truck. I circle the top box, the lid folds open full length with the ladder in place and it is where I carry the "extra".
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  • ShieldArc
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    Originally posted by Coalsmoke View Post
    this is a good thread, just adding a bump for J
    this is a good thread, just adding a bump for J

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