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  • #31
    ok supplies for welding school

    I was wanting tips and suggestions on what i need to get for welding school i need to supply all my own safety gear, i have a welding hooh jackson journeyman eqs fixed shade 10. I was needing advice on safety shield clear vs green whats the best what do u need for protection while plasma cutting or torching stuff. i dont want to buy a bunch of grab i dont need. i have some miller tig gloves on order right now, im going to order some miller mig gloves and some mig/stick gloves. too And for my jacket im thinking about a tillman black onyx all leather. But i dont know if i should go with all leather or the half and half any suggextion would be helpful

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    • #32
      The Tillman Black Onyx stuff is really nice, buy it if you like. I am not one for jackets, they are not made for guys my size, and I always get bound up in the shoulders. I always wear Carharts, and I use Leather cape sleeves. I also have a 34" leather bib that snaps onto the bottom of the cape sleeves, so I don't cook sensitive areas when I am sitting down & welding or grinding overhead.

      As for the face shield....I use a Sellstrom DP-4 shield that has a very firm, and close fitting clear shield that tucks nicely under your chin. The feature that I really like is that the DP-4 has a flip down shade 3 cutting/grinding shield that comes in really handy. I use it all the time for Oxy/Acetylene cutting & heating, Plasma Cutting, and heating with Propane Tiger Torch. It works out very well that I can tilt my head & look "underneath" the cutting shield when I need to without having to raise the shield. Shaded lens is dark enough that I can use it all day long without having any "sun spots"

      All this type of equipment is very wearer specific. You will have to try it on for yourself to see what is a good fit for you. I can only say what has proven to do a good job for me.

      Hope it helps.
      Later,
      Jason

      Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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      • #33
        cool

        well that is certinaly a slick looking face shield, and it definitely would be handier than having to have 2 different shields in your tool bag. Any body with any other suggestions i would appreciate it.

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        • #34
          re what kind of equipment

          if you look at any cataloge for welding equipment,millers for example it lists the parameters that the equipment will operate within,from welders to plasma to whatever,and you can weld 1 inch in a single pass but im not going to tell you how , i want you to look it up and tell me how,( im in business now for 14 years and if you want to run your own show you better learn quickly how to do everything and anything and that includes research and even cleaning the toilet in the shop, good luck and waiting for your answer

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          • #35
            well i know for a fact that laser welding will weld 1 inch and thicker. but i assume with enough heat and proper preperation you can weld 1 inch thick.

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            • #36
              and im pretty sure you would use a butt welding technique

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              • #37
                migman

                glad to see you looked it up migman,submerged arc also will do single pass seams over 1 inch ,keep looking things up as the questions are raised and youll be ready for anything,knowledge is power. as for the certification you asked about, get it , it gives you the credibility you want and is recognized by the industry that you have completed the minimum requirements they need,plus your potential customers will know you mean business take care and good luck

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                • #38
                  thanks your for wishing me good luck. Im starting to learn reasearch is everything, and practice makes perfect. I will always try to make my next bead the best and better than the one before. i WANT TO BE succesful, im not looking to be rich but i want to come out ahead.

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                  • #39
                    im looking for some ideas once i learn how to weld i would like to build my self a kick butt workbench any pics or ideas would be usefull

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                    • #40
                      great advice here! Only thing I can chime in with, is I bought a pair of $18 gloves when I started my tech school. Melted/burned or grinded the fingers as fast as the $4.00 pair of gloves. Expensive ones feel more comfy, they have extra liners in them. But with gloves, I still abuse them, whether from heat, cuts get grease/dirt on them or whatever, I wait for a tent sale and buy 10 pairs for $4/each. Now they last me a year...
                      bert
                      I'm not late...
                      I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                      • #41
                        shop equipment

                        I'm thankfull not to have been eating while reading joebass's reply. I was laughing so hard i would have choked.

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                        • #42
                          migman

                          hey migman i just wanted to say good for you on wanting to start your own business,as i have been in business for over 14 years and thank god an extremely successful one at that ,i ll give you some free adviceif youll take it.#1 dont listen to some of the yahoos on here they will just discourage you and thats not a good start. first off try and get some training at a reputable welding school or if you think you are good enough try and do some of the weld tests to see if you can get your tickets, next instead of investing your money right away i would suggest getting a job with a welding company to learn some of the tricks of the trade ,and when you pick up all you think youll learn ,get in somewhere else and keep packing the knowledge and experience because no one can take that from you .try working at different shops to see how they do things and learn while getting paid.when you feel confident enough to go on your own and you have enough money and tools to give it an honest go.if i were you i would work somewhere and start doing side jobs as a start and build up some customers,that way when your ready to give it on your own ,you have a base of clients to start with, drop me a line if you need any help and geep your eye on your prize, youll get there, it doesnt happen overnight but just stay focused and youll get there .good luck to you

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                          • #43
                            ManOfSteel has given some great advice... But remember your goal - running your own business. While soaking up as much knowledge about the technology, also pay attention to the way the businesses are run. Learn to recognize the boss's weaknesses so that you can avoid his mistakes. If they do something that works - business related - remember that too.

                            Listen to the gripes of the workers and do your best to see the management perspective. You'll be in a great position to see that some business decisions don't sit well with the workers but make sense to the business. Think about these things when you run your business and you'll understand how important communication and respect is between the employees and the boss.

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                            • #44
                              Takes Time, but worth it

                              migman, just wanted to throw in a quick 2 cents. Learn the skills, get some knowledge, and some small amounts of equipment to get you by in the beginning. Throw out some "word of mouth" and some inexpensive advertisements. Jobs will come S L O W at first, then pick up. I started about 2 years ago and now my calls/jobs are a lot more frequent and seem to increase everyday. Also, have something else as your "money maker" job to keep you on your feet. Give yourself time to see if your business is going to work out for you. Don't let anyone tell you "you can't do that"! Because you can! Remember, you have to do the job right, care for your customers and if you don't know how to do something, find the person that does and ask them to help you. Good luck, man!

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                              • #45
                                thanks i been getting a lot of good advice from everyone. i really appreciate it everyone you been so helpful

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