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well i just got my new miller tool bag today and love it, so far i have the tool bag three pairs of miller welding gloves one for tig and one for mig/stick and one for just metalworking, I have a sellstrom dp4 face shield on the way, oh yeah a jackson journeyman eqc helmet, if anybody can think of or suggest anything else besides the jacket let me know please, any tools (for a tool bag), or anything i appreciate it.
if anyone has any ideas on what kind of hand tools i need to start off with please share your advice, if i start welding were i work now ill need all my own hand tools cause the dont provide crap except for welders consumables, sand blaster, bender, mill, and iron workers.
Well what are the guys that weld at your shop using for tools? They would be a good place to start for advice, chances are they'll quickly tell you about good and bad experiences with tools in the environment that you'll be using them. Besides they'd rather have you buy your own than borrow theirs!
2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin SOLD
2008 Suitcase 12RC
2009 Dynasty 200DX
2000 XMT 304
2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251
yeah i work in a factory and the company wont provide the hand tools for the guys that weld, we dont do much stick welding at all in the weld shop the only guys that stick are the maintance guys when they are fixing steel racks, or dock plates. In the weld shop we do MIg and tig, but have to fab parts before we weld them, we do it all we cut the stuff, grind it shape it, weld it then send it to my beautiful friends dept(christy)(which has a huge crush on me even though shes married) for paint and powder coat.
and what sucks is we do repair work for people at the plant, like garden tools, or lawnmower parts, one night we welded a brush guard for the plant manager, and when we need tools we cant never find them ever, thats why i was just gonna get my own and keep them under lock and key.
don't be discouraged by any of the negativity. some guys just can't stand seeing someone else succeed. I personally know someone in my town that owns a VERY profitable fab shop, and when he started, some of his guys knew more than him.
Just make sure you research your purchases yourself. Don't rely on your local sales rep. I had one try to sell me a machine that wouldn't work for my application. He seemed surprise.
migman69, what was the question? shop,tools, cute girl.........
(my side bussiness)
Miller Synchrowave 350LX with tigrunner
Esab 450i with wire feeder
Thermal Dynamics cutmaster 51 plasma cutter
Miller aircrafter 330 - sold
Marathon 315mm coldsaw
vertical and horizontal band saws
Dewalt cut off saw
Sand blast cabinet
lots of hand grinders
Think back to the extra distracting trips you've made in the past for stuff you've needed. That's a good start.
Extra helmet lens(s).
LOTS of markers; Soapstone, Sharpies, scribe etc.
ICE kit... In Case of Emergency. Sealed for protection; very visible and well marked. Let co-workers know what and where it is.
Keep a list of medical information about prescriptions/medical conditions.
Contact information for notification in case of emergency.
Copies of insurance cards.
does anyone have a good suggestion for a good multi process welder Im wanting to get one for the house so i can do light fab work and general repair work for people or myself such as mower decks, shovels, shelfs, and creation making stuff, all i have is standerd household power, 110v outlets, i had thought about buying a generator to run a welder off of but i would like to keep costs down for now till i find my self needing to upgrade. any tips or ideas and suggestions are appreciated.