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Millermatic 252 w/30A
Big Blue Air Pak
Ellis 3000 Band Saw
Trailblazer 302 Air Pak w/ Wireless Remote
Dynasty 200 DX
XMT 350 MPa w/S-74 MPa Plus
Spectrum 625 X-TREME
Lincoln SA-200 Blue Tint Red Face '63
2-Lincoln SA-200 Red Face '68
SA-200 Black Face '59
SA-200 Green Lite '84
SA-200 Green Lite '80
SA-200 Red Face '69
SA-200 Red Face '66
SA-200 Green Lite '81
'70 Black Face Round Barrel
I looked very seriously at the LowBuck when I was looking for a notcher. I chose to go with a JM2 Notch Master instead. The reason was that the LowBuck dies were just too expensive to keep on hand in order to cover a decent range of different tube diameters. With the Notch Master I can afford to keep just about every size of hole saw that I can find and they are not expensive, and I don't buy the cheap crap either. They do a really good job and if you keep them lubed when you cut they will last a very long time. My Notch Master is a MUCH less labor intensive tool too, which says a lot when you get to be my age!
Miller Syncrowave 200
Miller 30A Spool Gun
Hypertherm PowerMax 30
Etc., Etc., Etc...... Western Arkansas Welding
I recommend the Low Bucks. The one I have I bought back in 1989. I have it set up for 1 1/4 and 1/2 inch pipe. I use it when I need it and it still works good. I used the two inch (2 3/8" O.D.) for lightwall for years. Then I bought the Vogel and I use it for all my 2 inch pipe.
In fact I used the Vogel today. I'm making a gate, five rail 2 3/8" O.D., nine footer. It's to replace the one that jumped out in front of a bud's Mercedes when we had the icey roads. It's sixteen gauge .065 galvanized fence tube.
Somehow, for whatever reason, I read the original poster's intent as trying to sell this unit. Probably because I am in the middle of a job, where I will need to be notching pipe out for handrails.
I realize now, the only intention of the original poster, was to get a discussion started about notchers. My bad, and I apologize for jumping to conclusions.
Carry on, I for one would appreciate more discussion about different brands, especially the ability to make angled notches, I have several ramps to make, not all joints are 90 degrees. As I deal with this problem often, I have various ways of doing it, but it would be nice to have a helper simply cut the angle, notch correctly, and just weld. The notcher I have available right now to use, can simply make 90 degree notches, costs time and money when doing ramps.
Obviously, I'm just a hack-artist, you shouldn't be listening to anything I say .....
They're "hole saw" based, but have done an excellent job for me for years.
They'll do angle notches as well as "offset" notches.
Syncrowave 250 DX Tigrunner
Dynasty 200 DX
Miller XMT 304 w/714D Feeder & Optima Control
Miller MM 251 w/Q300 & 30A SG
Dialarc 250 AC/DC
Hypertherm PM 600 & 1250
Wilton 7"x12" bandsaw
PC Dry Cut Saw, Dewalt Chop Saw
Milwaukee 8" Metal Cut Saw, Milwaukee Portaband.
Thermco and Smith (2) Gas Mixers
More grinders than hands
I have been using the notch master for a few years now, and love it. It has good capacity. Will do alot more than my ol joint jigger. I was sold on the being able to offset cope notch. I bought it from Van Sant. Good price and good people. I use the notch master for mostly sch 40 pipe. I notch dry and slow. And have been using the same few hole saws. I do lube em up when notching anything else. They'll burn up in no time otherwise. I haven't used my ol joint jigger since i bought the notch master.
Ordered the Lowbuck the other day. Along with all four sizes of dies. I have quite a few angled notches to do, this one seems to have the most flexibility. Hole saw type notchers would work, but I'm not dragging a drill-press around with me in the field, nor do I have the patience to deal with the setup. Fab job, fine, but this is a production job we bid.
If I get a chance, will post pics and a review later. It will be at least a couple weeks, gotta finish the construction first. Will compare and contrast with the "solid block" type of notchers I have used in the past.