Anyways, I bought my first machine(Bobcat 225G) and O/A torch in 2001, still have'm. I added a MM140 with 3035 spoolgun in 2007 to do aluminum work on boats. I also use it with FC wire, as most of my work is outside.
I have built a rack for my truck(one of the first things I built with my Bobcat) to haul my steel on, as it's way easier than pulling a trailer around town. I've made A-frames for hoisting, doors for my shop, smoker grills, my welding trailer and a yard trailer to pull with lawn mower, a set of steps to get in the house, along with many other smaller things. A bigger set of steps are planned to access the front porch, gathering money for the materials for that job.
I believe I can build most anything I want to, if I can get an idea of what it's supposed to look like when finished. I had some mechanical drafting classes in school, so I can draw up plans for projects if needed. Sometimes it's more fun just to start and see how it turns out, making up dimensions and sizes as I go along. Other times I draw it out to maximize material usage. I hate paying someone to do something I can do myself, usually I just need the right tools to git'er done. My ole lady don't give me much problems about buying new tools if I have a good REASON
to get them. I am now looking for a project to give me a reason to get a plasma torch. Anyhow just wanted to let y'all know alittle about me, be talking to ya later. If I figure out how to reduce the file size of some of my pics I will post'em up for everyone.