I had my lincoln wirematic 255 stolen out of my shed and it was chained to the tractor. These days bolt cutters sell for cheap money and cut the best chains. Has anyone built a strong box to keep there expensive items in out in the shed? ANY GOOD PICTURRES???
Around here my thies seems to gravel with pry bar and bolt cutter.
I have since replaced that lincoln with a newer 2005 millermatic 251.
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Thread: lock box
02-23-2009, 07:59 PM #1Junior Member
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02-23-2009, 09:14 PM #2
Sorry to hear about the theft. With any luck the jerk-offs will drop the welder on themselves and leave a lasting wound as a memento of the theft.
Not sure if this will help, in the line of work that I do I am around a couple different types of boxes.
1. being the stainless boxes we all see at intersections that houses the controllers for the traffic lights. These are very secure cabinets and can be easily bolted to the floor.
2. being all the green telephone boxes on every corner. These are not quite as good as the SS but still very tough to get into. I have one at work that we keep tools in. I dont have any pics right now but if I can remember I will take a few tomorrow morning.
Now the SS traffic box is tall and skinny most of the time, as it may fit your hand tools its probably not enough for the 251.
On the other hand the telephone box would most likely fit the welder. The bottle may be a hangup tho.
Both of these boxes use a secure type latch that takes a security wrench or a recessed allen with a hole in the center and also room for a lock. Maybe you could use this type of latching mechanism to assist in slowing down the jerks.
I think no matter what you do other then offering lead poisoning will stop them, but you may make it tough enough to discourage them.
02-24-2009, 01:51 AM #3
How hard is it to run an air hose out there?
If you had an impact wrench that was easy enough to access out in the shed, you could make a strong box that had a hinge on one side of the door, and 30 or so bolts holding the other end and center.
The lock wouldn't even be needed - they'd be too tired to haul the stuff off after cranking the wrench (and it would buy you time to hopefully catch them in the act).
Just make sure to keep the socket somewhere safe and use a large size like 1-1/8" or a goofy 12 point internal socket head. Even the larger 1/2" or so torxs head bolts would baffle guys trying to get them loose.Syncrowave 250DX
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02-24-2009, 06:57 AM #4Senior Member
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02-24-2009, 12:06 PM #5Senior Member
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the best way is a silent alarm that pages your cell phone with a text msg. you put a cheap lock on the shed and it trips the silent alarm page if not opened properly. then you put a difficult and time-consuming lock on the inside so it takes them a good 15 minutes to access the goodies. meanwhile you're on your way to visit the thieves with a BFH because you got the text message.miller dynasty 350
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02-24-2009, 05:08 PM #6
02-24-2009, 06:41 PM #7
put the lock in a 'tube' with a 110 connabear coon trap on the other end. put their arm in there and...SNAP. just remember to put a stick in there before you put your hand in there lol. then put a bunch of bear traps around the box.
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02-26-2009, 04:36 PM #8Senior Member
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02-26-2009, 06:23 PM #9Senior Member
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Just the first one I came across on a quick search. Looks like you will need a phone jack in the garage...easy enough with a Radio Shack or other telephone cord connection kit. Also, it would be a good idea to place your phone disconnect inside either the garage or house as well.
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02-26-2009, 08:24 PM #10
Bad of me not to be specific. The ones that I have used came from the scrap steel bin with permission of course. I have a buddy that used one of the traffic signal boxes and if memory serves me correct it came from the DOT lot where they store supplies. He stopped by and ask someone in the yard if that large pile was good stuff or scrap. The guy that he talked to even helped him load it up and he was on his way. I'm sure not everyone has luck like that but everyone has friends that have friends and word of mouth is the best way to find something.
BTW sorry to stray off topic but just wanted to clarify the fact that I wasnt suggesting something that could not possibly be found and used.