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  1. #1
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    Default Please give me ideas

    I weld in my dad's shop and now that summer has come I am becoming worried about my job at the moment. My main projects are hay bale feeders which I make out of 2 7/8 pipe and 7/8 sucker rods. But no one needs those in the summer. I have some towel and hat racks which I made out of horseshoes but I don't know where I would go to begin selling those. Gates and panels are the only other ideas I can think of but I don't have the right pipe to make those. Any ideas? I love owning my own company but I'm afraid none of the bale feeders will sell til fall.

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    Try ebay or craigslist.
    Good Luck
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    Who are your clients? What is your location?

    I've sold some hitch covers I used to make. Materials were cheap but need a band saw, plasma or some other way to cut them out. Also made a lot of bridle brackets and shelf type units. Can also make saddle stands, stocks, pipe fence, stall doors, bale handling equipmentetc. If you are in ranch country could make branding irons, stock handling equipment, etc.

    If you want to stay with local clients you have to get your name out and find what people want and need. Livestock shows, rodeos, livestock auctions, etc. If you are capable of mobile work get out and stop at a few places and talk to the owner or foreman of the ranches and facilities.

    If there is a market for it don't let your material supply hold you back. You have to make what people want and need even if you have to obtain the right materials.

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    I live in a really good area, western ND, heart of oil country. I don't have any clients its just me. Thaks for the replies

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    Quote Originally Posted by bud_2005 View Post
    I don't have any clients its just me.
    In that case sell yerself a Horse shoe rack for 1 Million dollars and retire
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    In that case sell yerself a Horse shoe rack for 1 Million dollars and retire
    baaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhahhahhahahhahahhaaaaa!!!!!!!! if only it were that easy, yeah?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bud_2005 View Post
    I live in a really good area, western ND, heart of oil country. I don't have any clients its just me. Thaks for the replies
    If you are in ND, then you are in a good spot for welding. That area's oilfield is supposed to ramp up even more in the next couple of years. However, you are going to need some credentials. Some guy doing gates and sculpture in his garage aint gonna cut it (no, offense, that's the kind of welding I do.) Especially after the Gulf disaster, but even before you'd need to be able to pass X-ray, cold work, hot work, confined spaces, etc. And being mobile is the way to go there, unless the rig is in your backyard that is.
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    Also, if you are in oil country, then there are bound to be plenty of scrapyards. One thing we are good at is generating waste materials. If you are near one, you should be able to find plenty of cheap materials for non-code work (i.e. smokers, sculpture, zero-load structures, etc.)

    But, look through these threads on "Welding Projects" and just read through them. And look at the welding projects section in the big green box on the right. Ton of ideas. Go by a sheet metal shop and just look at what they have sitting in front for sell.

    Then go by furniture stores and farm supply stores and see what they have and what you might be able to make like what they have (i.e. light fixtures, feed troughs, etc.) Talk to the manager or buying agent and sell yourself. Spend $30 and get some business cards made. But don't misrepresent yourself by agreeing to do something you aren't certified to do.
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    Bird feeders,basketball poles
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    This isnt idea but advice,,, get this book and read it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007...PV2YE8FHBPW944 You can find it used for a couple dollars.

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