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  1. #11
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    I used to tote engine drive but really dont need it, if I do I take another heavy truck that has one as well as bigger torch set. I can do 99% of it anymore from pickup truck especially with battery tools, occasional inverter use. I hardly use a torch, tend to want to carry one though. Got hi power battery sawzall, ha. Learn to be simple, I used to try and cary everything, now I have a grip on what I use most, double purpose a lot. I carry the basics, load on the special per job.
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    Skid set up will free truck up quicker loading and unloading, skid could always go on trailer too. What size is your trailer going to be. Single axle ???

  3. #13
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    A big deal is the tool box that rides where its easiest to get, dont have to did for many common items, can put a nut driver and razor knife in pocket as I leave truck.
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    Majority of the sites we work at barely have enough room to get the rigs turned around without a trailer on them, got stuck twice this past week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Country Metals View Post
    Welder + fuel (700 lbs), leads (75 lbs [length?] ), welding rod (25), grinders (25 lbs), torch set-up (200 lbs), hand tools (50 lbs), compressor small (75 lbs)

    About 1200 lbs without the steel for the job, plus skid. That can get heavy but it isn't too bad. If you make a custom bed for your truck, you will add a lot more weight then the OEM bed. This will add even more weight to the springs.

    If you are doing this as a "side business" and mainly weekends, I would do a skid mount in the truck. Trailers are great but that is best when you need lots of tooling with a smaller truck. I suggest getting helper springs or even add another leaf.
    it is a single wheel and i was planning on rebuilding the leaf spring shackles and taking the 6 in. lift kit out of it too. skid is a great idea thanks.

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Skid set up will free truck up quicker loading and unloading, skid could always go on trailer too. What size is your trailer going to be. Single axle ???
    yeah single axle probably like a 6x4. i saw this picture of this guy who made mounts for all his equipment on the side rails so he could put all his stock on the base of the trailer id love to do that.

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    I started out with a 6' X 12' single axle trailer. Ran that for 7 years, pulling it with a short bed 2wd pick up with a 4.3 V6. Then switched to a 7' X 14' enclosed trailer and 2500HD crewcab, for 2 years. Just now building a service truck with utility body and crane. Hope to have it ready by spring 2013. If I would have had a heavy duty truck to start out with, I probally would have built a skid, but have had no regrets. Just make it look clean, neat and professional. FIRST IMPRESSIONS!!!

  8. #18
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    I made the thing on a common pallet profile.

  9. #19
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    Default MOBILE: Flatbed vs. trailer?

    I have mine all in the truck I have a tb302 and behind that I have a custom tool box which has 300' of cable, 150' extension cord, grinder, clamps, hand tools, welding rod in rod keeper containers, chop saw,sawzall, drill bits, cut off blades, etc, concrete drill, assortment of concrete anchors, 12 ton jack, fire extinguisher and can still hook my gooseneck trailer up net thing I'm going to do is mount customer owned oxy/act tanks beside the welder and put yuck disconnects on the tanks world well for me

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    Default MOBILE: Flatbed vs. trailer?

    And also I still have the factory box on still

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