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  1. #1
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    Default Pipe building tools.

    Hi guys, I have a decent shop set up in my garage and im just about at the point where i need to decide what kind of work i want to get into. I was looking at pipe fabrication becuase it seems like the most cost affective route. Just wondering what equiptment i will need for something like that.

    I already have:

    miller diversion 180 TIG
    miller 375 plasma
    millermatic 175 MIG
    King 7" x 12" band saw
    King drill press
    Dewalt chop saw and cordless/corded drills and 4 1/2" grinder
    30 Tonne shop press.
    60 Gallon air compressor

    I have been making some custom performance parts but the cost upfront is killing me and im not really making a lot on them. Also my aluminum TIG is just run of the mill and guys are really expecting high quality welds when doing performance parts.

    Selling a lot of stuff on ebay right now so im thinking thats where most of my business is going to come from

    Thoughts on equiptment or ideas for me?

    thanks

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    Also if i was to build pipes for transport trucks/custom turbo applications where would i get the dimentions? would i be able to get some sort of drawings for them or would i have to buy pipes and build jigs for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaden View Post
    Also if i was to build pipes for transport trucks/custom turbo applications where would i get the dimentions? would i be able to get some sort of drawings for them or would i have to buy pipes and build jigs for them?
    What are building ???

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    How long have you been a pipe fitter/welder?

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    As I understand it you would get a customers truck & work off that to make a prototype. Make a jig from that for future orders.

    If your going to be doing at lot of headers & exhaust/intake piping then a good quality belt sander is a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMW View Post
    As I understand it you would get a customers truck & work off that to make a prototype. Make a jig from that for future orders.

    If your going to be doing at lot of headers & exhaust/intake piping then a good quality belt sander is a good idea.

    I already have a half decent belt sander i forgot that on my list. I was wondering more about mandrel benders or a Huth pipe expander or baileigh bead roller

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaden View Post
    I already have a half decent belt sander i forgot that on my list. I was wondering more about mandrel benders or a Huth pipe expander or baileigh bead roller
    i do lot of custom s.s exhaust I got benders and as for mandrel benders u will never make it work getting in to that kinda stuff is not as easy as one thinks since u can buy a full mandrel exhaust system from manga flow or solo or flow master for less then u can make it for just save your money unless u got a shop with a few hoists and a crush / push bender u can make some coin if I can figure out how to post pics I will post a few jobs just might give u some light

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    so what tools should i be looking to add? im sure i can make due with elbows on jsut about anything so just a pipe expander and a bead roller?

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    Default pipe tools

    If your Doing exhaust yes u well need a expander for your pipe u kinda lost me on what u need a bead roller for ?

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    Default Pipe building tools.

    Also everything I do is one solid piece of stainless steel tubing only joints are in and out of muffler or cats

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