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  1. #1
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    Default tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

    What tools should one own as an apprentice fabricator welder?
    I work with medium/heavy steel and rarely with thin steel (never less than 2mm) I have ball peen, lump hammers
    Various burning nozzles,
    Scribes
    Centre punches
    A trammel
    Steel rule
    16ft tape
    Files flat and round
    Chisels
    Punches
    Screwdrivers
    Squares (regular and combi)
    And a hitachi 9" grinder.
    Is there anything that any of you can suggest will help make life easier?
    Thanks
    Cori
    If you ain't burnin' you ain't learnin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by cori_southwales:299135
    What tools should one own as an apprentice fabricator welder?
    I work with medium/heavy steel and rarely with thin steel (never less than 2mm) I have ball peen, lump hammers
    Various burning nozzles,
    Scribes
    Centre punches
    A trammel
    Steel rule
    16ft tape
    Files flat and round
    Chisels
    Punches
    Screwdrivers
    Squares (regular and combi)
    And a hitachi 9" grinder.
    Is there anything that any of you can suggest will help make life easier?
    Thanks
    Cori
    2 At least 25' tape preferably 30'.
    4-1/2" angle grinder.
    Levels magnetic 8" & 48" two each.
    Framing square & large adjustable t-square.
    Chalk line for large layouts.
    Plum bob.
    Pair of Collapsible pipe stands.
    On/off 90 powered magnets. Helps while tacking & layouts.


    That's off the top of my head.
    .
    Miller Bobcat 225NT onan
    Millermatic 211
    Spoolmate 100
    (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
    Work better & less parts to stock.
    Miller 130xp
    T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
    Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
    2. 4-1/2" grinders
    1. 9" grinder
    14" Makita chop saw
    1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

  3. #3
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    Wa
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    Nice stabila levels, nice angle finders, good comfortable ear protection to name some of my favorite day to day items.

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    Default tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

    Should be supplied by your work

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbomb:299151
    Should be supplied by your work
    Not everywhere.
    My previous employer had us (welders) supply all our own tools.
    Which I didn't mind.
    But ! if your tools get damaged or worn -the employer does need to replace them.

    & 1 other item I just can't do with out
    are Bessy clamps. Try to build your set in pairs. Their expensive but a must have tool.
    .
    Miller Bobcat 225NT onan
    Millermatic 211
    Spoolmate 100
    (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
    Work better & less parts to stock.
    Miller 130xp
    T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
    Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
    2. 4-1/2" grinders
    1. 9" grinder
    14" Makita chop saw
    1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
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    Default tools for an apprentice welder fabricator?

    Vice grip clamps, for small stuff. Soap stone holder, compass to fit round soap stones, hood, chipping hammer,ss wire brush , welding jacket and tig finger, sold by weldingtipsandtricks.conm
    Last edited by go2building; 01-05-2013 at 10:58 PM.

  7. #7
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    Ohio
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    Never worked somewhere that didnt provide all the safety gear, grinders, & clamps. I use calipers alot. Also took 2 pieces of angle about 2" long & welded flat bar on the point of the angle & then put a half moon bead of weld on the flat bar. Helps with using pipe clamps on square tubing when trying to square up parts. Also have a 6" scale. If you have to provide your own grinders a nice die grinder & dynabrade belt sander are nice too.
    Miller Trailblazer 302
    Miller Passport Plus
    Miller Spoolmate 100
    Milwaukee 4 1/2" Angle Grinder
    Milwaukee Sawzall
    Miller Elite Inferno Hood
    Miller Diversion 180
    Miller Digital Elite Vintage Hood
    Miller Camo Digital Elite Hood

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    I've never worked anywhere that didn't supply the tools and would buy you any tool you needed to do the work

  9. #9
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    Lake of the Ozarks MO
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    Ask them what they expect... so you don't buy stuff you don't have to......unless you're RICH!
    Miller Dynasty 700...OH YEA BABY!!
    MM 350P...PULSE SPRAYIN' MONSTER
    Miller Dynasty 200 DX "Blue Lightning"

    Miller Bobcat 225 NT
    Miller 30-A Spoolgun
    Miller WC-115-A
    Miller Spectrum 300
    Miller Spoolmate 200
    Miller 225 Thunderbolt
    SPEEDGLAS 9100XX

  10. #10
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    Location
    Front Royal, Va
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    i use two 4 1/2" angle grinders a lot. One has a flap disk the other a grinding wheel or cut disk. Heck i could use a 3rd on but just to much stuff hanging on my welding cart.........Fireman Bill

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