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  1. #71
    Join Date
    Feb 2014


    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    Welding is only a portion of my income, getting the job done requires versatility. At income tax time I have to add it up. I'm always startled at the money spent on tools! It isn't safe to think of the cost of buying a welder. You must estimate the cost of the support equipment needed to make it work. A 3000 Dollar welder costs 4500 dollars to use, before you buy fuel, electrodes, gas (shielding or fuel) Then there is electricity. Are you going to drive to the customer? Vehicle costs must be factored. Will you have a facility? Rent, insurance, license, utilities, depreciation must be considered. I get frustrated with customers who want to compensate me for rod. Huh? What about other expenses? Oh! you hoped I wouldn't know about them. Why wouldn't I know about them, they are real bills, I have to pay them!
    Good advice there.
    I have the ability and skill what I need now is buisness knowledge.

  2. #72
    Join Date
    Feb 2014


    I answered an add for a Bobcat 250 the other day. I was already to go buy a new one when this one jumped out and grabbed my attention. He was asking 2950 for it. It was 3 to 4 years old but only had 40 hrs on it. The gentleman who had it was older and only bought it to build a bridge on his farm.
    I got off work yesterday morning after working 15hrs and called the guy to set up a time to meet. He told me that if I wanted to see it and try it out he would meet me at his farm which would cut my trip in half.
    I went to the bank, got the 2900, went to my friends house and got the 10' double axel trailer he used to have his bobcat set up on (I got this trailer by helping him out a couple of days).
    Met the man at his farm and test ran the machine.....and I was blown away. It burned the rods even better than the one we have at work.
    He loads it onto my trailer and I pay him.
    We talk and I also walk away with......
    A 50lb box of 3/16" 7018A
    10lb box of 1/8 7018
    25 pickets 1/2" by 6' square tubing
    4 -10' sticks of 1" square tubing
    An extra 150' of welding lead
    AND a 2.5'X8'X1" steel plate
    For a whopping $25 extra.
    So now I have about a 800 to 1200 dollar trailer for around $250.
    A bobcat 250 with 40 hrs for $2950 and all the extras I listed above for $25.
    I guess the plate alone is worth around 5 to 6 hundred.
    To say the least I am HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY.
    SelfTaught (Robbie D)

  3. #73
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    northern NJ


    Glad to hear you found a deal that worked out. If it is going to be outside I would get a breathable cover for it.
    Trailblazer 250g
    22a feeder
    Lincoln ac/dc 225
    Victor O/A
    MM200 black face
    Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
    Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
    Arco roto-phase model M
    Vectrax 7x12 band saw
    Miller spectrum 875
    30a spoolgun w/wc-24
    Syncrowave 250

  4. #74
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Bossier Parish La.


    Now if you can find away to cut that plate in half to use as a welding table top, you can have a table that measures 5'x8'x1/2" thick, that would make a NICE size welding table. Half inch thick top is plenty thick enough for most projects. Maybe a 30" cut bandsaw would do the trick. Don't try it with a torch though, the heat may warp it out of shape.

  5. #75
    Join Date
    Feb 2014


    Quote Originally Posted by SelfTaught View Post
    Thanks for the replied thus far.
    So in starting a small portable welding buisness it would be better to go with the dynasty and gennie instead of the bobcat.
    I think that would be more versatile. I already have a100' of positive and negitive leads, tig torch with hoses and regulators as well as cutting torch set up. All I need is the bottles.
    All I have ever used while tigging is 100% argon. For mig all I have ever used is 75/25.
    I have heard of 50/50 helium mix.........what is this used for?
    I spoke to a tech guy at Miller and he said "Do Not Use A Generator For The Dynasty Machines". I do not believe fluctuating power is good for them.
    Best to check with Miller to be 100% sure.

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