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    Quote Originally Posted by garybdavis
    I hope I haven't led anyone astray, but I'm what you guys would call a hobby welder. I do a lot of fence work around the farm and that's what I built this rig for. I know I couldn't justify the expense, but nice tools and equipment is my one vice. If I were making a living, I'd probably get a dedicated truck and outfit it.

    This leads to question. How many welders that make their living from it use a trailer set up verses a truck rig?
    Gary, what part of Texas? That is a very nice job.

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    I like your attention to detail, well done Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by cope
    Gary, what part of Texas? That is a very nice job.
    Currently the Dallas area, but moving to the Austin area later this year.

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    Hobby welder to hobby welder, that is very, very nice ... looks you went the extra mile to have it just the way you wanted it. My best friend who passed away a few years ago was displaced in NM from Denton, TX and he always said "it's good enough for who it's for", that can be taken lots of ways but I prefer to think it means work on it till its the best you can do, it shows that you have done that. Sorry for the long speach, but I really am impressed.
    Regards, George

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    Quote Originally Posted by garybdavis
    How many welders that make their living from it use a trailer set up verses a truck rig?
    I built a trailer first. Bigger, but not nearly as nice as yours. Held most of the parts and power tools and had a rack for ladders, materials, and finished projects, also.

    But it was a pain sometimes. Now, I'm putting everything on the truck and converting the trailer to flatbed with walls strictly for hauling material and projects.

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    I made two welding trucks and made my living off them for 20 years and I have to say nothing I have ever made looked better then your welding trailer. I would like to offer a different way to build for the next one.where your leads are located I would have put the o/a bottles with the ox bottle thru the floor as low as posible with out draging the ground even in the ruff and built the frame to cover the top of the cylinders with the gages on so you can drive down the road with out taking them off. If you use your trailer for many years think how many times you have to take your gages off to drive some were leagally and I think it would be easer to load and un load the tanks from the back were the fender would not be in the way. I also would put the leads up to the fender and a little higher with a wrap bracket on the bottom as you have on the top that way you can wrap your cables tight and run a chain and padlock for securtie. This is just food for thought that is what these forums are for. JIM

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    EXCELLENT
    I am blue with envy
    I would not change a thing.
    Laurence

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondacycleman1
    I made two welding trucks and made my living off them for 20 years and I have to say nothing I have ever made looked better then your welding trailer. I would like to offer a different way to build for the next one.where your leads are located I would have put the o/a bottles with the ox bottle thru the floor as low as posible with out draging the ground even in the ruff and built the frame to cover the top of the cylinders with the gages on so you can drive down the road with out taking them off. If you use your trailer for many years think how many times you have to take your gages off to drive some were leagally and I think it would be easer to load and un load the tanks from the back were the fender would not be in the way. I also would put the leads up to the fender and a little higher with a wrap bracket on the bottom as you have on the top that way you can wrap your cables tight and run a chain and padlock for securtie. This is just food for thought that is what these forums are for. JIM
    That is some good feedback. Now, I'm going to have to tear the whole thing apart and start over...

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    Better Idea, e-mail and I will be there in about 8 hrs. and take your problem away for the material cost & a small contribution for your labor
    Then you can start over with a clean slate & we both win
    Laurence

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    I never would have offered my reply if I thought you would do that.Your rig is top notch use it and keep in mind how could I improve the next one.Nothing man makes will be perfect The things I see different are because my jobs and location were different. Some jobs would require me to change bottles 4 times in a week and a k ox bottle is a bear to lift. Some times I would have to be in a place where theft was a serious concern ( I locked everything ,gear shift in reverse and padlocked, and I used a pipe cut in half and hinged over my gages at the attachment nut and pad locked, cables rapped tight with chain criscrosed and pad locked.) and I still worried.
    Your rig is top notch now go make some money.
    JIM

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