I am from BC Canada and I am going to be setting up a welding rig. I am looking at a few options and would TRULY APPRECIATE any help from the BEEN THERE DONE THAT people, and of course whoever has advice.
I have been welding for 9 years now and have 4 Pressure Pipe tickets. I work with the UA 170 Pipefitters union most of the time. I have turned into an awesome tig welder (so i've been told). I enjoy stick also, but I enjoy no chipping of slag or wire wheeling.
I am looking at getting the following machine and truck:
Trailblazer 302 diesel or gas (not sure...help?)
Ford 1 ton or Dodge 1 ton Diesel or Chevy 1 ton for that matter with around 50,000 km (30,000 miles)
I have read a lot of threads and think the "Trailblazer 302" would be a good starter welder. I love the "Miller XMT 304" took my A, B, and C, ticket (in bc) with this welding machine. I have read that the arc etc are similar.
I don't have a bias on trucks. I really like the look of all three, but I want a diesel with power, but ECONOMY also. I don't need tons of horse or torque. Enough to haul a welding rig and tools.
Overall I am tired of making $3000 a week when I know there is a lot more to be made. I would also like to be my own boss. Although, I am except when it comes to paycheques.
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Thread: Setup Welding Rig?
12-31-2006, 03:31 PM #1Junior Member
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- Kamloops BC
Setup Welding Rig?
12-31-2006, 04:17 PM #2
I wish i could make $3000 a week is that us dollars?
S-32 FEEDER W/1260 IRONMATE FC/GUN
12-31-2006, 04:45 PM #3
12-31-2006, 04:51 PM #4Junior Member
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- Kamloops BC
Not US dollars. Canadian and that's before tax, when I'm out of town I usually clear (net) around $2000 can. Working usually 6-9 hour days. Our rate is $31.10 canadian. Journeyman welder or pipefitter plus benefits and $4hour goes to our pension. My main plan is to rig weld 5-6 months a year and hit shutdowns for 2 with the UA.
12-31-2006, 11:28 PM #5Guest
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- Lodi, CA
I'm not commenting on the vehicles . . . that's a can of worms I have no wish to open. Only thing I have to say, if the Trailblazer meets your needs, go with the gas engine, with my experience (based on 20 years and four trailblazers), I guarantee, you will wear out the welder before you wear the engine out.
01-01-2007, 02:06 AM #6
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01-01-2007, 10:36 AM #8
skid? If you have a deck who built it? Ipriced one out from milron in edmonton and they said there turn around was 22 weeks and it would cost 26,000 bucks. Do you know anyone who builds decks in BC? Happy new year! Jef
01-01-2007, 12:32 PM #9
Hey wicked one, please tell me how you work through the 488. I set up a rig last July and have only done a few small jobs on the side. I have my b pressure ticket including a couple of recent small bore tickets. Right now I'm instructing at NAIT, but I sure would like to get some gravey on the side. Teaching doesn't pay near as well as being the field.Always Have Fun.
01-01-2007, 01:37 PM #10Senior Member
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- Okotoks Alberta Canada
I started with a 301g, the new ones are called 302TB it was a great little welder it payed for its self in the first 2 weeks but with time I needed something a little bigger. I now have a pipepro and have never looked back.
Here are some things to look at when your looking for a welder and truck, When you have a diesel truck and gas pot for a welder its a big pain in the ace cause you fill one up then you have to drive around to fill up the other one, and it never fails cause there are other guys at the other pump and you have to wait in line so you add an extra 1/2 hr to your fuel up time
I hear guys say that diesels dont start in the winter time and I call bull
cause my 304 has always started and I've worked in -40 and its always ready to work when its time. I dont know of any one with a TB diesel so I cant say
if its any good but i would think if your going to spend big $$$ for a diesel
why not get a welder to go with it With trucks its all across the
board as to which one is the best but I'll give ya my take on it, take it for what its worth. Chev is a diesel made to pull a load down the highway, Its
one of the best rides going down the road but the frame and front end are far
to light to be a heavy duty work truck and they come way to low so you have to spend extra money to get it off the ground so you dont bottom out
on job sites. Ford does real well in the patch and think it has a real good inside with that I mean that its like an office inside lots of power outlets
for things like redar detectors, DVD players, satellite radios, laptops, phone plug ins etc etc. but it likes the fuel alot it also goes threw injectors like
crazy and I think there 1200 a piece (I was told that???) but I see alot of
them in the patch so they must do well. Then we get to the Dodge I have a
2003 and its a great heavy duty work truck it also has more power then
I 'll ever need. Doge use to have problems with there breaks but have since
fixed them with bigger disks I have over 120,000 and I'll need to replace them In another 15-20,000. They also like to seize up on there drive shafts
and u-joints but mine where all paid for from Dodge so not a big deal. If your going to buy a diesel If you can go with something new that way its covered by Dodge or Ford cause it good cost you in the end. Here is a picture of my
rig so you can see how mine is set up, yes its a short box and I have lots of room for all my tools you just have to get nifty has how you set it up, plus you only have to buy 4 tires instead of 6 I bought the wife a Durango in
the spring so she said Its my turn so I'll go with a mega cab in the springDODGE 1 TON 6.7
TO MANY TOOLS
JUST WELDING IN CIRCLES
rig welders are like wheelbarrows hard to push around
and easily upset
go flames go