What do three experienced field fabricators recommend for setting up a welding rig? Outfit your truck with the tools and equipment you actually need for the type of work you’ll do.
Truck setup: Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™ and Miller® 12 VS SuitCase® feeder with ArcReach® technology. Portable equipment is key since he doesn’t have a proper shop. Everything he purchased needed to be portable and lightweight enough to move on and off his truck. He also carries 200 feet of welding lead on his truck so he can weld in areas where his truck can’t go.
“I love reels for my welding leads. They’re not necessary, but they were the one luxury I put on my truck,” McAllister says. “To be able to just roll up my leads is amazing.”
Truck setup: Big Blue® 700 Duo Pro welder/generator on his truck, and a Trailblazer 302 welder/generator mounted on a skid that he can take on and off the truck as needed. He moves the Trailblazer around a jobsite with a forklift to get into tighter spots.
“If you don’t have enough air or auxiliary power, your life will be miserable. Having plenty of auxiliary power gives you a lot of options for the future,” DeMoise says. “All of these tools end up getting heavy fast, so if you have a truck that’s barely adequate, you end up working it to death and will spend a lot of time on maintenance and repairs.”
Truck setup: A 5,000-pound capacity crane and a Trailblazer 302 Air Pak welder/generator. He wanted to make sure his truck had space for his wire feeder, oxygen bottles, jack stand and other items he uses daily. The welder/generator was an important space saver.
“I designed my truck bed for everything I need, and I cannot fit another compressor on there, so I really rely on that space-saving combination,” Carrion says.