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Old 04-19-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default The post pics of your welders, tools, and shop, thread.

There are so many pics of the end results of what people work on. Lets see the stuff, it takes, to get them that way. Post welders, work areas, fab tools, lifts, tool boxes, whatever. If you use it to work with, and your proud of it, post some pics.




Here is my little welding station.



I picked up the table at the scrap yard to $120 and put some nice heavy locking casters on it. Then you can see my sweet welding chair, Mugen Power!!! Under the table is my first welder, my Lincoln SP-135 mig welder. Then on the left is my Thermal Arc Pro Wave 185 inverter tig. Here is another pic of it.

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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Could not find any pics of the welder, it is an ESAB Tig setup...true none of these belong to me, I just work with them at the shop...
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Old pic of my setup in the old shop (moved in November):



Miller Sync 500, old backpurge setup (tee'd line), school desk for work table, WP18 torch, Optrel Satellite hood. Gotta get some pics of the current layout, it's a bit nicer and more organised.


Nice hot glue gu--- I mean SP135, as you can see we have the same one. No wonder I never MIG anything except to tack it haha.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
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Nice hot glue gu--- I mean SP135, as you can see we have the same one. No wonder I never MIG anything except to tack it haha.

hmm, i can say that the SP135 will do anything you need on a suby. including cage work
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:17 PM   #5
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...Nice hot glue gu--- I mean SP135, as you can see we have the same one. No wonder I never MIG anything except to tack it haha.
Yeah, I like my little SP135. I see you're rocking the Nascar edition one as well. Does yours have the fixed A/B/C/D amperage adjustment, or the infinitely adjustable knob?

I only paid $350 for it brand new. It was returned to Sears, missing the box. Luckily, I walked in 10 minutes after they put it out on the floor.

I'd love to pick up a larger mig, something around 200amps, but I'll still keep the 135. It is just so convenient to have a little 110V welder. You can take it anywhere. I've used it a lot for exhaust work that I don't really care about, like on whatever random beater car I'm driving. It's also great for body work.


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hmm, i can say that the SP135 will do anything you need on a suby. including cage work
That little thing doesn't like to weld stuff more than about 12ga. I'd be leery about welding a cage with it. Maybe if you bevel the ends of the tubing and do a couple passes.

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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It's got the infinitely adjustable knob, but honestly that knob doesn't seem to do very much. The welder is finnicky and I don't really use it much at all, though I admit that I am not a very good MIG welder. I also run Argon in the tank since it doubles as my purge tank for the TIG, and put 309L wire in it since almost everything we do is stainless work. I know it would work a bit better with C25. I'd also like to get a bigger MIG, but can't really justify the cost since I rarely use it for anything beyond tacking up exhausts and smaller pieces, I TIG almost everything.

I would definitely not feel comfortable welding a cage with this little thing, though I don't build cages, I doubt it could come close to full penetration on cage tubing. If I were building cages, I'd just TIG the whole thing and use the MIG for the gussets to the chassis that I couldn't reach with the TIG torch and filler.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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yea, 12ga is about max on mig, but you can use fluxcored for much thicker. remember roll cage tubing isnt much thicker then 12ga.

and i need to finish up my garage as its dirty but does have a lot of crap in it LOL
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #8
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OOh, I wanna show and tell! Nothing fancy, but it's what I've got



Old payless shopping cart (place went out of business, bought from ReStore in Bellingham) and made me a mig cart.

Roomate works for Lynden Sheet Metal (HVAC business) and got that round scrap of 1/4" from their metal dumpster and made the bottle holder.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:49 AM   #9
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Now that's an awesome welder cart!!!
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:30 AM   #10
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The box. (Added another double bank bottom w/stainless top w/vise for a workbench.)

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Old 04-29-2010, 07:33 PM   #11
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^^ that is alot of money worth of tools and storage, im a tech myself and would love to afford this set up...
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:06 PM   #12
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I rent a space in a small industrial park for all my projects and for a little bit of side work.

Got my Miller 250DX TIG and a 4 x 8 steel welding bench.


One of my brakes and a 30 ton press.


Bench shear, arbor press, and my other brake.


Tubing beader and sheet metal slitter.


Modified bead roller (started life as a 'Williams Low Buck Tools' model). I stiffened the frame, added a quick-release hub and stock car steering wheel in lieu of the hand crank, and modified the shaft spacing to accept Mittler Brother's beading dies.


Lots of carbide burrs (I used to port heads a lot).


Flow bench.


Homemade chassis jig complete with lights and power outlet.


Bend-Pak 12' x 12' lift.


Airco (by Esab) Dip-Pak 200 amp MIG, and Thermal Dynamics 50 XL plasma cutter.


In addition, I've got the typical tool box with hand tools. I've got tons of sheetmetal hammers, dollies, T-dollies, hole punches, dimple dies, a 110-year old anvil, two drill presses, Longacre racing scales, connecting rod scale/balancer fixture, disc/belt sander combo, two metal buffing/polishing machines, lots of electric and air grinders and sanders, sheet metal shears, shrinker and stretcher, rack with electrical supplies and 20 spools of crosslink SXL wire, a JD2 tubing bender with custom hydraulic ram, two tubing notchers, 80 gallon compressor, custom chassis rotisserie, Foredom electric die grinder, etc. Also have an 8' x 16 gauge sheetmetal brake at home in my barn.

Basically I've been collecting tools since I was 14 and now I'm 43, so I have a pretty decent pile of 'stuff'.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:59 PM   #13
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Good lord. Where are you and can I come visit?
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #14
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The day the big boy VF5 was moved in.
sadly the shops never looked this clean since.

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Old 05-05-2010, 05:41 PM   #15
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Man, you guys are killing me. I'd be happy just to have a welder to play with, but you people are hardcore!

BeBop, didn't you have another invention along with that cart in a different thread? Can't recall what it was, but great creativity.

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sadly the shops never looked this clean since.
I was just in there last week, so I can vouch for this.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:20 PM   #16
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Man, you guys are killing me. I'd be happy just to have a welder to play with, but you people are hardcore!

BeBop, didn't you have another invention along with that cart in a different thread? Can't recall what it was, but great creativity.

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sadly the shops never looked this clean since.
I was just in there last week, so I can vouch for this.
You're probably thinking of my Wheel/Tire cart made from another shopping cart. Would post a picture, but I'm on my phone.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:28 PM   #17
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Heres a pic of one of the bays in my shop. Basically a 30X60 polebarn style. Put the lift in a few years back and haven't looked back! Ill snap a few pics of shop tools when I get home
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:41 PM   #18
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Old payless shopping cart (place went out of business, bought from ReStore in Bellingham) and made me a mig cart.

Roomate works for Lynden Sheet Metal (HVAC business) and got that round scrap of 1/4" from their metal dumpster and made the bottle holder.
How do you typically ground your set-up?
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:43 PM   #19
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not sure i follow the question? for welding? i am assuming he hooks up the ground lead to the work
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There something clipped to the bottom tray on the front. I was just trying to figure out what it was.
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There something clipped to the bottom tray on the front. I was just trying to figure out what it was.
Hmmm...

The grounding clamp you can slightly see in the lower right hand corner of the picture, which the excess cord is wrapped around the orange 'extension cord' holder. That then goes straight into the machine.

The only other cables are the mig gun (which has the small 'switch' cable that splits off of that) and the extension cord.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:33 PM   #22
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Nice, Kendrick. Ill post some pics next week of my resources at work and home.
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Nothing too special, L shaped setup and a lot of pegboard. I have it running all along the one side of the garage. All of my tool chests and air compressor are on the right out of the pic.

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I snaped a couple pics of our sheetmetal shop today, Ill get some of where I work tomarrow. Its pretty old but everything works. We have some tools that are from ww1.


Theres a oven for tempering metals just to the right, out of the pic.





Our old sheer, its works very well still.
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