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Old January 25th, 2011, 10:12 PM
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Looking for some advise for welding

So I have a sankey trailer that I want to make a little more custom for my needs - I want to add a rack to put a roof top tent on and make some fender gas tank holders etc

I have looked into local fabrication shops and gotten quote from 1000-2000 for the work

I dont want to spend that much and wonder if anyone in the la/oc area either knows a good welder/fabricator that doesn't charge a ton

or 2 I should try doing it my self?

worst I do is make something terrible and cut it off and try again
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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:22 PM
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So I have a sankey trailer that I want to make a little more custom for my needs - I want to add a rack to put a roof top tent on and make some fender gas tank holders etc

I have looked into local fabrication shops and gotten quote from 1000-2000 for the work

I dont want to spend that much and wonder if anyone in the la/oc area either knows a good welder/fabricator that doesn't charge a ton

or 2 I should try doing it my self?

worst I do is make something terrible and cut it off and try again
Buy a good welder. You can use it for the rest of your life if you take care of it. You can do everything you want yourself with just the welder, an angle grinder, and patience. If you can avoid having someone do fab work for you, do it. I am sure there are some awesome ones out there, but my experience has ranged from horrible to mediocre.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:41 PM
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thats the feeling i got from this guy was why would I hand over all that cash for something i could and should do myself -

whats a good welder?

thanks

------ Follow up post added January 25th, 2011 09:09 PM ------

something like this?

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/tls/2175011473.html

what sort of power do these use? standard 110? or will I need a electrician to come out to my house?
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Old January 26th, 2011, 01:28 AM
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Thats a great one. I highly recommend the Hobart Handler 187. It's a miller but you can get them on sale as low as $600 new. Buy a 220V unit. It is worth it. The 110's will leave you bummed you didn't get more. Don't forget the gas as well. That is an expense.
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Yep, go 220v with gas. It's a lifetime investment. There are tons of videos online on how to weld and it's pretty easy to pick up once you learn the fundamentals.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 06:38 PM
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welding

Just thought I'd chime in as I went through a similar decision recently. I had some broken door frame to deal with and figured it was a great excuse to teach myself some TIG welding (I'm particularly interested in TIG- I realize MIG would have worked and probably been a bit easier). Was able to rent a TIG unit and bottle from Central Welding Supply for about what I would have expected to pay someone to do it for me. After a couple of hours I started to get the hang of it. The steel I was welding was pretty thin and not the best stuff to learn on. But it is tacked together reasonably well. Probably not as well as if someone else had done it, but I got a chance to learn.

Next project I will seriously consider buying a MIG setup. For what I spent on the rental I'd have been a percentage into a buy and would have the opportunity to use it, improve, etc.

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