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Old January 24th, 2015, 08:29 AM
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If you're looking for a MIG you should consider the Miller 140 (it might be called a 141 now). Great little piece of equipment. I've been using it for light duty stuff and I love the machine. I also have the aluminum spool gun, but I haven't used that yet.

It won't break the bank and my local welding supply shop matched internet pricing.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 09:58 AM
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that really is a nice welder and at a great price. it says it's got an alum wire feed system built in too, but the reviews say that people are buying the spool gun anyway. i guess i'd do the same.

i guess i'm procrastinating here. i'm off to do some shoveling.

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have you given the 190 a good run through welding aluminum? how is it?
No, I haven't had the excuse to weld any aluminum yet. Who knows, after all my fuss about being able to weld aluminum, I probably never will. I shouldn't say that, I actually look forward to practicing soon, but I should use a different gas mixture so I'm not that motivated to change bottles.

It does weld steel awesome though. I had wanted the Miller with the variable heat and wire feed settings, but the Hobart is just a better deal for the occasional user. From everything I've read, Hobart is the closest you'll get to a true "shop welder" for reasonable prices. The wire feed wheel is steel, not plastic etc. The 190 is about as much as I'm gonna need. The 230 Ironman is just too big and is overkill. I mean you should be able to use that Ironman 230 professionally on a daily basis. Nice welder though.

If money were no object is have gone with a Miller and if all I were planning on welding were a few sections of steel I'd have gone with a cheap Chicago Electric 140.
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This look like a smokin deal on SnapOn box $3500 (RI)

http://providence.craigslist.org/tls/4829863477.html

Looks like a Classic 78 with four additional top/side boxes full of tools.

here is the text from the ad.......
Six Piece Snap On Tool Box , Large Bottom Rollaway, 2 Midlle Boxes, 1 top box, 1 side box, 1 side prybar and screwdriver Box ,$3500 with tools, snap on, sk, gear wrench, cornwell, sockets, rachets, wrenchs, line wrenchs, punch and chissals, drils, drill bits, taps ans dies, body hammers and dollies, screw drivers, torx bits, allen wrenchs, vise grips and more
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....another pic, since the iPad won't allow me more than one in a post apparently
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I have two of those top boxes and I find them of very little use for tools that you use often. The drawers are just too small. I do end up using the, for speciality tools like digital calipers and different classes of hardware, but I don't think I'd assing much value to those top boxes.
However, the bottom box and the tools listed look well worth it.
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Smoking deal! It also includes "chissals, drils,........."
I wish I had the space for a toolbox like that. As is I have to move stuff around just to work.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 10:55 AM
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Smoking deal! It also includes "chissals, drils,........."
I wish I had the space for a toolbox like that. As is I have to move stuff around just to work.
It's Craigslist man! What do you expect!
We are lucky it's even remotely comprehensible.
If I hadn't just pulled the trigger on a bunch of tools, I'd be rolling down there in the snow right now instead of posting and sharing the deal with y'all !
At some point I will act on one of these package deals and once again post a menagerie of tools for sale as I purge my spares (none for Shayne though)
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I just dropped $2500 on a bunch of tools...bloke in NOVA was an ex-Matco distributor...I guess they.make them buy the stuff at cost then the guys have to go out and sell it. Oh well, my bargain! He had three tool chests...all real big (pro size) and a shit load of good tools and air tools.

Ended up paying his cost for a crap load...very happy
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I just dropped $2500 on a bunch of tools...bloke in NOVA was an ex-Matco distributor...I guess they.make them buy the stuff at cost then the guys have to go out and sell it. Oh well, my bargain! He had three tool chests...all real big (pro size) and a shit load of good tools and air tools.

Ended up paying his cost for a crap load...very happy
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I just dropped $2500 on a bunch of tools...bloke in NOVA was an ex-Matco distributor...I guess they.make them buy the stuff at cost then the guys have to go out and sell it. Oh well, my bargain! He had three tool chests...all real big (pro size) and a shit load of good tools and air tools. Ended up paying his cost for a crap load...very happy
That's awesome... I'm pretty jealous right now.
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I just dropped $2500 on a bunch of tools...bloke in NOVA was an ex-Matco distributor...I guess they.make them buy the stuff at cost then the guys have to go out and sell it. Oh well, my bargain! He had three tool chests...all real big (pro size) and a shit load of good tools and air tools. Ended up paying his cost for a crap load...very happy
I'll lead the raiding party who's in? ..................so Jonesy what's your address?
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I was just inside the Snappy truck at my local repair garage (another split radiator - the 3rd) in the L322. Anyway that's another story.
Wow, never been inside the Snap-on truck before! I felt like I was invited into the back room where they size rings and sort diamonds at the jewelers!
It's no surprise how many mechanics end up being "owned" by Snap-On via their weekly payment plan. There is just too much awesome bling in there.
I may consolidate all my boxes into one Snap-On or Mac chest in the spring. The older SO bottom box I have is still great in terms of solid feel, but those skinny drawers are just not as useful as the drawer patterns available on the newer Snap-Ons and Macs. I have no use for middle and top cabinets unless they are on a fixed bench used for seldom used tools or hardware. Just want a 78" or better bottom cabinet.


the Snap On dude has me on the list now for anyone that wants to upgrade. Shouldn't be long.......
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It was one of those - why the fuck not moments, when I was home, doing nothing trolling craigslist...

OK so I ended up buying the following:
Matco small roller toolbox
Matco 3/8 impact wrench
Marco cuto of tool
Matco small wheel tool
Marco cordless 7.2v screwdriver
BluePoint (Snap-on) shop cart
Matco set of squarebits 3/8 allen key thingy's
Matco set of 10-19mm spanners
Matco set of 1/4" sockets SAE & metric
Matco set of 3/8" sockets SAE & metric
Matco set of 7 - 24mm 3/8 impact sockets
Matco deadblow hammer
Matco panel beater hammer
Gearwrench 1/4" small socket set
Gearwrench deep socket metric set
Matco wire brush cleaning kit

Everything is brand new and comes with the Matco lifetime warranty.
I was like a bloody kid in the candy store. I could have bought the 6' triple bay Matco tool chest - brand new for $3K - but figured I would keep what I have and add a smaller one instead.

Here is a link to the two he has left for any NOVA blokes....
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...846517289.html
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...846516929.html
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it was one of those moments
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You are like the man made out of money in the geico motorcycle ins ads. I need to be around when the stuff is falling off of you.....
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You are like the man made out of money in the geico motorcycle ins ads. I need to be around when the stuff is falling off of you.....
dunno about that mate! Wish it were true.

Unlike many of my US born and bred brethren who inherit good stuff - I gotta build from scratch, for Matt. So rather than buy/use good stuff I have figured if it is for the long haul - buy the best. So I am replacing all my Craftsman (nothing against Craftsman) with some better kit.

Now I have Snap-on, Matco, Mac, Proto, Williams, SK
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One line I really like that I seldom see is Hazet. Very high quality and often not as pricey as other stuff.
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One line I really like that I seldom see is Hazet. Very high quality and often not as pricey as other stuff.
Tool kits in 80's bmw's were hazet. My earlier Benz had hazet knuckle busters too.
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Must have been early 80's. Later 80's were Heyco.

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You are right. I have some heyco's. Hazets are crazy expensive. The Canadian Govt must pay JL really well. My favorite 8/10 box wrench is a short heyco from a 635 tool kit. Perfect for adjusting valves.

didn't Griots sell Hazet before they went Facom ?
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