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Old 08-07-2010, 21:26   #16
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:32   #17
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I live in Philadelphia.

Last year I looked for a welding class. Night school adult class type of thing.

I could find NOTHING in Philadelphia, almost nothing in the trades at all.

Outside the city there were a (damn) few, but started to early to be useful.

A sign of our times I supposed, the useful stuff is falling away. Making it more important.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:13   #18
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I carry a Miller Bobcat diesel welder unit on board in case I want to add a room or sundeck or whatever. Love it. Serves as a back up 10k generator. I carry lots of steel and rods and will hire a good welder and have him use my machine.
Every professional welder thats uses the Bobcat raves about it.
If the welds aren't critical I have fun doing them myself.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:08   #19
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I took a welding weekend intensive in MIG at a local Art's community. Instructor was top notch professional who trains people in the commercial industry - 30 years experience. I'm going back for a TIG class next month. So, they are out there.

You can also take private lessons with some people.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:44   #20
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Parker Metalworking Products has some great video on their web site of their combon machines, TIG/PLASMA CUTTER units. These are high quality machines (not chinese knockoffs) and they service and repair these machines so if you're interested in a USA made quality TIG Plasma combo then check it out. I don't work for 'em and I don't own a bolt in their company but they do great work and have nice stuff at a reasonable price.
We have on these machines in the race car trailer as well.

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http://www.parkermetalworking.com/pa...100223_004.htm (My machine is the middle one for $699
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:10   #21
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Well unless someone knows another way to cut sheet steel "cleanly" and "easily", seems to me in addition to a stick welder (possibly with TIG capability) you're gonna need some sort of plasma device as well. At least that would be my fav.
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Old 18-07-2010, 19:52   #22
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I believe a tubing cutter woulkd work just fine, and real cheap too......i2f
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Old 19-07-2010, 00:20   #23
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(primarily SS tubing)
What type of tubing, railling?
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You can cut through light steel, padlocks, chain, etc. with a 4 inch grinder using a "razor" blade, a paper thin abrasive blade. A must have setup on a boat.
Got my anchor tangled up in a bunch of SS cable and I cut it all off in minutes.
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What type of tubing, railling?
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You can cut through light steel, padlocks, chain, etc. with a 4 inch grinder using a "razor" blade, a paper thin abrasive blade. A must have setup on a boat.
Got my anchor tangled up in a bunch of SS cable and I cut it all off in minutes.
My welder friend told me to pick up a 4 1/2" grinder with a "cut off wheel(?)". He was surprised I didn't have one already.
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Have you ever considered using round solid bar, (12,..), 5/8 (16mm) for push pit, hand rail etc, (19mm) is a bit heavy but OK for toe rail. Solid bar are not that much heavier than tubing because a smaller diameter can be used, easier to weld and bend. On 5545 kg of steel I used to build my last boat 1105 kg was SS. The best SS electrodes were from Castolin Eutectic they also sell a suitable portable electronic welder.
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