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New gear??

Postby jroark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:37 pm

So I've put back a little over a grande on the side job stuff and don't know what to invest in. Kind of a weird question to involve everyone in but what would you guys do? I'm using a Lincoln 210 MP and a Kohler 7500 watt generator. I've got the tig and spool gun set up. Also have a cheap horizontal band saw and a Norther Toll chop saw with the dry cut blade. I've got a good Victor torch kit and a Porter Cable 4 1/2" grinder and a Dewalt 7" grinder. So where now? I've thought about getting a plasma or a square wave Lincoln 200 but just keep riding the fence. Also looked at a killer Martin guitar but not sure that'll help the welding business. Haha.
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Re: New gear??

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:41 pm

Well that depends on what you want to do. If you want to get into a lot more aluminum jobs or more tig work then get a tig machine. If you want to do more fabrication and repair than you probably want to go with a plasma cutter. What kind of work is in demand in your area? What kind of work do you want to get into to? Have you done much tig welding? If you haven't done a ton of tig welding, I might get the plasma for now to grow your business and then pick up a tig welder later. Just remember a tig welder requires a tank of argon and a plasma cutter requires a good compressor. If you already have a good compressor then I would go with the plasma cutter.
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Re: New gear??

Postby PeteM » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:09 pm

I'd just keep banking it for a while along the lines of a prudent reserve in case a need arises. Then it can be used as capital for metal stock as needed or to repair/replace essential pieces. Its hard to know whats next, but I've never heard of anybody having too much cash on hand.
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Re: New gear??

Postby jroark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:30 pm

True Pete. Never have had too much cash. I'm not a long time tig welder and I was thinking about a Hypertherm with the built in compressor since I don't have a big compressor already. I'm getting by with what I have and maybe that'll do for now. Just looking for some ideas I guess. I do fab work and repair work so like Pete said you never know what will come next but I'm mostly ready for it.
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Re: New gear??

Postby Otto Nobedder » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:54 pm

jroark,

I am, for the first time in my 48 years of life, in a position where, if $1000 worth of shit happens to me tomorrow, I don't have to call a single soul. I can just handle it. It'll hurt, but not like calling someone does. This is a good place to be, and I'd suggest not letting that money burn through your pocket just because it's there. Wait for a real need, rather than seek one because you can.

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Re: New gear??

Postby Farmwelding » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:57 pm

Otto Nobedder wrote:jroark,

I am, for the first time in my 48 years of life, in a position where, if $1000 worth of shit happens to me tomorrow, I don't have to call a single soul. I can just handle it. It'll hurt, but not like calling someone does. This is a good place to be, and I'd suggest not letting that money burn through your pocket just because it's there. Wait for a real need, rather than seek one because you can.

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So before spending $1000, have $3,000+ before you do. Seems like a good plan.
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Re: New gear??

Postby jroark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:01 pm

I just have a little side hustle going but sometimes I take on a few hundred dollar in material cost project. It is nice to not have to borrow the money to fund a job. You know when you're in the middle of a job and you say "man I wish I had a ....)? That's probably when I could use it. Thanks for the input.
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Re: New gear??

Postby homeboy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:44 pm

If you are thinking plasma and possibly offsite work the Hypertherm air is as portable as a lunchbox. I have no connection with Hypertherm other than owning one. I had a torch but the tank lease without gas went to $200.00 per year so that made the decision easy. I have cut 5/8 bucket edge slowly of course but decent cut. Just a thought. :D
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Re: New gear??

Postby PeteM » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:14 am

jroark wrote:I just have a little side hustle going but sometimes I take on a few hundred dollar in material cost project. It is nice to not have to borrow the money to fund a job. You know when you're in the middle of a job and you say "man I wish I had a ....)? That's probably when I could use it. Thanks for the input.


I just realized I may have been a wet blanket, and didn't mean to do that. :oops:

I don't know what kind of area you're in, but a thousand bucks can go a really long way at an auction around here. There was a machine shop a couple doors down from us that closed up a few years ago. The guy I worked for bought a Bridgeport mill that was in excellent condition for 6k, and that was the second most expensive piece in the auction. Number one was a big shear with an automatic/digital back gauge. 2 400 amp miller multi-process machines went for 4 and 600 bucks. I got caught with my pants down on that because I had no cash on hand, but there were whole boxes of drills, grinders and general hand tools going for 10-20 bucks a piece. A huge rack of structural shapes went for 2k, including the rack :shock:

So there is a ton (or 5) of stuff you can get for a grand. If I had one brand shiny new think on my wish list- it would be a Hougen mag drill and a couple of the more common sized cutters.

And congrats for doing well with a "little side hustle". If you keep doing that it my no longer be little or side!
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Re: New gear??

Postby electrode » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:53 am

Otto Nobedder wrote:jroark,

I am, for the first time in my 48 years of life, in a position where, if $1000 worth of shit happens to me tomorrow, I don't have to call a single soul. I can just handle it. It'll hurt, but not like calling someone does. This is a good place to be, and I'd suggest not letting that money burn through your pocket just because it's there. Wait for a real need, rather than seek one because you can.

Steve S


+1 on that. The problem is when you actually think about getting older and how much money you spend in a year is the amount you will still need when you cannot work. Then you start saving and become a tightwad and try not to impulse buy and you realize you can actually save some money. Then if something comes along make a game out of it. Say to yourself before I can buy that new something, I have to save $5000 and then once I save $6000 I can spend the $1000 for that something. It's a silly game but some people make it work. :D
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