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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-12-2013, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Some good metal/etc. fabbing tools???

Seems like there are a lot of good metal fabricators and DIY'ers on the site. I would like to get more involved in fabrication and add the tools to do it. So I thought this might be good place for people to recommend some tools of the trade, and if you have a link to some for good prices, please feel free to share.

I have your typical household tools, but not much in the way of fabrication. I just recently added a HF bench top drill press which seems good for the money. I would like to add a welder and a chop saw in the near future among many other tools. What do you guys recommend?????????? Speak up.....

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-12-2013, 11:12 AM
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Welder, auto darkening helmet, good wire brush, good chipping hammer, metal clamps, angles, a good torch, and an angle grinder. That'll get ya started.

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a very good vise [Wilton is the best IMHO] .. as to a welder buy the best highest amp wire feed you can afford you'll not regret that , chop saw again get a good one [you can find good used ones on Craigs list] Makita, Milwaukee are too good brands to go with, and size as large as you can 14" is what I recommend [if you can get that] . on edit if you get a Arc welder try to get an AC/DC one again craigs list is a great spot to start looking , they are a more versatile style.
an assortment of welding vise grips [stay with that brand if you can] .. if you can a welding/cutting table is very useful.
gas welding n cutting set [good used on craigs list again].
safety gear ! .. good hood, gloves,goggles, chipping hammer if you get a arc welder , wire brushes and stainless ones included for wire feed use, a leather sleeve is useful although you can get by without that again mig welding and arc also. if not long sleeve heavy cotton shirt to protect from arc flash and slag.
a good asset. Ball Pien hammers .. heavy included.
go to your local welding supply..ask questions lots of them
get scrap to pratice on , take your practice pieces to a welder for pointers after you have done some for them to see what your doing.
additional power tools ... jig saw, reciprocating saw , 4 or 4.5" grinder [again a Makita is a good one] ..
then there are metal brakes for sheet , bead makers , and on and on .. look for a catalog called Eastwood can give you good info for sheet metal stuff .. they will send you on buy online sign up.

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Jig Saw, cut off wheels for angle grinder, chop saw is nice, but you may get more use out of a sawzal as it has more uses, Clamps, you never have to many! Good set of files, and orbital sander.

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What about a tubing bender for building things like cages or bumpers? Are the manual ones too much work? Do you want a hydraulic one, and do they make any that are affordable and don't break the bank for the casual hobbyist?

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We used a manual one to build my cage extension. They work. Takes patience and a good eye. Best used with a makeshift jib.

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I think you members,just about covered all the bases............like Gary said get the 14'' chop saw.my craftsman vise works good also.visegrip brand clamps are nice also,good for many projects.

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I have a 10" sliding miter saw that I just picked up a cutting blade for that works great. Dual purpose.

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I have a 10" sliding miter saw that I just picked up a cutting blade for that works great. Dual purpose.
I have a compound saw (not sliding) that I have been doing the same thing with. It does okay, but not great. But I've never had a chop saw to compare the difference in cutting. I can only guess the chop saw has a different gear ratio and torque for better cutting of metal.

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I have a compound saw (not sliding) that I have been doing the same thing with. It does okay, but not great. But I've never had a chop saw to compare the difference in cutting. I can only guess the chop saw has a different gear ratio and torque for better cutting of metal.
Shane I used a chop saw for years,It works better.I also have a hand held stihl,for out side projects.

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