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    Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Hi everyone,
    I have been looking online for a portable welding table. Seems they run from $69.99 for HF to over $229. for other brands. I know I will need to replace any cheap hardware. Weight is a concern, so closer to 50 lbs with rollers will work.
    Any advice and opinions greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    I don’t think you would require rollers for a portable table in the 50 pound range.


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I don’t think you would require rollers for a portable table in the 50 pound range.


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    You are probably right, I will just end up dragging it. I do have a bad back, so I do have to be real careful.

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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    If not the best, it's gotta be one of them: https://store.cyberweld.com/miar30we...googleproducts
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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by robert-r View Post
    If not the best, it's gotta be one of them: https://store.cyberweld.com/miar30we...googleproducts
    One can't help but wonder if they can't make one similar to that for a much better price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    One can't help but wonder if they can't make one similar to that for a much better price.
    I'm certain they can but why give up profit margin unnecessarily?


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonath108 View Post
    I have been looking online for a portable welding table. Seems they run from $69.99 for HF to over $229. for other brands. I know I will need to replace any cheap hardware. Weight is a concern, so closer to 50 lbs with rollers will work. Any advice and opinions greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonath108 View Post
    I do have a bad back, so I do have to be real careful.
    Honest answer..... don't buy one of those little welding tables unless you really need the ability to fold it up and store it in a tiny footprint.

    If you have a bad back and want to make your life a whole lot better, and you want a welding table that allows you to weld all sorts of things without getting crazy about it.... the best solution, imo, isn't a welding table at all.


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    The hydraulic lift carts are absolutely great as small welding tables, especially if you have a messed up back. Being able to raise and lower your work so you can weld comfortably might not seem like a big deal.... until you've tried it. And the first time you use the cart to load or unload your truck..... you'l be in love with the things!

    It doesn't take any work, really, to upgrade the table top of the carts with something heavier and better suited to welding. You weld a sheet of 1/2" plate on some 1" spacers, drill yourself a ton of holes so you can use all the fancy clamps and fixtures you might like. Or you can leave it plain and rely on magnetic clamps to secure your work.

    It's one of those tools that folks don't regret having even if they hate the initial outlay. They are very useful around the homestead!



    They have their drawbacks, sure, and you might have to do a little tweaking or modifying to make them better suited to your welding needs, but their other capabilities more than make up for that stuff. Plus, it can be kinda fun to customize your ride!

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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    The one you build your self.
    It will have thing you need. All tables I have own was shop built for type of work I doing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonath108 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I have been looking online for a portable welding table. Seems they run from $69.99 for HF to over $229. for other brands. I know I will need to replace any cheap hardware. Weight is a concern, so closer to 50 lbs with rollers will work.
    Any advice and opinions greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Northern tool has a cheap one. Black and Decker workmates have work for me. I also keep using my rigid pipe stand/vise with a piece of 6in. channel on top.



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    Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    The one you build your self.
    It will have thing you need. All tables I have own was shop built for type of work I doing.


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    Like Dave says.

    Build one yourself. You will gain valuable experience about fabricating, welding and discover what you personally like in a table.

    I've built five tables and bought one over the years. Still have the first one I built when I was 15.....





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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    I think the build it yourself idea may be difficult if you are looking for something that will go in your trunk or the back of a van. I am not sure if I would call this portable, but if you redesign the legs/structure underneath, you could maybe do something with it. This table is 30 inches square across the surface and 36 inches tall. I built in an area for cutting and an area for bench welding.


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    The problem is not the table,, I have a 6 foot X 6 foot welding table,,
    MY problem is ,, how do I resist the desire to continue welding stuff on the floor while the table continues to be unused!!





    Maybe I am too lazy to lift the parts onto the table,, the floor is "right there"










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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    The problem is not the table,, I have a 6 foot X 6 foot welding table,,
    MY problem is ,, how do I resist the desire to continue welding stuff on the floor while the table continues to be unused!!





    Maybe I am too lazy to lift the parts onto the table,, the floor is "right there"









    What are you making in the second photo? And WHAT?! No quick attach?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    What are you making in the second photo? And WHAT?! No quick attach?


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    It is a landplane,, for My IH584





    It is the perfect size for my tractor, and it has the blade out of a CAT road grader,,


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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    It is a landplane,, for My IH584





    It is the perfect size for my tractor, and it has the blade out of a CAT road grader,,

    Aha. Hence the the top link turnbuckle for the back portion


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    And WHAT?! No quick attach?


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    I added a quick attach to the FEL,, will that do??



    And a DIY set of forks,,


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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    I added a quick attach to the FEL,, will that do??



    And a DIY set of forks,,

    Manual latching but good job none the less


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    when it's on the floor, it doesn't make so much noise when it falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillE.Dee View Post
    when it's on the floor, it doesn't make so much noise when it falls.
    Neither will the welder.


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    I was given one of the Miller welding tables as a gift years ago. I never used it much until lately, but it is actually pretty nice for what it is. The only thing I don't like is the stupid "folding straps" (like a step ladder has between each side) that prevent it from closing accidentally. They started torquing and binding up each time it was opened and closed so I just ripped them off of it. I just have to remember they're no longer there and be a little more careful with it. It is on the heavier side for a portable table though.

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    I dont want to come off like a DICK! But damn it Man were freaking welders/weldors! We make ****! Just make what you think fits the project and then you make adjustments later.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Quote Originally Posted by welding1 View Post
    I dont want to come off like a DICK! But damn it Man were freaking welders/weldors! We make ****! Just make what you think fits the project and then you make adjustments later.
    Absolutely. Do-overs and modifications are a sign of an active mind. Anything less puts us in the “good enough” category.


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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    Here's a little table I made recently...,



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    Quote Originally Posted by welding1 View Post
    I dont want to come off like a DICK! But damn it Man were freaking welders/weldors! We make ****! Just make what you think fits the project and then you make adjustments later.
    Yup. Some of these folding tables must be made of gold.
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    Re: Who makes the best Portable welding table ?

    The Klutch table that I showed is selling for $82.99 from Northern tool, it looks reasonably well made for light duty work. I often use an old black&decker workmate because I got it for free, and it really is light, sturdy, and very handy. My Ridgid "Tristand pipe vise" cost me over $350 and I think they list for over $500 now. Here's the miller version of the folding weld table:

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    This one might be made from gold, because the list price at Grainger is like $470 !!!!

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