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    Re: Looking to Start a mobile welding repair busisness

    What I take is low budget including the lathe (used small lathe around $500.00).
    The press I would shop build or you could buy a low budget from HF.
    The line boring can also be shop built. I have a hand drill and I like best was mag drill works great.

    Yes home owners and RV owners are low budget but will get you pocket money 💰 .
    Which today I have done in retirement on trailers.
    If had money a converting a pickup to flatbed with a overhead rack (2,000 cap or more) would help too note I would build the flatbed and rack to save money 💰.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachu2 View Post
    While it would be nice to start out with a "shop on wheels", the budget would have to grow considerably. The way I read the OP's post is that he's looking to be a welding handyman. Lawnmower decks, pipe fences, gates, security bars, workbenches, the kind of small jobs that are beyond the average homeowner's skills, but not needing a certified professional fabricator. I can't count how many little fixes I've done over the years that took less than a foot of bead to complete.

    Either an engine-driven stick machine or a generator with an appropriately-matched Mig would get you started. Be prepared to support yourself with another income stream until you can grow your business.

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    I have a full truck (shop on wheels) but its parked and back to light truck/van. I am trying to work out a ladder rack now. Van is a bigger problem than a pickup to haul steel. I dont care about 2000# but I wouldnt mind carrying a couple pieces in a crisis.

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    Do a little welding and build a overhead rack for steel and ladder 🪜.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    I have a full truck (shop on wheels) but its parked and back to light truck/van. I am trying to work out a ladder rack now. Van is a bigger problem than a pickup to haul steel. I dont care about 2000# but I wouldnt mind carrying a couple pieces in a crisis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    What I take is low budget including the lathe (used small lathe around $500.00).
    The press I would shop build or you could buy a low budget from HF.
    The line boring can also be shop built. I have a hand drill and I like best was mag drill works great.

    Yes home owners and RV owners are low budget but will get you pocket money  .
    Which today I have done in retirement on trailers.
    If had money a converting a pickup to flatbed with a overhead rack (2,000 cap or more) would help too note I would build the flatbed and rack to save money .

    Dave
    All that is great, for someone who has the skills, experience, and knowledge to use it. The OP is just getting started. Hard to get experience in mobile welding repair without a mobile welding machine.
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    How do think I got skill.
    I learn as need came up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachu2 View Post
    All that is great, for someone who has the skills, experience, and knowledge to use it. The OP is just getting started. Hard to get experience in mobile welding repair without a mobile welding machine.

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    I would not try machining for bearing bores.
    But turning a part for welding is basic what you doing. A drill press is helpful in drilling clips and other parts. A hand drill does not drill straight holes and slow too.
    My self a simple 15" bench drill press for holes upto 1/2" holes and a mag drill for larger holes.

    FYI Most machinist finish a bearing bore with sand paper. Very few can machine for a bearing bore by just turning the bore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachu2 View Post
    All that is great, for someone who has the skills, experience, and knowledge to use it. The OP is just getting started. Hard to get experience in mobile welding repair without a mobile welding machine.

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    Re: Looking to Start a mobile welding repair busisness

    Where would a guy put all this on a pickup truck?

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    On side see drawing

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    Where would a guy put all this on a pickup truck?
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    Its a nice drawing but that will run out of room fast even with 1/2 that stuff on it. The lathe i could skip, same for crane on pickup.

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    The cost also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    I would not try machining for bearing bores.
    But turning a part for welding is basic what you doing. A drill press is helpful in drilling clips and other parts. A hand drill does not drill straight holes and slow too.
    My self a simple 15" bench drill press for holes upto 1/2" holes and a mag drill for larger holes.

    FYI Most machinist finish a bearing bore with sand paper. Very few can machine for a bearing bore by just turning the bore.

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    Help me understand here, Dave. Give me an example of a field repair where you needed a lathe to produce an accurate enough part to weld in.
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    The crane is remove and left home for most work. The lathe is 8 " to 11" size small but very hand if over 1/2 hour from home 🏡. There are small press too on back of bed.

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    Its a nice drawing but that will run out of room fast even with 1/2 that stuff on it. The lathe i could skip, same for crane on pickup.

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    The perspective is mismatched here. The view from 70 yr old retired professional with a wish list is not really a good fit for 23 and starting out. He needs small footprint machine, torch, drill, grinder, some hand tools and box with scrap steel pieces. Coffee can or 2 nuts and bolts.

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    Could skip the press too. BFH does that mobile. Battery sawzall is now on my short list.
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    If i was going in to boreing, machine it wouldnt be a sideline raw start so to speak. Would be very deliberate with skilled reliable help. Good equipment, heavy truck etc. Most likely from shop to back it up, financing, biz in place. There are a few so gifted this doesnt matter much but the learning curve is so high it would bankrupt a starter.
    Last edited by Sberry; 03-01-2022 at 10:55 AM.

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    The reason for have a few extra tools to get more and better jobs. 😉
    If just a rod burner you get fewer jobs.

    There is also repeat work some knows you have the tools on truck will call you first. Not a tool chest full of mechanic tools. They will call a mechanic for that work not a welder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    Could skip the press too. BFH does that mobile. Battery sawzall is now on my short list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    The crane is remove and left home for most work. The lathe is 8 " to 11" size small but very hand if over 1/2 hour from home . There are small press too on back of bed.

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    What welding job has the lathe been handy for? Still looking for a reason to make mine mobile. I've never needed more precision in a welding job than I can get with a grinder.....
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    I just used a lathe yesterday for bushing for welding.
    The main reason is so customers knows you can turn a part if need on job. It take out class of just a rod burner to ture welder shop on wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachu2 View Post
    What welding job has the lathe been handy for? Still looking for a reason to make mine mobile. I've never needed more precision in a welding job than I can get with a grinder.....

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    We understand that but this is a start up guy. He needs a short list just to get rolling and to tell the truth I dont need it either and dont even have one in my shop. I got a neighbor with one, free labor on top of it and so rarely use it that I dont want the next "layer" of equipment and all the chips. I got woodworking in another building,,, ha but mainly cause I use occasionally and have a MgYver fix for about everything I do and I collect parts, some generi9c, some deliberate, even got some backup so to speak.

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    Customers really call me for welding, bolting and painting. I can do other stuff but its less frequent.

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    That ture but all I talk about on used market is Lee's than $1,000.00 and give a big jump over someone that just have a gas welder and a set of bottles hoping to find work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    We understand that but this is a start up guy. He needs a short list just to get rolling and to tell the truth I dont need it either and dont even have one in my shop. I got a neighbor with one, free labor on top of it and so rarely use it that I dont want the next "layer" of equipment and all the chips. I got woodworking in another building,,, ha but mainly cause I use occasionally and have a MgYver fix for about everything I do and I collect parts, some generi9c, some deliberate, even got some backup so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    That ture but all I talk about on used market is Lee's than $1,000.00 and give a big jump over someone that just have a gas welder and a set of bottles hoping to find work.

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    When he is looking at a $1500 budget, adding a $1000 luxury tool is not a wise choice - especially if he doesn't have the knowledge to use it. That $1000 could be much better spent on tooling that he could use. Ture? Lee's than $1,000.00?

    I have a pretty nice old lathe, but I don't have need for it in the field. It would be junk in a year of being hauled around.
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    It way to get jobs , besides being just a welder.
    So need to do the extra mile for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teachu2 View Post
    When he is looking at a $1500 budget, adding a $1000 luxury tool is not a wise choice - especially if he doesn't have the knowledge to use it. That $1000 could be much better spent on tooling that he could use. Ture? Lee's than $1,000.00?

    I have a pretty nice old lathe, but I don't have need for it in the field. It would be junk in a year of being hauled around.

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    Re: Looking to Start a mobile welding repair busisness

    I would not think usual road wear would impact/damage a lathe any more than routine/real use?

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    It like just like a transmission it do for with dog.

    Some comes from my construction background.
    I was out town with father and someone missed drill parts. I guy pulls job sit look work all he had a Lincoln welder and bottles. He could had about 6 hours of work if had drillpress. We had with hand drill.
    On next job a used a handdrill and grinder to turn bolts to size.

    FYI Our jobs where 8 to 20 hour round trip to shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    I would not think usual road wear would impact/damage a lathe any more than routine/real use?

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