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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2000, 07:23 AM
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My new welder and first project

Guys, I just wanted to say that I got my Hobart 135 mig welder last Tuesday! I love it. For those who have never welded before, Its really easy. I would always go to peoples websites and see them building bumpers, nerf bars, etc. Thinking "WOW", these people are cool.. Well, I practiced for a few hours and I now can run a pretty decent beed.

I figured I would start with a set of rocker nerf bars. I used 2x4 square stock with 2x2 braces to the frame. Take a look at the pic. Next I am going to put in my front hoop kit (thats why i bought the welder) and a front bumper.



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Awsome!
I learned to weld in a couple of hours with my dad one day while trying to alter some stock seatbrackets for some toy seats. Big mistake, altering the seatbrackets, but it got me started, now I'm welding up anything I can think of. I don't know if this is a good thing b/c of all of the money I've wasted on steel for things I ended up making a "better" version of later. That square nerf bar looks good to me. It is one of the things that I want to do in the next couple of months. RIght now I'm finshing up a steel frame for a center consul that will hold some electronics, I figure that if it weight about 30 lbs. and is bolted down, it will be harder to steal....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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I got mine a couple months ago. So far I've welded up 2 safari racks, my exhaust pipe, a welder cart(turned out excellent by the way) and am working on a cover for the back of the scrambler

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do you have any pics of the racks?

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Re: My new welder and first project

I do the same, started welding on the Scrambler after I'd bought it. For steel, which can get expensive, try a salvage yard or a recycler, it's where I get most of my steel, and it's usually free. Occasionally I have to buy a piece for a specific project, but usually I make due. Besides, it's the GREEN thing to do, remember, reuse before recycle!

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I have always liked the Hobart 135... nice little welder with the gas - runs some clean beads out of the box [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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isn't making your own stuff just so much more fun?!! it is ALOT cheaper too. i wish i had a mig but all i have is a little $200 lincoln 225ac arc welder. it does do everything i want to do though. i just wish i had a tig welder! toys, toys, toys!

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Get to be a "freindly face" at your local welding/steel supply place... I get most of my stuff for small projects out of their scraps pile (their scraps are a gold mine to most of us [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]) - and for a little cash they usually let that stuff go for pennies on the dollar [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

I got enough 1" solid rod (about 15 feet) to build some nice shock towers for the front of my truck along with some other scraps for $10 one day... can't beat that [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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yeah you are right. i always raid the scrap bins at work and take bits and pieces. i love building stuff from scrap stuff and you'd be amazed what you can find in scrap bins.

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Notice how once you get a welder you end up getting more cool "toys". Like a sawzall, cut-off saw, grinders....and hopefully sometime soon a cutting torch. Remember what is said about jeeps. Its not what you buy, its what you build.

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