MAKE MONEY BY LEARNING METAL FABRICATION! I'm including this in the "Beginner Welding Series" because this is a real-life example of how fabricating your own parts can save you a bunch of money (which can then be used to purchase more equipment to support your metal working addiction). During the "Tractor Rebuild Series" I needed to replace the mower deck skirts. The cost to buy the parts online was $71.00 dollars plus shipping. I dug through my scrap pile and found the material we needed and used the old parts as templates to plasma cut the new ones. We ended up with better than factory parts for ALMOST FREE. This is a real-life example of what the parts cost and how to make exact duplicates using the old ones as templates and cutting them out using a Plasma Cutter. This is a simple real-life example to get you thinking about how your metal working hobby can help save and even make you some money!
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The tools weren't bought specifically for this project, and he saved way more than he has in the parts, PLUS the new parts are overbuilt and are stronger than the original parts. If you price something like this at a machine shop that has a $125 minimum and $90 an hour with a five week turnaround time, you've got even more savings.
Not to mention that all these tools can save and make you money provided you know how to use them and can make effective use of your time. Hell, a drill costs $100, and you can say to hell with that & stick with your screwdriver, or repair a few neighbors' decks, gutters, & sheds with it and get triple your money back the first weekend, and that's just a drill. Take something like a stick welder and welding electrodes, which can be expensive, but if you know how to use them you can take them on a single job and make the money back plus profit; it's up to you. You can be the guy who never learns anything and has to pay people for every little thing, or you can learn things on your own and save/make money as you see fit.
Take that principle and apply it to every tool here; plus that you can charge people to plasma cut parts, welding you can charge per linear inch on top of hourly, and if you can fabricate, you can turn a few hundred dollars in materials into thousands of dollars of finished product.
Not to mention the amount of time. If he was fabricating or welding for a customer, he would have made a lot more during that time frame vs saving $70. Don't get me wrong, metal fab is an awesome skill to have, it's just more economical to buy some things that are mass produced like those parts. BUT....when it comes time to produce something that is a one-off piece, building your own will save you a lot. 👍
Well when you put it that way it cost me 10x more than just buying the parts Lol. The point I was trying to make was that by acquiring these tools over a period of time, you can build up a variety of tools that will allow you to do jobs more efficiently. Eventually you will have done some jobs and your tools are strating to pay for themselves and they make you money. I was dirt poor when I started out using a hand hacksaw! No joke! Cheers brother! 😁
First video I have seen of yours good job. I have been welding and fabricating for around 5 years now and I can't wait to have all my own tooling to do it on my own. I just keep working my way up though.
Good to you getting more use out of the plasma, that was a neat idea on allowing for the nozzle stand off. I think a couple of folks got hold of the wrong end of the stick with the make money title, saving money is probably more accurate, but also, sometimes some parts are just not available anymore so having the gear and skills is real handy. I've done quite few repairs for my neigbours around here, for payment in kind-some give me a bottle, some have woodworking machinery and skills so I do trade there. For those who don't know, plasma will cut aluminium , stainless etc, thick alu is a challenge for smaller machines though.When I bought my plasma, the salesman told me that when it when it was known I had a plasma cutter, hot wimmin would fall at my feet, I'm still waiting for that to happen though.
You kill me Jaques! 🤣🤣🤣 that was the reason I purchased my plasma...to lure all the beautiful "wimmin" lol. Seriously though, I also enjoy trading in kind. I feel like if you lived closer we would probably hang out and talk about tools and al-loo-min-e-yum. Cheers friend!
Anybody that has a plasma cutter, air compressor, drill press, angle grinder, bench vice, an scrap metal already knows how to save money by making their own parts or they would not have those tools. Jeez
For the most part, most of my viewers a pretty respectful because we got a pretty tight community here on this channel. Occasionally there is some discourse but that can be healthy. Nobody is perfect in this world. You sir got my respect! Anyone can shoot their mouth off on the internet, a real man admits his mistakes and can say sorry and move forward. It took me a while to learn that lesson, so good on you brother! I appreciate your support and your kind words. Cheers and Thank you!
My reply was rude, and I apologize. I got a notification that someone had replied, and when I looked at what I had said, I was, and still am confused as to why I had responded with that comment. I enjoy your videos, because seeing how other craftsman do things differently is informative and entertaining. I still don't know why I responded the way I did, I must have misread the title or something.
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You guys are giving me video suggestions with your comments! I started a "basic tools guide for metal fabrication" a while ago...maybe I need to update that video. These are all great suggestions! Thank you!
I do appreciate your activity to teach newbies how to work with steel. I really do. What I feel is that you don't actually make money *by learning metal fabrication,* you can potentially make money out of what you've learned. I know this sounds cringy, but euphemism won't make our already cringy world better. Keep on teaching, it's worth the time.
300$ is still 300 when it shits its pants its done for lol. id rather have my 50$ dollar machine , i think its a l-tec vpi. all im saying is there are plenty of good tools out there that you can get for cheap most times. i tihnk my machine is like 700$ msrp
Joe Briggs I have had zero issues with this so far. I go through consumables more often than a hypertherm but the consumables are also dirt cheap. I could probably extend my consubale life greatly by adding an air dryer. I run it right off the compressor. I keep waiting for it to quit but it's still going strong. If it blew up tomorrow, it owes me nothing.
Thanks man! Good info! I am going to look into this! Good luck with your build. If your interested, send me a pick to my facebook when your done. I'm always interested in seeing what my viewers are working on! Cheers
Tank Soldier FYI I'm giving away a brand new welder to one lucky subscriber. I will me making an official announcement in an upcoming episode. As far as deck coating, here you go! https://youtu.be/Fzl3i__lQUs
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