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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! Link to Metal Thickness Gauge: https://amzn.to/2LeaATD Link to Plasma Cutter: https://amzn.to/2uuCj9e Link to center punch kit: https://amzn.to/2LkKfmU ⇨ SUBSCRIBE to Brandon Lund DIY Builds: https://www.youtube.com/brandonlund THE TOOLS & GEAR I USE 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/shop/brandonlund Any commission earned from the above Amazon affiliate links all goes towards helping to support my channel. FOLLOW ME (for behind the scenes stuff)! ⇨ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lunddiybuilds ⇨ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LundDIYBuilds ⇨ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LundDIYBuilds For Business Inquiries: [email protected] Disclaimer: These videos are intended for entertainment purposes only and as such, you should not attempt to do any of the things you see me doing. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines before handling tools. Seek professional advice and training before using any welding equipment. Never operate any tool without wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Final warning, Do not attempt to do any of the things you see me doing!
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1rustytree (10 months ago)
Good video!Those plasma cutters sure make quick work of those cuts!
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
Thanks man! It's one of those tools I don't use every day but when you need it, it sure comes in handy!
Anthony Vaughn (2 months ago)
Nice job
Brandon Lund (2 months ago)
Thank you!
Avid Science (4 months ago)
Thank you Brandon i loved the video :)
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Your welcome! Thanks for the support!
Imran Bsc (5 months ago)
there are any one from australia or canada...tell me?
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
There are a bunch of Canadians and Australians on here....they are just shy I guess lol
c bac (7 months ago)
Clamp it up
Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
You know it brother! 😁
patrick griffin (7 months ago)
You know it is a good video but you need buy the plasma cutter , steel , drill press or drill , grinder to clean it up , and paint to make it look nice , didn’t really save to much
CavemanJoe (5 months ago)
@patrick griffin Not really. I'm a welder/fabricator for a machine shop. All this can be done by hand with a $6 hacksaw and a $4 file. Doesn't mean you save more that way.
patrick griffin (5 months ago)
CavemanJoe all I gotta say man is you seem a little upset about my comment lol
CavemanJoe (5 months ago)
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.
Kyle's Corner (7 months ago)
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. 👍
Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
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! 😁
Brent Spellmeyer (8 months ago)
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.
Imran Bsc (5 months ago)
Brent Spellmeyer where are you from? your country name and which is high demand trade that having easy find job oppurtunaty. 1.welder 2.fabricator
Brandon Lund (8 months ago)
That’s how it’s done brother! Thank you for your support.
casy casy (9 months ago)
nice job you saved more then 40 add the shipping and tax.you made out big time
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Thanks brother!
Jaques Daniels (9 months ago)
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.
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
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!
dave hogan (9 months ago)
Thanks for all the Amazon links!!! Great Video's!!
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I appreciate your support.
tubeonline629 (9 months ago)
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
Imran Bsc (5 months ago)
any one tell me in which high demand trade that having tons of job. 1.metal fabricator 2.welder
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
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!
tubeonline629 (9 months ago)
@Brandon Lund 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.
MCE Performance (9 months ago)
Plasma cutters are damn near a necessity for anyone that builds things out of metal on a regular basis. (Your time is worth money).
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
@Jaques Daniels Well said brother!
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Garry Fuller Sr (9 months ago)
Your so right.
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Garry Fuller Sr. Thank you sir! I'm glad you enjoyed the video! Cheers!
Paul Straney (9 months ago)
Suggestion: pick up a cheap 0-1"micrometer
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
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!
MCE Performance (9 months ago)
A cheap 0-6" dial caliper is even better. ($10-15) you can use it for allot of different things.
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Good call!
Baladár (10 months ago)
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.
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) Cheers!
bkrjayce (10 months ago)
Nicely done! Straight to the point and a nice idea. I might give it whirl myself. Subbed.
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
bkrjayce Thank you! I really appreciate the support!
Michelangelo Lavagno (10 months ago)
Very good work.... plasma cut is perfect ciao Brandon
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
Thank you very much! Cheers!
Garrison's Garage (10 months ago)
those little $200 plasmas are awesome for home jobs. Id never be without one again
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
Right on! They sure are handy to have around!
Joe Briggs (10 months ago)
Thinking of getting a plasma but hyperderm is about 1,800 is the plasma that you have getting the jobs done?
Welding Junkie (9 months ago)
I got my Hyperthem 30xp new for $900 on eBay. Look around you’ll find some deals
john dowe (10 months ago)
now i want to go get my plasma cutter out of the garage and cut stuff :(
john dowe (10 months ago)
300$ 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
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
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.
john dowe (10 months ago)
i bought mine for 50$ at a school auction lol
Furrowed Brow (10 months ago)
Build a CNC plasma table.
Imran Bsc (5 months ago)
Brandon Lund what is your country name and tell me monthly fabricator pay?
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
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
Furrowed Brow (10 months ago)
@Brandon Lund FYI. Old Xerox machines have large stepper motors in them. The floor models for sure. Perfect for a CNC plasma table. Check your local thrift shops. https://youtu.be/mSU-GeEe0P0
Furrowed Brow (10 months ago)
@Brandon Lund Im almost ashamed to say how many DIY CNC videos I have eatched. Im designing a 3×5 foot table that will have a 2×4 cutting area.
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
@Furrowed BrowDUDE! Thank You! That is awesome! You sir might have just inspired me to try!
Jackie L (10 months ago)
You are so clever ...you can picture and see the outcomes and it comes easy to you. Thank you for sharing and showing us that we can do it!! Keep up the great work and VIDEOS!!
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
Thank you! ;)
Tank Soldier (10 months ago)
Please all mighty LORD my GOD send me a plasma cutter , nice work there ! Do you know What kind of paint is tuff enough for a mower deck ?
Tank Soldier (9 months ago)
john dowe Hi there John thanks for your offer on your plasma cutter I sure could put it to use ,it would be a blessing to receive ,Thanks tank
Tank Soldier (10 months ago)
john dowe Thank you John answered prayers are awesome GOD doesn't fool around !!!
john dowe (10 months ago)
you want mine? lol i never used it tbh
Brandon Lund (10 months ago)
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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