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  • SpcR
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    Jeb and Mastertig are TROLLS

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  • SundownIII
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    Jeb,

    After reading about 6 pages of replies, I think you have heard all the potential negatives and are smart enough to take them into consideration.

    Set your goals high, work hard, do what you promise. In no time good things will happen.

    I would suggest you contact NFINCH directly. He seems to be thriving in the welding business with little more equipment than you plan to start with. Heck, I think he just got the 220V mig machine. Guess he needed that for the "big" jobs.

    He does have the advantage of experience though, he's been an ironworker for over 42 years (I know that cause he mentions it in ever other post). He doesn't seem to know "all that much" about the small fabrication business though. He still asks a lot of "basic" questions.

    With the help I'm sure you'll get from Norm (business plans, strategy, required equipment, etc) I'm sure you'll be well on your way in no time.

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  • FusionKing
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    After being at work a few hrs I guess I should say that when I say I lost everything twice that would be not quite right...
    In the mid eighties we lost our home...sold on the courthouse steps
    but kept most of our belongings.
    In the early nineties medical bill brought us to our knees and had to sell my parts biz to our warehouse. That was probably a blessing in disguise because they hired my wife to manage it. That gave us bennies
    After keeping the machine shop I discovered the need for aluminum welding in my area and pursued that niche' until it became real.
    It can be done, just maybe not quite like Jeb put it but, with the right work ethic in America you can make it from the bottom, if you ain't got nuthin' to lose. I was lucky in the fact people have brought me stuff to fix all my life.
    I would care to guess I am at the point now that if I was to lose my rear someone would supply me with the necessary stuff to get back going again rather quickly.
    I have no doubt I could make it with my Dynasty and a grinder and a very few tools from the back of a van or pickup just tigging Aluminum. I would hope it doesn't come down to that tho
    As ridiculous as Jeb's comments sound to some who went in on a much bigger scale there are some guys out there who came in gradually as well.

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  • fjk
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    Originally posted by MAC702 View Post
    Doesn't somebody make a purple machine?
    Look at a Blue Miller machine with Rose Colored glasses
    and it might look Purple

    Frank

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  • MAC702
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    Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    ... follow every rainbow...
    not that there's anything wrong with that...

    Doesn't somebody make a purple machine?

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  • dmk welding
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    Heck, I wish that I could've started my portable business on $300 and a tiny mig and a hair dryer!!! Cost me like $45,000 when all said and done with incorporating my limited company and liability insurance (you are absolutely nuts if you don't get it) cell phones, welding tickets, lawyer fees, Workers Comp, safety tickets, business cards, a computer, oxy/acet cylinders and an account at the local welding shop, small tools here, larger tools there, and oh yeah a truck with a 300 amp diesel welder on the back!! And that is cheap compared to some set ups up here in Canada anyways.

    Best of luck anyways~! We've all heard of the guy who started with a paper clip and traded it for something else and then something else till he eventually owned a house out of the deal...nothings impossible and if you are only investing $300 what do you really have to lose?
    Last edited by dmk welding; 02-23-2009, 10:10 AM.

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  • lars66
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    I have had my own welding business since 1972 and can relate to everything JT, portable welder, stickman, sberry and probably a few others I didnt read are trying to get across to you. Starting out on your own is no picnic and you will have to be ready to work how ever many nights week ends or what ever it takes to get going.

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  • FusionKing
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    Not that bad of an idea

    Actually Jeb I believe you CAN do it. The main thing is being willing to adapt. I have actually seen people start out with less in other types of business.
    The main thing is, do what you do as good as possible and when there is something that you know you cannot then send them to someone who can. Just be HONEST!!
    When you begin to get some work then you will be able to see which direction you need to go as far as buying new equipment. I would suggest getting a Dynasty 200DX so you can continue to do household/residential type repairs but now would be able to fix ALUMINUM lawnmowers and lamp posts and such.
    Using you credit card is a super idea as well Just make your payments on time and they will make you some good offers...then you can jump on that new equipment.
    You prolly should stop by Wal-Mart and get some basic hand tools also. Just don't leave a job until you have fixed about everything they show you....word travels FAST!! The main thing is get on the job as soon as they call you and don't leave untill they pay you

    Now for MY story...I have been in biz most all of my life. I have taken risks that have cost me everything I owned, but managed to pay off everyone albeit late. I took a pre-pay credit card and bought a bicycle in '97 and paid it off quick! Before long I had credit. I managed to get a loan from there and bought my Bobcat and BORROWED a freekbox!! In 18 mos I purchased a brand new 4 bedroom home with an unfinished basement. A year later I bought an acre with a shop and a large storage building which I have now paid off.
    I would caution against using the credit cards too much tho because I do owe them a bit much now.
    My sons were with me the whole time growing up and seen what could be done with little more than hard work and they are doing great as well.
    So the way I see it is altho you are most likely simply stirring the pot here what you are proposing isn't all that far off from reality.
    If you had a hammer and saw you could even moonlight as a carpenter fixing picture frames and broken chairs

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  • nfinch86
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    Nuts !!!

    Originally posted by Jeb View Post
    Thanks a bunch Mastertig!!! I really appreciate your support. I don't let the nay-sayers get me down though, I'm a positive outlook kinda guy for sure. It has been my dream now for sevearl years to start my sheetmetal only welding business and like I said before, I feel there really is a niche for this. Especially in this ecomomy where people need to get things fixed rather than buy new.

    I still think the best way to start is with a 120V mig and no one is gonna tell me otherwise, especially with MT in my court. I know it will be hard but I have been considering getting a loan from my local credit union to do this. I think I can get around $300 for sure and maybe a little more with the couple of credit card offers I have. This would more than get me started and If I put up some flyers in the neighborhoods touting my talents I really think I could get this thing off the ground.

    Craigslist is another good source and that is free so really, what do I have to lose???

    I think I am just gonna go for this. I also think I won't have any kind of back-up plan because I have heard that that is a recipe for failure. I'm just gonna go full bore and try to bring in any work I can whether it's fixing taiplipes, lawnmower decks, BBQ grills or lawn furniture. I mean heck, if it get's too busy I can just hire someone to help, right???

    Thanks a bunch Masterig!!!!!!!
    Hi;
    Did You say you Can Get Started With $300., I think you Forgot A

    Few Zero's ??

    If You can Make a Living Welding BBQ Grills, I'll Eat One !!
    Not Happenin' My GungHo Friend !!

    Norm :

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  • gda
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    Methinks that Jeb is jerking chains for fun at this point.

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  • Mastertig
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    Originally posted by Jeb View Post

    What does everyone think about community college welding courses??? Should I take one first or should I just bag it and learn from the school of hard knocks. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Jeb, to be honest with you, I wouldn't waste time with the Community college ... You are smart enough, and capable enough, to figure it out quickly on your own. Note, the welder is called the HH125EZ ... It's designed so you can buy it, bring it home, plug it into the wall, and start welding. Don't even have to read the book, just go to the Hobart BB and ask over there if you have any questions.

    Pretty amazing little machine, I hear, reading around the Hobart site , some of those guys swear with a little preheat from a hairdryer and multiple passes, you can actually weld up to 1/2" thick steel with it!!!!

    I think your enthusiasm and self-confidence is great! If more people were like you, and willing to take risks today, and invest money in new ventures, this economy would probably be much better off.

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  • Jeb
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    Originally posted by reggie
    Now you haven't even got 140 amps...are you trying to act as green as you are...now you got your machine figured out,the question now is how should you learn to weld...just fill the drawer your buddy suggested you make with JB Weld and when that runs out... at least you can say you tried...****,you might even get to show us all...let us all know how it pans out...
    Well mister smarty pants, you should know that you can weld much thicker material with flux-core than you can with just solid wire and gas. I have been doing some major searching on this site and just found this out. That's why I'm getting the HH125EZ so I can have the ability to weld thicker sheet metal if the need arises.

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  • BBchevy396
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    Uh,.. are you saying he'll be married to it?

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  • Broccoli1
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    Hey Bro you should climb every mountain, search high and low, follow every highway, every path you know. Ford every stream, follow every rainbow, 'till you find your dream.

    A dream that will need all the love you can give, every day of your life for as long as you live.

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  • Sberry
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    I also think
    I have heard
    Both great assets in the business world.

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