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    I was looking into the pipeline unions and they want you to have your own rig. Any advice on what miller welders would work for those conditions? i know theres the pipepro but anything under $15,000 might be a little easier to get,lol. Sorry if i sound like a newbie but my background is from Mig and autobody(light gauge fab).

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    Hope your prepared for the replies your gonna get from anyone who pipelines....just wait
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    • #3
      First get certified, or dont waste your money.

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      • #4
        pipeline rigs

        Originally posted by RxstrRacing View Post
        I was looking into the pipeline unions and they want you to have your own rig. Any advice on what miller welders would work for those conditions? i know theres the pipepro but anything under $15,000 might be a little easier to get,lol. Sorry if i sound like a newbie but my background is from Mig and autobody(light gauge fab).
        I hate to bust your bubble,but there is no pipeline company going to let you on the job with a miller. If you can get a test ,the inspector will look you out before you start.That's just the way it is on the pipeline.What you need is a lincoln sa200 or a 300d.

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        • #5
          Why not a Miller for the job?
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          • #6
            That's just B.S. I've main-lined with both a PipePro 304 and a Trailblazer 302. The TB runs just as nice a bead as a Ranger 305. X-ray is X-ray on a kick-off test, don't matter whether you're runnin' red or blue in your truck-- if you can weld, you can weld.
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            • #7
              Reggie,

              LOL

              Don't think the OP has got the full grasp of that profound statement.

              I'm sure the comments will be along the lines of, "If you got to ask about what welder to buy, the line's not the place for you".
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              • #8
                I have a pipepro and I pipeline! Who cares what color you are if you make the pictures your good to go!

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                • #9
                  In the United States, in big bore transmission line construction you see at least 30% PipePro's these days.
                  You won't get a test with a Ranger or Trailblazer type machine tho.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wronghand View Post
                    The TB runs just as nice a bead as a Ranger 305. .
                    hehehehhahahhalol

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                    • #11
                      First off, certs dont mean crap. Every job you go to will make you test out. Second, I know lots of guys running millers. Mostly pipepros and a few pro300's, but the pro300 is not that popular. The new big blue pipepro 350 looks pretty sweet. It has "crater out" for tig welding. And if you have every run scratch start tig and battled with puss holes when braking an arc, you will love the crater out.
                      But why not consider a lincoln? You can pick up a nice sa200 from 1500-3000 bucks. You could rig out a whole truck for what it cost to buy a new machine at $15000.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sae350 View Post
                        First off, certs dont mean crap. Every job you go to will make you test out. Second, I know lots of guys running millers. Mostly pipepros and a few pro300's, but the pro300 is not that popular. The new big blue pipepro 350 looks pretty sweet. It has "crater out" for tig welding. And if you have every run scratch start tig and battled with puss holes when braking an arc, you will love the crater out.
                        But why not consider a lincoln? You can pick up a nice sa200 from 1500-3000 bucks. You could rig out a whole truck for what it cost to buy a new machine at $15000.
                        Over here they wont let you test out if you dont have certs.

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                        • #13
                          I see a lot of rangers and tb's in trucks these days (more rangers though)

                          I started pipelining with a tb and never had an issue. I've since upgraded to a vantage 400 though.

                          So I'm pretty sure you won't get run off if you don't show up with a big machine.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Daniel View Post
                            Over here they wont let you test out if you dont have certs.
                            over here your test is your cert.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by EvolveWelding View Post
                              I see a lot of rangers and tb's in trucks these days (more rangers though)

                              I started pipelining with a tb and never had an issue. I've since upgraded to a vantage 400 though.

                              So I'm pretty sure you won't get run off if you don't show up with a big machine.






                              This is what I wrote:


                              "In the United States, in big bore transmission line construction you see at least 30% PipePro's these days.
                              You won't get a test with a Ranger or Trailblazer type machine tho".


                              I make no comments on current practice in countries I've never worked in, but the statement I made is correct.
                              Keep in mind that what the Canadians call pipelining and what Americans call pipelining are different things. And from the hundreds of "Alberta" threads we've seen over the years, qualification is an entirely different world between here and there.

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