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  • wireburner
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    young or old

    I was just wondering how old some of y`all was when you stared welding ???
    I was 12 (been welding almost 1 and a half year)

  • Bert
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    Guys! Don't forget this is mobile rigs also! I heard most guys on Oahu charge around $40-$60/hr. Oahu is more populated, more competition. Shop charges between $60-$80/hr, but our rent is probably a lot higher than yours!

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  • HMW
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    Originally posted by samc View Post
    thats a fairly good price per hour bert , working for my family i only get 25 mondat to friday and 35 -40 saturday -sunday , do you know what brands of wire they use arc or mig to do the hardfacing??

    Thats what you get for working for family, just joking, but it always does seem family doesn't pay as much, at least in money anyway But working with family can be priceless!! Time well spent
    Last edited by HMW; 08-22-2007, 07:21 AM. Reason: spelling

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  • Bert
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    far as I heard, most of them used stick. I'm sure lot of 'em mig, but I was talking to the lincoln clerk at their store. I forgot the number of the hardfacing rod she said they used, but most of it was 7018, then the hardfacing rod for the coverpass.

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  • samc
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    to bert

    thats a fairly good price per hour bert , working for my family i only get 25 mondat to friday and 35 -40 saturday -sunday , do you know what brands of wire they use arc or mig to do the hardfacing??

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  • Bert
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    samc

    Hey, you have a lot of experience with heavy equipment and hardfacing!!!
    Over on the Big Island of Hawaii, there are 7 independantly mobile welders and they say there is more work for at least 7 more!!! Very hot on that side of the island (Kona, westside) and a lot more expensive than Hilo (eastside). They get a lot of blue rock over there for building walls, so the blades and teeth on the machines always need repair! Minimum everyone charges over there is $70/hour

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  • samc
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    welding

    thanks bert , hope i can be of some assistance one time.

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  • Bert
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    samc,
    I'm 46 and just got into is recently. (oh, welcome to the board!!)
    At my age, I can say:
    LUCKY KID!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • samc
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    started welding

    my first post ever... , i started welding when i was 7 in our workshop by the time i was 8 i was welding hardfacing rods onto our earthmoving fleet everything from a 20 tonne excavator to our 2 , d-11 dozers. now im 18 i mostly drive the machines but weld on them probably 4 or 5 times a week , when ever something needs repairing. had a lot of practise for a young kid

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  • Bert
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    Man of Mystery...I mean STEEL!!!
    cool, thanks !!

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  • man of steel
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    re color of ss welds

    hey bert there is no right or wrong ,the blueish color is an indicator that your heat is set nicely,dull grey brown is running a little hotbut as long as your not undercutting and your fusin is good then there isnt too much to be concerned about. As for the welds in my pics, yes i wire wheel them with the grinder because they are x rayed in position and i dont like to give them any reason for a fail(havent had one in the 13 +years at it

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  • fun4now
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    Brent A welcome. always good to add to the mix.
    wizzade, dont give up on TIG . it takes a little work to get the hang of it but you will realy like it once you do.

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  • wizzade
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    I welded a couple of times when i was about 7 with my dads millermatic 210. I didnt weld anymore until i was 15. I learned how to stick and mig. I am now 18 and just tried to tig yesterday.....and i suck at it Well thats my welding career.

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  • Bert
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    Brent A,
    Forgive me for being so rude!!! I'd like to say "WELCOME TO THE BOARD, DUDE!!!"

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  • Bert
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    Man of Steel,
    ok...WOW! COOL JOB!!! Since you got the experience, I see all your welds are shiny silver! Did you run the wire brush over it? The little ss coupons I did, my instructor said it had to have a rainbow color. Other guys on the other thread said no, has to be almost all 1 color/copper looking. I had some that were both and had some that came out all silver! Which is right for you?

    Brent A,
    Doesn't look like the bottom toes of your weld fused into really good, or is it my eyesight? Need to know, 'cause I'm learning how to critique my own welds.
    thanks guys,
    bert

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