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Smokin Mike
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29 16 11:50 pm    Post subject: New Addition to the Tool Dept. Reply with quote

After suffering with a POS Harbor Freight clamp, I decided to break bad and spend some money on something that might actually work.
Looking forward to getting her dirty.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike nothing better than a third hand, now lets get some sparks on her Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have any but I have worked with magnetic squares in the past. Handy tool.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice addition Mike Congratulations. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Maniac. Yep, not too far off from starting a new project and burning some wire.

Thanks gandrfab. I got a set of the magnets also. A man just can't have too many tools Shocked

Thanks Kevin. I'm cleaning out the garage today so I can make a place for it. Yeah, it's that bad.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice addition. My son asked me once what else he needed for welding. I told him more clamps. As you are learning you need all you can get and after you are more proficient you will use all you can get. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 02 16 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have worked with clamp abusers.
I don't use very many at all.
The clamp happy people have asked me.
"How do you do it, do you just wish stuff together?"

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Most of the time I hold it with my hand, tac. and
Adjust as it as it's going together.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gandrfab wrote:
I have worked with clamp abusers.
I don't use very many at all.
The clamp happy people have asked me.
"How do you do it, do you just wish stuff together?"

Smile


Most of the time I hold it with my hand, tac. and
Adjust as it as it's going together.


I woulda bet a pay check you weren't gonna wish that hitch on this boat trailer. Wink Razz Laughing
Every one of those clamps had a purpose while I put that hitch on. "Work smarter not harder" Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
gandrfab wrote:
I have worked with clamp abusers.
I don't use very many at all.
The clamp happy people have asked me.
"How do you do it, do you just wish stuff together?"

Smile


Most of the time I hold it with my hand, tac. and
Adjust as it as it's going together.


I woulda bet a pay check you weren't gonna wish that hitch on this boat trailer. Wink Razz Laughing
Every one of those clamps had a purpose while I put that hitch on. "Work smarter not harder" Wink


kam you didn't tell him you did not weld it ...just left the clamps on Wink Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maniac wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:
gandrfab wrote:
I have worked with clamp abusers.
I don't use very many at all.
The clamp happy people have asked me.
"How do you do it, do you just wish stuff together?"

Smile


Most of the time I hold it with my hand, tac. and
Adjust as it as it's going together.


I woulda bet a pay check you weren't gonna wish that hitch on this boat trailer. Wink Razz Laughing
Every one of those clamps had a purpose while I put that hitch on. "Work smarter not harder" Wink


kam you didn't tell him you did not weld it ...just left the clamps on Wink Laughing Wink

Shhhhhhhhh......
He don't need to know that!!!! Razz Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On aluminum pipe I use a wood wacker.
Aluminum sheet and steel I use hammers.

A lot of time wasted when using to may clamps.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Example, my 1st 10 years of welding was working for others.
My production and quality work was almost double of just about anybody that worked around me.

But I didn't get double the pay, that is one of the biggest reasons I'm self employed now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stand by my original post.
"I woulda bet a pay check you weren't gonna wish that hitch on this boat trailer."
I have been fabricating for over 30 years 10 of those years was my own shop fabricating oilfield trucks. I can promise you with the tweaks I had to put on those frame rails to meet that A frame hitch no hammer was going to help you there.
But you can keep on believing you're that special we won't hold it against you. Wink Razz Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure I still get jobs that are a pain.
Most of my work is custom one off kind of stuff.
Makes me the sales man, engineer, planner, builder and so on.

Now that I have a shop at a airport and started welding on airplanes.
I get to not be the engineer, every fix is written in books I just have to do it right.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03 16 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Smokin Mike and I am a clamp abuser.

I hereby solemnly swear that the next time I decide to spend my own hard earned money on something as silly as a clamp, that I will abide by the terms and conditions of the Clamp Abusers Association.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have more clamps then I like to admit and I still want a badass 6" C clamp.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a lone wolf in my shop. To this day, I have yet to receive a reply to my request " Hey, hold that for a second, would ya?" I figure I have " MacGuyvered " a way to make up for lack of a third hand more than McDonalds has made hamburgers. No way I could have ever gotten much done without my C-clamps and magnets. Yah, I need more. Smokin Mike, FWIW... Stillwell Chuck has an awesome assortment of clamps.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice collection Smokin Mike I would take a pic of all my clamps but the Bear would come in here and bust me for my pics being too big Laughing Yep, I have that many clamps. A true fabricator knows that if a clamp can act like an extra set of hands, why not have a few on hand. One that brags about how great they are usually aren't that great Wink

ganderfab, since you talk TIG all the time, Im wondering how you hold the material with one hand and tack with the other Confused
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gandrfab wrote:

My production and quality work was almost double of just about anybody that worked around me.


Impressive Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 16 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyingj wrote:
gandrfab wrote:

My production and quality work was almost double of just about anybody that worked around me.


Impressive Rolling Eyes

Roll your eyes, I have worked with over 100 welders.
I'm sure some are faster and better but they would be few and far between.
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