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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted June 15, 2014 - 01:36 PM

What do you folks charge to do a little welding? It seems as though anyone with a welder around me thinks they're certified.



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Posted June 15, 2014 - 01:45 PM

    Most welding shops will get around $60 an hour.  I usually just charge by the job, try to keep the price down for local's. 


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 02:33 PM

We are about the lowest priced shop around our area at $50.00/hr., but we don't advertise to the locals much as we stay busy with our contract work.


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 03:45 PM

I charge $45 an hour for welding and fabrication but very seldom do an hour straight anyways,  Usually more like 30 minutes here and 10 minutes there.  Two weeks I almost passed out when I was charged $140 for a 140 cubic foot tank of acetylene so I don't think $45 is unreasonable by the time you figure in wire, gas and expendables.


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 03:47 PM

I don,t work in a shop so I can't tell you,But I do welding for friends and neighbors,I just tell them they owe me one or a 6pack of beer or soda.

Lotta times I get their old non running stuff and fix it and sell it, Once i got a home made apple pie.So everyone is happy.

 

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Posted June 15, 2014 - 06:23 PM

:ditto: Same here, usually ask them what it is worth and remind them that everytime I fire the welder up it uses $20 worth of electricity. Sometimes it is just 'free'. Just depends on what we have bartered on before.


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 06:33 PM

Gases are very expensive. I need some and can't bring my self to pay the money, but you can't do with out it. So what do you do ????? I only do my own stuff, don't do any thing for other people. Not trained at it and if I started doing it for other people, if it broke they would be back for free repairs, I don't need that problem. And I would need insurance of course, wife is a top dog at an insurance company !!!!! Noel
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Posted June 15, 2014 - 08:26 PM

They all know you're rich, Rich. I don't weld , but I have a good friend that does. He recently told me that material and gas costs have gone up like darn near everything else. He charges $50 per hour and up depending on what the job entails.
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Posted June 16, 2014 - 12:26 PM

I maybe should explain. I'm not trying to mooch something for nothing. If the fee is $50 an hour, how much is it to make a few short passes? It seems anything is $25. I wish I lived closer to all of you. I would have it already clean and beveled and I would gladly give you $10-15.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 08:16 PM

I would gladly weld it for you, but @ about 3 hours travel, oneway; $25-50 for a professional doesn't sound to bad. You should be able to get it welded closer to home, keep looking, check Craigslist. Maybe time for you to invest in a welder?



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 07:50 AM

I have taken a few pcs.  to a local muffler shop... They can most likely wire weld something..  I took mine to a Midas shop,,the boss had a few workers idle and kept them busy  while on the clock.. -----   cost.....  $ 10.00

 

    Just a thought    !!!!


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Posted June 17, 2014 - 08:40 AM

 Maybe time for you to invest in a welder?

I wish! I don't have much experience with wire, only stick. It would have to be 110v and you don't get much in that.



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 09:30 AM

I wish! I don't have much experience with wire, only stick. It would have to be 110v and you don't get much in that.

 

Perfect time to learn....  I have a stick and a'm wanting a wire when funds permit.



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 09:37 AM

...It would have to be 110v and you don't get much in that.

Don't think that the 110v units are junk, they can be very useful.

I have both, stick and 110v mig. They both have pros/cons. With that being said, the 110v mig with flux core wire gets used the most. Easy to use: plug in, turn on, pull trigger. Need to use away from home? Pick it up and carry away. All houses have the right plug.

A few years ago, while out on a job, I tore the bucket cylinder loose on the bobcat. To fix it right would have meant loading up and pulling it home, welding it up, then loading up and bringing back to job site. Would have taken at least three hours and wasted a half a day. Solution: run home, grab the mig, run back to the job. In less than 1 1/2 hours, total, back to work. Was supposed to fix it right when job was done, I never have! Works still to this day. with no issues.


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Posted June 17, 2014 - 09:50 AM

I don't charge anything if it is less than an hour.. Being retired I like helping others and seeing the smile on peoples faces when done is worth a lot to me. I also try and include them in the repair and have them cut, grind, or hold things during the process. Lots of fun.  :D


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