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Unread 01-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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I need tools, help me decide.

Starting to think of tools as investments and with wanting to branch my skills out to building more things at home. Currently I have my grandpa cut/drill/punch/brake what i need at his work but here lately he works out of town an isnt at the shop much.

I already have a plenty of hand tools so its all expensive big stuff from here I also have a Lincoln 110 stick welder that we use as a TIG welder but it gets old spending so much time tig welding bigger projects, so I just ordered a hobart handler 140. Im excited for it since I've never really MIG'd before.

Here is where I need help, I'm ordering a roguefab bender as soon as my dirtbike sells so Im wanting a decent notcher. I'm thinking something sub 300 and for a drill press. Then the next thing is a drill press, I'm looking at the black bull 16 speed floor model from tractor supply.

Then after I get those Im wanting a HF 20ton press with a swag offroad press brake kit and some select dimple dies from a PBB vendor.

Lastly I've also been eyeing some refurbed longevity plasma cutters over on PBB, anyone went that route before?

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Unread 01-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have a JD2 notchmaster. Real solid notcher.

I picked up the notchmaster and JD2 model 32 bender with 1.75" die and stand for $900 off nc4x4.com

I was literally about to press the send button on a JD2 model 3 and die that would been $1100 alone. So i saved $200, got the upgraded model bender and a notcher.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Second the Notchmaster. I've been rocking one for about 5-6 years now... with a $49 Northern 1/2" drill.

I've done hundreds of notches with the JD2 notcher.. think I'm only on my 2nd hole saw.

The Notchmaster will run thru a 90deg notch (in 1.75x.120 DOM) in about 30secs or so..
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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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I can also recommend the notchmaster. Cheap, well built, and works great. I got my drill press on craigslist. Plenty of good stuff out there. Floor model is ideal, but a quality bench top should do most any jeep work. I can't wait to get the HF 20 ton and brake kit. I'm so mad at myself for buying the 12 ton when I did my regear. I wouldn't trust a refurbed china plasma. Better off searching craigslist for a hypertherm, miller, hobart, etc. It's probably what I'll do. Plenty out there that only have a few uses on them.

The 140 is not enough welder for a lot of jeep work. Maybe you could exchange for a 190?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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I can also recommend the notchmaster. Cheap, well built, and works great. I got my drill press on craigslist. Plenty of good stuff out there. Floor model is ideal, but a quality bench top should do most any jeep work. I can't wait to get the HF 20 ton and brake kit. I'm so mad at myself for buying the 12 ton when I did my regear. I wouldn't trust a refurbed china plasma. Better off searching craigslist for a hypertherm, miller, hobart, etc. It's probably what I'll do. Plenty out there that only have a few uses on them.

The 140 is not enough welder for a lot of jeep work. Maybe you could exchange for a 190?
notchmaster is what i'll probably get

as far as the welder I dont have 220 in the garage plus i'll never be working with anything over 1/4" so I should be fine, I always got access to the shop my grandfather works at if I ever need it.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 12:25 AM   #6
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save the money and get a mm211 they are worth it trust me. i used a lincoln 140 hd for 2 years and when i came home i got a new mm211 and the difference is very noticable. plus it is both 110 and 220.
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I've been using the HH140 for years. That thing is a beast. I've done everything i need on my jeep with it. It might take a little more prep work than using a 220v but its an awesome machine.

That being said i just recently picked up a milletmatic 175 off craigslist.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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notchmaster is what i'll probably get

as far as the welder I dont have 220 in the garage plus i'll never be working with anything over 1/4" so I should be fine, I always got access to the shop my grandfather works at if I ever need it.
Granted with a lot of prep and patience that machine can weld 1/4" That prep and the low duty cycle with the voltage cranked up would drive me nuts. Just my opinion.

To put it in perspective, my 180 amp lincoln is NOT rated for 1/4" with solid wire.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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thinking about switching the notcher for bendtech pro for the time being. Im thinking bendtech will save me money on material and time where as the notcher is just saving me time. Hopefully by the time I do the jeep cage Ill have bought a notcher anyway. Also going to order the 1.5" die with the bender instead of the 1.75", I think it'll be better for bumpers/sliders etc which is what i'm wanting to start on building til I get the hang of it.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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Good idea on the Bendtech. I plan on getting Bendtech pro sometime soon myself. Im going to slowly start gathering to build a new cage. Over the text yr or so ill be gathering the steel, bendtech, suspension seats etc.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #11
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yeah after watching to videos on it, it is defintely worth the money.
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