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Old 09-30-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Keggle weld prices really vary in Baltimore

I figured finding a welder for the keggles would be quick and easy. This has not been the case. Just getting a welder to return my calls has been difficult. Obviously these guys are busy. My recent price quotes, from those that have called, range for 100.00/keg to 385/2 kegs. I will get the tops cut off, holes drilled and 3 nipples(I supply the nipples) TIG welded. The 100/keg guy seems to know his stuff. BUT even this seems a bit too high for me. I can drill and cut but they threw that into the deal. I was thinking 100-125 for all 6 welds. Am I wrong? My buddy does MIG and am thinking of going that way. What do y'all think? Thanks Charlie

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Old 09-30-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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No brainer to me. I'd get my buddy to MIG weld it if he's halfway decent at it.

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1+ for the Buddy

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you don't want a MIG weld on stainless... you need a back gassed TIG weld if you want it clean... Talk to Yuri on this subject...

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A good welder will charge you at least $50/hr. If you ask, most will take cash for a reduced price (~$35 around me) especially if they are a smaller shop that caters to custom jobs. I think that is a pretty fair price, especially with all the cutting and prep work. I would say go for the pro instead of having your friend massacre that thing with a MIG. It comes down to a question of quality vs. cost... do you want nice kettles for a little more, or usable kettles (if your friend is good) for cheap?

I think $100/kettle is pretty cheap if he actually knows what he is doing and backgases or fluxes the welds.

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I got similar quotes over the phone. You really have to drive around to all the shops and your best bet is to find one that is open on a Saturday when the bosses are away. The welders are likely to take a quick job for pocket cash.

You'll find some that don't want the small job because their working on I-beams for a $2B contruction account. They'll quote you ridiculous prices as a nice way of telling you no.

I paid $130 for 9 couplings and it was one of the better quotes I got.

Talk to custom motorcycle shops and railing fabricators.

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WOW...For that price, I'd go get a Tig, learn to weld with it, and go to town making keggles to sell on the internet....wait...I could do that!

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My Buddy charges $5 an inch for TIG welding Stainless or Aluminum. That'd be $15 to weld in a bung, and to cut the top with a plazma cutter...maybe $20

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I saw this old post about MIG and figured that it migth be the way to go
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/mig-...keggles-65029/
When people say MIG is not clean what do they mean? Is a good MIG job as good as a poor TIG job?
I also read (somewhere) that a TIG weld is not as strong as a MIG job. True??

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Is a good MIG job as good as a poor TIG job?
I also read (somewhere) that a TIG weld is not as strong as a MIG job. True??
NOT TRUE!
NHRA (drag racing governing body for those of you in Rio Linda) specifies that any car frame and or cage that is made of mild steel may be welded with either MiG or TiG, But any car going faster than 9.000 second 1/4 mile must have a frame constructed of Chrome Molly steel and must be TiG welded.

The acronyms:
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) creates a weld by passing electricity between a tungsten tip and the work surface, this creates a puddle of molten metal and allows you to feed a third bit of metal (rod) into the puddle to create the weld. This process is slow, and thus allows impurities to surface and eliminates porosity in the weld.
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) The process generates heat from an electric arc maintained between a consumable wire feed electrode and the part being welded. This process produces spatter making it difficult for the operator to see the weld and causing damage to nearby surfaces and objects from the hot particles thrown off.
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I also read (somewhere) that a TIG weld is not as strong as a MIG job. True??
BK is right. A TIG weld is superior to a MIG weld if properly applied.
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