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Old 10-01-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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I've finally made some contacts that can get the materials and weld a modified tippy dump (SloBrewer's Design) for me. I have two questions for you are regarding the cost to build: 1) I was quoted for $106 for materials (1" x 2" - 14ga box tubing). To me the costs seem resonable but I have no experience with it. Does the size (for weight bearing capability, etc. sound correct) and cost seem legitimate 2) I was quoted $250 for the labor to weld it. To me for a side job the labor sounds a bit high. He said it would take 2 days to weld.


Are these reasonable costs?


Thanks for all of your help,

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Old 10-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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Is the materials cost already measured and cut to specs? I'm not familiar with SloBrewer's design, so I don't know how much material it is, but I'd expect that about $100 would be fair for my brew stand if I used 1x2 tube.

For a good welder to do this involves a lot more than just zapping some metal. $250 sounds high, but that's because I can do my own welding. It doesn't sound unreasonable.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like you are getting a reasonable quote for the welding work you are talking about. Here in central IL I deal with 3 different welding shops. Comparing to other projects they have done for me you are probably getting a good deal
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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You Guys SO OVER BUILD these things.
I'll be building mine out of 3/4" steel tubing...I'll post pictures if I ever get off my arss and get it done. The ones I've seen here would hold up a Semi Truck!
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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I have to ask the same question schneeman asked, are you going to precut the materials?
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1" x 2" - 14ga box tubing
I concur, BigKahuna.
Wow.
That's beefy.

I do my own welding, too, but I'd say $250 sounds reasonable if you are having the welder assemble the brewstand. However, it's probably a little high if you're providing a pre-cut, jigged assembly that he's just going to weld together. This would be pretty difficult, unless he can spare some space in his shop for awhile for you to assemble the frame, because it'll get jostled quite a bit in transit, I'd imagine.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:11 PM   #6
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I paid 300 bucks for my welding job. It's 2X2 stainless and that included several holes drilled and tapped, and a panel cutout. Pictures are in my gallery.

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I paid 300 bucks for my welding job. It's 2X2 stainless and that included several holes drilled and tapped, and a panel cutout. Pictures are in my gallery.

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$300 for stainless is a pretty good deal, IMO
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I paid 300 bucks for my welding job. It's 2X2 stainless and that included several holes drilled and tapped, and a panel cutout. Pictures are in my gallery.

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KD - can you PM me with the shop that you used?
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:22 PM   #9
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Look for 1.25" square tube with .060" walls (~18 ga). It's plenty strong for your application and will save you quite a bit of money (and frustration if you're doing the cutting yourself).

If the welder thinks it's going to be a two day job, your design is probably way over-engineered, and $250 is a steal ($60/hour is not unreasonable...).
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KD - can you PM me with the shop that you used?
Hey gwood, it's Jaytech in Cahtsworth.

Jaytech Fabrication & Welding
9833 Deering Ave # K
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 709-7863
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