Tools of the Trade...suggestions.

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle Welding, Fabrication and Paintin' started by Brokk, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Brokk

    Brokk New Member

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    I am new at building custom bikes and I'm looking to buy some tools to get started. I know there will be many different oppinions but I would love some suggestions on which type of welder to buy to learn on and to do the job right, what is the best grinder and what to use to cut metal (i.e. chopping tubing). Oh, and I'm on a budget to boot, but arenet we all.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Brokk

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    Thanks again! You guys are awesome!
     
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    dont buy a cheap welder.

    Lincoln, Hobart, and Miller all make a good wire feed mig welder for your use!

    I suggest the Hobart Handler 140.
    Your going to need a chop saw too. You can get em cheap just make sure you can set an angle with it like a mitre saw.
    Tubing benders can be picked up reasonably low cost if you go the manual route.
     
  6. bygeorge328@gmail.com

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    yeh, i would like to know also about some of the tools needed to make working on these bycycles somewhat easier. like a spoke wrench, a holding stand,maybe a truing stand,a good quality chainbreaker.anybody know who carrys this stuff?
     
  7. Brokk

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    Heck yeah guys this is awesome! Keep the suggestions coming! Time to start shopping for my tools now...
     
  8. Humsuckler

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    allen keys, wrenches (metric and standard stubby's) a set of pliers (side cutters, needlenose, bluntnose) some visegrips are always handy, screwdrivers.... a newfie wrench (adjustable)
     
  9. Crazy Horse

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    Check out my thread ( Tools For Newbies For Custom Builds or Restorations ), Here's the Link for the newby just click here:http://motorbicycling.com/f36/tools-newbies-custom-builds-restorations-15395.html

    I'll say that the cheap Harbor Freight welder's work fine for some of us!

    But if you have the money definitely purchase a professional welder!

    Here's a Link to welders web huge amount of info about the following welders: WeldingWeb™ - Welding forum for pros and enthusiasts - Powered by vBulletin

    Hobart
    Discuss Hobart products...
    Lincoln
    Discuss Lincoln Electric products...
    Miller
    Discuss Miller Electric products...
    Everlast
    Discuss Everlast products....
    Harbor Freight
    Discuss Harbor Freight products...
    Longevity
    Discuss Longevity products....
    Hypertherm
    Discuss Hypertherm products...

    I'll say this much for the cheap tools you'll save a ton of money using the HF tools, and if you're budget is limited then start out with the cheap tools, and then upgrade to higher quality tool's!

    If you think I'm kidding just checkout Graucho's build Fat Tire Chopper, he built the chopper using a cheap $100.00 90 Amp Harbor Freight Flux-Cored welder, here's the Link to his build Fat Tire Chopper: http://motorbicycling.com/f40/fat-tire-bicycle-chopper-6778.html.

    Read his post on this build it's post #34 Graucho's Build List Fat Tire Chopper: When I see other peoples builds I always ask myself...."self" where did he get that item? Well, i'm not going to leave anybody out there hang'in with that question. I hope this helps someone if they need a similar part that I have used on my bike. I used to have better tools but I got rid of them when I thought I was getting out of building. (wrong) since, I bought a lot of stuff "on the cheap" and they have worked out just fine. Take care and thanks for your kind words everyone. by graucho


    If you are custom fabricating building your bike from scratch, you can build a bike with a 4-1/2" grinder & a cheap 90 amp welder! It's not easy but with practice you'll be surprised what you can build! Checkout the Book: Bikes, Scooters, And Chopper Projects For The Evil Genius by Brad Graham or his website: Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder's Forum

    Peace Crazy Horse.
     
  10. Alajoyn

    Alajoyn New Member

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    Park Tool for bike tools such as a decent chain breaker and reasonable inch pound torque wrench, and crank wrench etc.

    Site is Welcome to Park Tool Company
    They too have a suggested tool list
     

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