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It’s a good idea to look at the full range of compatible tools when you’re shopping for any cordless power-tool because you don’t want to have to buy different batteries and charging systems for any additional cordless tools that you may buy in the future. I didn’t have a chance to do any comparison-shopping before ordering these tools, but a quick Internet search confirmed that Milwaukee’s V28 tools were light-years ahead of most other cordless power-tools.
It’s a shame that the JMR tubing notcher has to be labeled a holesaw notcher, because it’s NOTHING like the cheap holesaw notchers that most of you are probably familiar with. In fact, forget that you’ve ever seen a holesaw notcher before. As an exercise in design, the JMR tubing notcher is a complete success. The craftsmanship and quality is evident in every feature and detail.
Picking up where “our last tube bending article left off, let’s install a die-set. All JD2’s dies are labeled with the diameter and the centerline radius....
This is the first installment in a series of tube bending-related articles that we’ll be publishing in The Chop Shop over the coming months. Just like the welding articles, we’re going to cover the basics and then move into the more technical stuff. Let’s start by taking a look at different tube bending methods and types of equipment.
Shopping for a welder is a lot like shopping for anything else; you look for features/performance, quality/durability, price, etc. But there are a few more specific things to consider that will help you find the right machine.
Let’s be honest, these days you can’t even install most bolt-on components without a welder. A good welder is an essential part of a growing collection of tools that it seems like we need to acquire in order to work on our vehicles. Behind basic hand tools and maybe an angle grinder, I’d say that it’s one of the most essential tools to have in your garage if you plan on building almost anything for your off-road vehicle.
I don’t really like working with grinders. The mess and abrasive dust they make is pretty awful. I only tolerate the black boogers because it would take an entire workshop full of expensive tools to replace my 4” Makita angle grinder. It’s a good makeshift substitute for a chop saw, band saw, plasma cutter, reciprocating saw, bench grinder and belt sander.
This new monthly column on Off-Road.Com is dedicated to tools and fabrication. We’ll be publishing articles on a wide range of topics, from product reviews to in-depth interviews with top fabricators and discussions about fabrication techniques, tips and tricks.