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If you run a farm, there is a lot of metal fabrication that needs to be done. From repairing machinery to putting together water troughs and all kinds of other tasks, metal is at the heart of a lot of it. To save a bit of money, you can do a lot of your agricultural metal fabrication on your own, but you should be prepared. Here are some tips to help you.
1. Make Sure You Have a Safe Ventilated Spot to Work
Metal fabrication usually involves welding or other tasks that can produce potentially toxic gasses. To ensure you are safe, you need to work in a shed or barn that is well ventilated. You should also take measures to ensure that the area is safe from risk of fires.
When you are working with metal, sparks are likely to get thrown around the workshop. To prevent fires, you may want to install a welding screen and invest in a fire extinguisher or a fire suppression system.
2. Buy Personal Safety Gear
You should also have your own personal safety gear. At a bare minimum, that should include welding goggles and safety glasses for times when you are shaping or cutting metal but not welding it. You should also consider welding gloves and full coveralls.
3. Invest in Basic Tools
Luckily, you can set up a home metal fabrication shop on your farm without spending a lot of money. Start with a MIG welder. MIG welders work with ferrous metals, including iron and iron alloys. They are also versatile enough to use on a range of products. You may also want a c-clamp to hold metals in place as you work on them, and you may want to buy or build your own welding table. It simply needs to be a heavy duty table at a comfortable height for working with a metal table top.
If you use a lot of metal tubing on your farm, you may also want tools such as tube clamps and tube cutters for working with tubes in particular.
4. Outsource Complicated Jobs
Finally, although a home metal fabrication shop can work for a lot of projects, it isn't right for everything. If you have a complicated fabrication job that needs to be done, you may want to outsource it to the pros. They have tools and equipment that exceed that of most home-based shops.Share