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Old 08-29-2013, 09:26 PM
krrp1212 krrp1212 is offline
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Expanding shop looking for ideas

We are expanding our shop and looking for ideas or pictures of what you have done to organize your handhelds, blowers, blades, grinder, work bench ideas.
Post pics if possible...we can build most anything have a 45 x 30 shop
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:41 AM
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I have a 28x40 garage. One thing I did that works out pretty well is to hang sliding barn door hardware inside with panels on them. I did this to separate areas of operation like the wash down area from welding. Then they slide out of the way (kind of) when not needed. It's cheaper than building a fixed partition. When they're open there's more light and it's easier to move around.
The downside is I can't hang anything on them or the stub wall they slide parallel to.

Something I wish I'd done was to plumb the compressed air throughout the shop with polyethylene tubing instead of galvanized pipe. It's easier & cheaper plus it won't rattle like piping can. It might burst but if it does it won't kill anyone.

As for organization I'm a failure. I focused more on being able to do everything in one shop.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:35 AM
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Harbor Freight is your friend There is one in Montgomery.
1. Get a compressor I have a reman Campbell hausfeld from this guy
http://houston.craigslist.org/tld/3992899885.html

2. Run shop air through out. you'd probably want 3 or 4 drops in a shop that size. 3/4" PVC is like $1.17/10ft was like $20 to plumb my 60'x70 shop, the expensive thing is the brass fittings (harbor freight) Don't waste your time on steel just get brass and be done with it.

I have 5 of these and they were $59.99 with a coupon
http://www.harborfreight.com/50-ft-r...ose-93897.html

3. Upgrade to pneumatic everything, you waste so much time using hand tools when working on things that you usually don't realize it. I have harborfreight everything and have zero issues. everything is the $10-20 harbor freight tool except the 1/2" impact splooge and get the red earthquake one.
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-p...nch-68424.html

For the small things I bought the porter cable combo set and a 1/4" impact that thing is money again its the difference in 5-10 minutes on some jobs which adds up not only time but less fatigue from turning a ratchet.

Not saying I don't own a rachet set, I do(harbor freight,) but if I can use pneumatic or that 1/4" impact I do.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_36099-79992-...kit&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/pd_159330-79992...act&facetInfo=

3. Get organized $60??? with coupon. stores all of the bolts, filters, and random other things.
http://www.harborfreight.com/floor-b...ins-95736.html

Low profile jack $69-$79 with coupon
http://www.harborfreight.com/25-ton-...8049-8047.html

I use this all around the shop. It's low enough to get under the ZTR deck and heavy duty enough to lift the 3/4 trucks.

Aluminium Jack
http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...html-7814.html

I keep it on the truck it's way lighter than the steel 2 1/2ton but of course not a HD either, perfect to lift a 7x16 loaded trailer to change tire or get under the ZTRs in the field.

Also the 3ton steel jackstands can be found for ~$15 with coupon and are worth it around the shop.
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-h...nds-38846.html
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:42 AM
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And before someone starts the debate of HF Vs Lowes/Home Depot Vs Craftsman Vs snap-on etc.

I buy everything I can for the shop from HF and if I have a problem I return it and get a proper working one, all the hand tools have a Lifetime warranty which yes, I've had to use on the hand tools from neglect or abuse(unintended use) on my part and tool has never failed on me when used as intended
. Don't tell me you can use your $40 snap-on screw driver as a prybar I'll just tell you I can use my $1 screw driver as a screwdriver and a $3 HF prybar as a prybar.

I don't buy the battery powered tools and don't care to try since I have the porter cable set from lowes.

If anyone wants me to expand on something I've talked about or has any other questions I'd be happy to explain.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:07 AM
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I've always dreamed of haveing a shop with a heated wash bay. Pull your dirty trucks and mowers in at night, rise, store, and pull out the other side. And in the winter wash all the salt off.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:40 PM
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I've always dreamed of haveing a shop with a heated wash bay. Pull your dirty trucks and mowers in at night, rise, store, and pull out the other side. And in the winter wash all the salt off.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:14 PM
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You can go over to garage journal they have everything you could want to know about pole barn metal buildings you name it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:23 AM
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Oh! I wouldn't plumb air with PVC. It's made for water pressure. At typical air pressure it has potential to explode. When it blows it can send out plastic shards. Could be dangerous.

Polyethylene tubing on the other hand is stretchy and would puff up like a balloon and blow out a hole.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:56 PM
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Oh! I wouldn't plumb air with PVC. It's made for water pressure. At typical air pressure it has potential to explode. When it blows it can send out plastic shards. Could be dangerous.

Polyethylene tubing on the other hand is stretchy and would puff up like a balloon and blow out a hole.
ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Plumbers aren't even allowed to test PVC plumbing with air. That stuff can be deadly, weakens as temperature increases and will blow without notice sending shrapnel all over. DON'T DO IT! There is poly air system piping and fittings available at about the same cost.
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