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wayoflife
01-30-2018, 06:18 PM
In addition to all the standard hand tools that Cindy and I carry with us in our Jeeps, there is one tool in particular that we'd never be without - a Mac's Tie-Downs Trail D-Vice. It is without question one of the most useful pieces of equipment we own and one that effectively turns the rear end of our Jeeps into a useful workbench. We have literally used it countless times to help rebuild control arms, straighten out torn off brackets, install new u-joints and have even used it as a welding table. If you play hard and are familiar with trail breaks, a Mac's Trail D-Vice is something that we would highly recommend.

Below are some sample pics of how our Mac's Trail D-Vice had been a BIG help to us out on the trail.

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Mac's Tie-Downs Trail D-Vise w/Pin and Safety Clip (http://amzn.to/2DMsqX4)• Fits 2 inch x 2 inch trailer hitch receivers and can be mounted with jaws oriented vertically or horizontally
• Opens more than 8 inch deep to accommodate most jobs - a feature unheard of with other 4 inch vises
• Features "Slip-Not" main jaw material for improved grip and durability, built-in triple pipe jaws for added versatility, and an integrated bottle opener
• Handle, pin, and safety clip included; hitch mounted
• Made in the USA

Mac's D-Vise gives you workbench vise capabilities right off the back of your vehicle. The D-Vise fits any standard 2 inch x 2 inch trailer hitch receiver tube. Simply slide the D-Vise into the receiver at any 90 degree orientation and install the pin and safety clip (included). The high quality, 4 inch wide jaws open more than 8 inch deep - twice as far as other 4 inch vises - using the integrated handle or any 15/16 inch wrench or socket. Featuring new pipe jaws and "Slip-Not" material for the main jaws, Mac's D-Vise is more durable and versatile than ever, making remote jobs easier and more effective. Whether you are an off-road enthusiast who needs to make repairs on the trail, or someone who works at remote locations on a day-to-day basis, Mac's D-Vise gives you the grip you need where you need it most - where you are. Mac's Tie Downs offers many other exceptional solutions. Made in Idaho.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO BUY YOURS TODAY
Mac's Tie-Downs Trail D-Vise w/Pin and Safety Clip (http://amzn.to/2DMsqX4)

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black pearl
01-30-2018, 06:21 PM
I can see that being super useful!! It's on my list of things to get![emoji106]


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wayoflife
01-30-2018, 06:23 PM
I can see that being super useful!! It's on my list of things to get![emoji106]

It really is a must have for any serious Jeeper. When you get around to buying one, we'd be grateful if you could please do so through the Amazon link on this thread. :yup:

black pearl
01-30-2018, 06:24 PM
It really is a must have for any serious Jeeper. When you get around to buying one, we'd be grateful if you could please do so through the Amazon link on this thread. :yup:

I'll definitely get it through this site. I'm more than willing to support this awesome forum.


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wayoflife
01-30-2018, 06:25 PM
I'll definitely get it through this site. I'm more than willing to support this awesome forum.


Thank you :cool:

WJCO
01-30-2018, 06:34 PM
Great addition. Hell, it's even nice at home for us driveway mechanics. I've only used mine a handful of times, but beats carrying your tools and parts over to the bench when you're working on the ground.

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wayoflife
01-30-2018, 06:36 PM
Great addition. Hell, it's even nice at home for us driveway mechanics. I've only used mine a handful of times, but beats carrying your tools and parts over to the bench when you're working on the ground.

Awesome! Thanks for posting up more pics to show just how handy this tool really is. :thumb:

cozdude
01-30-2018, 07:02 PM
Iím really gonna have to get one! Maybe use it to service my coilovers? :hmm:

boardsurfer
01-30-2018, 07:11 PM
That's pretty cool. Definitely one of those Why didnt I think of that ideas.

KICKROX
01-30-2018, 07:13 PM
Just added one to my wishlist.. something I could have used already..

notnalc68
01-30-2018, 07:14 PM
I could really use that, being a, ďdriveway mechanic.Ē It certainly looks useful on the trail.


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notnalc68
01-30-2018, 07:29 PM
Bam! Ordered up, from the link.


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stitch1
01-30-2018, 07:34 PM
Adding that to the wishlist. :thumb:

Ddays
01-30-2018, 07:43 PM
This is next up on my list. Will be ordered before EJS this year.

GraniteCrystal
01-30-2018, 07:53 PM
Interesting...I like it. I use my vice at home all the time. Makes sense it'd be nice to have on the trail.

Spazbyt
01-30-2018, 07:59 PM
I need a vice at home too. I'll mount a 2" receiver to my work bench. Two birds!

GraniteCrystal
01-30-2018, 08:05 PM
I need a vice at home too. I'll mount a 2" receiver to my work bench. Two birds!
Boom. I like it.

whispike
01-30-2018, 08:09 PM
Just ordered it though the link! Been needing a vise for some time now.


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wayoflife
01-30-2018, 11:59 PM
Bam! Ordered up, from the link.


Just ordered it though the link! Been needing a vise for some time now.

I think you guys will be real happy with it. Super handy to have :thumb:

OverlanderJK
01-31-2018, 02:59 AM
This thing is awesome. I donít personally have one, yet (will probably order one now though) but I have rebuilt control arms on the trail, press out track bar bushings on the trail, and used them for all kinds of things. Really is a great buy.


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QuicksilverJK
01-31-2018, 03:31 AM
Looks very nice. I have used a Wilton hitch vise (I think 6") but the thing is big and heavy. This looks much more compact and therefore easier to pack with you. How is the clamping force compared to a full size?


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wayoflife
01-31-2018, 04:48 AM
This thing is awesome. I donít personally have one, yet (will probably order one now though) but I have rebuilt control arms on the trail, press out track bar bushings on the trail, and used them for all kinds of things. Really is a great buy.

I think I've been there for at least one of those things :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
01-31-2018, 04:49 AM
Looks very nice. I have used a Wilton hitch vise (I think 6") but the thing is big and heavy. This looks much more compact and therefore easier to pack with you. How is the clamping force compared to a full size?

The Wilton is nice but as you noted, a LOT bigger and heavier. Clamping force is as strong as you can muscle into it.

OverlanderJK
01-31-2018, 04:54 AM
I think I've been there for at least one of those things :crazyeyes:

You were. Fun times lol


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Judesign
01-31-2018, 05:15 AM
Definitely one of those Ďwhy didnít I think of that Ď ideas. On the short list of mods for me.


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QuicksilverJK
01-31-2018, 02:48 PM
The Wilton is nice but as you noted, a LOT bigger and heavier. Clamping force is as strong as you can muscle into it.

Nice. Another thing to put on my list. Thanks for the recommendation.


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rockabillyroy
01-31-2018, 05:19 PM
Didn't even know this existed. hahaha... adding to my wishlist. Thanks.

btw, what did you end up doing that broken sector shaft in the last picture? Had a spare steering gear?

rumblebee3
01-31-2018, 05:24 PM
I've been looking at the idea of these and definitely think this is going to be worth to buy! Great recommendation!

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wayoflife
01-31-2018, 05:40 PM
Didn't even know this existed. hahaha... adding to my wishlist. Thanks.

btw, what did you end up doing that broken sector shaft in the last picture? Had a spare steering gear?

I run an old Delphi box and carry a spare sector shaft with me.

GraniteCrystal
01-31-2018, 05:55 PM
Is there a reason this costs $152??

jesse3638
01-31-2018, 06:04 PM
Iíve used it with you..haha. Definitely confirmed the need for one as it definitely makes trail repairs that much easier.


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WJCO
01-31-2018, 06:04 PM
Is there a reason this costs $152??

In comparison to what?

wayoflife
01-31-2018, 06:07 PM
Is there a reason this costs $152??


In comparison to what?

LOL! Kinda what I was thinking. :crazyeyes:

The Wilton costs more if you have money to burn. :yup:

cozdude
01-31-2018, 06:07 PM
Is there a reason this costs $152??

Cause the mfg set the price at $152? Idk

wayoflife
01-31-2018, 06:07 PM
Iíve used it with you..haha. Definitely confirmed the need for one as it definitely makes trail repairs that much easier.


Funny how that works. :D

Ddays
01-31-2018, 06:08 PM
Made in USA
Narrow market
Virtually no competitors
Because they can get that price
Face it, they don't sell a ton of these to spread the development costs over. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be a cheap Chinese version for $40 sometime soon for those that want a cheap alternative


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Sheaffadelic
01-31-2018, 06:11 PM
i did see quadratec makes a mount that goes into your receiver for a vise and that's like $17

WJCO
01-31-2018, 06:14 PM
Made in USA
Narrow market
Virtually no competitors
Because they can get that price
Face it, they don't sell a ton of these to spread the development costs over. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be a cheap Chinese version for $40 sometime soon for those that want a cheap alternative

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Having one in person, this Mac vice is really designed well. Everything about it shows that the manufacturer thought this through for use and storage space.


i did see quadratec makes a mount that goes into your receiver for a vise and that's like $17

Just looked that thing up. You still would have to get a vice though. And it would be a lot bigger to carry around and store. Also may come with steamed rice, lol.

GraniteCrystal
01-31-2018, 06:37 PM
Made in USA
Narrow market
Virtually no competitors
Because they can get that price
Face it, they don't sell a ton of these to spread the development costs over. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be a cheap Chinese version for $40 sometime soon for those that want a cheap alternative


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Thanks. I get demand/supply, but this thing is begging for a cheaper alternative. I'd still prefer the American version, but I appreciate some competition to drive the price down.

WJCO
01-31-2018, 06:49 PM
Thanks. I get demand/supply, but this thing is begging for a cheaper alternative. I'd still prefer the American version, but I appreciate some competition to drive the price down.

If you're up in this area, you're welcome to come over and try it out. I think you'll see it's a good price for what you get.

wayoflife
01-31-2018, 06:51 PM
Made in USA
Narrow market
Virtually no competitors
Because they can get that price
Face it, they don't sell a ton of these to spread the development costs over. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be a cheap Chinese version for $40 sometime soon for those that want a cheap alternative

This ^^^^. That being said, Wilton makes a hitch vice that's really nice but it's made for a work truck and is pretty big and heavy and costs more. I don't even know if it's made in the USA. Honestly, it never even occurred to me that $150 was something that people would think is a lot. :idontknow:


i did see quadratec makes a mount that goes into your receiver for a vise and that's like $17

I've seen this before and almost went this route but then I started thinking about how big, heavy and clunky the vices can be. The Mac's is super compact, well made and has a crank handle that isn't permanently attached. The thing is about the size of a good bottle jack and is a lot lighter.


Having one in person, this Mac vice is really designed well. Everything about it shows that the manufacturer thought this through for use and storage space.

Just looked that thing up. You still would have to get a vice though. And it would be a lot bigger to carry around and store. Also may come with steamed rice, lol.

Could I get that with chow mein instead? :idontknow:

wayoflife
01-31-2018, 07:01 PM
Thanks. I get demand/supply, but this thing is begging for a cheaper alternative. I'd still prefer the American version, but I appreciate some competition to drive the price down.

You know, sometimes prices are what they are because that's what they cost to have them made, with quality and with American hands. Chinese competition does help to drive prices down but only because they force their competitors to have their products made in China as well. Chinese made winches are a perfect example of this.

All I can say is that my Mac's Trail D-Vice has helped me personally and my friends, more times than I can count. The photos I posted up were just a small sampling of how I've used it to get my Jeep or a friend's Jeep off the trail. To me, $150 seems like a very small price to pay for how useful this tool is but then, I could totally see how it'd be a complete waste of money for most - just like a winch is for most Jeepers. Any tool only has value if you use it.

OverlanderJK
01-31-2018, 07:02 PM
Is there a reason this costs $152??


Thanks. I get demand/supply, but this thing is begging for a cheaper alternative. I'd still prefer the American version, but I appreciate some competition to drive the price down.

Jesus fucking Christ. Do you bitch about the price of a loaf of bread at the grocery store? Donít like it donít fucking buy it. Itís pretty simple.

They are the only company making something like this and $150 is well worth it. If you want to rip off their idea and make your own go ahead. Seems like you do that with everything else anyway.


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benatc1
01-31-2018, 07:06 PM
I have owned one of these for the past couple years, while I havenít had to use it on the trail yet, it has come in very handy in the driveway/garage as I donít have a bench mount vice. For me it was a great buy, and would recommend to anyone


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longarmwj
01-31-2018, 07:11 PM
Thatís honestly a super good price for something that useful. Iíll need to pick one up from the amazon link here soon!


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Sharkey
01-31-2018, 07:23 PM
I have owned one of these for the past couple years, while I havenít had to use it on the trail yet, it has come in very handy in the driveway/garage as I donít have a bench mount vice. For me it was a great buy, and would recommend to anyone



My thoughts exactly. I actually don't really have room for a bench vice in my garage, but probably have the need for a vise at least once a month for one reason or another. To me, this product is the perfect solution and I will be getting one sooner rather than later. Using a bunch of C-clamps is getting old.

benatc1
01-31-2018, 07:27 PM
My thoughts exactly. I actually don't really have room for a bench vice in my garage, but probably have the need for a vise at least once a month for one reason or another. To me, this product is the perfect solution and I will be getting one sooner rather than later. Using a bunch of C-clamps is getting old.

Exactly, itíll be a good pick up, one of those things that arenít in the way, being it so compact, until you need it and itís perfect size for pretty much everything youíd need it for on a jeep or around the garage.


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Maineiac
01-31-2018, 08:01 PM
The 8" opening is nice. If you don't need that, there are cheaper (price and quality) we have about 75 service trucks and for years have used square stock with a flat plate welded to it with a 40$ Grainger vise bolted to it. Heavier yes, have to make own bracket yes, cheaper yes, have had about 6 break in last few years, mostly due to guys using 2"+ pipe wrenches reefing on it. But for 40 bucks and undoing a few bolts you're back in business.

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Maineiac
01-31-2018, 08:02 PM
Exactly, itíll be a good pick up, one of those things that arenít in the way, being it so compact, until you need it and itís perfect size for pretty much everything youíd need it for on a jeep or around the garage.


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2' not 2" pipe wrenches [emoji14]

The 8" opening is nice. If you don't need that, there are cheaper (price and quality) we have about 75 service trucks and for years have used square stock with a flat plate welded to it with a 40$ Grainger vise bolted to it. Heavier yes, have to make own bracket yes, cheaper yes, have had about 6 break in last few years, mostly due to guys using 2"+ pipe wrenches reefing on it. But for 40 bucks and undoing a few bolts you're back in business.

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wayoflife
01-31-2018, 08:12 PM
Look guys, while I really do appreciate the discussion about cheaper products and alternatives that are available, do ya think maybe you can take this conversation onto a different thread? Since you may have missed it, I started this thread to let others know what I would "RECOMMEND" people buy and why. The whole point is to encourage people to help "SUPPORT" this forum - you know, the one ya'll get to use for free. Buying this vice through the link I posted "HELPS" this forum as Amazon gives us a small kickback for every sale made. Don't like the trail vice or its price, please don't buy it.

Thank you for your understanding.

notnalc68
01-31-2018, 08:41 PM
My thoughts exactly. I actually don't really have room for a bench vice in my garage, but probably have the need for a vise at least once a month for one reason or another. To me, this product is the perfect solution and I will be getting one sooner rather than later. Using a bunch of C-clamps is getting old.

Thatís exactly why I bought it.


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SDG
01-31-2018, 08:46 PM
Thanks. I get demand/supply, but this thing is begging for a cheaper alternative. I'd still prefer the American version, but I appreciate some competition to drive the price down.
Then you should get in the manufacturing sector and see if you can make one for cheaper, keep the lights on, and make some money at it...

Wtf.

longarmwj
01-31-2018, 08:54 PM
Look guys, while I really do appreciate the discussion about cheaper products and alternatives that are available, do ya think maybe you can take this conversation onto a different thread? Since you may have missed it, I started this thread to let others know what I would "RECOMMEND" people buy and why. The whole point is to encourage people to help "SUPPORT" this forum - you know, the one ya'll get to use for free. Buying this vice through the link I posted "HELPS" this forum as Amazon gives us a small kickback for every sale made. Don't like the trail vice or its price, please don't buy it.

Thank you for your understanding.

Thatís what I was thinking. You get a good product and at the same time help support a great community so why wouldnít you jump on it?


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rockabillyroy
02-02-2018, 05:15 PM
I run an old Delphi box and carry a spare sector shaft with me.

Aaaaah.. I didn't know those could be rebuilt. Now I know why those boxes are sought after. That's great info. Thanks!

Honor2afault
02-03-2018, 02:38 AM
No joke, one of the coolest multi-tools for any setup. Thank you Eddie & Cindy for the great advice and referral.

wayoflife
02-04-2018, 08:12 PM
Thatís what I was thinking. You get a good product and at the same time help support a great community so why wouldnít you jump on it?

Well, we appreciate it :cool:


Aaaaah.. I didn't know those could be rebuilt. Now I know why those boxes are sought after. That's great info. Thanks!

Yup, there are no replacement sector shafts for the newer china boxes, only the older Delphi.


No joke, one of the coolest multi-tools for any setup. Thank you Eddie & Cindy for the great advice and referral.

Glad to hear you like what you're seeing. Been super helpful to us and just want to share it with others. :yup:

notnalc68
02-05-2018, 12:40 PM
Here it is! Itís very well made.
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wayoflife
02-05-2018, 02:59 PM
Here it is! Itís very well made.

Awesome! I love the new crank handle design. Of course, it being so compact makes it perfect for carrying in a Jeep :thumb:

Trail JK
02-05-2018, 03:37 PM
Iím definitely going to order one of these for Ray soon. [emoji1303]

Iíve seen this tool save a few people (myself included) on the trail now. Great product!


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Clifford33
02-06-2018, 04:27 AM
Will put this on the list of things to get thanks for sharing Eddie.


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piginajeep
02-06-2018, 07:28 AM
We used mine on the JKX Wild West when I snapped all kinds of shit. One of the best trail tools you can buy!!

I have even used this as a press for putting in wheel studs in my garage.

Clutch
02-06-2018, 02:46 PM
We used mine on the JKX Wild West when I snapped all kinds of shit. One of the best trail tools you can buy!!

I have even used this as a press for putting in wheel studs in my garage.

Are you the guy in the orange 4 door that broke both driveshafts at Sand Hollow? Or the guy that broke on Cadillac Hill?


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wayoflife
02-06-2018, 02:59 PM
We used mine on the JKX Wild West when I snapped all kinds of shit. One of the best trail tools you can buy!!

I have even used this as a press for putting in wheel studs in my garage.

LOL!! That's right, we did use it then too :cheesy: :crazyeyes:


Are you the guy in the orange 4 door that broke both driveshafts at Sand Hollow? Or the guy that broke on Cadillac Hill?

Sand Hollow :D

RockinAZJK
02-06-2018, 04:41 PM
This has been on my long list for a while, but now with the reminder that it exists and tax returns coming in I just might have to move it to my short list lol


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MTG
02-06-2018, 10:52 PM
Buys a $40k+ jeep, puts thousands, if not tens of thousands of more money into building it up to take it off road, then bitches about a $150 part that might actually help get him home. I mean itís no light bar, but WTF?!

Thanks for the link. Iíve been wanting to get one of these.



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19YJ94
02-06-2018, 11:39 PM
Its definitely on my soon to buy list, another useful trail tool indeed. 😉

piginajeep
02-06-2018, 11:43 PM
Are you the guy in the orange 4 door that broke both driveshafts at Sand Hollow? Or the guy that broke on Cadillac Hill?


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Iím only as good as my spotter. 😁

Clutch
02-07-2018, 12:36 AM
Iím only as good as my spotter. [emoji16]

True dat!


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DINKELROC
02-07-2018, 11:10 PM
This is defiantly going on my tax return list.

Trail JK
02-11-2018, 11:50 PM
V-day gift ✔️ shhh 🤫


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WJCO
03-18-2018, 09:59 PM
I was working on a welding project today and couldn't find a large enough clamp for what I needed. Well, this worked, lol.

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sipafz
03-18-2018, 10:09 PM
I was working on a welding project today and couldn't find a large enough clamp for what I needed. Well, this worked, lol.

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Ingenuity for the win! What are you making?

WJCO
03-18-2018, 10:21 PM
What are you making?

A buddy designed this thing for a snowplow for a small tractor. I don't know all the details but told him I'd help. He requested that top part be clamped during welding so it didn't warp, the fit tolerance was really tight as is. Glad I did too, that long center part is 3/8" thick. HD shit and got really hot.

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whispike
03-21-2018, 04:31 PM
A buddy designed this thing for a snowplow for a small tractor. I don't know all the details but told him I'd help. He requested that top part be clamped during welding so it didn't warp, the fit tolerance was really tight as is. Glad I did too, that long center part is 3/8" thick. HD shit and got really hot.

296698

How does that Ready Welder work out for you? I've been considering getting one to use in my garage and to also have to throw in my Jeep.

WJCO
03-21-2018, 04:41 PM
How does that Ready Welder work out for you? I've been considering getting one to use in my garage and to also have to throw in my Jeep.

Works well. I only used it on this project because the steel was 3/8" thick on that center part. I used it for a good 40 minutes that day and the batteries were still almost fully charged. Been happy with it. Truthfully, this welder burns a lot hotter than anything that would be necessary for a trail repair IMO, but any welder is better than no welder if it were needed.

wayoflife
03-26-2018, 12:46 PM
I was working on a welding project today and couldn't find a large enough clamp for what I needed. Well, this worked, lol.


Simply awesome :thumb: