Learn More About Welding & Cutting Equipment for
Do-it-yourself Jeep 4WD owners
and 4x4 shop techicians value their tools. To install custom accessories or an aftermarket suspension kit
often requires welding and cutting equipment. Welding is also the means for repairing, fabricating and
modifying metal assemblies. Given the pounding a Jeep 4WD takes on rocky or rutted trails, having the right
welding and cutting equipment is essential!
this section of the magazine, you will find details on equipment and how to make welding and cutting product
choices. Turn to the following pages for reviews and
I learned to weld and repair trucks and
heavy equipment using oxygen-acetylene outfits and "stick" welders. Later, my professional tools included MIG
and TIG welders. Eventually, I passed these skills along to young adults in the classroom, instructing metal
fabrication, traditional "blacksmithing" techniques, modern welding
practices, metal cutting, shaping and machine shop practices.
Among my welding assets is the ability to weld cast iron,
restore hard cased gears and weld a wide range of alloy metals. My welding and automotive machine shop experience includes
restoration of automotive gear housings and machined castings that often require pre-repair normalizing and post-repair heat
treating or case hardening.
I have worked with a variety of welding equipment over the last
forty-five years. I understand quality and can recommend good, reliable equipment. Given the cost of
living, the current state of the economy and the overhead for small businesses, it is important that you spend
your welding and cutting equipment budget wisely.
Over the years, I have learned that expensive is not always
"better". Yes, sometimes you do get what you pay for, but there is great equipment in the market
that is affordable and will quickly pay for itself. In reviewing and sharing equipment ideas,
I can help distinguish between what you need and what you
In this section of 4WD
Mechanix Magazine, I share the tools available in the marketplace and discuss
their assets. I will make suggestions and recommendations based upon my experience and familiarity with
what you or your shop might need. I have been a Jeep 4WD enthusiast and mechanic since 1965, and
I have operated shops for myself and others. If you have welding or cutting equipment questions, I
am pleased to share. The goal, overall, is to make your shop as functional as mine—within your
Do you have specific welding and cutting equipment
here to access
the website's welding, metal fabricating and
equipment 'Q & A' section.
Submit your question—directly to Moses Ludel!
Have questions about cast iron welding repairs? These techniques
can save tremendous costs and restore obsolete parts.
Need equipment to properly
weld and repair cast iron? Do you work with broken Jeep axle housings, gear cases or frames in need
of repair or restoration? I will gladly answer your welding, metal fabrication and welding
equipment questions. Learn welding skills through illustrated 'how-to' articles, step-by-step videos
and slide presentations that can raise your skills at gas welding, brazing, stick welding, MIG
and TIG welding processes!
The magazine website's 'Welding &
Metal Fabrication Workshop' reflects more than four decades of exposure to welding
and brazing processes, metallurgy and metal fabricating.