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Old 08-06-2017, 05:47 AM
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that is the best advice, without keeping yourself in one piece all the rest is pointless!

As for actual tools, the one machine that makes life easy is a tube bender.

Decent vice, hammer, grinder, drill or drill press and you have the basis of everything you need. We have a myriad of tools and several benders, but even though we are a full time operation, some tools gather dust for months before they are used again.
a hammer, grinder and vice are used everyday, as is one of the benders.

the very thin cutting discs are great, I assume you have them in the US, and flapwheel abrasive discs are good for smoothing and shaping steel.

Plasma cutter - we have one, rarely use it now, I would save that purchase for later.
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