Many of the welding machines sold online by Tokentools are used to fabricate components for individuals involved with home projects right up to industrial customers but every now and again we are fortunate to be in the service of skilled legends that possess great knowledge and passion with an inspirational dream that manifests into reality.
It has been quite a few years since I met Arne at the Wyong welding store way back in 2011 when he told me about his ambitious project. Arne was a freshly retired boat builder and was planning on building himself a small boat to celebrate his retirement. This was an ambitious project that required a dedicated site for the boat build and around 3 years of fabrication. I had no idea how big the boat was until Arne shared some photos with me. That’s not a boat I thought, that’s a bloody ship.
Arne used a Tokentools Alupulse AC DC Pulse Tig Welder, a TT MIG 205 Inverter Mig Welder and a TIG Welding Water Cooler. During the build Arne burnt through many rolls of wire and numerous kilograms of tig filler wire. As a supplier of quality welding equipment this was a great opportunity to receive feedback on our products as well as witness their use on a daily basis.
In the time the project took to complete Arne had gone through two spool guns and two water cooled Tig torches which is not bad considering the amount of welding required to finish the job. Next time someone carries on that you need to spend 10K on a Miller or Lincoln or Kemppi or Fronius welder in order to build something great perhaps instead consider that all you need is passion for what you want to achieve and persistence. When Arne shared his photos with me I was immediately drawn to the level of knowledge and experience he had in building a boat of this size from scratch.
Arne is quiet spoken man, he exudes great confidence yet is humble and does not self promote. Although planning took a lot of time, within three years Arne had taken this project from first arc strike to completion and fitted out the
entire boat. The mig and ACDC Tig welding machines used in the build have been superseded by newer models since 2011 and the addition of the Inverter pulse mig welder will enhance the process of aluminium boat building these days. The finished boat once launched below, quite a sirius build indeed 🙂