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    Default aluminum welding skiffs--costs???

    I have a 16 ft magnum and had a welder do some work on it . He beefed up the transom and rewelded/strengtthened the center console. he said he had 16 hours into it so the total bill came out to 2400. I was a little shocked but just paid it. Is that the going rate for welders--he was 105/hr?? I was a little surprised. I could post a pic and a show the work that was done. It just seemed a lot for a little. Anyone have any experience with welders.???

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    quote=rosscoak;445673]I have a 16 ft magnum and had a welder do some work on it . He beefed up the transom and rewelded/strengtthened the center console. he said he had 16 hours into it so the total bill came out to 2400. I was a little shocked but just paid it. Is that the going rate for welders--he was 105/hr?? I was a little surprised. I could post a pic and a show the work that was done. It just seemed a lot for a little. Anyone have any experience with welders.???[/quote]

    I just had an aluminum welder weld some new sleeves onto my Y pipes for my Volvo outdrive and he charged $110/hr but I asked up front what his rate was. So either we both got screwed or I got screwed MORE than you . BTW my guy was a perfectionist and I was plenty happy.

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    $100-$110 doesn't sound bad for aluminum work even in the lower 48. General steel fab is usually $80 an hour or more. Ever try welding aluminum? It's a lot harder to weld and less forgiving than steel.

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    Did you get an estimate? I'm not sure I would ever have a shop work on my equipment without some kind of estimate in advance. And $2400 seems like a lot to have to fork out if I wasn't expecting it.

    Anyway, $100+ per hour for quality aluminum welding is probably about right. But 16 hours? Seems like a lot of time. Did you have the whole thing rebuilt or what?
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    Sounds like some fitting of metal and aluminum welding. If the work looks professional and holds up then it sounds like a normal project cost.
    Just go to me web site to see the boat project I have been doing since 2005.
    Good fitting and aluminum welding is worth a lot.
    Your ideals became custom work. Custom work is always costly.
    Enjoy using your ideals of changing your boat.

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    My shop rate for aluminum is 75 an hour, I always give a quote and my customers are ALWAYS happy with their completed work.
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    Greatland in the valley charges $85/hr.

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