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    Is there anyone in AK that makes them? I have a 95 hewes river runner and I want one for when I go salt fishing. I found a few online but shipping from WA or OR is going to kill me. Ive thought about just buying a spool gun for my miller and learning aluminum if I cant find anyone in AK to build what I want. Seems like the going rate is around $2K plus shipping and I figure that I can build it for around $500, but I wanted to see if anyone here has good experiences with local shops.

    Here is something similar to what I want to build:
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    I built my own. Welding aluminum is really easy too. If you don't want to do it yourself, Gary at Greatland Welding does nice work. That's where I got all my aluminum stock from.

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    Im not worried as much about the welding as I am the bending. I have access to a tube bender but from what I read aluminum has to be heated first and it has a tendancy to kink or crush at the bend site. Thanks for the info, I will give Gary a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronster View Post
    Im not worried as much about the welding as I am the bending. I have access to a tube bender but from what I read aluminum has to be heated first and it has a tendancy to kink or crush at the bend site. Thanks for the info, I will give Gary a call.
    I donít know where you read that information, it just not true as long as you make a reasonable bend. If you still want to use heat I do not see the problem, it not hard to add heat to alum, all you need is a torch

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    Yep. No need to heat it up. It bends just fine. No kinks or crushing at all on mine or others I've seen done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutting Moose View Post
    I don’t know where you read that information, it just not true as long as you make a reasonable bend. If you still want to use heat I do not see the problem, it not hard to add heat to alum, all you need is a torch
    I was planning on working with 6061 and the recommendation from a local fabrication shop was to heat it.

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    Try SilverStreak in Anchorage. They did mine and have no complaints. I enjoy talking to the guys at the shop.

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    X2 for Gary at Greatland!!
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    Default Here is what I did

    I built my own! Estimated cost and I used a tig machine:

    1 1/2" alum Pipe form Weld Air - $180.00
    Feee Acess to Pipoe bender
    Labor hours (first one) 2 guys @ 20 hours

    MIne bolt on and can be taken off if wanted.
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    That's some NICE WORK there Q of K,

    Looks like you guys were experienced at some of that? Impressive
    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

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    Excellent work! I cant tell by the pics, did you weld flat stock to the end of the pipe and bolt it down to the gunnel or did you use some sort of terminal connector with quick releases?

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    Yes I welded flat bar to the bottoms to bolt down and through the top plate.
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    Looks pretty nice there Bob!

    I may be coming by soon to ask you about building me some nozzle shims for my boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Kings View Post
    I built my own! Estimated cost and I used a tig machine:

    1 1/2" alum Pipe form Weld Air - $180.00
    Feee Acess to Pipoe bender
    Labor hours (first one) 2 guys @ 20 hours

    MIne bolt on and can be taken off if wanted.

    Q of K, nice set up. I noticed the 6 rod holders mounted on the rail of your splashwell...How do you fish that many rods at once? Are you stacking them on your downriggers?

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    Actually I put those there for mostly traveling down the road. I had them before the rocket launchers. I dont keep the rods in the launchers when on the hwy. I have those 6 and 1 in each of the four corners in the fishing floor area. I only fish 4 while trolling. I went wiht the launchers cuz I always have but rods and 5-6 salmon rods. I was always moving them in the cabin area on the floor and in the way. Now I have a clean cabin, no broken rods.
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    I had Karold's in Fairbanks make this one for me. It bolts down to pads on the hull and is easy to remove.

    I had it made based on this one.


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    Steve, I really like the idea of being able to put the shrimp pots up top. Do you mind if I ask what Karolds charged for that kind of setup?

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    It has been a while but I believe it was around 1200.00 or so.

    Steve

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    # 3 for Gary at Greatland Welding!!!!! Don't buy a pre-made one, get it customed for what you need/want. Mine was 950.00 for the welding and the canvas top was made by a lady, but Gary made the frame for it that is all removeable or pivots out of the way.

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