Basic Equipment needed for first time sheet metal fabricators

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simple tools and equipment that is needed to start doing sheet metal fabricating. Nothing fancy or high tech. you can do a lot of the fabrication needed with just these tools and equipment.


Clyde B says:

Fitzie,I've been a fabricator my whole life,I have a small shop like yours..I try to make everything I can with what I have…I have decided to put everything on hold and stand up and fight for my grandkids for freedom from the tyranny that's going on…..

Bob Waldock says:

I'm 80 years old and have been working on cars since I was 15. In the last 25 years I've built 22 hot rods. Your tools and equipment and mine are almost identical. No need for more unless you are doing world class work.

Peter Fairlane says:

Great video high 5

Márcio Abrão says:

Fritzie muito bom seus vídeos thank you

robert4005 says:

Great vid Tony thanks

ZeGerman says:

Nice video! I hadn't thought to cut down the guard on my angle grinder – I just removed it because of how big and unwieldy it was. But I think I'll cut it down some and give it another try. One major tool that you didn't talk about (unless I missed it…) is your your metal table.

Michiel Arens says:

I think a small microphone would increase the quality of you videos a lot love your vids

Mr B says:

Grab some of this gear used, I got 2 tidy usa vise-grip 11R today for 15 bucks, hammers another easy one find used and cheap.
Fair few mig welders about too, some newer inverters from guys who gave up early and some older quality brand transformer welders .
Metal work can be cheap to get into but the real cost is patience in learning, thankfully Fitzee helps speed up learning with good tips and tricks and in making it more fun experience again 🙂

Vintage 76 vipergreen # Romeo says:

Great info. 👍👍

BillThe HarleyGuy says:

i love watching these types of videos as i myself have a 1980 Chevy El Camino that i been working on as a project put out solid advice for those that are new at this type of project. always looking forward to watching your next video 👍

Service Technician says:

Hello Fitzie. Thanks for showing this to us beginners. All was good, except no kitty at the end. lol
George B. in Michigan

SNOOP U 2 says:

I have a lot of those same metal forming tool's I saved over the year's from my brother's scrap metal pile. Been wanting to make a small sheet metal bender from bed frame angle iron have plenty of that from people tossing out old beds, machine's that are broke lots of metal when you take it apart. You have to keep an open mind when finding steel and be very careful what kinda steel you don't want to be inbeded with chemicals that you breath in when welding.!!

Joe Pacheco says:

Great video Tony. Right on about welder. Have both styles ( gas & flux ) use flux core for outdoor posts , lawnmowers,on the fly repairs and gas welder for sheet metal. Both are Lincoln welders. Payed up for gas welder back in early 70's never regretted, still working no issues. Flux bought used at swap meet cheap money. Keep the videos coming.

AN says:

slight caution with cheap grinders… I had one nearly kill me as the plastic 'spring' holding the paddle switch open broke while I was up high into a frame and contorted on my back. I couldn't power it off and had to fish it through the frame and pass it over my chest while spinning out of control. Mostly my fault as I should have had a disconnect within reach but when I toggle my Makita on/off, it just plain works… every time. I put my Mastercraft out to the pasture after that harrowing experience.

Rowan Brecknell says:

I made my own 20T press out of scrap steel and I bought a 20T bottle jack. I never knew I needed it until I had it. Normal size jobs for home a 20T press doesn't say no. It does all I need and it feels good that I made it. Good to see your home made equipment. I have to make more tools myself. Building your tools is part of the training. Just pumped my old truck straight with a porta power and chained it to the floor. I am down to the fiddly stuff to get it on the road again. The fiddly stuff takes the time the big jobs seem daunting but they don't take much time.

Rowan Brecknell says:

11:36 yeah it's a brick hammer.

greg E says:

The grinders with the On/Off switch are DEADLY! SOONER OR LATER IT WILL KICK OUT OF YOUR HANDS! The paddle/ deadman switch saved my femoral arterie from being severed when it kicked out of my hands and the cutting wheel hit the inside of my leg. All it did was nick my jeans. Had it been "on" spinning full speed my femoral arterie would have been severed.

Sean Alexander says:

There's nothing wrong with the keep-it-simple approach! Not everyone can afford (or wishes) to spend a heap of money and I really appreciate this video. Thanks Fitzee 🙂

Tom Full says:

Hahaha 🤣 I love it!… “you can see the ones I don’t use that much, they’re not burned that much “.

Excellent subject and presentation! 👍🏻

Mark McClintock says:

Another great video Fitzee! You're my favourite channel by far. There's great satisfaction in doing a job without all the fancy equipment. You inspire so many people to have a crack that otherwise wouldn't.

ss 2115 says:

If the majority of my work is small rust repairs along doors, lower quarter panels and drip rails, what is the ideal size cut-off wheel and speed I should look for? In this case, would air operated be better? I watch a lot of car shows and they all seem to prefer small diameter open exposed wheels on air tools, but that's not to say they are the best for a beginner I guess.


You should have said abc and 123 click knobs are a pain. My Lincoln has abc and 123 knobs. But they are potentiometers. Which are linear. Multi adjustable. 500$. Just saying. Love your channel.

Machine Man says:

Didn't even realize I had 1/3 of the tools already.
That's one less excuse…

irongoatrocky says:

Tony one or two other tools that one might need is a good sheet and wire gauge to determine metal thickness,
and for a reach around a micrometer but those cost a bit more!
and if one feels one needs a hardened tool just heat it to a light glowing red with a torch and quench it in clean 30wt motor oil until it cools
(made a lot of studs for motors that way!)

mongomay1 says:

Thanks Fitzee for sharing.

Jose Briceno says:

ECELLENT video. This is why I love this channel.

irlitewave says:

The closing statements are where it is at in all things. The younger generation wants to come straight out of school and make six figures without any time in the trenches. Get some good experience and the skills will build up over time. Don't be afraid to mess up or fail, those are the learning moments.

endeavour says:

Great video!👌
I would highly recommend everyone watches Fitzee videos at least twice.
I've found that as I am gaining more experience I am picking up information I missed the first time around.
We are all blessed to have found a fantastic teacher like Fitzee!!👍

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