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    Default Strong Hand Nomad portable welding table review

    So I've been planning to build a small portable welding table for quite some time now, but I have also kept my eye on Strong Hand's Nomad table after seeing Jody's review at WT&T. I finally decided that I have enough things to build that will keep me busy, and most of them will require a welding table that I can weld on, grind on, and clamp to. My final decision was made when Ebay sent me a 10% off coupon for select sellers only. Summit racing was offering this very table for $150 with no tax or shipping, and this item was eligible for the coupon, so I went for it and spent just over $135 total.

    Of course with UPS involved in shipping, I couldn't help but cringe...and with good reason. I watched the UPS truck storm by yesterday and then drive right back out several minutes later without stopping at my address, and I knew there was a problem when the tracking status online went from "Out for Delivery" to "At front door" 20 minutes later. Certainly not the first time this has happened with UPS deliveries, and last time was a HUGE mess until UPS sent the responsible driver to retrieve the package from the wrong address. About 2 hours after I called Summit and they volunteered to ship another one out immediately at no cost to me (while also filing a claim for the "missing" table), the UPS truck showed up, dropped the package in the yard quickly, then drove off before I could run out and get their explanation/apology. Of course I called Summit and cancelled the 2nd table.

    After opening the box, I separated the parts and fasteners neatly, and began assembling the table according to the instructions that Strong Hand sent with the table. About 40 minutes later I had a table that closely resembled what was printed on the front of the box, no cussing or yelling involved (FIRST TIME EVER!). I was able to use the table this evening for the first time and I think it's going to work out just fine, even as my primary welding table. Of course I have some upgrades planned, but I need to get through some other projects first. Possible upgrades do include adding the 32"x26"x1/4" aluminum plate that I currently use for the welding surface on my job box, some properly sized Z-bar side rails that will work in conjunction with the new top, plus hinged panels on the sides and back of the tabletop to help contain sparks and grit while stick/MIG welding or cutting/grinding (like a welding booth).

    And the best part is that my new nylon torch lead jacket still didn't have to touch the dirty shop floor! I must say that the table was quite sturdy as I turned and flipped the front beam I'm in the middle of repairing. I couldn't think of a project that is more awkward to weld then this for the table's maiden voyage. I'm very pleased, even as it sits in factory format with no upgrades.
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    Nice buy! I want one of those pretty badly but the wife flat out said no. Looks like I'll be building a table soon out of old bed frames and a bakers rack shelf until I can convince her I "Need" a bigger/better table.
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    That's exactly what I thought too. It was pretty much a deal I couldn't pass up. With inflation rates being what they are, if I waited another year it would probably cost $175! One or 2 years ago I was looking to buy the table for $129.00 and now $150 is a deal! Most other places want $160-170 plus shipping! I think the bed frame and bakers rack shelf idea is great too though. No $150 payout and you get to design your own table to fit your needs!

    For those that are interested in a good deal on this table, this is the only other place I was considering buying it from....and you get a free MagSpring clamp and 2 magnets with the table purchase, plus free shipping:
    http://store.cyberweld.com/webehabe300.html

    And here is your chance to have your very own "Shop Monkey" around (free with any $25 purchase!):
    http://store.cyberweld.com/coupons.html
    Andy
    New Everlast PowerTig 250EX that is begging for me to come up with a few welding projects so it can stretch it's legs. Did someone say aluminum???

    MISC. TOOLS:
    Atlas 618 lathe
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    Dewalt 4-1/2" angle grinder
    Dewalt 14" chop saw

    Strong Hand Nomad portable table
    Juki sewing machine I've had for years (yes I know sewing is for girls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakneckmot View Post
    Nice buy! I want one of those pretty badly but the wife flat out said no. Looks like I'll be building a table soon out of old bed frames and a bakers rack shelf until I can convince her I "Need" a bigger/better table.
    Bread racks are great for a lot of things. As a welding table, not so much, especally when sitting on a wobbly sheet metal stand.

    It is way past time to pull the trigger and just get one. Thanks for the review Andy.
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    Your welcome! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the table is currently the spot where I am doing some front end assembly work. The tabletop is covered in dirt and grease and I've only used it for welding once so far. I can't help that it's convenient for other things besides welding. One of the first things I figured out about it (in regards to welding) is that there is almost always an uncovered portion of the table slots which can be used to set the torch cup into to prevent the tig torch from sliding off the table (when you're not welding with it). Probably wouldn't work for a MIG gun with the trigger being in the way though.
    Andy
    New Everlast PowerTig 250EX that is begging for me to come up with a few welding projects so it can stretch it's legs. Did someone say aluminum???

    MISC. TOOLS:
    Atlas 618 lathe
    Milwaukee Porta Band with custom made stand
    Dewalt 4-1/2" angle grinder
    Dewalt 14" chop saw

    Strong Hand Nomad portable table
    Juki sewing machine I've had for years (yes I know sewing is for girls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngnstudly View Post
    Your welcome! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the table is currently the spot where I am doing some front end assembly work. The tabletop is covered in dirt and grease and I've only used it for welding once so far. I can't help that it's convenient for other things besides welding. One of the first things I figured out about it (in regards to welding) is that there is almost always an uncovered portion of the table slots which can be used to set the torch cup into to prevent the tig torch from sliding off the table (when you're not welding with it). Probably wouldn't work for a MIG gun with the trigger being in the way though.
    I do that with mine as well. Not necessarily the covered in grease part, but I use it as a bench to put parts when I pull the engine out of my bike. I also use the slots to hold the torch, although it doesn't do a great job and I had it hit the floor, breaking the cup.
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    Guess one of the first things to do will be build a torch/gun holder then. The ergo plus gun is nice to work with, but the trigger extension is always getting activated when I set it down.
    Penncrest Buzzbox - Infinite amp control! Man the 70's were good.
    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

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    I may pick one up as well. I can then see how it is as compared to the stronghand one I already have.
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    I bought mine from cyberweld last year.
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    I got mine from Northern Tool with the clamp and magnet bonus. On special right now for $139 and they always send out free shipping coupons by email.
    It's a nice table, but I foresee a few mods, too.

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...4325_200434325
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    I got mine from Northern Tool with the clamp and magnet bonus. On special right now for $139 and they always send out free shipping coupons by email.
    It's a nice table, but I foresee a few mods, too.

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...4325_200434325
    I just received a Northern tool catalog but I no longer receive free shipping emails, so that was the reason why I didn't use them. Maybe they kicked me off the mailing list due to the fact I never order from them(?). They have screwed me around a few times anyways and I always proceed with caution when using Northern Tool, so it's not like they were my first choice to begin with. My last experience was actually a good one...and I was shocked! My parts washer showed up in one piece looking like the one in the photo, and it wasn't even missing hardware.

    I LOVE summit and have never had a problem that couldn't be handled in a professional manor when dealing with them. TP tools, Jegs, Goodson, and Speedway are a few others that I like to use as well.
    Andy
    New Everlast PowerTig 250EX that is begging for me to come up with a few welding projects so it can stretch it's legs. Did someone say aluminum???

    MISC. TOOLS:
    Atlas 618 lathe
    Milwaukee Porta Band with custom made stand
    Dewalt 4-1/2" angle grinder
    Dewalt 14" chop saw

    Strong Hand Nomad portable table
    Juki sewing machine I've had for years (yes I know sewing is for girls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngnstudly View Post
    I just received a Northern tool catalog but I no longer receive free shipping emails, so that was the reason why I didn't use them. Maybe they kicked me off the mailing list due to the fact I never order from them(?). They have screwed me around a few times anyways and I always proceed with caution when using Northern Tool, so it's not like they were my first choice to begin with. My last experience was actually a good one...and I was shocked! My parts washer showed up in one piece looking like the one in the photo, and it wasn't even missing hardware.

    I LOVE summit and have never had a problem that couldn't be handled in a professional manor when dealing with them. TP tools, Jegs, Goodson, and Speedway are a few others that I like to use as well.

    I treat Northern like I treat Harbor Freight for the most part. Summit is awesome, when I lived in GA and was doing a lot of racing it was like a trip to the promised land when we went into the store. I always left with a case of the "I wants!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by breakneckmot View Post
    I treat Northern like I treat Harbor Freight for the most part.
    Yup, for their own brand stuff they are about the same, some better some worse. But since this is a Stronghand Tools product, all any place does is slap a shipping label on it or even have it drop shipped right from Stronghand. Even a monkey can manage that.
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    Wow...."normal price" $159.99...on sale for $59.99....that is more like it for a HF knockoff :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportbike View Post
    Wow...."normal price" $159.99...on sale for $59.99....that is more like it for a HF knockoff :-)
    $45 with a 25% off coupon.
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    Looks like Harbor Freight has a knock-off now.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/adjusta...ngtable-022014


    Not sure why the price is the same as the original..kind of defeats the purpose of Harbor Freight.
    http://store.cyberweld.com/webehabe300.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportbike View Post
    Looks like Harbor Freight has a knock-off now.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/adjusta...ngtable-022014


    Not sure why the price is the same as the original..kind of defeats the purpose of Harbor Freight.
    http://store.cyberweld.com/webehabe300.html
    True, but a sale plus a nice 25% coupon can help. I wonder what the quality is like. I'll have to take a look when they show up at the stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportbike View Post
    Looks like Harbor Freight has a knock-off now.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/adjusta...ngtable-022014


    Not sure why the price is the same as the original..kind of defeats the purpose of Harbor Freight.
    http://store.cyberweld.com/webehabe300.html
    From the pics on the HF website, the differences I see are:
    1) center has 2 short slots instead of 1 long one
    2) there is no adjustable foot
    3) no wheels (or handle)
    4) no height adjustment
    5) no bonus accessory pack

    I can't quite tell from the pic if the legs fold up or not. Other than that, it really looks identical.

    I see that the cyberweld price ATM is only $133 to boot.
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    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

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    Saw one at HF today, if they had it in stock I would have left with it for $45.00 ($60-25%). I'm quite sure the Strong Hand is better made but, for the price, I'd like to have a fold-up I could take anywhere (my 5X7 shop table doesn't travel well ).

    I don't want wheels, don't need an accessory pak, just what I am looking for, Cheap & Easy. Supposed to be back in stock next week...

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    Zoama,
    Can you attach that in high-res? They need to be able to read the number under the barcode.
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