Originally Posted by GreenWall
90 bucks an hour, whew. What do you make down there anyway. Have any pics? People would flip if we charged that and there aren't any welders in the whitewater industry that can hang with us.
I would agree with GC Guide that $90/hr isn't out of the norm for a quality welding shop. The $45/hr I quoted is towards the lower end for shop rates. There are many aspects of running a welding business beyond just grinding and tacking something together though...most notably liability insurance.
I'm an intermediate level welder, but both aspects of my job and other hobbies deal heavily in the fabrication and welding area, and nothing I have seen from the whitewater industry leads me to believe that they should be the ones you are comparing yourself to. They get the job done and make some great products, but I would never hire a shop that makes dry boxes or raft frames to do any of the things I've seen a structural Welding specialist shop deal with on a regular basis.
Those ARE some pretty welds though.