The mobile welding service of JW Portable Welding & Repairs’ business mission is to introduce high quality, specialized and reasonably priced mobile welding services in London and Southern Ontario. Our mission has been alive since 2013.
Lets define first mobile welding as it will help us better understand the attributes of this welding service. Mobile welding refers to welding service that is not confined to a welding shop and can be implemented on client’s premises. The mobile welders come to you with their welding machines placed usually on pickup trucks or trailers. These welding machines should be engine driven welding machines. However, sometimes some welders claim that they provide mobile welding service even if they must connect their welding machines to power in client’s facilities.
In my opinion, the fact that these machines have to be connected to the power in client’s facilities affects significantly the variety of welding technology delivered. I am classifying these welders as portable welders and their service as portable welding service. Therefore, I clearly differentiate projects suitable for mobile welding service from projects suitable for portable welding service. Simply put these services are completely different although both welders, portable welder and mobile welder travel to clients to weld on site.
Aside of mobile welding when JW Portable Welding & Repairs comes to you with a truck and one of our 3 trailers, we presently offer also very advance portable welding. Within a portable welding service we connect our more precise and more advanced welding machines to your power outlets.
I recommend our portable welding service in instances when we must to stay longer on your premises and / or we need more control over welding process. Our mobile welding engine driven welding machines simply do not deliver this type of control. You can find more about our portable welding service here. Our portable welding service’s geographical area of operation covers whole Ontario. And, it is much bigger than a geographical area of our mobile welding. Many of specialized welding services provided by our portable welding unit are not offered by local mobile welders nor local welding shops.
The comfort of mobile welding service is significantly impacted by welding machine characteristic and its performance. Moreover, welding machine responsiveness and welding technology delivered is also impacted. Most welding machines used in mobile welding are gasoline engine driven welding machines since they are relatively less expensive. They have to be fill it up every few hours. They are not recommended in industrial places prone to explosion such as refineries. Diesel engine driven welding machines are more more expensive and therefore less popular. Still, they are preferred for more specialized mobile welding services. Most mobile welders use 300 Amps, 350 Amps or 400 Amps engine driven welding machines. Therefore if you need 500 Amps welding machine to weld heavy aluminum, I would rather recommend our portable welding service.
The machine responsiveness translates to time between striking an arc by the welder and the welding machine’s reaction. This time impacts the way how the welder welds and sometimes the lengths of welding beads. If the welding machine has a relatively long responsiveness time the inexperienced mobile welder will generate a partial cold weld. This cold weld at beginning that will soon transform to a good weld. The length of cold weld generated by slow responding engine driven welding machine should be eliminated by a proper welding technique.
The technology delivered is focused on SMAW technology, commonly known as stick welding. However, many new welding machines do offer GTAW or GMAW technologies too. The sophistication of these technologies in engine driven welding machines is rather limited to rather basic operations. The GTAW refers to commonly known Tig welding and GMAW refers to Mig welding. Due shielded gas requirement and their shielding inability in windy weather the FCAW technology poses and attractive choice. The FCAW refers to Flux Core Arc Welding. FCAW is very similar to Mig welding but it generates flux on top of the weld. Therefore its purity is not as high as Mig welding.
There are many attachments to engine driven welding machine to implement GTAW, GMAW or FCAW in mobile welding service. However, they are very expensive, with cost of the attachment reaching the value of good quality portable welding machine. Therefore these attachments are not as popular among mobile welders.
Mobile welding services are not as popular as you think since most welding companies operate from a welding shop and they do not offer this service. Additionally, the quality of welding varies greatly pending the welding technology used, welder’s skill, and welding machine used. For more information regarding client’s vetting process click here.
Many new client’s call JW Portable Welding & Repairs when their first welding approach has failed. Such occurrences usually have happened in restaurant/commercial kitchen sector, and heavy equipment repairs sector. They also happen in aluminum handrail sector and in hydraulic or pneumatic system sector. I use to say, that JW Portable Welding & Repairs comes to new clients, after the second welder. The second welder still was not able to fix the problem the first welder has caused. So now, we are coming. Unfortunately, this is true in at least 2 and sometimes 3 instances monthly. Now, I would like to focus on underlying reason to such situation.
In welding business and especially in mobile welding business going cheap is very expensive. The major cost of our estimate is labor cost, then cost of material and cost of welding consumables such as welding rods or wires. The labor cost relates directly to skills of the welder, his or her knowledge, and welder’s ability to deliver welding technology to clients. This welding technology used in your project also involves welding consumables.
The mobile welder coming to weld your project could be a high school graduate with years of experience doing the same type of welding over and over again. Sometimes it could be a college graduate with a strong technical background and some exposure to welding technologies in selected industries. Very, very rarely, the mobile welder could have engineering background with very strong trade or craftsmanship background and exposure to variety of industries. Therefore, you will get what you pay for.
Each welder will approach your project differently and these differences will affect the degree of project success and its utilization time. Some welders hold few patents in metallurgy and specialized tooling and others hold half burned rod and do not know where to strike and arc.
Welding could be compared to gardening for better understanding the complexity. Some gardeners have 2 tomato plants in the kitchen that look good freshly bought from the store. Other gardeners run gardens in the backyards of their houses with dozens of plants in rows. Still many gardeners run successfully nursery businesses with hundreds of plants or even thousands of plants. And, lastly the selected group of gardeners grows special plants in space for NASA. Do you think that all of these gardeners will approach your garden project in the same way? Will they achieve the same results? Do you think that same project will cost the same run by all of these gardeners?
In welding as in live, it is better to lose with smart people than to gain with stupid people. With smart people you will recover and prosper. With stupid people your temporary gain will lead to the loss and there won’t be any recovery. Therefore choose your mobile welder wisely.
Simple projects cost less per hour than more complicated projects. Why? Well, because they require vision, technology and the ability to deliver it. Therefore if you plan to run welding project with complex mobile welding operation and you still expect to pay the average rate per hour for mobile welder than you will cut yourself short of vision or short of technology or short of ability to deliver it.
Simple projects demand lower cost of effective SMAW technology, stick welding, with basic welding certification for welder in construction industry. More precisely, any welding on mild steel in average thicknesses from 1/8 to 5/8 of an inch requires cost effective approach. However, any mild steel welding in thicknesses of smaller than 1/8″ and thicker than 5/8″ will increase the cost per hour. These statements do not involve welding of mild steel pipes.
Any stainless steel project is by itself a separate ball game and the thickness of material, stainless steel alloy specification, famous stainless steel warpage, and pre – heat require some vision, some more advanced technology and more advanced ability to deliver it. Again, any aluminum project is another curve ball since things can get very complicated and unexpectedly very quickly. In mobile welding of aluminum, the technology plays the tremendous role, vision relates more to metallurgy and the ability to deliver is heavily restricted by number of factors.
Projects involving multiple alloys or some forces acting on elements increase the labor cost per hour. Therefore projects involving custom alloy welding, established penetration on thick materials or projects demanding special joint preparations are more expensive per hour. Such projects as welding stainless steel pipes that will accommodate high pressure will cost more per hour. Mechanical structures built from alloys that sustain vibration and also contain other mechanical components will cost more per hour. These projects will cost more since they require sophisticated testing prior welding and after welding, they require vision in multiple steps into the future and they require very advanced welding technology that does not come cheap.
Mobile welding should resolve your problem but sometimes it will make your problem even worse. Mobile welder who does not understand the consequences of inappropriate application of welding technology could irreversibly damage your project. It is very important to realize that mobile welding business is tough and very competitive and turnover of mobile welders is high and this fact affects severely many mobile welders performance. You can find out more about mobile welding business on my blog.
Even though the mobile welder sometimes understands that a different welding technology or welding consumable should be used in your project, he still continues with SMAW and with welding consumables on his/her truck. The false hopes and greed takes over integrity and he/she damages the project. Sometimes, it is a mater of communicating to customer the need of proper welding technology for best project results. Most clients simply do not understand welding processes and they do not want to spend more for their project, and therefore the integrity of the mobile welder who comes to your place for just a few hour or few days should be a priority for any client.
The damages left by low integrity mobile welder could become apparent right away as in the case of welding stainless steel sink with 1/8 inch stainless welding rods. And, yes I have seen it a few times already. Or sometimes could become apparent after mobile welder leaves the project as in case of welding vertical stainless steel plates with 1/8 inch 7018 rod. Well, every welder knows that vertical welds in stainless require a very precise amperage setup and if you do not have remote amperage regulator you should not weld stainless vertically. Cheating with 7018 rods on stainless and then covering with clear lacquer will be discovered sooner or later.
Many of these failures affect the utilization time of your project. More importantly affect safety of your employees and sometimes safety of project’s owner. Cold short welds ( at the length of tacks) on thick steel can significantly contribute to your employee injuries. These cold short welds on lifting devices and hydraulically lifted ramps in areas of cylinder stabilization are deadly. Deadly are also welds in aluminum structures that are used as elevated working platforms or window cleaning platforms. Lack of penetration and associated with it weld’s strength affects rigidity of aluminum structure. For instance, aluminum handrail with poor welding practices will not protect your employees but still they will visually look good.
The value of mobile welding ability to quick response to client’s need should be balanced with the mobile welding impact on client’s project. Obviously, the urgent and emergency responses should be classified differently since their main objective is to eliminate the urgency and/or emergency as quickly as possible.
JW Portable Welding & Repairs has improved our readiness to response to urgent situations. In last few years, we have received rather urgent calls regarding equipment damages that could impact other damages, relatively non threatening human entrapments, and severe leaking of tanks. In light of these challenges, we have increased variety of welding rods on all our mobile welding units, increased possible length of torch operation and equipped all units with demolition torches. We have also increased the variety of tools on each mobile welding unit.
The mobile welding response to non-live threatening situation should be focused on quick elimination of urgency. This quick elimination of urgency imposes high effectiveness but unfortunately sometimes impacts negatively asset utilization time. For instance, urgent response to a leaking tank eliminates the leak semi-permanently but does not provide permanent solution. The urgent response to cut heavy steel on construction site eliminates work stoppage and cuts unproductive costs but these cuts are not beautiful and must be smoothed out.
It is important to realize that urgent situations eliminate my initial visit on your projects. Lack of my initial visit impacts the estimated cost and our ability to deliver more appropriate technology. Therefore, even though we want to respond as quickly as it is possible, we still require texting some pictures to me with description of situation. In such event, I do not mind to receive a large variety of pictures from different distance to the urgent situation.
At JW Portable Welding & Repairs we strive to provide quality of service in mobile welding services. We believe that the quality of welding in mobile welding services is paramount for your project’s utilization time. Simply put, we know that the way how we will weld your project will impact your project, your machinery and your structure, very significantly. Comparatively to mobile services provided by others, we treat quality of service as important as quality of welds. For us quality of service means providing a choice for client or project’s manager in terms of welding technologies used in your project and then delivery of these welding technologies in most efficient way possible.
As complicated as it sounds majority of decision making is very simple. I always inspect mobile welding projects prior delivery of mobile welding services. And, I clearly communicate choices available to the client as well as my recommendations. It is always a client’s choice to select the welding technology and welding consumable pending his /her budget and pending the utilization goals for client’s project.
For simple projects and cost saving approach we deliver simple SMAW with 7018 welding rods. For slightly more difficult projects requiring pre – heating for moisture elimination and better penetration we deliver controlled temperature preheating with options of wide range pre – heating or more focused preheating. Furthermore, we offer in SMAW selection of about 60 different welding rods suitable for different mild steel alloys, stainless steel alloys and aluminum alloys.
These rods not only offer ability to weld aluminum, stainless steel and mild steel but also change the characteristic of weld. They could improve the strength of weld, resistance to impact, resistance to abrasion, resistance to vibration and resistance to chemically corrosive environment. In case you are interested in reading more in this regard please visit aluminum mobile welding, stainless mobile welding or our mobile welding specialization. In SMAW technology we offer you choice of solutions ranging from least expensive to more expensive.
For more advanced projects but steel within mobile welding field, JW Portable Welding & Repairs offers efficiency of GMAW and purity of weld in GTAW. Although, both technologies require shielded gases we can still utilize these technologies in welding tents or using our custom made umbrellas. These technologies allow us to provide additional choices to clients in specific projects related to stainless steel welding and aluminum welding, where thickness of material and weld’s penetration play significant role in your project.
Similarly to SMAW, variety of welding wires play and important role in achieving the desired effect. Not only these effects depend on the alloy of welding wire but also wire size plays very important role. In our disposal we operate with about 16 welding wires in standard versions and about 6 in custom versions that were implemented in some of our previous projects.
In the event of welding thin mild steel in rather windy environment and order to keep project’s cost under control we recommend FCAW. This technology increases efficiency very significantly in simple projects but is not recommended in construction industry due to possible impurities reducing the strength of weld and lack of versatility in multi-position welding that is necessary in construction.
Defining the client’s utilization goals is extremely important for any project involving mobile welding service. The decisions are rather straight forward and depend of the project’s characteristics, budget and project’s utilization period. Welding repairs on expensive equipment worth hundreds of thousand of dollars with utilization period of many years, obviously are treated differently from welding on the old gate worth $150. Generally speaking, the utilization period of your project will depend on following factors:
JW Portable Welding & Repairs’ mobile welding service extends utilization of your heavy equipment or heavy machinery by welding cracks and/or corrects alignment. We have welded on construction equipment, entertainment equipment found in local fairs, farming equipment and specialty equipment such as well drilling rigs. These pieces of equipment are expensive and the owner usually tends to keep the equipment for many years to come. JW Portable Welding & repairs offer professional repairs of cracks with our mobile welding service using penetration rods and high tensile rods as well as custom shape “fish plate” welding on top of repaired crack.
You have to realize that sometimes, welding cracks improperly changes alignment on more precise equipment. This happens due to warpage of long welded elements. At JW Portable Welding & Repairs we use this warpage to align back minor twists and bends causing misalignment that complicates operation of the machinery. We also are able to straight up bent elements to improve operation of the machinery or equipment.
Moreover, we use mobile welding service for minor re – fabrication of equipment attachments to adjusts the old attachments to new machinery. This service allows owners to use old attachments that operates very well with new machinery. We performed these services mostly on farming equipment although same service is used by well drillers. For more advanced, machinery re – fabrication, I recommend our portable welding service
Our welding services on handrails, railings and guards extends utilization period of these structures. We professionally weld cracks and repair bent sections, so you do not have to replace these structures. Additionally, we weld in missing structural elements for improved visual perception, improved safety and security.
JW Portable Welding & Repairs welds aluminum railing most often found on bridges, and we also weld aluminum handrails found in parks and in recreational facilities.
Our services are also popular in variety of recreational facilities where we weld cracks on stainless steel handrails in pool areas. These welding repairs are successfully done in open pools, but for repairs of stainless steel handrails in indoor pools we recommend portable welding services.
The most popular service regarding handrail involves replacement of rusted bottom sections of handrail’s posts. Instead of replacing the mild steel handrail our clients extend the utilization time of their handrails by replacing the bottom parts of posts. This service offers cost saving solution to property owners dealing with rusted handrails.
OWSJ reinforcement is another very popular service among our clients. We cooperate in these projects with commercial HVAC installers or mechanical door installers. Certainly, we would require engineering drawings prior proceeding to quote this project. You can upload these files through our contact page and then we can inspect it on our large size monitors.
During my initial visit, I would like to inspect the facilities to confirm the drawings with the live situation and to confirm a free access to the OWSJ’s. Any obstacles within OWSJ such as electrical wires, plumbing and so on must be eliminated or mitigated. Similarly, any obstacles on the ground that prohibit or make access difficult have to be removed or mitigated.
Moreover, I will be looking for ventilation issues since welding OWSJ causes sometimes accumulation of welding fumes in some locations. I would like to inspect also the old paint on your OWSJ prior welding.
The mobile welding service for welding on semi – trucks and commercial trailers is very comfortable for our clients. Most our projects refers to welding on Motor Vehicle Inspection Station or parking locations for commercial vehicles. Occasionally, owners ask us to weld on their designated parking spots. We will gladly fulfill their requirement as long as the spots meets our fire hazards mitigation standards.
Welding repairs on semi-trucks and commercial trailers involves usually welding of cracks on the commercial vehicle’s frame. Since these welding repairs on semi-trucks will accommodate a “fish plate” on top of the crack we would like to know the approximate dimension of the crack.
Welding repairs of cracks on commercial trailer could involve the same procedure as for welding cracks on semi-trailers as long as the semi-trailer has a steel frame. The cracks on aluminum frames are repaired slightly differently. We repair the cracks on aluminum frames by welding passes layer by layer. Therefore we do not install an aluminum “fish plate” on top of the crack.
We provide mobile welding services to construction sites in area of auxiliary welding. Most construction sites have already mobile welding services provided by construction steel fabricators however if you need more advance mobile welding service we are also CWB certified. We also provide torch cutting service within our mobile welding services that offers in place cutting of structural steel.
Please keep in mind that we can cut structural steel in various thicknesses form very thin to very, very thick. Our demolition torches can easily cut 3″ thick mild steel.
Using our mobile welding services you can quickly fabricate simple structures on your construction site. In such a case we would come with our portable horses and quickly establish a temporary fabrication shop on your construction site.
We are experienced in providing welding services to projects facing significant fire hazards. These obstacles increase the project’s costs but unfortunately, they are necessary to accomplish your project successfully. These procedures lower significantly a fire hazards during our welding processes and increase ventilation in the project area.
The fire hazard controlling procedures not only mitigate our welding procedures, our torch cutting procedures, our air monitoring procedures but also our fire watchmen duties.
Mobile welding in presence of significant fire hazards increases mobile welding geographical reach very significantly since this service is demanded in Kitchener, Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton area.
We provide mobile welding services to warehouses for welding repairs of warehouse dock plates and warehouse dock ramps. We not only weld cracks on warehouse docks but also replace bent or missing elements. Moreover, we deal with dock closing difficulties caused by misalignments.
Additionally, we deal with repairs of hydraulic systems in the warehouse docks if it involves damaged cylinder elements.
The mobile welding service in warehouse involves also corrections and modifications of storage racks. This service involves shortening posts as well as shortening other elements to fit the new layout.
Lastly, our welding activities in warehouses involve on-site fabrication and installation of guards and barriers protecting racking systems against forklift’s impact.
Our mobile welding service allows to weld cracks on thick steel cast and allows to repair worn out cast surfaces. All welding on steel casts are done in controlled temperature monitoring systems and involve highly advance welding rods.
Thick steel casts require preparation prior our welding and owners can minimize the cost of our services by properly preparing their cast for welding process.
Obviously, we focus mobile welding service on London Ontario and were most of our clients are located. However, from London we also serve clients in other towns and cities in Ontario. The company’s motto is “mobile welding near you” especially if you consider our specialized welding services. Obviously, we focus on mobile welding services in London, Ontario but we also cover with our daily travels St. Thomas as well as radius of about 100 km from these two cities.
Our mobile welding operation offers:
We are also often in Toronto. The farthest serving location is Peterborough and we cover Markham, and Oshawa. Certainly, our specialized welding service covers small cities such as Grand Bend, Clinton, Owen Sound, and Collingwood. Due to our rather large geographical operation our specialized mobile welding services could be called mobile welding near you. However, due to our location in London, mobile welding services in London, Ontario take always priority.
You are welcome to inspect some of our mobile welding projects:
Our leading specializations in welding cracks, mobile stainless steel welding and mobile aluminum welding expand our geographical presence. The additional support of our portable welding unit helps in increasing our geographical reach in Ontario. Aside of on site fabrication that requires extensive alignments, we also repair aluminum cast and thin steel cast. And we weld dies. Additionally, our second specialization which is welding cracks in equipment and machinery has also increased our reach.
Our standard operation of our mobile welding service differs significantly from operation of other mobile welders or welder fabricators. First, we are certified millwrights and certified welders and we do it full time on daily bases. So, we weld according to millwrights working ethics, and it simply means quality and precision.
This welding company operates full time and none of employees run a part-time mobile welding service. Also, we do not work somewhere else as a welder fabricator or iron worker. Then after work, we do not try to catch a few clients to supplement our main employment income. Again, we do it full time and this is everything what we do on daily basis. The steady and continues operation gives us advantage over part-timers.
The mobile welding, portable welding, fabrication, metal epoxy service, manufacturing and distribution is all we do. This is our livelihood, and we treat it very seriously. From the full-time operation, engineering and millwrighting, stem other standards such as clear communication, proper technology, ethics and convenience.
We tend to visit your project and you have to approve our estimate prior delivery of mobile welding service. During the visit, we formulate the most beneficial solution to your project. We also make you aware of different approaches to some of project’s challenges. Even if we respond with our welding unit to the urgent call we tend to ask for pictures and descriptions. Also, if you provide some basic dimensions prior on-site welding, it would be very helpful.
Simply put, we want to know as much information about welding services needed as is possible. We will provide the Time & Material estimate when we cannot provide you with the total project’s estimate. Under the T & M approach, you confirm on our documents with accuracy of 30 min the time paid. You will sign these documents every day. If you do not like our performance, we do not obligate you to keep us even for one hour longer. We also provide receipts for materials and the estimate of welding consumables. For more information regarding our conduct please visit our home page.
Once you accept our estimate then we will send one of our mobile welding units to you. Our welder fabricator always comes prepared and well equipped. He has all welding consumables and abrasives necessary to finish your project in the most efficient way possible.
We operate with multiple welding machines specialized for particular welding tasks. Consequently, our mobile welding services are based on 3 different size enclosed trailers. In each trailer we have different welding machines, different auxiliary welding equipment, and different tools. We send each trailer to different welding projects and therefore each trailer contains different equipment.
Our trucks haul different trailers providing different mobile welding services. Our specialized welding equipment is at the core of our efficiency and effectiveness. Each welder fabricator is qualified and skilled in operation of equipment and tools located on his trailer.
You are able to pay with your credit card after the project is completed to your satisfaction. The mobile welding invoices are generated on the spot by our welder. The convenience of paying with a credit card helps us to create a positive cash flow. It also immediately leaves a record that your job is paid for. It also makes job for our accountant easier and prohibits unpaid invoices.
We run our payment operation similar to a grocery store operation that is the groceries purchased are paid for. We also understand that sometimes you need a few days to inspect our work in the field. For updated payment policy please visit our welcome page.
Ethics of welding services in mobile welding is crucial for our success. We always do what we have promised to do, and we do it following the best trade practices. Again and again, I say, we do not cut corners to preserve our reputation of premium welding services. Here are some of our welding policies:
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