Areas of service:Brockton, Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Stoughton, Milton, Bridgewater, Canton and Abington
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Michael D'Andrea - Abington, MA
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About Michael D'Andrea
My name is Michael D'Andrea and I'm a part-time welder (MIG & ARC). I do mostly mild steel but I can do stainless and aluminum with the MIG welder.
I can severance cut up to 7/8" of steel and precision cut 5/8" without any problem. I can also cut aluminum.
I've had experience welding heavy-duty construction equipment, roll cages for cars/trucks/buggies, trailers, even big BBQs and smoke pits.
I'm looking for some new projects to work on. In addition, I also build furniture from steel and do custom counter and tables.
Show me what you need/want welded and we can figure out a price.
I guarantee it'll be much less than a welding outfit will charge. I fully guarantee my work to be safe and professional.
Questions and answers
- How did you get started?
I began almost 8 years ago repairing equipment for my father with some of our old ARC welders kicking around the shop.
I never stopped and have since gained skills in plasma cutting and MIG welding.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
I wish they knew that this sort of work is extremely time consuming with zero margin for error. One wrong cut and the project could be destroyed.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I work with a Lincoln Idealarc welder and LN7 wire feeder, Dewalt cutoff saws and grinders and an Everlast plasma cutter.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
You need to know the type of metal you're working with or would like to have welded/cut. You'd also ideally want to know roughly what the outcome of the project should look like so I can match it.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
The most common type of job is patch work on trailers and heavy equipment.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
I can offer finishing which could include several layers of clear coating to protect the metal or a high-temp paint. This is to prevent discoloration or rusting on various metal surfaces.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
- How much do you charge?
- Depends on the job but could be anywhere from $40 to $60/hr. It's all depending on the amount of grinding, sanding, welding, or plasma cutting needed.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I am a financial analyst during the week.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
If you can source the metal for less, do so! I buy my steel new because it can get delivered to me quickly.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
They should ask me what kind of skills I have and what experience I have cutting and welding steel. They might also want to ask how long the job will take to complete as I can get inundated with work at certain times of the year.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
It all depends on the economy and the types of projects people would like to get done but I usually see anywhere from 30-40 different projects.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I am most proud of the BBQ Smoker I built for a customer. It was built on a 5'x8' trailer and could hold almost 250 lbs of meat!
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I specialize in plasma cutting for the general public as well as welding services for a variety of metals including:
- Mild Steel
- Rolled Steel
I can work on a wide range of equipment that is in need of repairs.