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Strong Hand Tools' Nomad Economy Welding Table
We love this sturdy, portable, and inexpensive welding table. Speaking from experience, we can assure you that trying to weld something together on a crappy work surface can ruin your day. You can't appreciate the merits of a proper welding table until you suffer through the experience of using a wobbly workbench that has little, if any, means of securing your work piece. Trying to make precise welds on a piece of tubing that is trying to roll away from you isn't fun. That's why Strong Hand Tools' Nomad welding table is cool. The grooves in the tabletop are for mounting clamps and other holding fixtures you can use to anchor your work, allowing you to concentrate on your welds, not on holding everything together.
For this review, Strong Hand sent us part number TS3020, the Economy Welding Table. The tabletop measures 30 by 20 and is height adjustable from 26 to 32 inches tall. It can be tilted to 30 degrees, if you need to weld something on an angle, or you can fold the top flat and roll it around your shop. It will support 350 pounds, yet only weighs 44. Best of all is the price; Summit sells them for $140.95.
How Much: Depends where you buy it, but generally less than $150.
Learn More:Strong Hand Tools, Pico Rivera, CA; 800/989-5244; StrongHandTools
What It Is: SFI-approved flexplates from Performance Automatic
Why You Care: A new racing season is upon us. Get up to spec with a new flexplate from Performance Automatic. The company has SFI-approved steel flexplates that we can all afford. Available for Chevrolet and Ford engines, they are designed to accommodate a variety of torque converter bolt patterns.
How Much: Prices range from $97.11 for a 168-tooth SBC to $242.34 for an FE application.
We Say: SFI stands for SEMA Foundation Inc. It also stands for Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Santa Fe Institute, iStar Financial Institute, and Several Fearless Imbeciles. OK, we made the last one up.
Learn More: Performance Automatic; Gaithersburg, MD; 301/963-8078; Performance Automatic.com
What It Is: Tuned up heads for your small-block Chrysler
Why You Care: Last year, we worked with IMM Engines on a budget 360 stroker build that made 480 hp with a set of iron cylinder heads from RHS lightly tweaked by IMM's Brian Hafliger. Brian said he's gotten lots of calls from guys wanting the same combination for their engines, so he decided to sell his version of the modified RHS as they appeared in our June '10 article. To review, he adds larger, back-cut intake valves, a four-angle valve job, and then blends the valve seats into the bowl areas. Just doing those few tricks net a nice jump in flow numbers, and on IMM's flow bench, the heads moved 267/193 cfm at 0.500-inch lift. To finish the heads, Brian adds Ferrea 6000-series valves and beehive springs from Comp.
How Much: $1,395.00 for either the LA or Magnum version
We Say: Do the builder-generated horsepower and cfm seem dubious? It's hard to fudge dragstrip numbers, and this combination ran 10s in a '71 Duster.
Learn More: IMM Engine and Dyno; Indio, CA; 760/347-5493; IMMEngines.com
You have to assemble the Nomad, but unlike so many things today, Strong Hand's assembly in
We appreciated some of the thoughtful details that went into the design of this product li
Also cool are the adjustable fences. You can raise them up to keep stuff from rolling off