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November '15

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108 The Shop November 2015 108 The Shop November 2015 Shop ToolS & equipmenT Cars. He also mentioned his Miller welder as a favorite purchase. Cook is a man of few words, but he has more than a couple when asked about regrettable purchases. "Years ago I bought a cheap brake. That's about the only pur- chase I regretted." But he says he learned something then and never made that mistake again. "If you don't have the money, don't buy it," he says. "If you don't need it, don't buy something you think you may need because you think it's a good buy. Know for certain that it's a good buy." CHEAP IS NEVER A BARGAIN Cook's advice for shop owners who are looking to buy equipment? "Save your money and buy the best. Don't buy the cheap stuff if you're going to use it every day." Now that might not sound correct, but it's a theme I lean on in most of my articles. Cheap equipment and tools are never a bargain. Those of us who have been doing this for many years have experienced this fact the hard way. Cook also mentioned the impor- Southern Fried C o m m o n S e n S e Not all of the big equipment at Vintage Cars gets used every day, but when they need it, it's there. With what they have here—shear, brake, English wheel, milling machine, pipe bender and more—there's not much they cannot make or do. Cook's latest used equipment purchases: a Miller 200 welder and a Hy- pertherm Powermax 600 Plasma cutting system. Cook owns three rotisser- ies. He bought one and then made two more. They are large enough to handle any of the shop's projects.

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