Being on the ground in Nairobi makes it a little easier to find good AfriGadget stories. I took a walk down Ngong road, an area with a lot of shadetree mechanics, wood carvers and metal fabricators. The first place I stopped at had a home made welding machine.
Simon, the shop owner, showed me a couple of the machines and gave a video tour of how it works. He’s a prime example how an entrepreneur in Africa will figure out ingenious solutions to meet local market demands. The welders sell for around 14,000 Kenya Shillings (just over $200), but fabrication costs only a small fraction of that.
Below is the video and some pictures. (Another video will be uploaded later, connection speed issues preclude me uploading another one right now).
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60 thoughts on “Home Made Welding Machine”
This is brilliant. I just love the ingenuity of these people, it is the same in Fiji and other similar parts of the world they just use what they have to make something and yet what they make is efficient and very effective.
I once made a improvised welding machine using the case of a big truck battery filled with salt water with a couple of copper rods wrapped in electrical wire inside the water, and it worked.
Really nice to saw home made Welding Machine…..
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