Industrial Applications

This business is run solely by me, Pat Burrington,  below are some photos of my shop(s) and some of the industrial projects as well as tractors I've worked on.  Some pictures are work, some are just hobby.

Old Shop Picture (Inkom Idaho).

Shop and shop office photo.


Shop Picture, Stevensville, Montana.

View from Garnet Drive.

Shop where metal rack is now at.

Montana shop prior to painting the floor.
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A John Deere crawler I bought in 2017 (before).  Engine was stuck, undercarriage was shot, and it needed some help.
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Crawler photo after restoration.  July 2017.  I built the blade from scratch as well as the seat assembly.

Bought this John Deere 60 in the spring of 2013.  Engine was stuck, tirew were shot and 50 other things.

Tore it down and started fixing it.

Got the engine, clutch, rear-end, power steering and Powr-Trol fixed.  Put 2 new rear tires on it and it runs good now.

I designed a loader and bucket for it, bought a Roll-O-Matic for her off of Ebay and ditched the wide front end.

I later built a 6 ft box scraper for it and now use the 60 around the shop quite a bit. 

Then the bug bit me.  Found this 70 gas for sale in Missoula.  Very rough shape, wouldn't run, clutch was shot and needed some TLC.

She hadn't ran in over 5 years, the aftermarket powersteering pump had leaked causing it to attract dirt/grease everywhere.  Engine needed some work, got new points, condensor, plugs, and some goodies off Ebay.

Got it running and then painted it like I did on the 60.

She got a chrome stack.  This one runs and has balls.  There is nothing wrong with my 60, but this 70 isn't even in the same category. 

It has the factory 3 pt. on it and it works fine, too. 


Then another one came along in June 2013.  A 1955 70 Diesel.  Bad shape, engine block had a crack in the water jacket.

After doing a penetrant test on the block, it had a crack.  The previous owner hadn't covered the stack last winter and it got water down the exhaust.

Glad I went in the Army as a welder and then took that in college.  Got the block fixed, did 3 penetrant tests and a pressure test and all were good to go. 

The pony motor needed some serious help.  Got new points, condensors, wires, coils, and plugs.  Rebuilt the carburetor and it started right up.

Previous owner said he had never ran the tractor much, so he never changed the oil.  (10 years).  I flushed both engines several times and got all the gunk out.

Got it all back together after having the cyl. head checked for cracks while I was welding the water jacket up.  All tested good and I got the pony engine to fire up, then the diesel fired and it runs pretty good!

A picture of all three.  It's been busy the fall of 2013, but hope to get the 70 diesel painted up like the other two.  All three are running great and I am glad I saved them from all going to the scrap yard.  Old John Deeres are wonderful pieces of machinery.

The wide front getting taken off and a Roll-o-matic being installed in place of it.  70 Diesel.

Getting a new rear tire just before paint.

A chrome stack, new front end, new front tires and painted.  Sept. 2014.

Finished photo of the 1955 '70 Diesel. 

Got a chance to buy a 1955 Allis-Chalmers WD45 the summer of 2014.  Engine was stuck and it was in bad shape.

It had been sitting outside and got water down the exhaust freezing up two cylinders.  Got it tore apart, loosened up and started fixing it up.

Rusted valves, water in the engine, bad head gasket, etc.

Radiator needed flushed and the hood and nose piece were dented up and both needed some bodywork.

I had to build a narrow front end for it and got it installed.

The WD 45 needed new tires on all 4 spots, a new seat,  and I also built a drawbar and 3 point for it as well. 

Getting painted.  Aug. 2014

Back of the WD45 with the new tires, fresh paint and the drawbar and 3 point.

The tractor ran great, doesn't burn any oil, and I have all the leaks fixed. 

Finished shot of the WD 45 in August, 2014.  I've used it several times so far with the box scraper and it's a really nice little tractor with a lot of power.

Bought this beat up John Deere # 44 plow in Aug 2013 for $250.

It was headed to the scrap dealer.  I did some research online about it, bought the manual and started in on it.

Wheels and tires came off, frame got sanded, bearings got checked and anything that was egg shapped as far as sloppy holes got rebushed.

New tires and tubes arrived, got it primed and painted.  Had to waterjet a few stencils and got those painted as well.

After reading up on the # 44 plows, they had a few options and I think I lucked out all the way around as mine had the rubber tires front and back, and the rear wheel is a crazy wheel, not fixed, so it tracks nicely.  Had to build the two coulter wheels from scratch as well as the shafts and the bearings. 

A picture of the restored plow behind the 70 gas out in front of the corn field. 

On it's virgin run, the plow worked great, the 70 didn't even know it was back there, and the new coulter wheels I fab'd up worked fine, too. 

I decided if I was going to heat the new shop in Montana, I needed a saw to cut wood.  I designed this portable wood bandsaw on the OMAX waterjet software.

I got some of the parts off of Ebay, bought a 3 HP Briggs to run the saw and ran it through a 20:1 right angle gearbox.

I got it welded up, put a 3 point on the front so that any of the John Deere's could hook up to it, and took it outside.

Got it painted to match the JD's and even gave it a set of yellow wheels.

The arm on the left tilts down to make a bed for the logs to sit on.  I put a coarse sawblade on it and at a fast idle, it cuts right through anything.  I hooked it up to the 70 in September 2013 and cut over a cord of wood with it one Saturday afternoon.

I was hoping this would work as I didn't want to use a front mounted buzzsaw on one of the JD's.  Too loud, too dangerous, too expensive.  This saw cut just as much wood as a buzzsaw, but only used 1/2 gallon of gas.  The tractor was parked, shut off and wasn't getting worn out running the belt pulley turning over a buzzsaw.

Saw mounted on the 70 Gas.

Cutting some deadfall trees Oct 2013.

Me running the saw. 
Waterjet cutting knife blanks.  Courtesy-Bitterroot Blades, Florence, Montana.
Blades were all drawn up on my CAD program and nested to old sawmill blades to be cut from.

Fabricating an 8 ft. wide arena drag for a friend in Stevensville, MT.  Spring 2013.

Putting the finishing touches on the 3 pt. hitch prior to bolting up the roller wheel.

Testing a box scraper with the JD 60.  If it worked ok on the first run, it was getting painted.

A closer look at the box scraper I made.  It has adjustable chisel teeth on the front.  They run up and down off of a 3000# screw jack so that there is infinite adjustment up/down.

The scraper has worked great keeping the shop's driveway maintained as well as the gravel road that connects to the highway for my customers.

The scraper blade (red) is out of HARDOX 450 and the tips of the chisel/ripper teeth are out of 1/2" AR-400.

I waterjetted an ultrasonic calibration block from some 3" thick steel. Milled and drilled the reference holes and slots in it with the mill/lathe. 

I am still making water meter flumes after moving to Montana.  Here I have two in progress.  June 2013.

Two of the four flumes I had on this order.

Fabricating a 3 row harrow for an ATV.  It was 60 in. wide and had a ballast box in the center.

After painting.

I cut and welded two steel wheels on the top side.  You can easily flip the harrow over and pull it anywhere without tearing up the ground.  Then just flip it back over to use it.

Plastic pipe is used a lot now in industry instead of steel.  Welders still must qualify the butt welds through testing a sample weld.

The pipe has a wall thickness of over 1 3/8" thick.  It is rough cut into pieces by a saw and then I waterjet out precise specimens for testing.

The weld coupons are cut, sanded and then bent according to the welding testing procedure.

4 of the plastic pipe coupons.

Building a water tank stand.  The poly tank was 2500 gallons.

Finishing up the tank stand.
A 3-wheeled Hyster in Salt Lake City, UT.
After a good servicing & paintjob, this forklift helped me get work I couldn't lift in the past.



The Idaho shop floor after repainting Dec. 2011


Another view of the old shop area.

Bull gear off of a 45 year old bull dozer.  The two halves were riveted together with 3 inch rivets.  I waterjetted out the old rivets and separated the components. 

Cutting out the 3 inch long rivets.


Bull gear with the rivets cut out.


Simplot's Stainless Steel Flanges being cut out by the Waterjet and being held up by the forklift because of it's size.

July 2012 I took the shop truck in for a little work.

I bought this truck for $100.00 back in Iowa in 1986.

I tore the tailgate, grill, bumpers and wheels off, sandblasted everything and repainted it.

Got a lot of dents and dings fixed as well as put a new speaker system in it.  Using it as a shop truck has been hard on it the past 10 years.

Found a lighter shade of blue and started painting.

Side view after it was done.

Got the grill all straightened, put new bolts and screws in everything and re-assembled it.

This is it after it got rolled out of the shop.  

Custom cut walk bridge panels for a residence in Kentucky.  October 2011. 

4 individual panels were cut to match the arc of the bridge and installed by the customer on location.

Waterjetted stainless ice tray racks for the Cornerstone Cafe in Kentucky.  August 2011.

A lumber mill in Alabama had me cut them a custom log stencil that would rotate on a nail in the center of the log.  June 2012.

Custom made stair rail inserts made from 10 ga. stainless steel.  May 2011.

Waterjetting some custom slots in pre-fabricated fixtures for Orion Mechanical, Pocatello, ID.  June 2012.

Sample of the 1/2" thick stainless fixtures after waterjetting.

Custom cut air return grilles out of 3/8" stainless steel for the Balasny residence.  June 2012.  Courtesy-Ward + Blake Architects, Jackson, WY. 

All grilles were buffed and polished to give them a high luster.

I cut two custom gaskets for a Stromberg carburetor that I couldn't get parts for.  I scanned the top and bottom of the carb., and then traced the pattern with the OMAX software and cut out two perfect gaskets.  December 2011.  

A grade school teacher in Idaho had me waterjet about 30 oak cutting boards shaped as pigs for Christmas gifts to give to the students mothers.  December 2011.

A customer needed some emergency front sprockets waterjetted out of 1" hardened steel for his mini excavator.  They were designed on the OMAX software and saved him a considerable amount of time and money over buying OEM parts.  June 2012.

3 sets of custom cut brackets with a company's logo were waterjetted into 2" x 2" x 1/4" angle iron.  Courtesy-Orion Mechanical, Pocatello, ID.  February 2011.

A customer brought in a damaged step for a dark room truck that needed either repaired or rebuilt.  

The step was completely rebuilt and I added a piece of slip resistant dia. plate alum. to the top.  July 2012. 


Motor Mounts that were cut and welded together for a customer in Gorgia.

Stainless Steel grate approx. 4' X 4' Waterjet cut. Courtesy Industrial Metal Enterprises-Blackfoot, Idaho.


Simplots of Pocatello, ID. had us waterjet etch and cut some ASME boiler plates when they had their tanks re-inspected and re-certified. 


Waterjet cut 1/4 inch brass for a customer in Ohio. 


National Board "R" Stamp plaques for JR Simplot Company.


18 ga. stainless name plate waterjet cut.  The customer then brazed this to a custom built bicycle. 


This metal stencil was waterjet cut to put ID number on a bass boat. 

Boat after ID number was stenciled on it.


Navy anchors waterjet cut and etched from 1/4" stainless.  These were to be used on a custom bike build.

These custom "fish gigs" were waterjet cut from 3/8" AR-400 for a customer in Missouri.  He welded handles on them and customized his project himself.


Steel fold down table for stone cutting-Classic Marble & Granite, Pocatello, ID



A 3" bevel was Waterjet cut on these ball mill inserts for the Ash Grove Cement Company, Inkom, Idaho.

24 of these inserts were beveled with the OMAX 2652.


A company from Boise, Id. orders custom designed luggage racks made from 1/4 inch aluminum that are sold world wide for BMW motorcycles. Courtesy of Sucher Holdings, LLC.

A custom weld inspection gauge was waterjet cut and etched for a local fab shop.  They needed a gauge that was 3 times the regular size. Courtesy Eaton Metal Products, Pocatello, ID.


A customer in Kentucky needed some custom built Step Railing made from 1/8" SST.

Some mild steel signs made for off-road vehicles.


This is two plates match drilled and cut for a racecar that is going to the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2010 or 2011.

The flywheel hole, starter hole, and the perimeter were all cut to fit the custom built race engine.


A set of Quik-Couplers were waterjet cut from 1 1/2" thick steel for a forklift attachment.  Courtesy-Thunderbolt Stone, LLC

The initial pattern was drawn up on the OMAX software, and then a test piece was cut from 16 ga. mild steel to check fit-up, and then the 1 1/2" plate and reinforcing rings were cut afterwards. 


This is a boiler built around a woodstove for a residence near Pebble Creek Ski Area.

The firebox is a 24" pipe with a 30 gallon reservoir offset around the stove.  The cold water is pumped in from below, heated, and then circulated out the top and into the radiant flow water jackets in the home.


These pipe saddle brackets are made from 3/8" steel sq. stock.  The top and bottom dies for bending these were made with the waterjet.

Some brackets for a motorcycle vendor's display were cut, welded, and powdercoated here.  Courtesy- Ridn' Rock, LLC  Pocatello, ID.


A set of custom cut air return grilles for a residence near Jackson, WY.  They were cut on the OMAX from 3/16" steel plate.  Courtesy-Ward + Blake Architects, Jackson, WY.

A close-up of one of the air flow grilles.


 A short run of woodstoves I built in 2009.  Built from 24" pipe.  3/8" wall.  

Knives cut out for Scar Blades located in Idaho Falls.


Simplot's ordered for this 3" thick piece of plastic to be cut into 16" X 16" blocks.

Simplot's plastic being cut with the saw so the pieces will fit in the Waterjet to be cut in the size of blocks needed.


A far away picture of the slab of plastic in the Waterjet being cut into the blocks.

Closer picture of the picture at left allowing you to see the Waterjet cut line in the plastic.


Aluminum assembly for fuel dumper.


Waterjet cut brackets to hold additional fuel tank on 4 wheelers.


I fab'd this elevator to backfill a retaining wall that is behind the company shop.


Ten sets of square tubing benders for a customer that sells these on E-bay auctions.


I built myself an aluminum tilt snowmobile trailer.  Fall of 2006.  The entire trailer was designed on the OMAX waterjet software.  A lot of the parts were cut on the waterjet and assembly went very well.

Assembling the cross rails.  Since the pattern was designed on the computer, all the trial and error was done ahead of time so that there wasn't any material wasted.


Putting the sub-frame on the axles.


Welding the frame together with the pulsed MIG.


Sammy trying out the tilt part of the trailer.


The trailer with the deck on it prior to getting the ramps and front put on.  It ended up being 8' wide and 21' long.  


The hydraulic jack pivots the trailer down so you don't need any ramps in back.


Welding the drop down ramps on the front.


The triangular pieces fold down and make the drive-off portion of the ramps.  This saves about 5'0" of length by not having a V-nosed trailer.


Welding up the ramps.


Me standing on the trailer.

I estimated the trailer was only 600 lbs. minus the axles.  It pulls really well.  I later put UHMW on the ramps to help the sleds drive off more easily.

Area behind the company shop where retaining wall was started.


I fab'd these steel panels for the retaining wall.


The posts were driven into the ground and welded to the panels one at a time.  


After the second level was complete, the elevator I built was used to backfill the wall, prior to the 3rd level being erected.

Waterjet cut slots in CrMo tube for AMS, Inc-American Falls, Idaho.

Aluminum paint mixers custom built for Frazier Industrial-Pocatello, Idaho.  The plates were all cut on the PlasmaCAM.  

Waterjet etching of flaming skulls on aluminum valve covers for 454 rebuild.
I waterjetted a hub out of discontinued rim, replaced it with a different hub, then welded it back together.  

Waterjet in action cutting a 5/16" steel sign.  Visit Omax Waterjet at 

Our CNC operated Plasma table. It handles mat'l 48" wide and up to 20ft. long if necessary.

Cutting table converted from Plasma to Oxy Fuel Cutting of 1" Plate.

Plasma table fitted with welding screens and optional roller table.  See more on 


New Mill/Lathe purchased in Feb. 2005.  I am attending Machine Tool night classes at Idaho State University to sharpen my skills. 


I had metalworking training in the Army as a welder/machinist and think this will be a good asset to the company. 

These snowmobile rails were egged out and had dug into the shaft.  I built up both aluminum pieces, turned the shaft down on the lathe, and milled out the slots.  Both worked fine.
A waterjet cut piece of CrMo plate 1 1/4" thick for a replacement gear on a Ducati motorcycle rebuild project.
Misc. aluminum parts.
I designed, cut and welded these boxes for a local customer to go on trash trucks to divert  exhaust heat.  It now keeps the wet garbage from freezing inside the truck during cold weather.

Photo of new Cleveland Steel Tool 55 ton Ironworker purchased in JUL 2005.
Some plasma cut 5/16" thick steel after-market suspension parts.
  A set of waterjet cut copper bus bars for local mfg. firm.  
Don't know if this should be on the metal or industrial page...A B&W pic of a rose was scanned, cut, and polished  for dressing up a black Harley Davidson's fuel tank.

Oxy Fuel Cutting of A-36 Plate for compaction wheel.


Custom waterjet cut replacement grill for 1980 GMC Truck. 1/4" Aluminum


Pat doing some flux-cored arc welding on a Sheepsfoot compaction wheel.


Waterjet cutting square slots in aluminum tubing through one wall only.  
10' long Aluminum ramps designed, fab'd, welded, and load tested by Rapid Creek Cutters.
Ramps made of rect. tubing with diamond plated wheel tracks for extra gripping power.

Compaction Wheel fully assembled.  All parts designed & fabricated by Rapid Creek Cutters.


Side view of wheel.  This weighed approx. 3800 lbs.


I am building a 50" wide, 96 ton hydraulic press brake for myself.  All parts were designed and cut with OMAX's waterjet software. 


Assembly of the brake in Jan of 2005.


I designed an adapter for my MaxJET 5 cutting head that allowed me to bevel several 2" thick stainless plates at a 45 degree angle.  Much faster than milling, no warpage, no plasma or laser induced heating to alter the metal's properties.  


Just about to the end of one of the bevel cuts.  Can you imagine doing this 6 ft. long, 2" thick on a mill?  (twice!)


22 ga. galvanized stencil for local concrete company. 


Waterjet cut complex rubber gasket for prototype engineering project.

A 50" dia. 4 pc. flange cut from 1/2" Hastelloy plate.  It was requested by the customer to be done this way to conserve metal.
4 flanges cut from 1 1/4" steel plate.  JR Simplot Co., Pocatello, ID.
These neat little brackets were designed by Ward+Blake Architects, Jackson Wy, emailed to me as a CAD file, cut out and shipped the following day.  
Waterjet cut 1 1/2" thick stainless chain hooks and lifting rings prior to machining the radiuses.
I use my welding inspector background to waterjet procedure plates for local customers and testing labs.  Shown are tensile pulls from 1" stainless steel.  I also am able to cut the bends and tensile specimens in pipe as well as plate.
Here are the "dogbones" removed from the plate where they will be pulled to record the weld metal's tensile strength. 

Samples of copper medallion, a piece of mirror with a 5/8" tall 5 pt. star, wood template, & steel horse bit.  


I got my first bending job from the Inkom Fire Dept., 20 minutes after it got wired in.  

The press brake upon completion April 2005.  I have gooseneck knife dies that are 4",6",8" and 12" for box & pan capabilities as well as the full knife die shown above.  

Custom request to make some brass spinners for a fishing lure project.


1 1/2" thick custom wrenches-Vollmer Well Drilling, Aberdeen, ID

Ooh....I'm grinding my life away...


Aluminum Fabrication on tanks.

4" Thick T-1 plate for bearing mount waterjet cut & beveled for J.R. Simplot Co.  
4" Thick 7075 aluminum mini-crankcase blank cut for airplane engine.
3" thick A-514 steel hooks for Monsanto, Soda Springs, ID  plant.
1" thick stainless steel freeze brand. Courtesy-  

Filter Wrench for Union Pacific reefer car compressor unit.

Stainless Steel Tank being Fab'd
A custom set of 3/8" steel wrenches, waterjet for Moser Machine Shop.
I fab'd this alum. flatbed and clip for Olsen Custom Transport Company.
1/4" colored acrylic sign letters waterjet for local sign company.

Completed 535 Gallon Water Tank

ATV Skid Plate

4 Pieces Assembled for a Custom Alternator Bracket

These knives then get sharpened, polished and handles added by the customer.


Waterjet cut 1095 steel survival knifes.  There were 160 cut for  the order.  Courtesy of Micro-Tool, Inc. Idaho Falls, Idaho.


Short run of cut and welded Detroit Diesel exhaust adapters for Golden Valley Sales, Pocatello, ID

Proudly supporting the Unions with a short run of IBEW hitch covers during the Christmas rush.

Stainless Steel Sprockets

Custom Machine Parts

Custom Disks for Allison Transmission



This piece of CrMo 3/8" plate has 630 individual slots of .030" wide cut in it.  Courtesy, AMET-Rexburg, Idaho.


Need more POWER?  How about some waterjet cut reed spacers for your snowmobile.  A customer gave me the gasket, it was traced, converted, and these were cut from 1/4" aluminum.  



Short run of log cabin beam connector plates done with our Plasma table

Serrated Cutting Edge of 5/8 inch AR Plate
(abrasion resistant steel)

Railcar Cogs

1 1/2" Thick Custom Drill Rig Wrench.  This wrench was over 6 ft. across and weighed almost 400 lbs.

Custom VW Exhaust Flanges.


Custom Fab'd fully adjustable trailer stands

Gearbox Mount showing original 11/2" plate,
excess interior parts and wooden pattern

Custom Man Hole Cover

Waterjet Etched O-Ring Groove in 3/4" Thick Mild Steel Flanges.


2" Thick Alum Spacers for  Hi-Performance Engine

Waterjet Cut Wood Used in Prototypes Prior to Final Machining in High Dollar Material


Finish quality - 5 grades - best on the left

  Specialized Tools
this one made from Hardened T1 Tool Steel
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