I’m going to start with the bad news about Mittler Brothers’ Machine and Tool’s Ultimate Notcher: $3900.
So you won’t be seeing one of these in your kids’ high school shop anytime soon, nevermind your own. This is a tool designed for an extremely specific function, and it does actually make some sense. Designed to notch tubes for TIG-welded race vehicle frames and roll cages, the Ultimate Notcher is definitely a niche product. Nevertheless, it can handle tubing of any wall thickness up to 2″ outer diameter, and the manufacturer claims that its titanium nitride-coated hogging cutter will last nine months (assuming 1,500 cuts per week), even without using cutting fluid.
Other features include automatic feed and chip collection, in addition to the expected adjustable-angle vise. Surprisingly, the whole device weighs a whopping 350 pounds. While it’s light and cheap compared to a Bridgeport, the lack of flexibility makes the Ultimate Notcher a tool for only high-throughput, narrowly-focused shops.
Ultimate Notcher [Mittler Brothers]
If James Bond ever spent a weekend in the garage, he’d use one of these beauties to lift his DBS. The above is a jack manufactured by Mittler Brothers, very light, and costing a cool $1300. Not exactly weekend-mechanic fare, but if your calling is race mechanic, this could well be your weapon of choice. Have fun justifying the cost to your boss, but if you can convince ’em, you’ll be rewarded with a hydraulic lifting device fit for a king.
Every part is CNC-machined from aluminum. The handle swivels to make steering easy, and has a nicely-padded surface where it’s likely to bash fenders. One man with one hand can haul this thing over a wall with ease, and it has a quick-raise feature which makes me jealous. One pump will lift the pad into contact with the jacking point, no matter how large the distance between them. That’s the kind of ability I’ll have to look for when shopping for less exotic gear.
Mittler Brothers [Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool]