TRADESMEN at the Ipswich Men's Shed recently got a hand for jobs requiring a little bit more effort than elbow grease.
They were donated a brand new welder by Alex Nissen of Aluminium Warehouse Ipswich after councillor Bruce Casos approached him for a second hand machine.
When Cr Casos asked Mr Nissen for the welder, he said he couldn't help with a second hand one, but he had a new welder he could get rid of.
Mr Nissen said he was more than happy to donate the piece of equipment.
"I'm more than glad to give it to you fellas. I realise what you stand for and I might be down here myself one day," he said.
Vice-president Roger Overell said a welder is something the men have needed for some time.
"It is something we do need from time to time. We do some welding and we will expand into some metal work," he said.
Since opening in January the Men's Shed has more than 80 members.
Mr Overell said the membership continued to grow.
"The response has been fantastic."