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Rizzo
04-05-2007, 12:18 AM
Ok, I started out with an 8' Knaphiede truck box I found at an auction for $10. I cut it down to 6.5' with my sawsall and welded that back together then made the frame and cage. I think the metal cost $95 total from the steel supplier and I had to replace one of the box latches for $16. Then about $30 for fiz cans of primer and gloss black. I think it will work for me anyway and it was kind of a fun project. I may make a locking trimmer rack and just put my long handled tools in the basket later. I did think about making a locking mesh door on the basket but I'm not sure yet (still have just the right size piece of mesh left over).

Ric3077
04-05-2007, 12:20 AM
Looks good!

LindblomRJ
04-05-2007, 12:38 AM
I like it. Nice job!

Rizzo
04-05-2007, 12:38 AM
Thanks guys. I used it today for the first time. Kinda sucked though. Had several new customers that had lawns 4.5-6" and needed cut but it was 31 degrees and 25mph winds... Holy brrrrr! And to think it was in the 70's just a few days ago...

LindblomRJ
04-05-2007, 12:39 AM
You should weld up a cab with a heater and A/C for the Everride.

Rizzo
04-05-2007, 12:43 AM
Lol. I was joking about a heated mower cab with a friend at work today. Just isn't right being this cold again... Although, JRCO does make a nifty snow blade for the ZT... hmmmm

Uranus
04-05-2007, 01:36 AM
Doesn't it feel good to be creative. Now you have a cage and can lock up the smaller but pricey hand tools.

Nice job.

LindblomRJ
04-05-2007, 01:47 PM
I like the plow idea. Good year round use of a equipment investment.

RedMax Man
04-05-2007, 03:15 PM
That is one of the nicest custom made cages i've ever seen. I like to tool box built into it.

Rizzo
04-05-2007, 06:36 PM
Thanks alot Redmax. I think I'm gonna go ahead and make the locking top for the cage also since I have the extra strip of mesh. I would hate to have my new echo power head walk away while I was in the back yard mowing... doh!

grassmanak
04-05-2007, 07:06 PM
looks nice, those enclosed boxes would be nice for all that little extra stuff we all carry around, i am almost done with my box, will some some pics in a bit.

mojob
04-05-2007, 09:38 PM
Nice, clean install. Very professional looking job.

fivestarlawnken
04-05-2007, 10:00 PM
start selling out of your house in the winter!!!!!!!!!!!

Classified
04-06-2007, 01:50 AM
Great Job Troy!

Looks like you really got the hang of the welder!

I think you did a really nice job!

I bet that toolbox is waterproof as well, keep stuff nice and dry.

Im still working on my ramp. All I need to do is master this spring assist and in done.

Rizzo
04-06-2007, 10:34 AM
Good to hear from you Doug- I want to see some pics of the trailer when you are all done... Oh, and as far as waterproof it parks in the garage so lets hope it is...lol

Rizzo
04-08-2007, 03:45 PM
I decided on building the locking top for the cage. The item I am most proud of is the locking bracket that doubles as a lifting handle. The lid ended up being much lighter to lift than I expected.

TheLawnBarber
04-08-2007, 04:38 PM
Very nice cage. I'm starting mine in my welding class at my High School on Monday. I'll try and keep some pics posted as I'm building it.

Rizzo
04-08-2007, 04:45 PM
Very nice cage. I'm starting mine in my welding class at my High School on Monday. I'll try and keep some pics posted as I'm building it.

It's a fun project thats for sure. I just used the dimensions for the height from the knapheide box. If you are making a stand alone cage be sure to make it big enough for your tallest/widest tool. My blower top knob, used in vacuum mode only, sticks out by about 1/2" so I have to tilt it over. I think this will not be a problem when I get a real blower in the future instead of the craftsman. GOOD LUCK!

grassmanak
04-08-2007, 04:52 PM
what did you use for hinges on it??

Rizzo
04-08-2007, 05:02 PM
Plain steel hinge that I buy by the foot at the steel supplier. I think any steel hinges would do though but these are less expensive and I can chop them off to any length. I only used two on this lid. I welded one side to the lid and used self tapping screws to attach it to the box just because I had painted the inside of the box with rubberized undercoating and did not want it to start on fire...lol

tacoma200
04-08-2007, 09:54 PM
Nice, clean install. Very professional looking job.

Yep Rizzo, that a great looking box....

Classified
04-17-2007, 11:14 AM
Hey Rizzo,

I got pics up of my trailer in the pictures forum!