View Full Version : My first welding project, a trailer cage...

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).

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

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

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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