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Old 04-30-2004, 03:13 AM
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Need to weld some expanded metal back on trailer

I'm tired of paying to get it done and having to drop off my trailer to get it done every couple of years, and obviously they're not doing a good job either. This is the 4th time I've needed this done, and I could buy a darn good machine for what I've spent paying trailer places to fix their own messes. I'm pretty gentle with the ramp, but they're just not welding it in enough spots to handle the weight of a ZTR. The damage came running it up one side to change blades in the field.

Is this something I can do myself? What type welder do I need to get for a simple repair like this? I don't need pretty, I need a decently strong weld. It'd also come in handy to have the ability to weld, even if imperfectly, on simple items.
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Old 04-30-2004, 03:26 AM
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I used an AC/DC arc welder to tack weld the expanded on my ramp. I played around w/ a small mig welder, but it splashes A LOT and I just couldn't get a good weld out of it.
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Old 04-30-2004, 03:28 AM
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Posts: 1,777 Or go to a welding supplier in your area and look at grabbing a millermatic 135 , or hobart handler 135, Both machines can do Fcaw (Flux-Core Arc Welding) Or Mig (Metal Inert Gas), Fluxcore is the ideal for what you are planning and it requires no gas cylinders. can help you more!!
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:25 AM
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Keeping the expanded metal attached and not bowed is a constant battle. I finally welded an additional piece of angle inbetween the angle on the ramp, just where the wheels of my mower run on the ramp. It is worth the extra weight. The expanded metal stays attached and the mower has more clearance going over the hinged end because there is no sag.
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