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My first welding project, a trailer cage...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rizzo, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 305

    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).

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  2. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,113

    Looks good!
     
  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    I like it. Nice job!
     
  4. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 305

    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...
     
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    You should weld up a cab with a heater and A/C for the Everride.
     
  6. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 305

    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
     
  7. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    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.
     
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    I like the plow idea. Good year round use of a equipment investment.
     
  9. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    That is one of the nicest custom made cages i've ever seen. I like to tool box built into it.
     
  10. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 305

    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!
     

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