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Need to weld some expanded metal back on trailer

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by brucec32, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    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.
  2. RjCjR

    RjCjR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    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.
  3. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    www.weldingweb.com 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. Weldingweb.com can help you more!!
    KB Lawn Care likes this.
  4. burnandreturn

    burnandreturn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Germany
    Messages: 303

    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.
    kemco, KB Lawn Care and Breezmeister like this.
  5. Peeklawnc

    Peeklawnc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Eastwood 175 look it up. Affordable , versatile, and I fab and fix all my trailer implements with it!
    Eric502 likes this.
  6. JayinKs

    JayinKs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    I had extra angle iron to my ramp in the areas that take the most weight. Fixed it 10 years ago or so and looks perfect today.
  7. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,120

    I bought a flux core wire welder just for this purpose and reason. Never welded before in my life. 10 YouTube videos and a few hours of practice welding later and I'll be darned if I'm not actually sticking 2 pieces of metal together and they are holding. Not pretty I'll admit but after a little cleanup with the angle grinder and some primer/paint looks decent but more over it's holding together. Got it on sale at China tool for under $150..
    Dawson and Breezmeister like this.
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,166

    A grinder and some paint will make me the weldor I ain't.
    dieselss and hort101 like this.
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,360

    Adding brackets where the wheels ride is the ticket. Also not all expanded metal is the same. You want heavy gauge raised not flat or the small slot type. I've found most gates to be light on the construction side just so they're not so heavy you can't pick them up. I've always beefed them up and added lift assists.
    hort101 likes this.
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I have dropped all expanded metal and use angle iron spaced about 4 inches apart across the gate. Granted I have spit gated and each one is well over 100lbs, but my 1500 lb mower no long tears up the gate.
    Patriot Services likes this.

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