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    Yep, 5+ years
  2. Trackhoe bucket repair

    Local farmer expanding fields and removing stumps broke off a shank. Pic #1&#2 After gouging off the remains of the old shank discovered the cutting edge was broke loose from the side of the bucket, Gouge out the crack and weld it up. Pic #3 New shank fitted and welded on. (About 14lbs of 1/16 XLR8 wire) Pic#4 Done, getting ready to roll up and leave.
  3. Trackhoe bucket repair

    My first introduction to arc gouging and feeders running off engine drive welders was at Peabody mines in western KY. We used to get layed off every fall until weather cleared in the spring the following year. (many, many years ago) Guy called and said he could use some help for about 3 weeks replacing cutting edges and teeth shanks and I said sure. Drove up on the job and it was a drag line bucket, biggest piece of iron I ever saw. I saw a guy in a full set of leathers tapping up his right arm with this silver tape, He started gouging the old shanks off with a air arc and a 1/2" carbon, I then knew why the full set of leathers and ceramic tape. He was extremely good, very little grinding when he finished. We had to use a crane to set the old shanks off and lift the new ones in place. I don't know what they weighed but I could barely roll one over. We used 3/32 flux core wire to put them on at about 375-400amps.
  4. Bale unroller repair

    Pic #1 As it was brought to me with the upright broke. Pic #2 Cut out damaged area Pic #3 Fit a new plate in the damaged area Pic#4 Back together with gussets.
  5. fencing pictures

    I am in South Central KY, ground here is red clay. Most rocks are softball size and smaller and we have the solid lime stone. The best I can figure there will be 200+ post in this barn.
  6. Trackhoe bucket repair

    Used to run SA200/250 then got to where we needed more aux power. LN25 is still one of the best.
  7. Trackhoe bucket repair

    Bet that got everyone exited.
  8. Trackhoe bucket repair

    TP, We run the feeders whenever we can. have them mounted on a swing out arm on the back of the trucks. On heavy equipment repairs it is a time saver. On the shank repair I ran about 12lb of wire with less than 1% waste. if I was using stick rods I would have around 20% waste. In late summer we did a cattle feeding facility that had about 2300ft of 2" pipe for fencing and gates. We ran feeders on 2 trucks using .045 Hobart 21B FabShield wire. We both ran stick rod one day and then wire after that to get a idea about time difference. The wire was over 30% faster.
  9. fencing pictures

    Mader, Have you ever tried a gas powered post driver? Looking at a skidrill. got a cattle handling barn to install pipe fence in the spring thought it might be handy.
  10. Trackhoe bucket repair

    XLR8 Hobart is a self shielded flux core wire that produces a low hydrogen type weld. I use 1/16 which is the smallest available. The lowest amps you can run it is 180. The metal has to be clean, no rust, slag or dirt. When I cannot get the conditions right I run 70-110/18 depending on the metal and the loads required. The XLR8 is around 80,000 tinsel strength. I to run 70S6 in .035 & .045 in the shop. We also run a lot of dual shield which is gas shielded flux core.
  11. Stiger hitch repair

    You are right, not as bad on this one as we were using self shielded wire (flux core)
  12. Stiger hitch repair

    Yesterday afternoon hitch repair, he is a small dirt contractor and uses the Stiger to pull a dirt pan/scraper. It was COLD!!!
  13. Tile plow accident

    In the early eighties I worked on a emergency leak repair crew on gas transmission lines. We got to see everything from a dozer with a ripper cutting one to a person attempting to tap a line with 700+- psi on it.
  14. Trackhoe bucket repair

    Thanks, its on its 3rd welding machine and pushing 300,000 in 17 years
  15. Trackhoe bucket repair

    You are exactly right, the work you do for others must look and function good.
  16. Trackhoe bucket repair

    You are right, I have spent way to much time doing just that.
  17. Bale unroller repair

    Thanks for the kind words.
  18. Trackhoe bucket repair

    Thanks for the kind words. I use air arc for fine precise work like chasing cracks and gouging tips on a oxy/act torch if their is a lot of material to move. In the shop I use gouging tips on the plasma cutter.
  19. Bale unroller repair

    Stove is 44" long, 40 " tall and 22" wide. The corners are 16" pipe 3/8" wall quartered. The side, back, top, bottom and front are 3/8" plate. The heat exchanger is and piece of 16" pipe 3/8" wall 44" long with 2" sch. 80 pipe or tubes. the front mid and back plate are 1/4".
  20. Stiger hitch repair

    Very Wet, as in when you kneel down water comes trough the carharts instantly.
  21. Stiger hitch repair

    Its a Sarge painted blue (Miller)
  22. Where has this been all my life...

    Looks good!!
  23. Bale unroller repair

    Nope, no paint. If they want it painted they can do it. Just got in from repairing a Stiger hitch, its way to cold for old fat people to be out.
  24. Bale unroller repair

    This one was built before the 6' bales came around. With 6' bales and rough ground this is what happens. Most of this type twist the arms clamping the bales, it is 2"X4" tubing. When this happens I replace the arms with 4"X4" tubing. Thanks for the comment about the stove. it only weighs about 900lbs.
  25. Retirement

    I retired 2 years ago in January from a career in pipe welding. I am lucky as I draw enough in my retirement to live comfortably and pay our health insurance. I run my own little shop now with a truck for mobile work. I do repairs for 2 small dirt contractor, 2 sawmills and 3 farms. As of now we are about a month behind. I have known all the owners of these business's since they were born and that works great because they understand when I am working for one and another calls with a emergency I can pull out and take care of that and come back. Some feed troughs I just finished for one of the farmers that has problems with cows breaking store bought troughs.