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Heavy equipment Welding repair

Discussion in 'Welding' started by Bls repair, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Most likely the Other welder will NOT return his call or he has NOT paid him yet. Give him the Phone number for a Welding supply, if is that easy, Buy his own machine and fix it. OR He DID just install it and cannot weld just bird crap spatter.
     
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    I was thinking along the same lines . He hung up before I could ask him:D
     
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    Couple weeks ago I had a guy stop me to look at his trailer. Told me that it only needed a little weld here and there. He said he would do it, but dosen't have a welder.:rolleyes:
    I looked at it and it needed more than just a weld it needed to be completely rebuilt. Someone had jackknifed the trailer and completely destroyed the front of the trailer. I gave him a rough estimate of what it would cost and what I charge per hour. I also told him what steel to get. He insisted that the mangled steel could be straightened out and said that I was asking to much per hour. When I convinced him that it needed to be replaced, he then asked me to pick up the steel. I told him that I would have to charge him by the hour to round up supplies. He didn't like that either. I then told him he had two choices. You can scrap the trailer or find someone that's not me to fix it. Originally he thought that I would work for beer. I told him that I don't drink and if I did. I can buy my own beer. I am learning to walk away when I have to really try to sell my labor.
     
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    Bls repair Senior Member

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    I don’t pay for supplies I don’t have on hand unless the customer comes up with cash first. Been burned a few times
     
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  5. DMiller

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    I keep handy items on hand for quick sales like trailer light junction blocks small lamps but NOTHING big. When worked for a living out of the house would do as you stated, make a list tell them Where to buy, hand them a copy of the list, if did not or would not get parts required would either note NO Warranty on the receipt due to that or explain they could take elsewhere.
     
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  6. Paul Council

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    I don't normally purchase parts. Because if the part fails I would have to warranty the part and install it for free. If I get them to buy it then I would only have warranty my labor. People don't like that much either. But if I have learned anything. Don't work on people's personal vehicle's. They are the cheapest and neediest customers out there
     
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    I only buy steel for welding jobs. I can’t tell you how many people call me to repair holes in exhaust systems . I tell them to save money replace rotted parts patching is only temporary fix your going to have to replace it eventually
     
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    This is how I repair tube handles that are crimped flat to make a mounting point.
    1)weld up the break
    2)grind down side flat
    3) make plate a little bigger then original mounting area
    4)weld together
    5)drill holes through plate
    Where green line is original break
     
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    This guy calls me back yesterday ,tells me go here then go there then over here to finish the day . Called him back and left message No thanks.

    Maybe I wasn’t to expensive after all.:D
     
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    Or he doesn't intend to pay anyway.
     
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    DDFC8FD8-5F4F-489B-B84E-91B889C64E9D.jpeg 29320E67-EF75-4987-BAD7-14B991C1F491.jpeg Just some new wear bars
     
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    3A18D94E-FA95-44FA-BD60-DF551B343759.jpeg Ran into a mig problem on heavy equipment welding today
     

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    Cleaning it up
     

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    Positioning it and welding
     

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    Do not get me wrong, I will mig some things, I still fall back to Stick for Structural welds.
     
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    Where the weld split there was absolutely zero penetration. Would’ve been with silicone caulk :D
     
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    I will agree although sometimes I will use dual shield flux-core for the time savings. I keep a spool loaded in one of the mig machines all the time.
     
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    I don’t consider dual shield mig:D
     
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    What ? We used it at the rail car shop i would like to have one of the welders we used sometimes on big jobs 095 wire you can glue things together fast.
     
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