Low loader ramp repairs with busted water cooler!

  1. F.J.

    F.J. Member

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    Had a job today to repair a set of low loader ramps as a low sling machine with a short wheel base dig into them and punctured the top skin and side section.

    Cut everything out with a 9” and 4.5” grinder (cutting and splitting discs) and dressed up with some Wurth flap discs. It was quite difficult to get into the corners with the flap discs without taking too much off elsewhere around the repair but the welds didn’t need to look too pretty as long as they were functional.

    I was using the clients tig set which is an old Oerlikon I think (it’s that old there are no markings on it), a water cooled behemoth of a thing with a water cooler that has seen more pumps than Chris Fromes pushbike to which I quickly found out was broken again!

    I’d have rather waited to get a new cooler and even tried getting some wire and a liner for my Kemppi minarc 200 that I had in the van (no chance until next week!) but the Ramps were needed for a job this evening so I have to crack on.

    The welds aren’t as straight as they could be but it’s was difficult as the ally got so hot I had no where to rest on, they are also dirty in places but in general the Ramps are no solid and good to go. The torch also got that hot that it was smoking and a water pipe melted which added to the dirty welds as water kept dripping and hissing as I welded. I got a few belts of it too down both arms!!!!

    I have offered to go over them once the torch is sorted out or I have my own TIG set which I am in the middle of sorting but they seemed happy with them.

    I wasn’t going to post this job up but thought different of it as it shows real world repairs and what you have to come up against sometimes, I was ready to throw the towel in a few times through pure frustration but once all done and complete the trailers out collecting machines and earning my customer some money so time well spent!
     
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  2. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    If you need to get into a corner with a flap disc I use a fresh one and then swap it for an older one for flatting down

    Looks good either way
     
  3. Ruffian Member

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    For what could have been fairly contaminated material, it looks like you have done a pretty damn nice job.
    Especially when its needed sometimes got to just deal with the issues and crack on.
     
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  4. arther dailey Member

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    he s happy as the trucks earning, you have earnt, thats what I call Sorted. nicely done
     
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  5. hotponyshoes Member

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    Die grinder with a carbide burr gets closer into the corners and works pretty easy on alloy.
    Last set of ramps like this I did got a chemical clean and pressure wash first but I had the luxury of time on my side with those ones!
     
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  6. F.J.

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    I usually have my die grinder with me but not on this occasion!!!!
     
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