Equipment Repair and Restoration
Repair of many types of equipment from home, agriculture, construction and more. Welding, fabricat
Wow, it's been a bit since I've posted something but I can assure you I've been busy, lol. Here is a job I recently did for a friend and one of those that I wouldn't generally be quick to do as it was cast iron and mangled! But, in the interest of getting something back on his machine and testing the limits of a cast repair that had many breaks and issues I was game ;). I had to first heat one piece and make it somewhat true and then make a jig to make the two pieces true to each other before setting in on the actual fix.
When all initially done I reinforced with some short pieces of old cutting edge stock that I had replaced on dozers to shore up the repair. Having as many cracks as it did and in a stressful area I told the customer there was no assurance it would last but I've had decent luck on cast with equipment before so I felt ok about putting a bit of time into it and he's been more than happy as it was 700.00 cheaper than a new one and not on the shelf. He's been digging up stumps which is usually harder on things since wood is good for holding on and stressing. A good piece to do for field testing of my work and glad I got him up and running quickly.
Had a nice job that at first was to just rebuild the bucket that was rotted out and then the customer wanted a universal "bobcat style" quick attach coupler and I had to design and build one to fit his tractor which had a wider than normal boom and be universal to many attachments. The coupler was totally stuck on the tractor as the pins were completely rusted and stuck in the tractor and once that was addressed I moved on and fixed and made the coupler. Customer has been very happy....
One of my recent repairs which came in for a head gasket replacement, full service and reseal all 4 cylinders for the bucket assembly. Not a big machine but they did a good job putting the head in a place that many things had to come off in order to access, clean and properly fix the issue. I even made my own seal installer that was quick, cheap and very useful in saving the Merkel style seals.
Here is a fix I did on a home made cement mixer where the cast iron barrel frame cracked. I wasn’t told that someone attempted to repair it already until I saw it at my shop lol. I did tell the customer that cast can be tricky but I’ve had good success and would do it and then I called him back to inform him I had more work since of poor repair attempt previous. They had brazed it together and had to use a good deal of heat to fuse the two dissimilar metals together and my fear was they weakened the cast. I had to take apart the mixer and then get rid of all the braze material and then join with nickel. After that I didn’t like the stress point and then added a 1/2” steel plate to secure the whole joint. The customer has used it several times and is very happy that it’s in one piece now!
One thing I like doing is fabricating metal to fix an old part and make as good or better than new. Here I’m starting a full restoration on our old tractor and one of the tires had a calcium leak near the valve core and ate the rim away and I’m about to fix it having had both tires and tubes taken off to clean both rims and paint them. Once the tires were off I cut out the bad area and made a new piece to fit in making the angle area for the tube valve to rest against too. Here is the process and end result.
Sometimes I wrench and other times I revive blemishes that happen to equipment such as this tear in the fiberglass cover on a excavator.
One of my recent fixes when a new skid steer was trashed on a demo. The front windshield was totally smashed along with no wiper motor, two front handrails bent back (one of right side real bad with cracked welds), back of machine had metal gouge from hitting something and several places that needed paint. I fixed all with cleaning and gluing in a new windshield along with new motor and wiper, handrail on left was heated and made straight and the right one was bent some and then cut out the ruined part and welded in a new one reinforced, the gouge was filled in with weld and then all painted.
Brought this ancient bucket back to life after it was beat on pretty bad and needed a bit of work. Cut out the old thin bottom and put in a new thicker one, put a backing plate in for the rods, re cut the threads on the rods, welded all the cracks in previous attempts to fix, made the bucket straight again and a coat of primer.
Made some horse window grills for a customer as he needed more for a new barn. Got the steel, cut it, made a quick jig for accuracy, prepped the metal for welding and welded them up. Besides mechanical repairs I can weld and fabricate many things for many uses also.
My last repair which came in for bad clutch, no brakes and a broken bucket frame. Started with the clutch and once I split the tractor I realized the clutch failed most likely due to the rear main seal leaking which I replaced along with the clutch pedal shaft bushing which one was inside the housing and not secure, throw out bearing, clutch plate, disc and flywheel was refaced before the tractor was put back together. Then onto the brakes and like all my repairs I diagnose the problem first as the customer was convinced the o rings were bad in the rear axles but I wasn't so convinced. I started with master cylinder of this tractor as that was my fear and it ended up being a plugged oil supply line not letting the master cylinder do it's job. Fixed that and bled the brakes and rock hard pedals now. Then onto fixing the horrible attempt at a fix by someone else, lol. Had to extract a broken bolt for securing the bucket frame also. Some other small fixes and completed. All done and ready for work.
One Kubota done with axle seal repairs and another one in with electrical issues
Recent work I did on leaking front axle of a Kubota L3010. When you are good at seeing details you can tell when someone was there before you were and created more work and one of the leaks, lol. There's always clues that help explain things. All front seals were changed along with new oil and a air sensor light was diagnosed and fixed also. It doesn't matter the make or type of equipment as Im willing and capable of fixing many things with fair prices and quality work always in mind.
Besides fixing many things I'm very capable of designing and fabrication of many things from steel that are made to last. This is a little project I just completed for someone. It started as "can you make me this" and I came up with some plans with the dimensions I was given and once they liked one it was time to design and make. I got the steel, fabbed up everything and welded it together designing a latch and quick fit hinge pins. This gate maybe small but it ate some hours and is built to last weighing a bit, lol.
This hydraulic oil tank had a hole caused by rust/stress crack and the replacement price was nearing 3000.00 so I went to plan B. After confirming the hole and making sure there were no others I cut the bracket away to address the leaking point and beef up the whole area. Adding reinforcement to the tank mount areas I ground off all the rust and old paint which was poorly prepped as it fell off in large flakes. Painted the tank and installed back into the machine.
Snow is not far away and don't be caught with a snowplow in need of repair. Any repairs to the lines, hydraulics and even structural welding repairs can be handled. Many fatigue cracks show up in plows and with the metal getting lighter/thinner there are weak spots that tend to break and I can beef them up and keep you plowing when it counts.
Have a repair no one else wants to do or maybe they might not have the quality workmanship? I have a knack for fabricating things no longer made or just too pricey. Here is a new floor I made along with a new throttle pedal for a Lull type machine. Ease of access and installation all factored in and as you can see the remnants of the original floor were poor. I even put the throttle pedal in the same angle that makes it easier for the operator.
Need a lowbed redecked? Oak custom cut, rust ground off and frame under coated and all boards securely anchored to the frame.
Working on a small tractor that has water in transmission due to a leaking boot, serviced all filters and oils, coolant lines leaking as well as water pump, tire issues and several rusted/frozen parts that has to be freed up.
Big or small it can be repaired. Fixed a snowblower with fuel issues and was serviced, mower had tube put in tire as well as belt and drive issues and golf cart had fuel issues and tire issues Two of the machines had been poorly or not even fixed prior, so let me save you to time and money 💰and work on it once!
Work just done on a screener with a Lister Petter engine. Top end of engine redone and all new top screens which were long overdue. Lift cylinders were repacked also and a full service. Welding done on some thin spots too. Starter and alternator rebuilt and new gauges in Murphy switch.
Not equipment but something a customer asked if I could do and “sure” 🤓. They liked the arbor but not wide enough so I added 3’ in width and 2 more top bars to fill space. Tricky part was I was using decent thickness steel and welding to paper thin but all worked out.
Trailer ramp repair as it had one pivot pin rotted/cracked off and missing along with the base metal just too thin. Added a much thicker angle iron, made new pin and fixed some fatigue cracks.
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Recent head replacement, water pump after seeing aluminum filings in coolant and service of a mini excavator.
Some quick body work on this 972 loader after changing out a broken mirror. The front lower left fender was bent it and some basic corrections and the final body/paint in 2 1/2-3 hours.
Current project to correct a few issues with this loader/backhoe. Had no brakes (actuator linkage broke and discontinued so have to rebuild), hydraulic lines being replaced, bearing replacement, tie rod end no good, complete service, fab up floor for cab, straightening of steering tube , fix and weld broken parts of shaft guard and get mechanically sound.
A quick fix on a truck flatbed rear plate bent and marker lights messed up. Cut out damaged area,
flatten, weld back in and a quick coat of paint and customer happy.
No job or piece of equipment is out of the possibility as I just did this horse trailer with seized ramps and broken springs. Fixed the springs until new ones come in and freed up all frozen hardware and lubed. Also welded a foot to the jack for better floatation.
Small to large repairs and even routine services done to all types of machinery.
Body repair, sandblasting, and overall painting of equipment available.
Repairs done right to get you back to work avoiding more down time.
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