Welding for trader or operator of heavy equipment or machinery
We weld cracks and fix damages for heavy equipment operator or machinery trader of construction equipment, farm equipment, forestry equipment or equipment parts in Ontario. Moreover, fixing damages could also involve extensive modifications of equipment itself or its attachments.
- heavy equipment operator,
- machinery trader,
- heavy equipment trader,
- heavy machine operator,
- construction equipment rental, or
- heavy equipment rental
is always challenging since damages to the equipment are substantial and access is difficult. Fortunately, the maintenance mechanics, or equipment owners support us in every aspect of our repairs.
In most cases, we have dealt with construction equipment, forestry equipment, farm equipment, and drilling machinery or equipment. Occasionally, we weld on maintenance equipment, stone crushing equipment, and grass cutting equipment. The equipment is owned by small companies, farmers, rental companies or auctions.
We perform these welding repair services on customer’s site. And we apparently do a decent job since heavy equipment operators, traders, agents and dealers call us from:
- Kitchener area,
- Hamilton area,
- Windsor area,
- Toronto area, and
- even from Northern Ontario.
They choose us instead of a local welder even though they will have to compensate us for travel to their location.
Damages caused by the heavy equipment operator
Heavy equipment operator and machine operator tend to focus on production. Sometimes they sacrifice the heavy equipment or machinery operation's restriction, maintenance duties and preventative maintenance schedules, or replacement of attachments. The employees tend to do more damage then owners who operate their heavy equipment. But, we have seen companies with clear policies promoting employees who do not damage heavy equipment or machinery.
Many of the owners, in fact, complain about how their equipment operators perform on the job. According to them, the equipment operators are very negligent in operation of heavy equipment. They exceed equipment or machinery restrictions and negligently avoid noticing damages or minor cracks. Finally, when sustained damages make the equipment or machinery not operational, then they call us expecting miracle.
This is what we find when welding for heavy equipment operator
We have probably seen all possible damages to the equipment. We have seen equipment’s structural cracks wide open for about 1” and about 12” long and we have seen bent edges of extended boom rolled as the Tim Horton’s coffee cup edges. And the cylinder mounts twisted, and the cylinder jammed against the structure do not bother us anymore.
The severe cracks surrounding bushings that cause one part of the loader’s boom to disengage, do not bother us anymore. Have you seen a piston rod bent like a bow? We would welcome you on one of our on-site projects and you will be amazed.
The operators do not usually have spare parts, spot is dirty, oily and the welder’s access to the spot is very difficult, they expect us to have all specialized tools and carry the steel sizes necessary for the welding repair of their specific detail. The rusted tanks leak oil and rusted components even if not damaged do not provide much structural support to our welds. In such cases, after arrival, we confirm that although we are magicians, we do not perform miracles.
Welding for heavy equipment trader or machine trader
Based on our experience the damages of heavy equipment owned by trader, dealer, or agent are much smaller. Perhaps because many of them provide maintenance programs to heavy equipment owners-operators. As heavy equipment operator usually does not exercise a strict maintenance program, the equipment trader or dealer enforces it.
Traders and dealers also employ very skilled heavy equipment technicians, heavy equipment mechanics and machine technicians. These skilled tradesmen maintain the equipment in much better shape than the mechanically unskilled heavy equipment operator. The skilled tradesmen attempt to repair problems as they appear within the maintenance programs without taking the risk of severe damage development.
When heavy equipment trader, dealer or agent call us for welding service:
- they have already spare parts,
- the spot is prepped and easily accessible,
- the spot is cleaned from oil and dirt,
- technician is on-site assisting us with his specialized tools,
- technician inspects the welds, and
- welding is done in the trader’s shop.
The technicians understand tolerances and alignments between equipment’s components that we must watch for when welding on equipment. They also appreciate our efforts if our welds correct the misalignment between components.
We focus our efforts on strong welds and component misalignment
It goes without saying, we must use high tensile rods during welding to increase welding repair utilization time. Therefore, we use:
- special shape "fish" plates,
- variety of high tensile rods,
- impact resistance rods, and
- abrasion resistance rods.
Moreover, we strive during the welding to correct the misalignment of equipment components caused by cracks. First, we try to align components properly prior welding and then we make sure that welds sizes and their position do not disturb the alignment.
When the method described above is impossible due to variety of reason than we try to correct misalignment of components through weld contraction or heat expansion and contraction. We understand importance of proper alignment between equipment’s components for equipment functionality and its utilization time is.
Generally speaking, welding for heavy equipment trader, dealer, agent is a pleasure.
Construction equipment rental businesses repair their equipment professionally.
Construction equipment rental businesses repair their own equipment. And they hire us to do a welding repair service for them according to best welding practices. Construction equipment rental businesses and heavy equipment rental businesses utilize our:
- high tensile rods,
- joint modification skills,
- components’ alignment methods,
- “fish plate’s” custom shapes for increase strength of cracks repair,
- ability to provide different welding techniques such as Stick, Mig and Tig depending the goal of the repair and components being repaired, and
- ability to weld aluminum since many auxiliary parts are aluminum.
Construction equipment rental businesses’ attitude and heavy equipment rental business' attitude are similar to a heavy equipment trader, dealer or agent in regard to welding repairs.
Welding for heavy equipment operator – owner
Very few operators understand the importance of proper maintenance practices, replacement of parts within preventative maintenance, and importance of proper alignment of components for extended utilization time. Certainly, there are exceptions to this rule especially when the owner is also a heavy equipment operator or machinery operator.
The financial commitment of the owner enforces his/her approach to daily maintenance practices, preventative maintenance schedules, scheduled repairs and professional repairs. The owners ask us how we will maintain alignment of welded components and what corrosion prevention method to use on their equipment.
The owner's commitment to quality of our welds is incomparable. They ask for best quality welding consumables, best welding procedures, best welding techniques. And they are willing to pay for it.
Welding for a heavy equipment operator-owner is always a pleasure.
Picture says a thousand words.
We always ask for taking pictures of the damaged area. More pictures we have than better. When you will be taking these pictures please put the scale close by so we can judge the size of the damage. Alternatively, you can point your finger to the damage, so we can judge the damages size based on the size of your finger.
Moreover, it is also a good idea to take pictures up close and from some distance to the spot. We do not mind even pictures of the whole equipment from the damaged side. This will show us the access to the spot.
Sending these pictures to us prior our arrival is always a great idea. These pictures usually generate some very interesting questions, that must be answered prior welding.