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Old 11-06-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Removing a welded metal piece--what's the best way?


Hi, I'm trying to remove a welded metal piece off the back of my trailer to make room for a loading ramp. What's a good way to do it? Here's a video of the back of the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgZ-h...ature=youtu.be

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Old 11-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #2
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A side grinder is probably your best bet.

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Old 11-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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The usual procedure is to cut the weld bead but we have no idea what tools you have at your disposal except a hammer.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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I have no tools at all actually (not even a hammer); so whatever is cheapest will work.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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No tools
How do you do anything with no tools?
A grinder it the right tool to use but pick up some gloves and some goggles while your out.
There's going to be sparks flying everywhere so make sure you do this outside and watch for leaves catching on fire.
Get a tight grip on it because it's going to want to ride up as your grinding.
Also going to need some primer and paint. Any place you grind is going to leave bare metal.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #6
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Put 2x 4 in the piece and tie a tow chain around it, then get some slack and floor it.
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I have no tools at all actually (not even a hammer); so whatever is cheapest will work.
You are joking. Who does not own one single tool. Give me a angle grinder with a cutting wheel, and those tangs would be gone in a heartbeat.

Personally I would also go with a 2x4 on the end of the ramp, so that it allows the ramp to be held on the trailer by those tangs.
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This may be a DIY forum but you need to pay the guy that put the washer in the trailer to come take it out before you hurt yourself.
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Sorry, the images are too dark for me to say for sure, but rather than removing them completely, can't you just cut them off flush with the bed, so that they are out of the way, but can still be used? The rear rack will lose some lateral support with shorter pockets, but that is dealt with by installing brackets on the side and back racks, in order to pin them together in transit. In the absence of tools, run it by a local welding shop, and they'll have plenty of options for shortening or removing them.
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Sorry, the images are too dark for me to say for sure, but rather than removing them completely, can't you just cut them off flush with the bed, so that they are out of the way, but can still be used? The rear rack will lose some lateral support with shorter pockets, but that is dealt with by installing brackets on the side and back racks, in order to pin them together in transit. In the absence of tools, run it by a local welding shop, and they'll have plenty of options for shortening or removing them.
As I was sleeping on this I thought about cutting them down as well. I think it'll work. I found a angle grinder on craigslist for $20; it's a drive but I think worth it.
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I found a angle grinder on craigslist for $20; it's a drive but I think worth it.
You can buy new at a box store for about $30.
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As I was sleeping on this I thought about cutting them down as well. I think it'll work. I found a angle grinder on craigslist for $20; it's a drive but I think worth it.
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You can buy new at a box store for about $30.
or HF for even less

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=angle+grinder

I have one of the heavy duty HF ones. its paid for itself many times over.

if I needed to use one daily I'd get a name brand one, but for your little job, this would do the trick.
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You can buy new at a box store for about $30.
Or open box at harbor freight for $19.
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I didn't mention HF because those grinders are junk.

A couple of years ago a friend and I were using grinders to fine tune notches on logs, I had my 7-8 year old Makita he had his brand new $20 HF grinder. He was so thrilled on what a good deal it was.

He got maybe 3 working hours (if that) out of it before burning it up.

He exchanged it and burned that one up too (this was getting funny). Third times a charm??? Not!

Finally he came back Porter-Cable and actually got some work done.

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