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  • necessity is the mother

    if necessity is the Mother of invention and laziness is the Father then where does "broke and can't afford a real one" come into play......that's easy...you just make one!

    i need a stock trailer to get my calves to the feed lot and an overused, practically spent stock trailer is $1500 minimum. so i did what any broke welder would do....i'm making a cage to fit on my car hauler. VOILA---car hauler yesterday, stock trailer today!

    n/i my time i figure less than $500 in the cage. i went to Oneal Steel to buy some angle and while we were sittin there chewin the fat a forklift rolled by with 25 pcs of 2x2x.25 - 11'6". the driver said it was all miscut. long story short i got it for 40 cents per lb. i only need 6 pcs 16' long so i just made them.

    i only have about 6 hrs in it so far and i hope to finish tomorrow if the weather holds up. maybe even get it painted

    it'll be 76" wide x 16' long x 6'7" tall.
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  • #2
    With the quality of store bought goods today I usually end up " re "- making them after I've bought them. You've got the right idea; Use what you have and purchase what you have to. By the way; How's that lift pole for the tractor working out?

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    • #3
      haven't really put the loads to it yet...but it picks up these 500 lb panels no problem. the next excavator bucket i get will really try it out. or maybe i'll go pull some fence posts up. that's usually pretty 'tuff work for a lift pole

      don't worry, though. if it fails i'm not too proud to admit it. heck, if no one gets hurt i'll probably be excited about getting to repair it!!!

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      • #4
        trailer

        I love seeing really useful stuff like this that you real welders do. Me, just playin' around as a hobby but I think it's cool to see real stuff! Also: good score on the steel!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by grnxrymnky View Post
          if necessity is the Mother of invention and laziness is the Father then where does "broke and can't afford a real one" come into play......that's easy...you just make one!

          i need a stock trailer to get my calves to the feed lot and an overused, practically spent stock trailer is $1500 minimum. so i did what any broke welder would do....i'm making a cage to fit on my car hauler. VOILA---car hauler yesterday, stock trailer today!

          n/i my time i figure less than $500 in the cage. i went to Oneal Steel to buy some angle and while we were sittin there chewin the fat a forklift rolled by with 25 pcs of 2x2x.25 - 11'6". the driver said it was all miscut. long story short i got it for 40 cents per lb. i only need 6 pcs 16' long so i just made them.

          i only have about 6 hrs in it so far and i hope to finish tomorrow if the weather holds up. maybe even get it painted

          it'll be 76" wide x 16' long x 6'7" tall.

          Being able to use your car trailer for both hauling cars, materials and your live stock is worth more than just having a $1500 wore out stock trailer or even a new $5000 stock trailer, cost of being creative and having a multiple use trailer Pricless LOL!

          all I can say is Great Job there grnxrymnky

          Peace Out!

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          • #6
            worked fine.......

            thanks for the compliments!

            Next Project -- getting him out!

            btw...hauled them to the sale tuesday without a problem. only thing is--i need to make up a cut-gate.
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            • #7
              I like it!

              How's that door work...slide up or swing open?

              From that last picture looks like it makes a pretty good babysitter too.


              Al

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              • #8
                Thats sweet great trailer and you cant put a price on that.

                Great stuff

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                • #9
                  Awesome idea and job! Good lookin' young bull ya got there too.

                  I may have missed it in the photos but how are you securing it to the trailer when in use?

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                  • #10
                    Thank you!

                    THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENTS Y'ALL!


                    Originally posted by duaneb55 View Post
                    Awesome idea and job! Good lookin' young bull ya got there too.

                    I may have missed it in the photos but how are you securing it to the trailer when in use?
                    thank you sir! he's a real prize, a blue ribbon winner if i say so myself.

                    it holds down with chains and binders...of course the rails of the trailer come above the treated floor about 2 inches so not worried bout it sliding side to side. i just hadn't tied it down yet when i took the pics.

                    the door swings open past 180 if necessary. it's secured with chains that wrap back around and fasten to a welded on clevis. i need to make a quick latch so as not to let one escape if he gets in and makes a quick turn-around. as it is now i'd just have to let him come on out. i wouldn't try to go head-to-head with a 600lb steer.

                    yes, excellent baby sitter

                    one steer left....loadin' him monday mornin. then when i offload the cage, it's pain-it time! it should have already been painted, but time was an issue.

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                    • #11
                      it realy s-cks we have to bring up
                      every pic ive spent 15k on miller
                      welders and was going to buy the
                      300 pro, dynasty 350, spectrum 875
                      and the passport plus but if they
                      cant spend a little more money
                      to upgrade the site maybe ill
                      look at lincoln

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                      • #12
                        Grnxrymnky -- Nice work. If you attached some horizontal 1" x 2" wood cross slats on top of the wood floor of the trailer every 3' or so (use wood decking screws so the slats can be removed easily), the calves/stock will have a way to maintain their footing when in transit and/or when the floor gets slippery from the bovine deposits!

                        Bill

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                        • #13
                          slippery business

                          i did something else. i laid a piece of wire cattle panel down (same stuff i have the sides made of). its well coated with "grease" now. they seemed to do pretty well on that.

                          thanks for the suggestion.
                          jim

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                          • #14
                            Grnxrymnky- fantastic work, man! Wish I could do the same.. too busy

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                            • #15
                              Nice work, now you dont have to pay tax on another trailer.

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