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    I just want to say hello to all you fellow welders out there. I am new to the forum. In couple weeks I will have some photos of projects that I have completed recently. My first question for you all is. Have any of you welded up a trailer hitch and ball mount. I have a ford ranger with a 2inch reciever, the reciever is all rusted and I cant get ball mount back into it. I was going to cut of receiver tube and weld a new one in place. I also wanted to make my own adjustable ball mount. I have a hobart 175. Welding up the reciver should be a peice of cake, it the adjusable ball mount that I am a little leary about. It is a piece of 3/4 inch welded to two pieces of 3/8. i just dont think that 175 has it in her to do it. Has anyone done this before?



    Hobart 175
    oxy/acet.
    Craftsman 240ac/140dc

  • #2
    Just stick it with your AC/DC stick machine.

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    • #3
      I agree. Expert techniques can make the HH175 do the job, but your Craftsman is by far the better choice.

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      • #4
        I have welded at least a thousand hitches, but as said "stick it" you mig dosen't have enough juice...bob

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        • #5
          For the sake of the rest of us, be sure to do a real solid job. We're on the road with you. I once thought a utility trailer would be a fun project. Then I thought better of it. I was too inexperienced to build and then put something like that on the road. I bought one ready built.

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          • #6
            rusted all over

            I would be concerned if it's rusted that bad..I might consider just building a complete new one or in your case just try to find a used one..why take the chance of killing someone...just my opinion.
            PS. Maybe you can find a local experienced welder that can look at it and tell you if it's worth reworking.

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            • #7
              Have you thought about simply sand-blasting your receiver?

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              • #8
                experience

                I have twenty years welding experience. I have been certified pressure vessel and have worked for a dump body manufacture. My question was if any had done this before with the Hobart 175. Last year I made a log splitter( 20 ton ) with the hobart 175. The base of the splitter is a 8 inch piece of heavy channel. Between me and a buddy of mine we bent that splitting a huge but end of a maple tree. No weld failures. I used .035 duel shield cor wire.





                Hobart 175
                oxy/acet
                craftsman140/240
                dewalt porta band

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=junk man]I just want to say hello to all you fellow welders out there. I am new to the forum. In couple weeks I will have some photos of projects that I have completed recently. My first question for you all is. Have any of you welded up a trailer hitch and ball mount. I have a ford ranger with a 2inch reciever, the reciever is all rusted and I cant get ball mount back into it. I was going to cut of receiver tube and weld a new one in place. I also wanted to make my own adjustable ball mount. I have a hobart 175. Welding up the reciver should be a peice of cake, it the adjusable ball mount that I am a little leary about. It is a piece of 3/4 inch welded to two pieces of 3/8. i just dont think that 175 has it in her to do it. Has anyone done this before?



                  Hobart 175
                  oxy/acet.
                  Craftsman 240ac/140dc


                  [/I have twenty years welding experience. I have been certified pressure vessel and have worked for a dump body manufacture. My question was if any had done this before with the Hobart 175. Last year I made a log splitter( 20 ton ) with the hobart 175. The base of the splitter is a 8 inch piece of heavy channel. Between me and a buddy of mine we bent that splitting a huge but end of a maple tree. No weld failures. I used .035 duel shield cor wire.





                  Hobart 175
                  oxy/acet
                  craftsman140/240
                  dewalt porta bandQUOTE]

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by junk man
                    My first question for you all is. Have any of you welded up a trailer hitch and ball mount. ... I have a hobart 175. Welding up the reciver should be a peice of cake, it the adjusable ball mount that I am a little leary about. It is a piece of 3/4 inch welded to two pieces of 3/8. i just dont think that 175 has it in her to do it. Has anyone done this before?

                    ... My question was if any had done this before with the Hobart 175.
                    Okay then, the answer is yes. Next question.

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                    • #11
                      Sorry!

                      Originally posted by junk man
                      I have twenty years welding experience.
                      Sorry about that! I was one of them that assumed you were a little green *LOL* I'll try to read a little slower the next time and not jump off the wagon so quick.
                      Regards, Farris

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                      • #12
                        Hello and welcome Junkman

                        yes on the first half of the ? on the 2nd half no I havent not that thick I think if were me the stick welder would be my choice just for the reason of the up and down forces with the push pull forces but thats just me good luck let us know how it comes out and agian welcome hope to see your pics.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by junk man
                          I have twenty years welding experience. I have been certified pressure vessel and have worked for a dump body manufacture. My question was if any had done this before with the Hobart 175. Last year I made a log splitter( 20 ton ) with the hobart 175. The base of the splitter is a 8 inch piece of heavy channel. Between me and a buddy of mine we bent that splitting a huge but end of a maple tree. No weld failures. I used .035 duel shield cor wire.





                          Hobart 175
                          oxy/acet
                          craftsman140/240
                          dewalt porta band
                          I have to ask - you're a welder (?) with twenty years experience (??), and here you are asking a forum of mostly novice welders for advice on welding a trailer hitch? Am I missing something?

                          There is a simple answer here - if you don't know the weld is going to do what is expected - don't do it.

                          Steve

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                          • #14
                            me too

                            Originally posted by sjmiller
                            I have to ask - you're a welder (?) with twenty years experience (??), and here you are asking a forum of mostly novice welders for advice on welding a trailer hitch? Am I missing something?

                            There is a simple answer here - if you don't know the weld is going to do what is expected - don't do it.

                            Steve
                            Steve, I was thinking along the same line as you..but there are weldors in here that have tremendous knowledge when it comes to welding but again I'm thinking like you"why is he asking us with all the experience he has."

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                            • #15
                              Just wanted some feedback

                              I guess I was just woundering if anyone had done this before. It seems like one day that little hobart could weld up 3/8 to 3/8 no problem. The next day it has trouble burning into 1/4". Welder is fine I think its the power grid I live on. Just wanted some advice. Most of my expirence is with tig. Like they say The day you think you know everything is the day you learn you dont. Any ways I torched of the old reciever tube and welded a new one on. Stick welded it with 7018.



                              Hobart 175
                              Craftman 240/140 buzz box
                              oxy/acet.
                              dewalt porta band

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