Landscaper broke the stick on his JCB 8018. Pulled the stick off the machine & took it back to my shop. Clamped it to my table & jacked it back straight, vee'd it out & welded it up. Cut side & top plates. For the bottom of the stick (thumb side) I used a pc. of flat bar to extend the thumb base plate. Tried to make the stress point in a better area. Where it broke was where the thumb ended which also happened to be a stress area as the stick transitions be wider. It broke right on the weld for the thumb. Probably been cracked awhile & just got worse until it let go. Not many operators I know do a visual inspection everyday.
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Mini excavator stick