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  1. #1
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    Default 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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    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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    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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    Default 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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    Quote 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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    Default 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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    4 TRAILERS
    HOME MADE GANTRY CRANE
    SOME GOOD COMMON SENSE (I THINK)
    TRACTOR WITH NEW HEAVY DUTY LIFT POLE -- FIND MY THREAD
    6 GOATS, 1 DOG, 1 DONKEY...
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    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.


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

    Great stuff

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    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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    Default Thank you!

    THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENTS Y'ALL!


    Quote 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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    SEVERAL LESSER TON JACKS
    SEVERAL GRINDERS
    LOTS OF HAMMERS MISC SIZES
    BIG PILE OF MISC TOOLS
    CLASS A CDL'S
    C7500 FLAT BED
    4 TRAILERS
    HOME MADE GANTRY CRANE
    SOME GOOD COMMON SENSE (I THINK)
    TRACTOR WITH NEW HEAVY DUTY LIFT POLE -- FIND MY THREAD
    6 GOATS, 1 DOG, 1 DONKEY...
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