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Re: Would you try to save this rust

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05-03-2013 13:27:32

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Mine looked worse than yours. I cut out all the rusted sheet metal on the top deck and then removed and cleaned up all the top stiffeners, etc. My neighbor (a welder) welded on a new top skin (12 gauge sheet) and then all the heavier metal stiffeners. It has been working great since and I expect it will last as long as I'm able to use it.......

I bought a 4x8 sheet of 12 gauge. There is a seam where he joined the sheet metal because the mower is about 5x5' but it is under one of the stiffeners that runs front to back so you can't even see it. Sheet cost about $120 and I bought a box of 7018 rods and some angle iron to replace the bent stuff. Took him almost 2 whole days of fitting/welding to get it back together. Would have gone quicker if he'd had a more experienced fitter to help ;)

Here is a picture of how it looked after it was put back together....

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05-03-2013 14:21:02

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 Re: Would you try to save this rust in reply to mbramble, 05-03-2013 13:27:32  
Would be good if I had a neighbor welder but I'm adding up the metal and rods and cost welder might charge and it's getting up there, never mind the time cutting out the did you do that by the way??..

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05-03-2013 18:12:07

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 Re: Would you try to save this rust in reply to Dukester, 05-03-2013 14:21:02  
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The welding part would not be that bad , it's the cut out and prep time that will burn up time .

If you can replace a battery or change your own oil you can probably wire weld !
If you can get a buddy to help set up the welder for the first time and give you pointers for two minutes I would bet you could finish it .

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05-03-2013 16:44:37

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 Re: Would you try to save this rust in reply to Dukester, 05-03-2013 14:21:02  
Yes, the welder neighbor was quite a help!! I used an el cheapo Harfor Freight 4 1/2" angle grider and cutoff wheels for the most part. The oxy acetylene setup I now have would have made it MUCH easier!!

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05-03-2013 14:41:46

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 Re: Would you try to save this rust in reply to Dukester, 05-03-2013 14:21:02  
If you could scare up some metal maybe from a scrap yard or auto wrecker, you could bolt it on. That may not be as pretty but it would work.

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