sounds like a good reason to buy a welder.
yardsale tombstones go cheap.
i bought my first 'real' welder to fix a batwing mower... wing fell off.
i paid less for the welder and steel and gear than it would have cost for the farm call fee for a mobile welder to come out.. not to mention the per hour fee and materials.
thus i got my machine fixed cheaper by buying a tool.
gotta love that.