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Something to worry about?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Iowa, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. Iowa

    Iowa Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 120

    I saw this morning hooking up the plow to move it. These are the only ones I could find....cracked welds..I think? Do I get them fixed immediatley or could I wait a while?

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  2. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    They don't look cracked to me, just looks like the paint is coming off due to some rust.
  3. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I agree with The Boss. The welds weren't cleaned up very well prior to painting. Get a chipping hammer and knock any slag thats left, then look for cracks, and hit the spots you cleaned with some primer and touch up. I think you're just seeing where the slag has cracked off. It's a shame they aren't prepared a little better for painting, considering the conditions they are made to be used in.
    When you're in a plow shop this winter ask if they can show you a cracked weld if they have one in for repair, that will give you a better idea of what to look for.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2004
  4. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    I got a Western that looks the same way. It is just the paint pealing off. "You will have that, on these frequently used snow plows"
  5. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    I agree with Boss and Streetsurfin.

    Welds don't just crack. I'm not saying it can't happen if a weld is not done right, but it's not common. When the weld is fresh, if all the slag isn't cleaned up right then and there and the joint covered with cold galvanizing spray, what happens is what you're seeing. It's nothing a wire brush and/or palm grinder and a few cans of spray paint won't cure. Go to a welding supply and get a can of cold galvanizing spray. This should be applied to the weld after you clean it up and get to bare metal, then after it dries you can paint over it with a color matching your plow. Just remember if you use a grinder, don't grind the weld out :nono: . All you want to do is get rid of the rust! You should be all set then.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2004
  6. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    IOWA....Check out the "cracked western welds" thread I brought up.

    My 3 yo Ultras paint is cracking also....But the welds are ok........

    Never hurts to check your welds if you have a Western made during this time period................geo
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2004
  7. Up North

    Up North Senior Member
    Messages: 921

    I agree with the guys. I just sold an 1980's version Western plow and the welds were still good on that one. Although I guess it depends on use/abuse that it gets. But yours looks good Iowa!

  8. grotecguy

    grotecguy Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    I have the welder with the "big wire" down stairs. I don't see any cracks, just a little rust under the paint.

    If ya want to get them welded up, I'm home tomorrow. PM or email me if interested. I'm in Winterset.

    Mark K
  9. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    I see no cracked welds either but in pic number 3 it looks like they mostly missed the mark welding. Just clean and repaint them and you will be fine.
  10. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Looks like it was sandblasted, and repainted to me. Then the paint may not have stuck to the welds.

    Was it "refurbished"?