View Full Version : How to weld?
My uncle has a Case 586 that he has bent one of the forks on pretty badly trying to remove a cattle gate.
1) Is it worth trying to cut, straighten and weld?
2) Will it hold?
3) What is the recommended way to do such a repair?
I've never tried to weld forks before and was hoping you guys could give me a hand. Thanks
02-16-2010, 08:31 PM
heat it up, bend it back, weld a brace on the underside and call it good. You may have to just replace it too...depends on how bad it is.
02-17-2010, 12:54 AM
The best way to fix that sort of problem is to bend the part back to its original shape with hydraulic benders/presses.
Heating a part that large will require some gnarly fire. If you have access to a big rosebud rig, you might win the fight, but my guess is, absent the appropriate jig to reset the fork's shape, you won't git 'er done with a torch.
It really sounds like you need to send the rig to a shop.
I thought it was going to be more than we wanted to get into at least at a farm. We only have access to a Hobart 8,000 and a OXY/Prop setup. I'm probably just going to help him take the fork off and take it to someone who does it professional and call it done. Thanks for your guys time.