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Old 08-26-2013, 11:05 AM
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Tally,

No welding, no cutting, no patch work.

Looks to me you could use a HF 12 ton shop press. Lower press plate all the way to the bottom. Slide bent pallet fork into bottom of press. Build up with blocks, so down pressure will lift bent fork up. Use a 4x4 post to extend ram pressure to bent section of fork. Take a while to setup, but you will have an easy bend from there. Problem is, how long will it take the customer to bend it down again.

Might ask about reinforcing the forks with inside gussets, more money for you.

I bent one of my pallet forks. Fixed it with my HF 20 ton press, with help from wife. Can't tell it was ever bent, still using it.

My press, with a mod.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:11 PM
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Tally,

No welding, no cutting, no patch work.

Looks to me you could use a HF 12 ton shop press. Lower press plate all the way to the bottom. Slide bent pallet fork into bottom of press. Build up with blocks, so down pressure will lift bent fork up. Use a 4x4 post to extend ram pressure to bent section of fork. Take a while to setup, but you will have an easy bend from there. Problem is, how long will it take the customer to bend it down again.

Might ask about reinforcing the forks with inside gussets, more money for you.

I bent one of my pallet forks. Fixed it with my HF 20 ton press, with help from wife. Can't tell it was ever bent, still using it.

My press, with a mod.
I don't have a press but we have a 20 ton at work. However, I now have no way to get this thing to my work place. I don't have a trailer and he took his with him. This thing is too heavy for me to maneuver by myself too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:51 PM
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Yep, this thing way too heavy to fool with getting it to the shop to use the press. Even if I did get it there it would take just too much effort and time to do while trying to turn wrenches. I would also needed to have extra hands helping me and I just decided not to go that route.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:57 PM
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So here is the repair I made.

NOTE: Photos do not necessarily represent the position in which the weldments were made.


All welds, except one attempt at vertical up, were done horizontal or flat.


I started by simply slicing through the welds with my angle grinder and thin cut off wheels. That went really fast. I was surprised. That was done in less than 30 minutes.

Once the welds were cut through I lifted the 1/2" thick brace to make sure the welds were indeed cut.

I then sliced the thick brace and lifted it off and out of the way.

Cleaned up the old weld beads and prepped the area for cutting the fork so I could bend it straight.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:59 PM
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I'm thinking a log chain, load binder and a sledge hammer will bring it back into shape. If that won't do it build a ground forge, you can use grain as a fuel, it stinks but it works.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:00 PM
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One the bracing was removed I marked and cut the fork part of the way through on the under side and both sides.

Moved the fork into position and tacked into place.

I initially tried to run E6010 rod vertical up. Couldn't make it work. Too much blow through. Switched to E7018 1/8" rod vertical up and again, no go. So I laid it horizontal and used the E7014 and got a root pass finished. Then capped with the E7014.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:07 PM
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I started about 6:00pm tonight and it was dark when I finished about 9:45pm.

These shots were after dark so they are a little off color. That large mass of weld was me playing around trying to get a "scorpion tail" with the flux.

That E7014 ran so well the flux just fell off when the weld cooled. I never did get the scorpion tail though.

I do want to mention that I only ran one bead vertical up. I hated that and made a mess. I ground it out and positioned the piece where I could weld flat. All other welds were either flat or horizontal.

I will get more pics tomorrow after I get home from work and it is still daylight. Got just a little clean up grinding to do.

Oh, and I am wore out . . . will sleep well tonight I think
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:14 PM
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Well, you learned no vertical up with 7014.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:46 PM
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Well, you learned no vertical up with 7014.
I thought it was an all position rod but I guess not.

I attempted to use E7018 but that didn't work for me either. I need to work on that method seriously.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:09 AM
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Tally,

Good job! Your customer will like it.
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