Heavy Equipment Mechanics' Welder


Collage of images with our welding projects for heavy equipment and machinery trader or operator and for construction equipment rentals

We weld cracks, and fix damages for heavy equipment mechanics providing repairs for owner/ operator, heavy equipment rental businesses, machinery trader of construction equipment, farm equipment, forestry equipment in Ontario. Moreover, fixing damages could also involve extensive modifications of equipment itself or modifications of its attachments.

Welding for

  1. heavy equipment operator,
  2. machinery trader,
  3. heavy equipment trader,
  4. heavy equipment mechanics,
  5. construction equipment rental, or
  6. heavy equipment rental

is always challenging since damages to the equipment are substantial and access is difficult. Fortunately, the heavy equipment mechanics, or equipment owners support us in every aspect of our repairs.

A large fish plate welded to crane structure for heavy equipment operator. Made by JW Portable Welding. Windsor, Ontario, 2017 A large fish plate welded to crane structure for heavy equipment operator. Made by JW Portable Welding. Windsor, Ontario, 2017

In most cases, we have dealt with construction equipment, forestry equipment, farm equipment, and drilling machinery or equipment. Occasionally, we weld on maintenance equipment, stone crushing equipment, compacting equipment and grass cutting equipment. In fact, this equipment is owned by small companies and farmers. We also work for rental companies or equipment dealers.

Advance welding  helps increase our geographical reach

Equally important is to notice that we perform these welding repair services on customer’s site. And, we apparently do a decent job since heavy equipment operators, traders, agents and dealers call us from:

  1. Kitchener area,
  2. Hamilton area,
  3. Windsor area,
  4. Toronto area, and
  5. even from Northern Ontario.

By the same token, they choose us instead of a local welder even though they will have to compensate us for travel to their location. Surely, our certified industrial millwright backgrounds supported by

  1. advanced welding technologies,
  2. advanced welding alloys and
  3. industrial purpose epoxy glues

provide assurance for high quality repairs and potential savings on parts replacement.

Welded cylinder pin's support on concrete curb maker for owner operator. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repairs, St Thomas, Ontario, 2018 Welded cylinder pin’s support on concrete curb maker for owner operator. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repairs, St Thomas, Ontario, 2018

Damages caused by the heavy equipment operator

Given that heavy equipment operator and machine operator tend to focus on production, therefore other duties escape his/her attention. Sometimes they sacrifice the heavy equipment or machinery operation’s restriction. Even more, they even sacrifice maintenance duties and preventative maintenance schedules. Or sometimes they forget about replacement of attachments that suite their task better. In view of this, employees tend to do more damage then owners who operate their heavy equipment. But, we have seen companies with clear policies promoting employees who do not damage heavy equipment or machinery. Obviously, the equipment of these companies sustains less severe damages.

Welding cracks on excavator's bucket for operator. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2015 Welding cracks on excavator’s bucket for operator. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2015

Many of the owners, in fact, complain about how their equipment operators perform on the job. To clarify, according to them, the equipment operators are very negligent in operation of heavy equipment. More importantly, employees exceed equipment or machinery restrictions. Which is unsafe for them and causes variety of damages by itself. And then these operators negligently avoid noticing damages or minor cracks. Obviously, they are afraid to report these damages to the equipment owner. Finally, when sustained damages make the equipment or machinery not operational, then they call heavy equipment mechanics. Finally, the heavy equipment mechanics call us expecting a miracle.

This is what we find when welding for heavy equipment operator

In fact, we have probably seen all possible damages to the equipment. In particular, we have seen equipment’s structural cracks wide open for about 1” and about 12” long. And, we have seen bent edges of extended boom rolled as the Tim Horton’s coffee cup edges. Indeed, the cylinder mounts twisted, and the cylinder jammed against the structure do not bother us anymore.

Moreover, the severe cracks surrounding bushings that cause one part of the loader’s boom to disengage, do not bother us anymore either. Have you seen a piston rod bent like a bow? Well, we have seen it already a few times. For one thing, we would welcome you on one of our on-site projects and you will be amazed.

Notably, the operators do not usually have spare parts, spot is dirty, oily and the welder’s access to the spot is very difficult. Also, they expect us to have all specialized tools and carry the steel sizes necessary for the welding repair of their specific detail. Surely, the rusted tanks leak oil and rusted components even if not damaged do not provide much structural support to our welds. In such cases, after arrival, we confirm that although we are magicians, we do not perform miracles.

Welded cracks on the entertainment equipment for heavy equipment mechanics. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2018 Welded cracks on the entertainment equipment for heavy equipment mechanics. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2018

Please keep in mind that miracles happen rarely.

It is important to realize that heavy equipment repairs by welding cracks depend on the crack’s size, its shape and deflection of the whole element. Another key point is, if you react sooner to the freshly noticed damage then we will gladly help you. Frequently, we are called the magicians of the welding trade. However, if you will wait until the damage becomes more severe and then call us then even best heavy equipment mechanics and best welders are not able to repair the damaged elements. And, in such situation you will face replacement of many components.

Welding for heavy equipment trader or machine trader

With this in mind, based on our experience the damages of heavy equipment owned by trader, dealer, or agent are much smaller. Namely because many of them provide maintenance programs to heavy equipment owners-operators. As heavy equipment operator usually does not exercise a strict maintenance program, the equipment trader or dealer enforces it.

In general, traders and dealers also employ very skilled heavy equipment technicians, heavy equipment mechanics and machine technicians. Consequently, these skilled tradesmen maintain the equipment in much better shape than the mechanically unskilled heavy equipment operator. More importantly, the skilled tradesmen attempt to repair problems as they appear within the maintenance programs without taking the risk of severe damage development.

Heavy equipment trader is prepared for our welding service

For instance, when heavy equipment trader, dealer or agent call us for welding service:

  1. they have already spare parts,
  2. the spot is prepped and easily accessible,
  3. the spot is cleaned from oil and dirt,
  4. heavy equipment mechanics are on-site assisting us with their specialized tools,
  5. mechanics inspects the welds, and
  6. welding is done in the trader’s shop.

The heavy equipment mechanics surely understand tolerances and alignments between equipment’s components that we must watch for when welding on equipment. They also appreciate our efforts if our welds correct the misalignment between components.

We focus our efforts on strong welds and component misalignment

It goes without saying, we must use high tensile rods during welding to increase welding repair utilization time. Therefore, we use:

  1. special shape “fish” plates,
  2. variety of high tensile rods,
  3. impact resistance rods, and
  4. abrasion resistance rods.

Moreover, we strive during the welding to correct the misalignment of equipment components caused by cracks. First, we try to align components properly prior welding and then we make sure that welds sizes and their position do not disturb the alignment.

Welded cracks and aligned elements on water well drilling rig. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2016 Welded cracks and aligned elements on water well drilling rig. Made by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2016

In case when the method described above is impossible due to variety of reason then we try to correct misalignment of components through weld contraction or heat expansion and contraction. We especially understand the importance of proper alignment between equipment’s components for equipment functionality and its utilization time is. Once again, point often overlooked is that we are millwrights and this is what we do best.

Generally speaking, welding for heavy equipment trader, dealer, agent is a pleasure.

Heavy equipment rental businesses repair their equipment professionally.

Construction equipment rental businesses repair their own equipment namely because they save cost and extend the utilization time. For instance, many of them employ heavy equipment mechanics but for their welding they still hire us to do a welding repair service for them according to best welding practices. Moreover, construction equipment rental businesses and heavy equipment rental businesses utilize our:

  1. high tensile rods,
  2. joint modification skills,
  3. components’ alignment methods,
  4. “fish plate’s” custom shapes for increase strength of cracks repair,
  5. ability to provide different welding techniques such as Stick, Mig (GMAW) and Tig (GTAW) depending the goal of the repair and components being repaired, and
  6. ability to weld aluminum since many auxiliary parts are aluminum.

Construction equipment rental businesses’ attitude and heavy equipment rental business’ attitude are similar to a heavy equipment trader, dealer or agent in regard to welding repairs. They want truly the best quality welding repair passible and they are ready to help us achieving this objective.

Welding for heavy equipment operator – owner

Unfortunately, very few operators understand the importance of proper maintenance practices, replacement of parts within preventative maintenance, and importance of proper alignment of components for extended utilization time. Therefore things that are obvious for heavy equipment mechanics are not obvious for equipment operators. Certainly, there are exceptions to this rule especially when the owner is also a heavy equipment operator or machinery operator.

Extremely large crack on the steel press leg repaired for owner operator by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2017 Extremely large crack on the steel press leg repaired for owner operator by JW Portable Welding & Repair, London, Ontario, 2017

In fact, the financial commitment of the owner enforces his/her approach to daily maintenance practices, preventative maintenance schedules, scheduled repairs and professional repairs. For example, owners ask us often how we will maintain alignment of welded components and what corrosion prevention method to use on their equipment.

Most importantly, the owner’s commitment to quality of our welds is incomparable. And, they ask for best quality welding consumables, best welding procedures, best welding techniques. Ultimately, they want the best and they are willing to pay for it.

Welding for a heavy equipment operator-owner is always a pleasure, even if we have to wait for parts.

Picture says a thousand words.

Many clients when calling us use technical language to describe the damage not realizing that we have never seen this damage. Therefore we make notes but also we always ask for taking pictures of the damaged area. Certainly, more pictures we have than better. In short, when you will be taking these pictures please put the scale close by so we can judge the size of the damage. Alternatively, you can point your finger to the damage, so we can judge the damages size based on the size of your finger. Most heavy equipment mechanics surprisingly do understand our peculiar interest in damage area’s pictures.

Moreover, it is also a good idea to take pictures up close and from some distance to the spot. Additionally, we recommend taking pictures of the damage from different angles. Moreover, we do not mind even pictures of the whole equipment from the damaged side. In effect this will show us the access to the spot.

Sending these pictures to us prior our arrival is always a great idea. Frequently these pictures usually generate some very interesting questions, that must be answered prior welding. These pictures also help us to prepare ourselves for your project. And in fact these pictures save you money.