Welding rims on my skidsteer

I purchased a used skidsteer and one rim is in tough shape. It has rusted pretty badly around the valve stem. Since this is a really low speed machine, I thought I would grind the area clean and weld patches over the holes, then drill a new hole for the valve stem, and use a tube in the tire. Anyone see a problem with this???


Reply to
Loading thread data ...

Grind your welds smooth, maybe using a paddle with a finer grit. And keep it under 60 mph. I would do it in a minute.


Reply to

OK, I'll bite. What's a skidsteer? And what's it used for? I probably should know this, as I'm a farmkid from Kansas... but never heard that word before.... Steve

Reply to

Farm kid from Kansas might know about a Bobcat (not the welder) or a Owatonna. 4 wheeled work vehicle, usually with a bucket. The steering comes from hydrostatic drives which can turn the right hand wheels opposite of the left hand wheels, thus the wheels do not turn, they skid. A poor man's dozer, loader, backhoe, power broom, trencher, etc.. Quite common on construction sites, especially concrete crews.

Here's a picture of one:

formatting link
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Keep the whole world singing. . . . DanG

It has

really low

use a

Reply to

Had to rent one to scrape out 2000 square feet of Bermuda grass around the house to qualify for a water district refund. I went to the rental place expecting one of the old white Bobcats with the levers and foot pedals. They had the new Caterpillar with joysticks.

I had fun. A little jerkier than with the levers, but fun nonetheless. Maybe I just didn't have enough time to learn it in 1 1/2 days.


Reply to

snipped-for-privacy@bpla.com (Bruce) spluttered in news: snipped-for-privacy@posting.google.com:

Punch a new valve stem hole somewhere else and plate over the old hole. Might be a little less work.

Reply to
Greg M

Bruce wrote in article ...

Most of the problems and danger I have observed in the repair and use of repaired wheels comes upon inflation of the tire.

Welded/repaired beads often break sending shrapnel all over and sometimes through the person who is inflating.

NEVER stand in front of ANY tire/wheel - repaired or brand new - while inflating. Stand to the side, exposing only your hand should the wheel explode.

I do not know what sort of tire pressure you will be subjecting these wheels to, but consider the repair to be much the same as repairing a hole in an air compressor storage tank.

Would you have no qualms whatsoever patching a rust hole in a compressed air storage tank? Or would you consider the possibility that the rust has weakened the tank in other areas also?

If you don't consider yourself expert enough to repair a compressed air storage tank, then you should not consider yourself good enough to repair a wheel - which, in and of itself, IS a storage container for high pressure compressed air.

It really has to be THAT good!

Bob Paulin - R.A.C.E. Chassis Analysis Services

Reply to
Bob Paulin

There is an outfit selling aftermarket Bobcat rims on ebay at a pretty good price. Should come up on a completed items bobcat search.

Reply to

PolyTech Forum website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.