We arrived at Penske Truck Rental in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday to pick up our trucks bound for Windsor, Wisconsin.
We are taking tandem axle daycabs. Tandem axle means two rear axles. Daycab means no sleeper. These trucks are used for routes of 200 miles or less one way or 400 miles round trip. The driver will be home at night.
Joe found a crack in our trailer that needs to be fixed. He located a welding shop about 11 miles away from the Penske place.
Both sides of the rear part of the trailer have a crack that needs to be fixed before we go any further.
Watkins Brothers Welding in Cowpens, South Carolina is where the trailer will be repaired.
Call me crazy but machinery excites me. The things that these massive hulking machines do to create things we see everyday and give little thought to.
The first machine bends metal. Sheets of metal will be fed into the machine to a predetermined spot where the bend will be made. The metal sheets are shown below.
This is the machine the metal sheets will be placed in.
This is a sample of a bend the machine made.
The next machine is a shear. This machine has so much power it cuts right through metal like scissors through paper.
Scrap cuts lay at the feet of this machine after having been cut from sheets.
Next machine is a drill press. A real fancy drill press, too. A drill press is a heftier drill than the hand tool you have. The drill head is straight up and down and held permanently in place by the surrounding support structure. To make the drill bit raise and lower there is a lever, or a wheel, to work the lowering and raising of the bit. This machine has multiple drills.
The next machine is a roller. This humongous machine takes large sheets of steel through the rollers and bends them into circles.
Whatever the steel dimension, width or length, it can be formed into a circle.
The men that run these machines and weld the fabricated metal into something useable by you and me are extremely talented. A good welder can make a seam nearly invisible but hold without fail for years and years.
Joe is a welder. He designed and built his trailers to last. This one we use he was talked into galvanizing the metal to keep the trailer from rusting. The galvanizing seems to be the culprit in loss of tensile strength of the metal, hence the cracking.
Once we are loaded at Penske, after the trailer is repaired, we will head north and east to Wisconsin.
Hope you have an awesome day.