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    How do I locate a shop that can build this?

    My RC2048 sees pretty extreme duty cutting hunting lanes. I need to back over tall grass, saplings and the like a lot of the time. The deck and skirts of the RC2048 are 1/8"/11 gauge and I'd like to get a new rear skirt made out of 1/4"/3 gauge. When I start calling around to find a shop that might be able to bend one for me, what do I ask for? Is it still called a slip roller for 1/4" steel? Here's what it looks like

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    I have no idea what this might cost, hopefully less than a super heavy duty cutter.
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    Ask if they can roll a piece of 3ga plate to whatever radius that is above. That's about a $150 job if you ask me. Up here, in Michigan, Precision Laser would be who I'd call first.

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    Google metal fabrication in whatever area of GA you live in. Call a couple that look like they would be able to do the job. I would stay away from prototyping companies$$$
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    Unless the shop is versed in bush hogs, they may not know what you are talking about. Take the photo with you. Most any competent shop should be able to fabricate it.
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    Any fab shop with a set of rolls can roll the 1/4" bar stock. The trick is going to be the flange on the bottom. This piece will have to made separate and most likely welded to the radiused piece.
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    Thanks everybody...

    I also thought about the flange on the bottom. If they could bend square tubing, it might serve the same purpose and make it even stronger...

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    Or something like this

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    I've looked up several places and am going to send out email this afternoon. I don't want to get too crazy, but I'd rather put a little money in this one if I can beef it up since I just replaced the gear box.
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    Remember, when you strengthen something; it just means something else will break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSwan87 View Post
    Remember, when you strengthen something; it just means something else will break.

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    I hear that. The rear skirt is just so flimsy. It's quite a ruckus when it bends and the blade starts slamming into it...
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    Whats the price on the skirt? Maybe you order another and bolt them together. Or drill holes in one about every three inches, overlay on the first then weld the edges and spot weld through the holes.
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