2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They Fix Failed Axles Fast
“We do axle tubes and spindles on vehicles from 3/4-ton and up, as well as a lot of horse and cattle trailers,” says Jim Ebert, Axle Surgeons. “A lot of newer trailers use the Torflex axle that is fabricated into the chassis of the trailer. We can repair that.”
Axle Surgeons has more than 100 outlets nationwide that offer the axle repair services. The technician removes the damaged spindle and inserts the replacement into the housing. A plug weld through the housing to the end of the spindle, combined with a full weld of the end of the housing to the new spindle, provides a safe, secure bond.
“We don’t use butt welds or patches for quick roadside fixes,” says Ebert. “Our repairs get you back on the road with full axle strength.”
Company technicians also replace spider plates on heavy-duty trailers if needed. Spider plates can also be custom fitted for most makes and models.
“If a spider plate needs to be replaced when we are replacing a spindle on a trailer, you pay a reduced combination repair rate,” says Ebert.
Axle Surgeons can also repair worn axle eyes and knuckle eyes on steering axles that cause loose kingpins. Instead of replacing the entire axle, the technician bores and sleeves the axle eye and knuckle eye.
“We use seamless, aircraft steel tubing for strength,” explains Ebert. “It’s thinner than a typical machine shop sleeve, so it requires less boring of the eye to retain more of the original axle.”
Boring is designed to restore the original inclination angle, which helps reduce tire wear. The worn thrust bearing surface is remachined to restore the original spec.
“An improperly bored axle will increase alignment costs,” explains Ebert. “We can save you time and money by repairing your existing axle versus hundreds of dollars and weeks of downtime replacing it.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Axle Surgeons, Inc., 9307 Wikel Rd., Huron, Ohio 44839 (877 349-2953; email@example.com; www.axlesurgeons.com).
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