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He Custom Builds Pickup Flatbeds
Jim Schmidt, Western Welding, Cordell, Okla., has a full-time business custom building flatbeds for pickups from scratch – and he can’t keep up with the demand.
    “Anything that can be put on back of a pickup, I can put on a flatbed,” says Schmidt. “I’ve been in business for 15 years and have been up to six months behind on orders. People know they’re getting quality work when they do business with me.
    “About 95 percent of my customers run cow-calf operations and want me to install bale spike beds for hauling bales. The bale spike is operated by an electric/hydraulic pump.”
    His standard flatbed includes a steel floor (a Vortex bedliner is optional), a custom-built headache rack, 4 “under-the-bed” toolboxes (2 on each side), LED lights located on the cab window and the rear bumper, and a bale spear with hydraulic pump. A factory backup camera and backup alarm can be re-installed in the bed.
    He builds 2 different styles of headache racks, one of which is equipped with a built-in fuel tank. The headache rack’s top corners can be dressed up with decorative 1 1/4-in. schedule 40 pipe.
    To go with the flatbed, Schmidt also builds a low profile toolbox. It measures 48 in. long by 15 in. wide and stands only 9 in. high, thanks to a fold-out tray at the top. The toolbox has notched holders for standard and metric end wrenches; socket holders for standard and metric shallow and deep 1/2 and 3/8-in. drive sockets; and a magnetic strip for ratchets. There’s also a place for 24 and 36-in. prybars underneath the tray.
    “The low profile keeps the toolboxes from interfering with your gooseneck trailer when turning,” says Schmidt.
    Single rear wheel flatbeds sell for $5,999 and dual rear wheel flatbeds for $6,199. The headache rack fuel tank sells for $800, and “The Toolbox” for $700.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Western Welding, 402 E. Main St., Cordell, Okla. 73632 (ph 580 832-5213; www.westernwelding.net; jimwesternwelding@yahoo.com).

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