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Trailer hopper bottom repair

Anyone have suggestions on how to repair the gates on grain trailer hoppers? Mine are cracking up the corners of the hopper itself. Welded them once and cracking again. The angle irons for the gates cracked as well and the gates themselves dont sit very tight to the hopper. Canola leaks out a bit. The space is enough that wheat can squeeze in between when loaded and then gets hard to open after. Is there aftermarket gate assemblies than can get welded on or am i limited to making my own or just keep welding the cracks?

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My cousin had troubles with his Haul Rite trailer having space to trap grain on the slides, I tacked on some 1/8 x 1-1/2 flat bar along the sides and the front of the hoppers setting them just off the slide, it helped with opening and closing, for the cracking corners I would get a piece of light plate bent and weld it intonations the corner to help spread the stress out, if you cut the top like an arrow it should help with clean out and will keep from having a square corner for a crack to start again.

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My cousin had troubles with his Haul Rite trailer having space to trap grain on the slides, I tacked on some 1/8 x 1-1/2 flat bar along the sides and the front of the hoppers setting them just off the slide, it helped with opening and closing, for the cracking corners I would get a piece of light plate bent and weld it intonations the corner to help spread the stress out, if you cut the top like an arrow it should help with clean out and will keep from having a square corner for a crack to start again.
the bent plate could be welded on the outside then no issue with grain hanging up couldnt it?
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It could get put on the outside, but some hoppers have an angle piece welded over the outside corner to start with, could be tough to get another plate over top of the original and fitting nice. If yours is free and clear the outside would be the way to go
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On our old steel trailer I formed some 14 ga sheet metal to lay in the corners and welded down the sides
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Ya looks like ill have to do something like that. I was hoping that maybe there was some kind of aftermarket heavier duty gates and i could cut the old ones off, reweld the hoppers and put new ones back on.
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