How It’s Made: Grill Guards
Straight lengths of 304 stainless steel tubes are delivered to HERD. We then cut them to the proper length needed for each specific grill guard. Getting them into the right shape is next so off they go to the tube bender. Each tube is bent specifically for the make and model of truck that it is engineered to protect. This attention to detail is how HERD ensures that each one of our grill guards deliver the industry’s best protection, fit and finish. Tubes are then trimmed and notched to better fit together for welding and are pre-polished before moving on to welding.
Boxes are cut with our laser from a flat sheet of steel and formed on our brake press. The boxes and tubes are then welded with gussets for extra strength.
When all of this is done we kit them together, meaning we collect the tubes for the specific grill guard and attach them to the boxes on a welding fixture. Here they are tack welded and then sent to a welding bay to be TIG welded. Welds get an acid wash and then are sent to a final polish to bring out the bling factor.
Hinges and latches are assembled onto the guard in final assembly. Any loose parts that are needed for the installation, including steel mounting kits, are packaged and palleted with the guard. Grill guards are shipped in stacks of 5 (or less), face down on a pallet with high density foam cushioning between each guard. They can also be shipped as a single unit, in which case it will be shipped upright.