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#6751 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted November 23, 2015 - 10:44 AM

After feeding heifers, I went to the shop & coated the underside of the Troy Bilt's deck with EZ-Slide.  All I need to do now is put the deck back on and get one new front tire.

 

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Doing some financial paperwork today too.  Next week I meet with my CPA to see how to survive tax time this year.


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Posted November 23, 2015 - 02:52 PM

Just straightened bent locking tubes on the headlocks I moved to the heifer field.  Years of the big cows pulling against them during vet checks bent them on the bottom, so the smaller heifers could lower their heads & slip out on me, or at least some of them could.  I need to use pour on wormer on them, so I needed to get this issue resolved.  I decided to use a screw jack from a car.  I welded ears on the top side to keep it from slipping off the pipe.  In the first pic you can see how the hinged pipe isn't straight.

 

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Now hand wrenching the screw jack would have taken forever & got my neck & shoulders hurting.   But I have a secret weapon....a hydraulic impact wrench I can run off a tractor.  It is extremely powerful.  My brother gave it to me.  His work got new ones & tossed this one in the dumpster.  So glad he saved it!  I already had several feet of hydraulic hose and the fittings.

 

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I slipped a piece of 4x4 into the top side to hold the tubing in place, held snug by a rubber bungee cord.

 

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After straightening.  Took a bit over an hour to do all 35 headlocks.

 

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Tomorrow they get wormer applied! 

 

 


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Posted November 23, 2015 - 04:51 PM

Nice fix! Glad you had the impact to do the labor for you!


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Posted November 23, 2015 - 05:48 PM

That is a cool impact. I am glad I am not the only one who uses an impact on a screw jack.


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Posted November 23, 2015 - 06:08 PM

That is a cool impact. I am glad I am not the only one who uses an impact on a screw jack.

I tried my Ridgid cordless impact.  It has 300+ foot pounds torque and it stalled out quick.  I have no idea how much this hydraulic unit puts out, but it must be 800 to 1,000.  


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Posted November 23, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Hydraulic powered tools are awesome.

We got a hydraulic chain saw at the mine that ran off the scoop hydraulics. It was a freaking beast. I swear you could of sawed through anything if you had a chain tough enough. Big cribs and post were nothing to it. Sure beat a bow saw.

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Posted November 24, 2015 - 01:21 AM

Hydraulic impacts make short work of tough bolts. Wellhead installers often have them to do up the big bolted high pressure flanges. They run on relatively small PTOs on the service trucks. Just imagine anywhere from 12 to 48 1 1/8 fine threaded studs, never painted, exposed to weather for a decade or more. Doesn't take a whole lot of rust to make life very miserable with hand tools. The hydraulics rarely ever notice...... I've torqued up a few hundred thousand feet of pipe anywhere from 1" to 10" in diameter with hydraulic tools over the years too. A common problem is too much torque from heavy handed operators or joints made up cross threaded, especially in the larger sizes.

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Posted November 24, 2015 - 07:52 AM

Hydraulic impacts make short work of tough bolts.   They run on relatively small PTOs on the service trucks. 

 

 

I am going to get the smaller quick attach fittings for this impact so I can run it off the Kubota RTV.  The hydraulic dump bed has quick attach fittings so one can run attachments like log splitters/etc, so I know it will run this impact.  I had to set the tractor's hydraulic lever to a feathered position as the flow was too great even at an idle for my small hoses. Made the tractor's bypass scream if locked into full.

  Today will be wormer time for all my 62 heifers, plus one of Brad's heifers, #256 is sick.  I am giving it shots starting today till she gets better, so I'll have to set their headlocks every day for 4 to 5 days..


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Posted November 24, 2015 - 08:18 AM

Man  Daniel, we can almost call you a redneck with these feats of engineering. nice use a an old jack!

 

I never got to use it, but played with the hydraulic jaws of life when I work for fire dept, those jaws could about crush anything!


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Posted November 24, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Been over 2 hours getting all the heifers wormed and the sick one treated. I left her up in a large pen with bedding to keep a close eye on her.
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Posted November 24, 2015 - 02:04 PM

Been over 2 hours getting all the heifers wormed and the sick one treated. I left her up in a large pen with bedding to keep a close eye on her.

 

I decided to turn her on out.  Weather is nice, plus I already found her with her head stuck between a gate & post where she was looking for a way out.  Besides, she sure didn't act as sick once I got her in for her shots!  I gave her a "one time shot" of an expensive time release antibiotic I had from the dairy days.  Not expired, but soon would have been, so best to use it.  This way I don't have to give her shots every day.  She would have stressed more kept up, OR got herself stuck in a bad place that could have killed her.


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Posted November 24, 2015 - 02:26 PM

Good thinking.
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Posted November 26, 2015 - 05:55 PM

While Teresa prepared our noon Thanksgiving meal, I fed the heifers, then tinkered around.  I used the front receiver on the Kubota RTV to push my towable backhoe into the shop.  Gonna rain all weekend, so I want to work on the the backhoe's engine.  The carb is about to crap out (inner corrosion split), so I am going to refit a Kohler carb to it.  Gonna take a higher rise intake, but I found one off a Briggs that will work fine.

 

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Posted November 26, 2015 - 09:46 PM

Any pics of the rest of the hoe?

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Posted November 26, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Any pics of the rest of the hoe?

 

I'll have to dig them up.  


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