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Posted May 14, 2012 - 03:59 PM

My lift bar just keeps bending. It is 3/8"X2". Apparently I have more power in the hydraulics than I thought. Here's a pic:
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Any ideas on how to stiffen this thing? I'd like to get the full potential of the Hydraulics here.

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 11:23 PM

You might run a stiffner down it to form a T shaped bar on the inside if you have room.
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Posted May 14, 2012 - 11:25 PM

How bout useing angle iron on it if ya have room, That will help keep it tougher an stronger,,
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Posted May 15, 2012 - 04:48 AM

You might run a stiffner down it to form a T shaped bar on the inside if you have room.

I talked to my local metalworking buddy about this and that is what he suggested. He is going to see if he has a piece of 3/8"X 2" available. If so, he will bring it by.

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 06:27 AM

That should work good for ya Kenny,,,, That will be a lot stronger then the flat one ya have on there now,,, Good luck an hope it works,,,, These FORD'S are tough so ya got to use tough stuff for them,,,, :itsok:

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 06:39 AM

Kenny,
My lift bar i built is a piece of tubing with 3/16" walls and I slide a piece of square tubing over each end to give a flat surface to bolt to.
I'll see if I can get a picture of it. I am wanting to rebuild it so that it has float capabilities.
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Posted May 15, 2012 - 06:42 AM

I trust his judgment on these things. He works for a large rock quarry and is normally in charge of a large rock crusher. He's the guy who has the shop truck with ALL the fabricating tools on it. Plus he builds pipe fences on the side!

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 06:52 AM

Sounds like you have a game plan Kenny, just watch that the second weakest link isn't something really expensive to fix.

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 07:10 AM

I've dug through my pictures and have only found one showing the end at the hitch so far.
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Posted May 15, 2012 - 07:13 AM

I think the next weakest will be the sleeve hitch itself. I've already had to rework it once. Just want good down pressure for the box blade. They don't work too well with when you have 'float' built into the hitch.

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 08:01 AM

How are you bending this? Your not supposed to have down pressure with that setup. ? You dont want to bend up your rocker shaft under the tractor...... Be very careful....

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Posted May 15, 2012 - 08:10 AM

Without some down pressure, the box blade won't do anything but float across the top of a dirt pile, even with the RR iron on it.

Edit: I think that's part of the reason the plow wouldn't dig in, it just floated across the top of the ground.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 03:03 AM

You need to change the angle of the cutting edge, so it cuts and digs, all your going to do with down pressure is break traction and spin ;)

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:48 AM

Maybe the slot in your bar is too short and bends when the impliment is forced up when hitting a rock or something...Mine has never bent

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 05:12 AM

The bar was bent when I got it. I straightened it twice now, just keeps bending.




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