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#1 tinner OFFLINE  

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Posted May 17, 2012 - 09:43 PM

I've been hanging around reading what frenchy and Kenny P were doing with the box blade design and decided I would get busy on another project while I'm waiting for parts to come in next week for my tiller project. I stopped to see an old friend back in January and we started talking garden tractors. I mentioned I wanted to build a blade but would like to find an old one to make what I wanted from. He said, "I've got an old Craftsman I'll give you and that'll make us even." I didn't know what he meant until he reminded me I built him a gas tank for his Jeep 28 years ago and refused payment except a couple of cold adult beverages which we enjoyed as we swapped stories. Linda asked, "What are you going to do with that piece of JUNK? I said I would turn it into something. Here's the picture.

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I next got out the 4 1/2" grinder and cut 5 1/2 inches off the top and removed just about everything I could.

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I found some 6" channel iron and cut a piece to weld onto the bottom blade stiffener and between the two upright braces.

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I took the top horizontal brace and cut it to length and put a half-moon notch in it to accept the 2 7/8 OD pipe upright and welded it in place.

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Using the original top plate as a pattern I made a new one from some 1/4 plate I have. I would have had to flatten the original one to get this so a new one was easier. Welded the 2 7/8" upright to the plate.

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Edited by tinner, May 29, 2012 - 04:03 PM.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 05:27 AM

You are making good progress on that Tinner. Keep us up to date on this project.
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 05:37 AM

Way to go, Ronnie! This looks very interesting to follow!
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 05:44 AM

Lookin forward to more updates on this Tinner.
A good blade is also on my list of projects.
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 06:38 AM

I love watching stuff like this take shape.
Thanks for the thread Ronnie.
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:09 PM

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This project could turn out to be a beaut. Fun to follow along. Thanks
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 01:43 PM

That's a good find indeed! Post more pics when it's all done :)
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 04:13 PM

Ronnie, Looks like your plan is coming together. You did a very nice job cutting the notches in that plate. Can't wait for more updates. :thumbs:
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 07:20 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Here's the progress report: Today I got the tack welds cleaned up and welded things solid. First I cut a round notch in the main beam of the old blade to accept the 3" ID pipe and welded it up. Then I made some gussets for a little added strength and welded them on.

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Then I slipped the 2 7/8 OD upright with the plate on it down through the top of the main beam pipe and slipped the collar in place. Here's a picture of the collar on the 2 7/8" pipe.

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Then I welded it all up. Here's a couple pictures, first one is with blade in back push position and second in the pull or drag position.

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I think this might work out ok after all. I welded a three point hook-up I made several months ago so I would have one just in case I ever needed it (now I need to make another one just in case). Hooked it to the MF14 to see how it looks.

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Put the spring back on to hold the position latch in place.

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Now, that's it for now. I cut some 3" X 2" X 1/4" tube I had and took it to the shop I used to work at to use the water jet table to cut the holes for the ripper teeth. They're covered up with work right now so he said he'll knock it out for me hopefully by next Thursday. So finishing the box part will come in about a week or so. That's ok though as the pulley I was waiting for came in today and I can get to work on my 3 point tiller project.
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 09:56 PM

That's really coming together nicely Ronnie! Thanks for posting the build pics!
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 04:51 AM

Looking good, Ronnie! Nice idea to spin 180 degrees. Thanks for the pics!
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Posted May 29, 2012 - 04:37 PM

Got the rectangle tubing back from the shop where I used to work. Ron did a nice job of cutting the holes for the rippers to go through.

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I next cut two pieces of 1 1/2" x 1/2" flat stock and drilled a hole in the center then welded a 1/2" nut to one side. Then I slipped them into the ends of the tubing and welded them into place. I then cut 12 pieces of 2" x 1/.4" flat stock 1 1/2" long and drilled 9/16" holes in them and welded them into place to hold the rippers. As you can see, I'm not the best welder in town but I live in the country so I can get away with it.

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Then I cut a piece of tubing and slanted the cuts to give me access, drilled two 1/2" holes. This will support the ripper bar.

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I welded two 3/8" all thread couplings to each side and drilled the required holes in 1/4" end plates and bolted them in place.

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Almost forgot, I made a handle to make it easier to move the latch back so I can angle the blade when using it as just a plain blade with the box and rippers off.

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I bought a stick of 1 1/2" x 1/2" flat stock to fabricate the rippers. I cut them on my cut off saw except the tips which I couldn't get enough angle on so I cut them with the 4 1/2" grinder.

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Then I installed the rippers. I forgot to buy the 1/2" round rod that will hold them in place so I've got them held in with some 1/2" all thread rod for now.. I also need to drill one more set of holes in the rippers to hold them up off the ground if I just want to use the box blade without ripping up the ground.

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The only thing left to do is sand blasting and painting. Can't make up my mind whether I want to paint it black or red. Red's always good. Hope I haven't rattled along too long or bored anyone with too many steps in telling how I built this combo blade and box blade. Forgot so I'm editing to include that the total out of pocket cost so far is $40. and change for 1 1/2" flat stock and I think about $6 worth of nuts, bolts and washers. All I have to buy is some 1/2" round stock or 1/2" bolts to hold the rippers in place. I used about 1/2 of a 14" cut off saw blade and 9 cut off blades in the 4 1/2" grinder so you can add another $15 plus power for the tools and welder. Not too bad I don't think. It was fun and finally, The Jewel.

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Posted May 29, 2012 - 04:57 PM

That is impressive! Wish I had the skills to do that!! Thanks for sharing the process it takes to make one.
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Posted May 29, 2012 - 04:58 PM

Looks like it should work fine for you. Great Job!
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Posted May 29, 2012 - 05:42 PM

That was a Fantastic Get 'Er Done!!! The walk through and pics are top quality. Better than alot of those how to shows with a BIG budget and production team! Thanks so much for sharing the wisdom and skills. KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU DO !!!

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