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#31 Cat385B ONLINE  

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 11:25 AM

The tiller is done being 're-freshed'. http://gardentractor..._15#entry249827

I am now going to start on doing the snowblower. Needs some straightening on the sides, some wings to widen it out another 4-6 inches, some straightening of the auger, and the cups in the center of the auger need to be re-done. I am also going to replace or build a new chute for it.
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I'm also working on the broom I picked up Saturday. Since it takes 5 bolts to remove the snowblower from it's sub-frame, I'm going to mount the broom to the same frame.
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I have an extra small hydraulic cylinder that came with the Bolens, so I'm going to try to set the broom up for hydraulic angle. I'm also trying to figure out how to use the same cylinder to get hydraulic swivel to the snowblower chute, but it doesn't have a very long stroke to it.

Like the tiller, the blower has good decals on it. I will leave them alone. It is getting painted black and white. (where appropriate)



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Posted December 21, 2012 - 11:50 AM

I've enjoyed following along with your project. I have one question concerning the snow thrower. Why are you adding wings? Is it narrower than the tractor?

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 01:19 PM

I've enjoyed following along with your project. I have one question concerning the snow thrower. Why are you adding wings? Is it narrower than the tractor?


Yep, the tire chains cut into the bank when going straight, on both sides. 42" blower, 44" width at the rear tires.

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 01:55 PM

That little beast has a wide stance.

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 02:07 PM

I am also going to swap my two Sweepster broom heads. I'll put the 48" head off from the Homelite broom onto the gearbox for the Bolens. The 36" unit will get put on the Homelite. The actual broom heads are interchangeable. I need to replace the sprockets that run the #40 chain on the 48" broom, it throws the chain if it hits a lot of resistance.

Might as well have the 48" on the bigger tractor, so it covers the width of the machine.
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Posted December 23, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Great lookin' Horse you picked up. I did own an old tube frame Bolens, great equipment.

Good luck! Very nice! :thumbs:
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Posted December 25, 2012 - 11:24 PM

Going to start fabbing up a mounting system tomorrow.

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Posted January 18, 2013 - 02:49 PM

Well, the broom got delayed, but I'm back at it. I had to order new knuckles since it has a wider broom head on it now. Couldn't find a used one over the course of a week, so I gave in and ordered one. 7/8" hexagon shaft.

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Ground off the old framework from when it was upside down on a Kubota:

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I'm using the snowblower frame to mount this, single pin with some pipe welded in to keep it somewhat tight. I went with a 3/8" pin to control the swivel because the small hydraulic cylinder I got with the tractor leaks. It needs to be rebuilt, so manual angle for now.

C48 sweepster 001.jpg C48 sweepster 002.jpg

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Had to lengthen the pto shaft back to the tractor. It's 7/8" x 3/4" inch shaft, I had to add on 2" or so.

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Done and fits:

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Now I'm working on getting the tensioner pulley to stay put. It keeps backing off when in use, single bolt mounting arm. I'm going to try welding a sleeve nut and using a bolt to keep it tight.

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Posted January 18, 2013 - 07:02 PM

Looks like your making good progress :thumbs:

Keep the pics coming!


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Posted January 18, 2013 - 07:42 PM

Keep the pics coming!

 

That I can do. What I can't do is bend metal in a smooth curve. The original black plastic side cover to protect the chain for this one is broken. You can see one of the cracks in this pic.

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So, 1/8" by 3" wide steel, 6' long. Here is what I ended up with: (got about 2" clearance to the tire when angled to the right)

C48 sweepster2 006.jpg C48 sweepster2 007.jpg

 

Here is the hexagon shaft issue I was talking about earlier. On the old small set up, that stub shaft (left side, hiding under the new hex shaft) on the chain drive went right into the sleeve on the right.

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Using the stub from the broom now mounted on the Homelite worked, but if I sell one or the other I better have one for each.

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Posted January 18, 2013 - 07:49 PM

Tomorrow's project is to get the plastic hood set on there and secured. Then, until these arrive, I'm done with it.

 

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Posted January 19, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Oops, hit a snag. I cut a cover piece out of sheet metal from an old dehumidifier to fit in that side piece. Even on the lowest setting, the wire feed burns through it. Is this something that JB weld would hold up to if I kind of 'caulked' it in there?



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Posted January 20, 2013 - 04:23 AM

What size wire do you have in the wire feed? You need the small stuff for sheet metal.


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 09:29 AM

.023, I do believe is the size of the smaller wire that I use, Kenny.



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Posted January 20, 2013 - 09:32 AM

And it still burns thru? Must be some thin stuff! Or your mig is just tooo big for that!







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