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#1 HowardsMF155 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 08:32 PM

Spring break is here.  I thought I'd take some time to work on some projects that have been on hold.  First, if I want to take two tractors to the SC plow day, I need two sleeve hitches.  I only have one.  Second, I want to take my dump Massey and modify the exhaust and the filter of the Predator engine so the hood will fit.  Then I want to replace the filter and change the oil in the hydro.

    Some years ago, I needed to make some fairly straight cuts in steel.  I couldn't justify buying a dedicated metal chopsaw, but I either already had a sawzall or else was able to easily justify buying one.  So, I created jig that would guide the edge of the sawzall, with an edge that would show me exactly where the blade was going to cut.  So I pulled it out of storage and mounted it on my work table.  I was able to cut all the steel to length, but that was as far as it got.

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Posted March 25, 2013 - 08:35 PM

That jig looks like it does the trick! Nice job with it, and i am looking forward to seeing this sleeve hitch finished up!


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Posted March 25, 2013 - 09:17 PM

Is that Green grass I see in those pictures? Wow, I jealous. My yard is brown with white scattered about.
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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:39 AM

Great idea building a jig like that. That green grass does look nice. All covered in snow here for the most part. I like your loader in the background of the first picture! 


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:58 AM

Great idea building a jig like that. That green grass does look nice. All covered in snow here for the most part. I like your loader in the background of the first picture! 

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:03 AM

I like your jig: do you make them for people?  :D

 

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:39 AM

I like your jig: do you make them for people?  :D

 

Ben W.

YES!

I do count as people don't I?


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM

YES!

I do count as people don't I?

 

Hmmm, the answer to that depends on whether or not you make me a copy.  :smilewink:

 

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 02:14 PM

Hmmm, the answer to that depends on whether or not you make me a copy.  :smilewink:

 

Ben W.

I don't have the same materials I used to put that one together.  Might be able to finagle something if you're serious.  Could be a fun project.  


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 02:20 PM

For those of you with "green envy", here is more of my yard.

 

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And the rest of my impressive collection of construction equipment.  As you can see, it is usefully engaged in running riot through my garden spot.

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No progress today on my projects.  I've had people crawling out of the woodwork since last Friday with heating and plumbing issues.  Shouldn't complain since we need the money, but I had decided last year that with accumulating injuries that I needed to do something else, so I'm back in school.  I was just really looking forward to spending this week working on my tractors.

 



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 02:29 PM

Uncle Willie is going to put you on his list of people he hates, now that you posted a picture of all that sweet equipment! :bigrofl:



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:03 PM

I was able to get a little bit done in spite of the earlier gloom.  Ground a couple of edges on the stock so it is "V" ed and ready for welding.  More prep work to do, plus hole drilling and getting the center pipe for the hitch pin ready.



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Posted March 27, 2013 - 08:31 AM

I don't have the same materials I used to put that one together.  Might be able to finagle something if you're serious.  Could be a fun project.  

 

I actually don't "need" one for as much work of that sort as I do, but it would be handy when you need it.  Maybe we can work a trade out sometime when I have something you want!

 

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Spent the morning replacing a heat exchanger in a gas package unit.  Homeowner was happy.

 

Came home, replaced the bad fan motor for the neighbor's heat pump.  She was happy.

 

Worked on the sleeve hitch for a few minutes.  For the hitch tube, I'm using two nested pipes.  I'm going to ream out a half inch pipe to accept the hitch pin.  To make sure my hitch pin stays secure, I'm putting the 1/2 inch pipe inside a 3/4 pipe.  I was able to ream out the 3/4 pipe to slide the 12/ pipe in.  I was happy.

 

Went to church tonight, helped the youth put on a Last Supper re-enactment.  Everybody was happy.


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Posted March 28, 2013 - 07:31 PM

As Phil would say from Duck Dynasty everybody's "happy happy" lol


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