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#211 Don Campbell OFFLINE  

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Posted January 26, 2014 - 08:21 AM

This week I finally went back into the workshop. It has been so cold and too expesive to heat with the price of kerosene. I built two 5 inch blade extensions that bolt on and off . This way when the blade is at full tilt the snow clears the outside duels much nicer.

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Posted January 26, 2014 - 08:30 AM

Looking good! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

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Posted January 26, 2014 - 08:54 AM

Here is the finished painted extensions. Now it will be fun to try it out.

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Posted January 26, 2014 - 09:00 AM

Man, oh man.  That's just so sweet.



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Posted January 26, 2014 - 10:04 AM

You work fast!! Great looking blade! Have fun with it!

 

 

 

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Posted January 26, 2014 - 04:20 PM

Don what gauge metal do you use for most of your work and what is your favorite way of cutting it. I'll bet you have come up with some interesting ways of forming light metal.


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Posted January 26, 2014 - 10:30 PM

I ENVY anyone that can find the time and more importantly the energy and the vision to accomplish projects likr this



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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Because I have always worked with the 18 ga. sheet metal I work with that thickness the most. Even though it seems too thin once it is bent once or twice it doubles the strength . Then welding some 18 ga. angle iron braces inside at the right place makes it plenty strong enough for a little garden tractor pushing snow. I cut the metal equally with the nibblers , the small hand shear , the hand held band saw and the plasma cutter. I do work with 1/2 inch metal when building all the wheel adaptors and I use the plasma cutter to cut out the circles. I also use 1/8 inch metal , 3/16" and 1/4 " . I use the hand held bandsaw to cut a lot of that.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 01:53 PM

Thought some of you might enjoy seeing my neighbors mailboxes after 135 inches of snow. We still should get 70 more inches so it will be interesting . Not sure why people don't blow the snow back in their yard and why they blow it so high by the edge of the road so they cannot see to pull out of their driveway. It is very dangerous pulling out of these driveways. I keep my driveway completely clear 20 feet in both directions of my driveway.

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Posted January 30, 2014 - 03:56 PM

Dang, I couldn't imagine living in there... I don't know how to act when I can't get out in my yard when the snow hasn't melted after 3 or 4 days!!!



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Posted January 30, 2014 - 04:48 PM

Wow ! That's a lot of snow. I feel for you.



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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:00 AM

I'm actually excited to think we could get over 200 inches of snow this winter . It has been over 25 years since we had a good old fashioned winter. We only been averaging 150 to 160 inches a winter.



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Posted January 31, 2014 - 01:50 PM

Today Deb came out and took a video of me plowing snow in the backyard for the first time to share with everyone. Overall it did a great job . The blade extensions worked great. A couple times I hit the rock hard bank and spun the tires a little but other than that I was very pleased how well it pushed the snow. Deb put the video on you-tube with a link on my webpage at www.doncampbellmodels.com

   Anyone wanting to attach the video here that would be great, we don't know how to do that.

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Posted January 31, 2014 - 04:58 PM

It looks like the cab heater isn't working to good.

Very impressed with your work Don !!

How's the traction with the bigger tires or do you run out of power when pushing?

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Posted January 31, 2014 - 06:32 PM

Today Deb came out and took a video of me plowing snow in the backyard for the first time to share with everyone. Overall it did a great job . The blade extensions worked great. A couple times I hit the rock hard bank and spun the tires a little but other than that I was very pleased how well it pushed the snow. Deb put the video on you-tube with a link on my webpage at www.doncampbellmodels.com

   Anyone wanting to attach the video here that would be great, we don't know how to do that.

Here you go :


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