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#1 Walkinman1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 05:52 PM

I had some free time on my hands and was poking around my garage looking at projects and potential projects...  Eventually I decided I was gonna fab up a 3 point mount for the cheap aerator that came with my recent Sears purchase. I tried the aerator briefly with the standard drawbar, talk about a pain in the butt... have to unload whatever weight you have in it whenever you have to cross a hard surface, carry the aerator, carry the weights, drive the tractor over, rehitch the aerator, etc.  I figured a 3 point mount would alleviate that although I'd have to lift it on turns I thought it would still be easier so here's what I came up with:

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It's not the prettiest thing I've ever done but I was using whatever scrap I had lying around and I was more concerned about strength than appearance since knowing me I'll overweight it :D  I achieved the sturdiness I was after, even with my 200 lbs bouncing on it there is no flex or give, it just picks the front of the tractor up.  I also kept it so I can use the drawbar still if needed (third picture down) I just need to cut some threads in the holes on the drawbar and get some hardware, throw some paint on it all and it should be good to go!


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 06:06 PM

Very nice fab job....and you can still use it with the pull type hitch too!


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 06:09 PM

Nice job on that hitch! Should do well for you!


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Great idea & mission accomplished.

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Great idea................imagesCAM34X7T.jpg   Thanks!



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Posted October 24, 2013 - 03:49 AM

Thanks guys! I figured since it was a such a cheapo implement and not worth much of anything I didn't have much to lose but time if it didn't work out...as it is now tho it seems to work quite well

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Posted October 24, 2013 - 06:50 AM

Fantastic idea and great repurposing. :thumbs: on the 3 point, looks good.
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Posted October 24, 2013 - 06:36 PM

A 3 point hitch does make a lot more sense. Good job.



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Posted October 24, 2013 - 06:52 PM

Now you'll be able to back into the corners too.

Good idea. :thumbs:



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Posted October 24, 2013 - 07:07 PM

I like that idea.  :thumbs: Looks like it would be a lot easier to use.



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Posted October 24, 2013 - 07:30 PM

Yeah it does work well in reverse and you don't have to worry about backing up like you have a trailer behind you. The one "flaw" I've discovered is that it's really easy (at least for me lol) to load enough weight on it that I can't lift it with the manual 3 point. Of course at that point I'm guessing I had over 150 lbs loaded onto it, the tractor handled it fine but my arm didn't...Guess it's time for hydraulics :D
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Posted October 25, 2013 - 05:35 PM

Rather than starting a new thread for all of my little "doodads" that I come up with in my spare time maybe I'll just keep this one going...
The new addition is a chute block off plate for the deck on the 120 for leaf mulching duty.
Found a scrap chunk of stainless and went to town, never worked with it much and it's some tough stuff lol, probably will outlast the tractor!
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That slight gap at the top in the last pic closes up if I actually tighten the bolts down...hopefully it works, it'll get a good test soon!
Thanks for looking!
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Posted October 25, 2013 - 11:47 PM

Looks good! I bet the stainless outlasts the tinnerman clips.

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Posted October 26, 2013 - 07:04 AM

Oh I'm sure it will lol but those are easily replaced. I could run a regular nut and bolt if I wanted to, just don't feel like laying on the floor every time I want to install or remove it (I'm lazy like that) :D
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Posted December 31, 2013 - 01:34 PM

I just can't be left alone with tools and steel or else I come up with all sorts of things that just HAVE to get done :D

 

Case in point...

 

I prefer plowing to snowblowing if the snow isn't too deep, say a few inches or less but being faced with the choice of using about half of the available width of the plow or chasing endless snow trails annoys me.  When it gets even worse is you have an area (like over half of my driveway) where the snow has to be gathered and pushed to the end, you can't simply angle the blade and push it over to one side.  So, faced with this horrendous issue (lol) I set out to fix it...

 

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They are both independently adjustable to one of 3 positions by pulling a pin, rubber cutting edges so they follow the pavement contours and they are removable with 2 bolts and one pin.  I didn't finish painting them 'cause we got a dusting of snow last night and I just couldn't wait to try them out  :firejumper:  :firejumper:  :firejumper:

 

So far so good, they seem to work great!  

 

Oh, and if you're wondering what the "grid pattern" is on the outside of the wing that's just a little extra reinforcement...I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on steel plate so I recycled some 14 gauge that I had laying around but thought it could use a little more "beef". 


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