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#16 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted December 11, 2013 - 05:29 PM

yes the pipe does try to slide.  so I drilled a couple holes and used a wire to hold it in place

 

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Now that's helpful.  I'm gonna have to try this when I get the chance.  I think I have a piece of 2" laying around that would work great.  The blade is pretty beefy so I may have to try a small piece first to see if I can get this to work.  Not too worried about my driveway as there isn't hardly any stone left on it.  My neighbor's driveway is another story.  He just got a few loads of stone this summer and I really don't want to scrape it all off.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 06:41 PM

Now that's helpful.  I'm gonna have to try this when I get the chance.  I think I have a piece of 2" laying around that would work great.  The blade is pretty beefy so I may have to try a small piece first to see if I can get this to work.  Not too worried about my driveway as there isn't hardly any stone left on it.  My neighbor's driveway is another story.  He just got a few loads of stone this summer and I really don't want to scrape it all off.


But if you scrape it all off, you can go over and put it back this summer... Double the seat time.
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Posted December 12, 2013 - 09:38 AM

Looking at the pics, how about if cutting on a table saw, instead of just running thourgh end to end, Slide end of tube a couple inches past saw blade blade and then drop it down on blade to create a closed end on each end of PVC so it can't slide off.

Well, thinking as I type, may not work as it would be almost impossible to flex pipe enough to slide up over a double the thickness cutting edge than the PVC slot. Ok, so maybe leave one end closed and wire so it would only slide on one way.

Just thinking out loud, may have to experiment myself.


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 08:42 PM

How clean does the pipe and blade get the gravel?  I have a steep driveway, and if I leave any packed snow, I can't get my work van out. 

 

Currently, I scrape it as clean as I can, and salt the steep part.  My Cub Cadet 147 digs in a lot more than the Ford 80 I used last year.



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Posted December 12, 2013 - 09:00 PM

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thanks - I did not think about starting the cut a couple inches into the pipe

that is would I like about this site.  somebody starts an idea and others help along the way

 

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from what I see that happens is the the pipe pushes the snow into the gravel and also helps push the gravel down too.

the more you drive on in the more it packs down.

 

you guys got me thinking  - after plowing the drive, why not use a lawn roller to really pack it snow and gravel. together.

I have sand in my roller, so I do not have to weary about it freezing and braking.

 

the only problem I can see is that it might turn to ice.  but if it is packed good the gravel should also be close to the top of the ice, so it should help driving on.  salt should also help get some of the gravel exposed . 



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 01:16 PM

That's the problem I have when I scrape, the little bit of snow left even with the blade can get packed and turn to ice.

I have some packed snow/ice now from the snow we got on Tues I couldn't clean, I'm actually going to try to bust it up tomorrow morning with my scarifiers on my box blade.



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:37 PM

Tahoe

thanks - I did not think about starting the cut a couple inches into the pipe

that is would I like about this site.  somebody starts an idea and others help along the way

 

bja105

from what I see that happens is the the pipe pushes the snow into the gravel and also helps push the gravel down too.

the more you drive on in the more it packs down.

 

you guys got me thinking  - after plowing the drive, why not use a lawn roller to really pack it snow and gravel. together.

I have sand in my roller, so I do not have to weary about it freezing and braking.

 

the only problem I can see is that it might turn to ice.  but if it is packed good the gravel should also be close to the top of the ice, so it should help driving on.  salt should also help get some of the gravel exposed . 

Don't worry about the ice Lyall!! It's going to melt Monday and Tuesday and You/We might have to wonder how to level out the ruts??

Winter is just one challenge after another!! :smilewink:



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:41 PM

Looking at the pics, how about if cutting on a table saw, instead of just running thourgh end to end, Slide end of tube a couple inches past saw blade blade and then drop it down on blade to create a closed end on each end of PVC so it can't slide off.

Well, thinking as I type, may not work as it would be almost impossible to flex pipe enough to slide up over a double the thickness cutting edge than the PVC slot. Ok, so maybe leave one end closed and wire so it would only slide on one way.

Just thinking out loud, may have to experiment myself.

When cutting the pipe if not doing it like Lyall described you might try putting the blade in the saw backwards? Making for less chance the blade will catch and tear out a chunk of pipe and fling it. I have a Vinyl blade for my saw but not everyone uses one and Have turned the blade backwards before I got one installing vinyl siding. (note that is a lot thinner than the pipe).


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Posted December 14, 2013 - 08:18 AM

So picked up piece of 1 1/2" .Cut off end to length of blade. I decided against my idea of leaving solids piece on end. My luck, I would smack something and break it all apart, no overhang and slot  like I had suggested. Screwed to 2x4 and cut slot. Man a standard saw blade makes a mess, plan on sweeping up tons of plastic shavings.

 

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EPIC FAIL.....

didn't look at my blade before doing this. My cutting edge is taller than the 1 1/2 so it wont' slide on top like I had hoped and I have support ribs all the way to bottom and also nuts sticking out the back from the cutting edge.

May work if I line it up, then cut slots for ribs and nuts and then slide from bottom up instead of trying to slide on long ways.

 

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Another Epic FAIL!

Here's the results of a no plowed, snow packed turned to ice gravel drive. I didn't have enough speed, tried to power up it and she snapped sideays on me. Tried to back down, but I was over too far already and it slid into snow bank even more. About 20 mins of digging, chipping, shoveling gravel, and a little tire smoking and I finally got it out.

 

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