made! I needed some 2" X 3/8" pins for the front blade on my Homelite. I went to the local ACE and they have the "Flat Headed" pins in 1 1/2" and the same with multiple holes in it. They wanted about the same for each $1.95 + tax. Now I am a fan of the old "Round Head or Rivet Head" style like the few original pins I have. I got to thinking ( my wife said OH OH!). I can go to Tractor Supply and buy some 3/8 " X 5" bolts that are $ 1.29 a pound and make as many as I want. After picking them up yesterday I got in the garage this afternoon and made me a few. I used my $2.00 garage sale Craftsman 6" bench grinder , Porter Cable cordless sawzall, PC Drill and my antique Stump Vise. The most important tool was the gloves. In case you don't remember my last encouter with a grinder.
Anyway, I took the bolt and ground the square edges off and rounded it out to resemble the old pins. Next I took it to the vise after measuring the proper length to cut. I cut it with the sawzall and then figured where the hole for the pin needed to be. after marking that I used a two step drilling process. I used a smaller bit to drill the pilot hole and then a 1/8" bit to drill the finish hole. Next I took the, now pin, back to the grinder and ground the non head end flat removing any burs. As well I touched the side of the pin to the wheel where the hole is to make a small divit and to remove and drilling burs. I put the pin in and then it is done. I plan on sanding them up a bit and and painting them with the blue I have for the deck making them look a lot like the original ones. I made 6, 2" pins in about 25 min.. I still have enough bolts left to make several more 2" and several of what ever length up to about 4" that I need.