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#1 hamman OFFLINE  


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 01:35 PM

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.

Here are a few pictures. My camera doesn't do the pins justice. I can't get a good close up of the pins.  Thanks Roger.DSCF6727.JPG DSCF6721.JPG DSCF6718.JPG DSCF6730.JPG DSCF6729.JPG DSCF6728.JPG

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 01:59 PM

Well done, Roger   :thumbs:   It's easy to buy such pins, but it's great to do them in your own garage!

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 02:20 PM

Nice! What did you do with the left over pieces? I keep things like that for future projects. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 02:25 PM

Yup, I have a bolt bucket. I keep things like that for future use. I have already used one piece in a small shelf where I needed a pin with threads on it. thanks. Roger.

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 02:26 PM

nice work thanks for posting pictures

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 03:38 PM

Nice Work! Looks like they will do the job. Thanks for the step-by-step. :thumbs:

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 04:00 PM

Thanks for the tip Roger,Its allways nice when a plan turns out the way you want it to and I find its fun to make things myself and its always fun to save a few bucks.

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 04:31 PM

Always nice when a plan comes together.

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Very nice job making the pins.

Yes, you better paint them or else they will rust where you ground the bolt head.

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 04:48 PM

Very nice Roger!     You did a great job on those. :urock:


I know EXACTLY what you mean about the old OEM acorn head pins.  I'm not sure what tractor mfg's used them, but I know Simplicity used them as late as my 2000 Sovereign, and as early as the early walkbehind's. 


I hoard them...whenever anything goes out the door, it goes WITHOUT those pins.  I have a small drawer full, but it seems there are never enough!

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:15 PM

I like the way you made those work.  The camera shows enough for me to say they look pretty well near identical to the original.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:19 PM

good job with your new pins


I have made several pins from bolts in the past

it was rare that I grind the heads of the bolts


I also have welded a washer on a rod for large dia. pins for my FEL for the hyd. cylinders

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 08:09 PM

Nice work on those pins. I find it really satisfying when I'm able to make a part that isn't easy to find locally. It's a great part of this hobby. 

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Hard to find those pins w/out the many holes. Would think they would weaken them for sure. PK tractors have lots of bolt head looking pins with drilled holes, they didn't round the heads. I've made them that way too.  I did find better ones and in bigger diameters in Farm and Fleet store but in drawers in the hardware aisle, not the farm hitch aisle. Those drawers tho, never have many even when they order more, so usually luck to find 2 or 3, when  you need six say! 

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Posted January 08, 2014 - 08:42 AM

Nice work on those.


Keep in mind that the real pins are usually hardened so you'll have to be very careful what you use those for.  I've used bolts in place of pins and had very quick breakage.  I've also had the same happen with the hardware store multi-hole pins.



Not meaning to rain on anyone's parade, just a warning.

Edited by Canawler, January 08, 2014 - 08:43 AM.

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