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Posted April 15, 2014 - 10:35 PM

We use to build raised beds by hand, we always really liked them, except they are a hassle to build.

I got to looking up "bed shapers" and they look like a pretty easy concept.

I have 4 new hustler edgers, they are a 16" disk, they are a factory defect and are worthless as a edger, so I thought I would put them to good use.

I had the rest of the metal, so the only $$$ I have in this is just in bolts welding rod and time.

The main part of the frame that I used is 2 1/4" solid box, all the other metal I used is really heavy channel iron.

 

I am thinking about using all four disk, and then I am going to build a shaper box for the back of it.
Here is a link to the factory ones, mine isn't going to be as fancy looking, but as long as it can make a nice bed that's all that matters.

http://www.buctraco....21-Dgallery.htm

 

 

 

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Posted April 16, 2014 - 05:30 AM

I've seen those bed shapers on the net and look to be handy . I used to try making beds by hand too . Lots of work but it does seem to help maybe because the topsoil is a little deeper ?  IDK . Will you but using it with a GT or something larger ? Keep us posted of your work .


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 05:58 AM

Hmm, interesting concept. Are the edgers flat or curved? I would think curved might have some benefits, but the flat should work if you can find the right angle.

Might work to till the area first to loosen it all up.
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Posted April 16, 2014 - 07:59 AM

Nice job. What is the crawler track on the bench for? Good Luck, Rick
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Posted April 16, 2014 - 09:08 AM



Nice job. What is the crawler track on the bench for? Good Luck, Rick

 

just a guess.....

 

http://gardentractor...-crawler-build/


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 12:32 PM

I've seen those bed shapers on the net and look to be handy . I used to try making beds by hand too . Lots of work but it does seem to help maybe because the topsoil is a little deeper ?  IDK . Will you but using it with a GT or something larger ? Keep us posted of your work .

 

I am going to be using my Kubota L2000, (20hp) 2wd, I hope it's enough to pull it, according to the factory built ones, they say it takes between a 35hp for the small bed shaper and a 80hp tractor for the large bed shaper. I don't know why it would take that much power??? For the most part, the disk are moving all the dirt and it's only 4' wide.

 

 

Hmm, interesting concept. Are the edgers flat or curved? I would think curved might have some benefits, but the flat should work if you can find the right angle.

Might work to till the area first to loosen it all up.

 

The disk are curved and I am making them fully adjustable so I can change the height and the angle.

The garden is very well tilled so it should be pretty easy going.

 

 

Nice job. What is the crawler track on the bench for? Good Luck, Rick

 

Tahoe is correct, that track is for my John Deere 140 crawler, I haven't had time to do work on it, and this bed shaper is needing to be done quicker, so the crawler got put on a hold for right now.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 10:11 PM

That will work. I bought 16" HILLER DISCS last year from Agri Supply .
Dad built me a frame for them. I made the clamps too light and could not hold the discs at the proper angle.
I built two new clamps with a 4" section of tubing and put two 1/2" grade 8 bolts in to clamp the shank.
They hold now! I used it to cover 5 rows of potatoes Saturday.
They tend to make a peaked row that still needs to be raked flat on top.

We also like and use the raised beds a lot.

My nieces husband does a lot of salvage work. I'm thinking a washing machine cabinet should provide the
material to make a panbedder to knock off the peaks and make to bed in one pass.

I have also been considering replacing the rear door on my tiller with a shaper pan.

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Posted April 16, 2014 - 10:52 PM

That will work. I bought 16" HILLER DISCS last year from Agri Supply .
Dad built me a frame for them. I made the clamps too light and could not hold the discs at the proper angle.
I built two new clamps with a 4" section of tubing and put two 1/2" grade 8 bolts in to clamp the shank.
They hold now! I used it to cover 5 rows of potatoes Saturday.
They tend to make a peaked row that still needs to be raked flat on top.

We also like and use the raised beds a lot.

My nieces husband does a lot of salvage work. I'm thinking a washing machine cabinet should provide the
material to make a panbedder to knock off the peaks and make to bed in one pass.

I have also been considering replacing the rear door on my tiller with a shaper pan.

 

I'm building a shaper pan for this, I'm hoping to make a bed in one or two passes.

I had seen a youtube video of a shaper box on the back of a tiller, looked like it worked well, but I don't have a tiller :(

 

Thanks for the info


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 11:02 PM

I got quite a bit of work done on it today, I just need to wait till the hardware store is open so I can get some bolts and more welding rod.

I got two disk mounted, the other two are ready to bold on when I get the bolts, I have the frame made that's going to hold the shaper pan, I just need another day and I should have it finished.

Although it's suppose Thursday and Sunday, so it's probably going to be to muddy to play with it :(

Oh well, I'd rather have the rain anyway!.

I'll keep everyone updated

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Posted April 17, 2014 - 05:29 AM

Your moving along pretty quickly :thumbs:   Do you have any idea what those things attached to the inside of the discs are used for ?  


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 07:23 AM

Your moving along pretty quickly :thumbs:   Do you have any idea what those things attached to the inside of the discs are used for ?  

 

Yeah, since these disk were edgers, the things on the inside ran on your sidewalk like a wheel.

I can't remove them because they are part of the hub that holds the disk, I'm going to leave them along unless they cause trouble.

Then I'll take the torch and get rid of them once and for all :mad2: :thumbs:


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Got a fair amount of work done today, I think I'm going to be finished on Friday.

I worked mainly on the shaper pan, I just about have it finished, then I need to bolt on the other two disk and test it out!

I built the shaper pan out of a prison bed, it was the the right size and it's really thick and heavy.

I got it bent to the right shape, I still half to do a little trimming on a couple of things, but I'm getting closer.

 

Can't wait to get it working, it's going to be nice to make beds with a tractor and not with a shovel and rake :(

Once I'm done making beds with it, I'm going to tare it apart, grind down all welds/edges and then paint it!

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Posted April 17, 2014 - 10:57 PM

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Posted April 18, 2014 - 02:50 PM

Nice fab work!

 

Isn't a smaller version of this called a "hiller"?


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 11:12 PM

Nice fab work!

 

Isn't a smaller version of this called a "hiller"?

 

Thanks,

Yes it is, but this has the rear shaper pan that smooths out the bed, a hiller leaves a ridge in the middle.






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