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Posted September 23, 2014 - 07:42 AM

Can the blade pivot as well as angle? If not, you may have a hard time angling it anyway. The one I made gave me fits and I ended up having to change the pull points to flatten it out.
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Posted September 23, 2014 - 07:59 AM

Can the blade pivot as well as angle? If not, you may have a hard time angling it anyway. The one I made gave me fits and I ended up having to change the pull points to flatten it out.

Yes, it does pivot or swing as I have been calling it. After thinking this over, I will just have to set the lift so it doesn't get against the steering. So I may have to cut the blade down some.


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 04:33 PM

I looked it all over today and will have to drop this more as the 3X4 angle is also in the way of steering. So the blade will be much shorter. Took a break from it all today to noodle it more.


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Posted September 24, 2014 - 06:47 AM

Let me know if you need any pictures of mine for reference.

 

I picked up two of these blades for my 7 1/4 circular saw cheap on Ebay and they work excellent.They will go through 1/8" like butter and I have used them for 1/2" steel.

 

 http://www.lenoxtool...saw-blades.aspx


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Posted September 24, 2014 - 07:18 AM

Let me know if you need any pictures of mine for reference.

 

I picked up two of these blades for my 7 1/4 circular saw cheap on Ebay and they work excellent.They will go through 1/8" like butter and I have used them for 1/2" steel.

 

 http://www.lenoxtool...saw-blades.aspx

Bet those aren't cheap! It takes a bit, but I can cut it with my 4-1/2" angle grinder. Just need to figure out how far down I have to go to get clearance for the steering.

I had an issue show up in the Onan in the FF. It was hunting badly. Carb adjustment would not take it out. Checked the float level, it was down a bit, but not bad. Poured a little Seafoam into the bowl. Added some Seafoam & MMO into the tank. Let it run a few for that to get into the carb and it died. Wouldn't start. Checked the tank and it was empty. OOPS! Poured more gas in it and it fired right up. Ran some Seafoam through the carb and flooded it. Let it sit a while and pulled the plugs. They were both wide on gap and could use a new set. But for now I cleaned them and reset the gap. Fired it up and the hunting is gone. I'll pick up a set of plugs in the next few days and put them in.


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Posted September 26, 2014 - 10:36 AM

The hunting issue returned, so I spent most of the day yesterday pulling exhaust & intake to check valve clearances. The exhausts were both a little loose. Checked the points and the gap was wide there too. Got some new plugs for it, the ones in there were not the right ones. Now she purrs again.

I had to lower the mount an inch to clear steering. Here's some pics.

 

This is how I lowered the front mounting holes.

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After welding.

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Here is the ground clearance I have now.

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Steering is no longer an issue!

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And this is what I have to cut off the blade.

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That will take a bit, but I'll get it done.

 


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Posted September 26, 2014 - 05:06 PM

Got the blade cut down and tack welded to the 3X3 angle. Finish welding tomorrow morning.

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Posted September 26, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Looking good Kenny!
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Posted September 27, 2014 - 11:45 AM

A bit more progress. IF things go well, I'll try it out this afternoon.

Got the angle and blade welded together. No need for solid welds here.

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There is an open seam between the top of the blade and the angle. Not wanting to fill the void with dust, etc., I filled it with some gutter seal I had. Supposed to be paintable, we'll see.

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I added a pointer to the tilt mechanism so I can get it back close to level when needed. Used the end of a 16D nail.

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Put some handles on these 2 for ease in use.

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Here I am getting ready to weld the blade to the swing mechanism. You can't see it in the pic, but I had a scribe line from drilling the holes. Just added a second line 90° to it.

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Posted September 27, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Wow! That is impressive! I can,t wait to see it in action! :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

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Posted September 27, 2014 - 03:05 PM

Houston, we have lift off! It's on and working. Exceeds my expectations so far! I haven't even tried the tilt as yet, but that's next. I'm just going at about 1/3 throttle and it works great. If I drop it to much, the back tires just dig holes! Love that 2500 Peerless rearend. Plenty of traction. I can also change the front tires without a jack!

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First try with it.

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A little playing around. Took the grass right out of the center of the drive.

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Here it is at full swing left.

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It looks close to the front tire in the pic, but has ample clearance. I have areas of the drive with major grass in them. Thinking leaving the swing and put a little tilt so the nose of the blade cuts the grass out.


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Posted September 27, 2014 - 03:15 PM

Looks like it works well.  :thumbs:



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Posted September 27, 2014 - 04:33 PM

Well, it failed on cutting the grass out. But I did not get the bottom cut right. It has about 1/8" more on the heal than the toe. So that lets it ride up over instead of cutting. Overall, I am very happy with it as it will cut the gravel and level it!


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Posted September 27, 2014 - 06:37 PM

Cool project, Kenny! Thanks for sharing.


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Posted September 27, 2014 - 06:57 PM

I know you'll just grind the cutting edge now, but maybe later you'll run across some hardened cutting edge you can bolt onto it.


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