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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:28 PM

Hello from southern Indiana.
Our house up in northern Michigan sold and we moved to Madison, Indiana in July.
We have been very busy working on our property and getting it ready to start building our new home.
Today though I took the day off and did some work on the Shaw Du-all tractor.

The loading ramp on my trailer has straight horizontal bars across it so the crawler treads can grip them easily.
When I first built this tractor, I had put the cleats on the rear wheels straight across so they would also grip the straight bars on the trailer ramp.

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That wasn't a problem up in Michigan where the ground is softer but the ground down here is clay and those straight cleats cause a bumpy ride on this hard ground.

So I took off all the cleats and rearranged them so they are now set at an angle across the wheel.
This makes it ride much better.

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Later I'm going to remove the straight bars from the loading ramp on the trailer and fasten two vertical strips of rubber tire tread to the ramp for the tractors steel tread to grip on.


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:29 PM

Welcome back! The tractor looks good.


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:38 PM

Looks great Ray. I like the look of those cleats now. It reminds me of the lug tires that alternate every two lugs instead of every other, even though you are every other still. It gives it that custom look that makes everyone think a minute. :thumbs: :thumbs:
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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:46 PM

Happy to see you finally got some time with the tractors! 


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:56 PM

WooHoo! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:  Ray's back among us! Welcome home!


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 05:53 PM

That Shaw is awesome Ray! Great to hear from you again.


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 06:19 PM

That's a unique looking tractor.Did you get lucky on the bolt holes?


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Posted September 05, 2015 - 07:04 PM

Did you get lucky on the bolt holes?

 

I was able to use existing holes for the three bolts in the center ( 2 in the long cleat and 1 in the short cleat )

I had to drill the outside hole in both the long cleat and the short cleat.


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