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Posted December 03, 2015 - 12:08 PM

Looks good
You might want to consider something smooth at least or possibly even a spinner grip on the chute control.
Piece of PVC pipe and some way to keep it on, maybe?
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Posted December 03, 2015 - 02:58 PM

Looks good
You might want to consider something smooth at least or possibly even a spinner grip on the chute control.
Piece of PVC pipe and some way to keep it on, maybe?

 

Thanks, haven't given it that much thought. The chute has been cleaned up and greased. Turns very smooth. Like the idea of PVC. Wet cold gloves may want to stick to the metal handle. hummm...... I'll have to look into my bag of tricks and see what I can come up with. (insert mad scientist laugh) 


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Following MH81 suggestion. It was decided a spinner handle was needed. Now if a lathe or one of them fancy mills was available then no issue. My main tools are a torch, welder, and grinder. What is a poor ol' hillbilly to do?  

 

First, cut the crank shorter. Grind until 3/8" washer fits. Weld the threads of a 5/16" bolt on.

 

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~$3 worth of parts are needed for the spinner. These are 2 electrical end caps (pricey @ $1.30 each); 1, 1/2" butt connector ($.30).  The rest of the parts where on hand; 1 (5/16") bolt with head cut off and welded to crank, 2 stub pieces of 1/2" electrical conduit, 2 (5/16") nyloc nuts, 2 (3/8") washers and 1 (5/16") washer.  1 of the 3/8" and the 5/16" washer were welded together. The outside diameter of the 3/8" washer fits the inside of the end cap, while the 5/16" inside fits the bolt. Here is the parts in order of assembly.

 

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Order of assembly is critical. First end cap needs hole 3/8" drilled through the end. Place 1, 3/8" washer inside with stub conduit to hold in place. This part is placed on the end of crank rod. A nyloc nut is threaded on backwards. This can be difficult to do. Easiest way is to thread the nut down normal; this cuts the threads into the nylon making it easier to thread backwards. Next place the butt connector with other stub on. 5/16" nuts are able to fit inside of the 1/2" electrical conduit. Place double washer and other nyloc nut. This holds the spinner in position and it will not come off.

 

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All that is left is the other end cap. Finished. One very inexpensive custom "hillbilly" crank spinner. Overall length is ~3 1/2".

 

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None of the parts were glued incase of later disassembly. If necessary RTV or silicon will be used to hold parts together and still allow removal. Right now the rod and welded washer are painted and drying. Tomorrow, reassembly with a coat of grease.  

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Brian

 

 


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Posted December 05, 2015 - 06:35 AM

That's a neat handle!


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Posted December 05, 2015 - 11:21 AM

That's a neat handle!

 

Thanks Kenny,

 

I like to find other uses for common items. The creativity, I believe, keeps the mind sharp. I was helping a friend the other day, in his scrap pile was something that could be repurposed; unfortunately it was rusted and too far gone. He tells me to "just go buy one." My reply, "They haven't made anything like my idea in thirty years, And where would the fun be in that!"


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Posted December 10, 2015 - 01:58 AM

Got the chains on and took a ride around the yard. Looks like 'next' is almost ready... To put the deck back on. At this rate, the yard will needed to be mowed the first of the year. No complaints about the mild weather here. Decided not to build a weight bracket just yet. No place to really mount it and need to see how she'll do in the snow without them. If needed there is a spot to hang 2 of the weights on the hitch and the other 4 will drop onto the lift arms. Still have the exhaust modification to finish up.

 

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That's all for now,

 

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 04:40 AM

Nice NICEjob Brian!!! I like it!!! Next step... CAB!! Your not gonna like snow much after the first face full of snow!! Trust me ! You don't need anything fancy, just an inexpensive Craftsman 3 sided job works great for me.

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 05:33 AM

That looks good on there!


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Posted December 10, 2015 - 06:59 AM

Thanks guys.

 

Already thinking about a cab, Missed one on Craig's list 2 weeks ago. ($150? wow!) All metal, for 400 something series, I could would have made it work; with a little love and white paint. I was second caller. First one was out of Chicago. Seller had agreed to hold it for them until they got here. Have to respect him; He was good to his word. Oh well, something will turn up.

 

This is just something to play around with, a backup for the backup. Here you need more than one. Two years ago the plow truck broke the front axle and the bobcat decided one of the cylinders needed to spring a leak. Made it through with a few gallons of hydro fluid. Drive is to long to shovel by hand.

 

Truck has been fixed with new axles from junkyard; lockers front and rear. :thumbs: Bobcat has the cylinder rebuilt. With an extra rebuilt kit on shelf, but the starter will probably need replaced soon. :wallbanging:  The 195 is hopefully going to work great. Have a new to me blower yet to be mounted on the Sear ST/10. (still has the blade mounted) And the best part, no snow in forecast! :dancingbanana:

 

There is the main snow rig:

 

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Posted December 24, 2015 - 09:53 AM

Worked on the exhaust modification a little last night.

 

Started with a 18" tailpipe extension. This is all that is left, about 4".

 

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Finished. Lots of fussy work. There are 7 pieces of tubing welded together.

 

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It is a tight fit. Doesn't show up in the pictures, but there is at least 1/4" of clearance around everything. Exhaust exits straight down, this should be good for winter duty. Will make a removable elbow to point out the front during mowing duties.

 

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Got to try out my birthday/Christmas present. Much nicer than the old cheap auto darkening helmet. (no complains, it served me well for ~15 years) Technology sure has advanced in some areas.

 

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Had to add this sticker:

 

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Sprayed with high temp paint. Should be able to install today.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Brian

 

 

 


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Posted December 24, 2015 - 11:04 AM

That's a cool lookin setup you have there, if we could nominate other people's machines for "tractor of the month" i would choose this one


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Posted December 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

That's a cool lookin setup you have there, if we could nominate other people's machines for "tractor of the month" i would choose this one

 

Thanks. I appreciate the comment. Still a work in progress.


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Posted December 24, 2015 - 06:33 PM

Glad you found a way to get the exhaust ran! Might be a little loud, though!


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Posted December 24, 2015 - 07:06 PM

Glad you found a way to get the exhaust ran! Might be a little loud, though!

 

I hope not; still going through PO homemade muffler. No where to run it out the front with the grill, driveshaft, belt, BGB, and all taking up space. One of the poorer engineered factory designs. Time will tell. No tractor wrenching today or tomorrow.



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Posted December 24, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Finally had a chance to catch up.
Nice spinner, should work just Right
Very capable looking machine. :thumbs:
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