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#1 sacsr ONLINE  

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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:11 PM

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I got this in a load I brought home this week. Trying to decide what to do with it. Guess I could always take the cut off railroad track piece and use it for weight on a tractor. Any thoughts?

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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:13 PM

Looks like a disk for a walk-behind being so narrow!


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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:35 PM

It's heavy for sure! Not sure how it was attached to what ever it was used on.
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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:37 PM

Parts for a new project.

I'd break it down and turn it into an offset disc, the current configuration would be leaving a ditch behind every pass. The steel may be rusty but it looks solid. I make a point of never turning down extra steel.

Of course, free steel is always best

And I'd turn the rail into an anvil. My gramps had one like that.

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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:40 PM

It's heavy for sure! Not sure how it was attached to what ever it was used on.

That slot in the channel iron on the front may hold a clue on the attachment point!


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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:43 PM

Three blades like that  are used as a Hipper to make raised rows and to hill potatoes.

However the cups should be reversed to push soil to the center.

If I had that I would scrap it and build just that.


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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:48 PM

An after thought, in NC could those have been used to hip rows for tobacco?

Not much grown up here. Though I am told my wifes great grandfather grew enough to keep his pipe gowing. I have also seen pictures of a plow device with Mule Ear shapped shovels.


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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:49 PM

Years ago there was tobacco grown all around me.
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Posted March 26, 2016 - 05:16 AM

The rail piece makes a good makeshift anvil , it looks a little smaller then the one I use but still good
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Posted March 26, 2016 - 08:21 AM

If I got something like that, the first thing I would do is take it for a test run to see how well it works, then decide on what to do with it from there. I like your idea on using the piece of rail as a tractor weight. I have a piece around here somewhere that I use as an anvil, but I think it will be a dual purpose piece from now on.

 

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Posted March 26, 2016 - 12:37 PM

I have a 20ft section of rail..never been able to cut it.


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Posted March 26, 2016 - 01:34 PM

I have a 20ft section of rail..never been able to cut it.

I have never done it but have heard of my wifes grandfather who had been a foreman on the Chicago Northwestern line doing it.

He would take a chisel and score a break line all the way around the rail then hit it with a hammer.(much the way you would cut a brick or block.


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Posted March 26, 2016 - 01:40 PM

The rail makes a good anvil, but they ring like crazy, I plan to put mine in a sand box to muffle it some.

Use it as it comes, not like I made mine as that is too much work.

I cut a horn on mine and cut a hole for chisels. Wasted a lot of good drills and grinding wheels doing that.

It took weeks to shape the horn with a 4 1/2 inch grinder.

The rails carrying tons over the years gets work hardened to the point the first 1/4 inch is nearly impossible to work. they wear heavily on the inside and takes a lot of grinding to get a reasonably flat crown.


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Posted March 26, 2016 - 01:53 PM

Mine is just a cut section about 2' long. I found it that way, I have no idea who cut it or how. I have seen one that had a tapered end on it. It was owned by a farrier and I assume he made it himself, but I didn't ask him about it.

 

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Posted March 26, 2016 - 01:58 PM

My Olde Deere used a twenty foot length of railway iron for an anvil too. It is mounted up on legs and he put a press over one end and could lay a sickle bar on it to change out the sections on a swather knife. It has a multitude of uses, so much so that when we moved here we hauled it 300 miles! Old iron was never thrown out, but repurposed endlessly. Even now I can't pass up a "dead" bit of machinery without wondering what I could use it for.


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