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#1 tankdriver OFFLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 09:54 PM

Ok, I have a Agri-Fab Box blade on a Craftsman PGT9000 Garden Tractor that I'm not too happy with. I use it on a 1,400ft drive way of what around here is called Road Gravel. It is a mix of rock, sand, and clay. Pretty hard stuff when it sets up. What I do with the blade is set the blade at an angle to pull the buildup of the edges back to the middle of the drive, to keep the crown.

I used this blade 1 time and it was starting to pull the washers into the tube, and bend the tounge mounting bracket.

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When I pulled it a part to fix it, it was worse than it looked. Look at the tubing, and washers…..

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So I decided to see what I could do to fix it. What I decided to do was strengthen the main tubing. I purchased a stick of 1 ¾ X 5/16 angle and cut 2 pieces of 1 ¾ X 5/16 angle 39 ¾ long. Then beveled the edges to make room for the welds already there….

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Then to make room for the braces I cut 2 notches 3/8 of a inch, but finally had to go to 7/16 to make room for the welds.

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Then used clamps and put the angles to the back and bottom of the tubing, after painting the inside where it would not rust.

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I used short welds down the length and full welds on the ends, and where the braces are. Then repainted the whole thing…..


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Here it is finished. Everywhere that the bolts go through there is at least 5/16 metal, not just tubing. It should never bend now, and it is also a couple pounds heavier. This only cost about 20 bucks, and took about 8 hrs. total to do. If you do not have an end mill, a saws all, grinder, jig saw, or if you are REALLY a well-built young’un, a plain old hack saw will work.


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I think it was well worth the time and small amount of money it took me to do this. If you have a Agri-Fab blade you should do it ........

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 11:44 PM

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Built like it should of been to start with. Good repair, now she should hold together.

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Posted June 08, 2011 - 05:42 AM

Very nice work. We need to start getting a couple of other attachments. For the newer stuff the Agri-Fab stuff does seem to be decently built and I also like the fact that they kind of stemmed from Haban since they bought them.

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Posted June 08, 2011 - 06:11 AM

Welcome. That looks to be a much sturdier blade now. I guess that's why I don't get hyped to buy new equipment, have to rebuild it to make it work. I have an older Sears sleeve hitch blade that I have thought of adding sides to for a box blade, but I would like to be able to remove if needed. Just haven't taken time to figure it out yet.

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Posted October 30, 2011 - 01:16 AM

Nice refab work tankdriver. Hey Kenny, why not just bolt large angle iron to the backside of the blade at the ends to enclose it??

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Posted October 30, 2011 - 06:08 AM

Excellent repair and paint up, looks like it came from the factory that way. Its a shame that the attachments that are sold for these tractors sometimes are not as strong as they should be.

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Posted October 30, 2011 - 06:14 AM

Nice refab work tankdriver. Hey Kenny, why not just bolt large angle iron to the backside of the blade at the ends to enclose it??

I have thought of doing that, Casey. Just hate to drill more holes in it. But if I can find some metal to make side pieces out of, I will most likely do that. And add some teeth for loosening the soil.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 03:28 PM

I listed an Agri-Fab box blade in the classifieds.

I have a back blade and don't really need both.

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Bill

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Posted January 21, 2012 - 02:22 PM

They won't be around very long if they keep building (underbuilding) stuff like that. Nice retro. Should hold up now.

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Posted January 22, 2012 - 03:11 PM

I'm glad I saw this. There aren't a lot of choices out there and it's nice to know the Agri Fab can be strengthened without a lot of expense.




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