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#1 Greasy6020 ONLINE  

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Posted October 02, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Cultivator shanks guys! Jeez!

I have shop class right now, so I have access to a full shop of tools...

Anyone think I'd be able to make my own cultivator shanks? Thinking of using 1/8" thick by 1" flatbar, bending it so it looks like a brinly shank...

Let me know if you think it's because a good idea?
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Posted October 02, 2017 - 11:29 AM

I'd give it a shot, what have you got to lose? Will it be a cold bend or will heat be applied?  Watch the heat, you know what will happen if the flatbar gets brittle. Good luck with the project.


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Posted October 02, 2017 - 01:58 PM

I would think it should be within reach, just make sure you choose the steel carefully, not all will  be able to be hardened or tempered the same. It would be a shame to go through all the effort and get a good looking, but unusable part.


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Posted October 02, 2017 - 02:26 PM

I'd give it a shot, what have you got to lose? Will it be a cold bend or will heat be applied? Watch the heat, you know what will happen if the flatbar gets brittle. Good luck with the project.


Nothing to lose... so I'm gonna try it
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Posted October 02, 2017 - 03:13 PM

I think the 1/8" may be thin and not hold it's shape when you put it behind a tractor! Gonna need heat treatment!


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Posted October 02, 2017 - 03:29 PM

I think the 1/8" may be thin and not hold it's shape when you put it behind a tractor! Gonna need heat treatment!

I totally agree with it being too thin.  Needs to be minimum of 3/16", even better 1/4".  


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Posted October 02, 2017 - 05:50 PM

I would make a jig first to make shaping it easier. 


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Posted October 02, 2017 - 06:55 PM

I would make a jig first to make shaping it easier.


Actually the shop has some sort of machine for bending/rolling flatstock like I'd be using
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Posted October 02, 2017 - 11:54 PM

Go for it! I once spent 12 hours making a titanium silverware set just because I figured the Navy really wanted to loan me the materials and tools. Good luck! I bet your teacher would have some great pointers for you and probably help if he or she is worth a darn.
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Posted October 03, 2017 - 05:23 AM

Would the material have to be some type of " spring steel " so they would be able to flex back ?


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Posted October 03, 2017 - 06:32 AM

Would the material have to be some type of " spring steel " so they would be able to flex back ?


Probably...

I'm asking questions, I figured someone would have tried it before.

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Posted October 03, 2017 - 10:32 AM

quarter by 1 mild steel I can bend with my bare hands if it is a foot long. 1/2 would not stand up long against any real tractor. Don


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Posted October 03, 2017 - 02:19 PM

I build what resembles a big garden rake to pull behind a GT from #5 rebar 6" long to seed a new lawn. They bent.


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