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#1 Meangreen OFFLINE  

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 06:55 AM

Seems like anytime I park a trailer, it's always in the way plus I needed a way to hookup my dump cart to the 430. Nothing fancy in mind just something I hoped would work. I finally found the gauge metal I was wanting at the scrap metal yard a few weeks ago and finished up yesterday.
I used the drill press, torch, and both welders. This was my first project that included bending medal with the torch. Tore the vise loose from the workbench on the second bend,:( even when the medal is cherry red it took some elbow grease to bend it !! My wire welder is too small for that size medal but it did tack it together so I could finish with the stick welder.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 07:10 AM

Nice hitch. My vise is mounted solidly, just the table moves. LOL I like the way you did the hitch for the dump cart.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 07:12 AM

Wow, that looks really handy. Nice job!

Must be tough stuff if it bends hard when red.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 07:18 AM

That's a nice job.:thumbs:

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 07:21 AM

looks good Fred.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 07:51 AM

Nice job on building your hitch! It looks very well built and I bet will be very handy for you to use.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 08:12 AM

Fred, Very nice job on the hitch. Your BIL should have helped you, so you wouldn't have broke your vice loose from the workbench:poke:...The hitch sould work nicely for you, and handy to have..:thumbs:

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 09:28 AM

Fred, Very nice job on the hitch. Your BIL should have helped you, so you wouldn't have broke your vice loose from the workbench:poke:...The hitch sould work nicely for you, and handy to have..:thumbs:


I think Daniel was there when I tore the vise loose! It's attached to a wooden bench with lag bolts. :rolleyes: He gave me some tips on heating/bending. It would have been easier with a rose-bud but they are $55 !!!

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 09:57 AM

Thats good, I would expect nothing less from him.. Fred, watch for a rose-bud in the pawn shops, I buy a lot of that stuff there.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 10:00 AM

Yep, the brute ripped the vice from his bench! I helped hold the torch just for one bend to keep it hot while he bent it. The rest he did on his own. Quite a nice job too!

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 10:03 AM

Looks and sounds like a heavy duty hitch. You do great work.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Very nice work. Looks plenty tough.

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 05:36 PM

Yep, the brute ripped the vice from his bench! I helped hold the torch just for one bend to keep it hot while he bent it. The rest he did on his own. Quite a nice job too!

So you're saying he is now qualified to work by himself?

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 05:52 PM

So you're saying he is now qualified to work by himself?


I wasn't gonna say it out-loud, but yep, he's good to go! Has been for a while, but sometimes he just needs a nudge. lol

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Posted June 27, 2011 - 05:55 PM

Keep an eye on him, Daniel. He may still need some help once in a while.




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