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Posted January 23, 2020 - 09:20 PM

There's no doubt that you are a professional welder!  Nice work.


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Posted January 24, 2020 - 08:05 AM

Judging by the pictures it appears you are welding on top of a wooden work bench - just wonder if you place anything on top of the work bench to keep any stray sparks from trying to ignite the wood?


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Posted January 24, 2020 - 08:45 AM

Wow Ken I know this has been something you have been preparing to do for years, building it over and over in your mind, thank you for sharing it with all of us here on GTTalk! It will be an amazing addition to the threads that are stored here on this site.

 

I think you are going to stimulate a lot of fabricating brains out here in GTTalk land!  :worshippy1: :thumbs: :thumbs:


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Posted January 24, 2020 - 08:52 AM

Wheels look good, Ken! Drive on!


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Posted January 24, 2020 - 09:58 AM

Judging by the pictures it appears you are welding on top of a wooden work bench - just wonder if you place anything on top of the work bench to keep any stray sparks from trying to ignite the wood?


I plan to get a sheet of stainless & brake a top for the bench, just haven't got around to it yet. The shop is a work in progress & there's still plenty I'd like to do in there. At least I can finally work in there during the winter now (since adding a 220V 3500/6500A heater). For now I'm just careful when I'm cutting/grinding, pay attention to where the sparks are flying. When you've got the welder dialed in there's very little sparks to worry about, I worry about fires more while grinding.
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Posted January 24, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Nice job on those rims!  The welds look fantastic!

Can't wait to seem on your tractor!


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Posted January 24, 2020 - 07:48 PM

Well, some time had passed (week & 1/2) but got the call I had been waiting for, the powder coater. I also received all my tires for this & another project I had been working on, so getting the call was actually good timing for a change. My stuff was done & waiting on me at the powder coaters tho, so the next morning brite & early I went after the stuff. I had them do (2) 15" Bolens wheel weights, (2) regular Bolens 15" wheels, the (2) dual wheels I made, & a set of John Deere 12"x10" wheels that are going to go on my Yanmar. Stock wheel/tire size on the rear of the Yanmar was 23x10.50-12, these new Carlisle Tru powers on the 'Deere wheels are 26x12-12's so quite the jump up in size. They really "dwarf" the stock set up. I had them done at the same time to save some bucks since I had it all done in the same color.

Ran out of time tho. By the time I got back from the coaters, unloaded, & brought inside, i really only had enough time left to get the tires on the Yanmar wheels. I want to spend some time on the duals tire mounting & not rush it. I know it's kind of silly, but I want to make sure the treads are even next to it's ajoining wheel. There's also a "better side" sidewall of the tires, so I want to make sure those are facing out as well. My OCD kicking in I guess, haha 🙄
You guessed it, tomorrow's project is going to be putting the new tires on the dual wheel set finally.

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Posted January 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The white powdercoating looks fantastic!  :thumbs: The white paint really accentuates everything and your hard work. That's the nicest set of looking Bolens duals around. Even better, Carlisle Tru Powers, my favorite. Nothing like fresh rubber on a set of freshly coated rims is there? :)


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Posted January 25, 2020 - 07:24 AM

The rims look very nice.  One thing that might set them off would be a red or blue striped about 1/4" away from the bead similar to what they put on white spoke wheels.  Wouldn't be original and might be hard to do with powder coating but could be painted on with a steady hand.


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Posted January 25, 2020 - 04:14 PM

Tires are all mounted now. Before I get too far into this post I'd like to mention again that there aren't many options left anymore in this tire size. I realise my choice of tire isn't going to be the best choice for some of you. I chose this tire for a few main reasons. I couldn't find ANY ag tread (unless you consider skid steer tires an ag tread) & I'm not at all a fan of skid steer tires for most of my needs in a tire. I didn't want a strictly turf friendly tire, again because of my needs in a tire. Many times I'm in muddy, snowy, conditions here & short of taking tire chains on/off when needed, turf tires overall will not work for me much of the time. I then decided to shop the truck tire market & figured out what the closest size would be to what Bolens original used on these. Turns out there wasn't even many tires in this size that were available in that market. After alot of thought & narrowing down my options to a few choices, I finally decided on these. They are crosswinds made by Ling Ling. I know, not American made, but they had great reviews by the off roader guys. I kind of feel they're a comfortable compromise between an ag tread & turf tread (best of both worlds?) I'll have to see... I've included many pictures in this post so you can all see what I saw in these tires. From fit to function I think they'll do what I'll ask of them. I even like the sidewall tread blocks on them for the times I may have this out back going over above ground roots, rocks, etc. I think they may actually benefit me at times. Not always will I be using the duals, but if/when I'm only using the standard (1st wheel) and hauling out wood, I think they'll be very helpful. The tread itself is somewhat of a cross between turf & ag & 13/16" deep & the shoulder is mildly rounded. Anyway, I chose them & hopefully I'll like them, lol.
I decided to use a bolt thru hard valve stem on the inner wheels so that they stay rigid when airing them up when reaching thru the access hole of the dual wheel. I figured if they were a standard rubber stem (which is what I used in the outer dual wheels) they'd tend to bend & move around too easy & could develope a leak easier. I guess that's all to say for now, the next step is to throw them on the tractor & see what they look like. Curious on other people's thoughts on these, feel free to speak up. What's done is done (no turning back now), but I'm still curious what you think or what would work better in your area of the country.

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Posted January 25, 2020 - 06:02 PM

I like the tread on those!


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Posted January 25, 2020 - 06:51 PM

They look to me like they ought to work great! Nice work! I wonder how a setup like that would do for plowing snow?


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Posted January 25, 2020 - 08:25 PM

They look to me like they ought to work great! Nice work! I wonder how a setup like that would do for plowing snow?

Ive got the same curiousity. It won't be this winter, but I'll let you know at some point in time as I plan on testing that. 😁
BTW Dave, those wheel blanks I used for these duals were what I was so frantically wanting to get in my hot little hands at the pageant of steam show we met up at. I was a mess that day, in a paranoid state that I wasn't going to get them. It was a pleasure meeting you tho, my apologies that I made it such a brief meeting :(

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Posted January 25, 2020 - 08:57 PM

That's ok. No offense taken at all. I knew you were on a mission. BTDT. That show covers a lot of area. It was nice to meet up with someone from the forum!
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Posted January 25, 2020 - 11:51 PM

They look to me like they ought to work great! Nice work! I wonder how a setup like that would do for plowing snow?

   My Sears 18/6 with duel wheels and turf tires is totally worthless in the snow without three rail chains.    Don


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