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Old 05-01-2011, 10:02 PM   post #31 of 173
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Expenses so far are only about $5 for blades/cut off wheels. As for time I'm at about 12hrs now. Not having plans to work from and using scrap steel on hand means I'm staring at things quite a bit with no work being done.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:05 AM   post #32 of 173
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Looking good, Jake. I will keep this thread for future reference.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:00 AM   post #33 of 173
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On my mid mount blade I can push down with my feet on either side to take a bigger bite of the material. Ed
I use my buddy's Mid Mount grader to dress up the tire ruts in his gravel towing lot. with the weight of the trucks packing it down, the grader just bounces across the surface.

I just put the tractor in first high, then put my feet on the blade.. there have been a few times, when i was standing on the blade to break it up.

you have to be careful when the blade is angled, because the rear tires keep trying to grab your boot.

kids.. don't try this at home LOL


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Old 05-02-2011, 09:51 AM   post #34 of 173
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Looking good! That design is almost the same as the factory one, except the factory one had something more like 3" diameter pipe, but a trailer jack should be strong enough to take some abuse
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:24 PM   post #35 of 173
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Thanks folks. It's basically a copy of the original sears blade with modifications as needed based on materials on hand / perceived design improvements.

Here's what I accomplished today:

I cut the other rib and welded both to the blade frame.


I ground off the pivot frame on the jack and welded it to the "C" frame. I welded it in "quarters" on both sides to ensure the two pieces are as "stuck together" as I can make them.



The angled braces for the spine tube are cut and fitted. The angle is 1/8" so I think I'm going to weld a plate across them tying into the C frame as well. I don't want that thin agle to twist if the edge of the blade grabs something.


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Old 05-02-2011, 11:24 PM   post #36 of 173
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Coming along fast! Can't wait to see it done!
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:46 PM   post #37 of 173
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Your going right along.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:30 AM   post #38 of 173
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Thanks for posting pics as you go. Helps to understand what you have done.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:50 PM   post #39 of 173
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Thanks for posting pics as you go. Helps to understand what you have done.
My pleasure. I'm happy you guys are enjoying this. Rest assured I'll keep posting pics as I move on with this.
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:10 PM   post #40 of 173
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Not much to report today.

I tacked the angle irons to the C-frame/spine tube.





I've got the blade pivots all worked out. The top plate is 1/4" material. I made it 20-1/2" wide to spread the load better across the blade. It'll get bolted to the blade with 7/16" hardware. The outer 2 holes are the original holes that the blade angle arc bar bolted to. I'll trim the excess from the trailing edge of the top plate tonight. The lower pivot is a chunk of 1/4" angle iron. I'll weld it to the ribs for added strength. I trimmed about 3/8" off of the pivot end of the tube so I could move the pivot point closer to the blade. I'll probably weld in a sleeve for that pivot to add strength.





I hope to have the brackets attached to the blade and blade skinned this weekend. Once that's done I'll start sorting out the blade angle system. It'll probably mimic the original. I am temped to use a turnbuckle though
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:26 PM   post #41 of 173
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wow! I like it!!

Now I think you got me wanting to make one... It will be pretty simple, mount to the two front mower mounts, have a pivot on top of the blade, and a simple (hopefully) lift system utilizing the back mower deck mount. no end to end tilt though... I don't really think I would need it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:37 PM   post #42 of 173
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Looking GOOD , I like it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:27 PM   post #43 of 173
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Your having way to much fun for one guy. Looks good !
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:37 PM   post #44 of 173
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Man, that's a good design. I like that it's a pull design. Can't wait to see this thing done, but the progress pics are just as good too me. Looks like a lot of fun too.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:40 PM   post #45 of 173
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Great work Jake, Your hired!!!!!!!!
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