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I made them from 6" weldable pipe end caps; these things are really thick, more than 1/4", and not cheap either. Around $20 each.
But they look great.
They had to be cut inside as the sides are slightly tapered.
I bought the stainless for it new as well, so these are expensive bits of bling for my battered old tractor.


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They came out really nice!!
I think you got a bargain on the caps, easily twice that here.
Nice attachments too.
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I welded the pivot to the quick attach.

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I wound up with more movement than I had hoped for. It was hard to tell with the cardboard cutouts I used to layout the pivot but it looked like 50° and I am close. It's more than 45° but my speed square & framing square were hiding so no exact measurement.

Another look.

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There should be enough weld to keep it attached, hopefully.
I think it will be fun trying to knock the bucket off anyway!

Don


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Actually, I'm not sure there is enough weld there; hard to tell from the photo of course.
The force on that will be awesome, and will tend to tear the weld from one end.
consider added some gussets and/or webbing,
 

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Six passes on the front weld, four on the other side then the same on the other one. I started at 170 amps, after the second pass I was down to around 130. That was with 7018, 5/32".
I will be adding a few more passes tomorrow after the new gun for the Hobart arrives, If for nothing else to try it out. The old one has seen better days even relined it once, I couldn't get enough heat out of it and it's worn out after several 40lb spools of wire. The new gun was not much more than another liner would have cost, it's supposed to be better than the OEM which is the same as a Miller.

I am adding gussets, that was all I had time for yesterday.

If and when I knock the bucket off, I will try it again.

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If and when I knock the bucket off, I will try it again.
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That's the spirit!
I saw a digger working near my place the other day with a single tooth attachment instead of a bucket, breaking up rock.
Fairly soft rock, obviously; too hard for a small bucket but hammer not required this way.
I went back to get a picture next day but he'd done the job and moved on.
 

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A ripper.

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That would be nice.
Talk about some forces.
They come in all sizes and shapes.

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Even the little guys.

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One of these days, I'd like to have one.

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I would think that ripper would be one of your easier projects.
 

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It would be if I only needed to drill some holes and bolt it on.
Not thinking I could apply enough heat with my equipment.
Oh delivery!!
Gota go.
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That was fast, just ordered it last night.

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They were right, it does seem to be better quality than the OEM.
At half the price too.
I'd better see if it fits.

Don

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I need to have you do all my research when I'm looking to buy online
 

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LOL!!
I get lucky now and then.
It works great!!
It very well made, brand name is"Yes" welding supplies.
I bought one of there helmets with the "new" clear view. It's rated at 1-1 which is the top tier optically.
It has more of a bluish tint rather than the moss green so everything is easier to see. The only down side is the head band is a piece of junk. I followed the advice of one of the reviewers and sprung for a head band by Lincoln, which added another $30 bucks. Still it's a great helmet for about a hundred bucks and has replaceable components. It even came with a bag. Oh, cheater lenses fit perfect, my new 3x is glass not scratchy plastic.

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I had a Lincoln mask, the battery failed after 2 years and it's a sealed unit.
So I got a cheapo one that has a shutoff switch and replaceable battery but the pivot is a total PITA, it won't stay up [cue more hard / soft jokes...]
So why didn't I ever think of putting the Lincoln headband on the Chinese mask?
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I know, were so ridiculously easy to amuse. . . . .
exactly why I bought the head gear , the thing is so unbalanced the little nubs won't hold the helmet in place and it continually wants to slam shut. It took about 10 seconds to convince me it had to go. Lincoln head gear beats up on Miller, at least the two I had purchased that came missing parts and went back.

I know the motor I planned on using does not have gears to strip, I am less confident that it would stay parked where I want it to be so plan B.

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The draw back is I will loose some of the movement but what's 10 degrees in the grand scheme of things.
Instead of the roughly 50 degrees of motion I thought I would have each side, it might be more like 45.
That is with a basic connection without any linkage involved.
The two piece bracket, (1/2" plate) will weld to the pivot and have a one inch removable pin that will drop in from the top and secured with a bolt or clip.

Will have to wait and see how it's going to work out.
. . . . and I can always fall back on plan "C", whatever that is.

Rats! I forgot to put the plugs back in.
Oh, the cylinder is a 2" bore and 8 inch errr, travel.
It's 17" and 24",
shesh, this is getting bad.

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looks like you are staying busy and making progress. Better hurry. House building weather will be here soon.
 

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I know, it keeps teasing us with three or four hours of Tee shirt weather then cools off again.

Another month or two.

Don

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Ten pounds of abrasive showed up while I was grinding.

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It's industrial strength.

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It's almost too tough to tear by hand, need shears for a clean cut. It's from Klingspor, ends of rolls. The abrasive is from Germany.

I had enough time to fit one of the cylinder mounts but first the back side of one.

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Then tacked.

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As busy as you have been lately I don't know where you find time to work on this.
 

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Even a half hour is good therapy.
I had tack welded the two pieces and drilled the hole yesterday, so that helped for today.


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I like your way of thinking Don... work sets you free, and it's my main avenue to reduce/relieve stress. Gets stuff done too.
I may adopt you.
 
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