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  1. #1
    Silver Member
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    Feb 2002
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    105
    Location
    Milford, MI
    Tractor
    JD 4100

    Default Projects completed

    Been reading here for the last couple days, gleening tons of good information and figured I'd return the favor by showing off my projects.

    So far, I have built a set (actually 2 sets, trying to sell the first one) of forks and a loader plow for my 4100 with 410 loader. These came out of the desire to have the items without paying top dollar for the JD brand. I have built 2 fork carriages. The first one used 4"x42" forks from a forklift on a homemade angle iron frame. I welded up attachment points that work with the 410 quick tach feature. These worked good, but the rather large forks used up too much of my meager lifting capacity, so I went back to the scrap yard and found smaller forks for version 2, which is what you see in the pictures. These work perfectly for what my needs are. They are 3"x27" forks from a hand operated (hydraulic jack style) lift truck and cost me $10. I broke down and bought the steel for it and have $70 total in this set up. Works good. I have lifted as much as my 4100 will lift. All thats left to do is a paint job.

    Project #2 is a loader plow. Again, I found pre-owned items to start from. This blade was originally made to clamp on a road grader blade to throw the snow out rather than creating a windrow. It's a 6' blade, cut down to 5'-6". I paid $70 for the blade, $20 in scrap steel, $30 for the skid shoes, and $10 for the springs. It works pretty good, I just need to make a weight for my 3pt. The rear blade just doesn't have enough weight to help. I made the blade so it can trip if I hit something hard and set it for right angle. I was thinking about adding a cylinder for angling the blade, but after using it, I am not so sure it would be worth the effort and cost. The only change I may make is to add a bracket to lock the blade in a straight position.

    Here is a link to my pictures:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.cdashxj.rockcrawler.com/images/Projects/>http://www.cdashxj.rockcrawler.com/images/Projects/</A>

    Thanks for all of the good ideas!!

    Craig

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
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    129
    Location
    Missouri
    Tractor
    BX2200 / FORD JUBILEE

    Default Re: Projects completed

    Wow! That is quite a blade. Have you had a chance to try it?
    I can see now I will have to get or make a quick-tatch system for my FEL.
    Rich...

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 2000
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    3,371
    Location
    California - S.F. East Bay & Sierra foothills
    Tractor
    Kubota L2500DT Standard Transmission

    Default Re: Projects completed

    I was sure that the title of this thread was some kind of oxymoron [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img], but by golly, Craig has actually finished some very impressive projects.

    Welcome aboard, and thanks for sharing, Craig! That's a terrific first post.

    All ya gotta do now is fill out your profile a little more so's we have at least a clue as to who/what/where you are.

  4. #4
    Veteran Member
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    Jan 2002
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    1,265
    Location
    Western Michigan
    Tractor
    NH TC33D w/R4 Tires, Rear Remote, Hydraulic Toplink, 2 Auxiliary Work Lights, 7308 Loader w/Kasco Uni-Hitch (Quick Tach)

    Default Re: Projects completed

    I really enjoy looking at all the pictures that you guys post of your projects and your toys. What really gets me are when I go to a web site and it keeps opening up window after window of unsolicited advertising. I don't appreciate that.


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2001
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    98
    Location
    western, pa
    Tractor
    kubota 2410 with loaded R4s

    Default Re: Projects completed

    Craig,

    Thanks for the pics. Do mind telling me where you purchased the skid shoes for $30?

    Thanks,
    winchman

  6. #6
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
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    105
    Location
    Milford, MI
    Tractor
    JD 4100

    Default Re: Projects completed

    Thanks! I went and filled out my BIO (kind of) and got some details in there. I am in Milford, MI, and am a structural engineer.

    I apologize about the popups on the website, but thats the price I (we) pay for free. It didn't used to be that bad, but is getting worse. I expect the next step is no more free!!

    The blade works good, I am able to move quite a bit of snow with it. It works really good for pushing back the windrows to open up my road so 2 cars can fit. Even with hard crunchy stuff. If I hold the blade up 3"-4" above ground, the force on the blade/loader arms actually increases the front wheel traction giving me a lot of pushing power. I need to go pretty fast to get the snow really rolling, but all we have had this winter is heavy wet snow. I figure fluffyier stuff may be different. I may try adjusting the vertical angle of the blade.

    The skid shoes were had at a local landscape supply shop that sells snow removal equipment. $14.00 per shoe, I used a pipe as the mount for it. Look for anyplace that sells Western plow parts, they are cheaper than the other brands. I may be able to dig up a part number for you if you need it. I am thinking about welding mounts for the shoes on my back blade. Then I can have the shoes on the snow blade in winter and back blade for summer.

  7. #7
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    Janesville, Wisconsin
    Tractor
    None -yet. Until then FunBuggy (EZ-Go) will have to do!

    Default Re: Projects completed

    Wow, Craig! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img] Those projects are really something! Like you, I'm new to this too, but I sure don't have anything like to contribute [img]/w3tcompact/icons/sad.gif[/img]. I'm gonna need to get a 5 drawer file cabinet just to keep all the stuff I'm printing out from TBN. Ain't it cool [img]/w3tcompact/icons/cool.gif[/img]! Thanks again for the great pics.

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    Columbia county NY
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    87 Ingersoll 444, 84 Ingersoll224/'44 GreavlyL/60'sGreavlyL/49 Ford 8N

    Default Re: Projects completed

    Projects get completed??[img]/w3tcompact/icons/hmm.gif[/img] You know, I never got that far...
    [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Projects completed

    I envy you guys that have the Shop,the Tools,the Time and the KNOWHOW. A coat of Green paint and no one will be the wiser!!!

  10. #10
    Gold Member
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    Nov 2000
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    Location
    Henrietta, NY, USA
    Tractor
    790 John Deere, 2000

    Default Re: Projects completed

    EXACTLY what I was thinking! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

    Great work Craig.

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