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    Quote Originally Posted by Depmandog View Post
    The vise is a good Wilton one. When the old Allis Chalmers plant closed down, they auctioned off what was left. I got several workbenches, and this one had the Wilton vise. Think I bought this one for $50.

    The table is approx 4 x 10'. I built a maple top on one end for woodworking, and put a 3/8" steel plate on the other end for metal working. Love my bench. Will get some pictures of it later.
    Don't even look at what Wilton and Yost vise like that are going for now! I bought an 8" Yost (made in Michigan) a couple of months back, for around $350, and that's on the lower end for a good, large vise made in the U.S.....sad, but even these two companies import Chinese and Korean vises for their low and mid-level products.

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    Just finished a ballast box build. Wish I would of put a receiver hitch on it. Used 4x8x16 solid block to make weight adjustable up to 800 pounds
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    Just finished a ballast box build. Wish I would of put a receiver hitch on it. Used 4x8x16 solid block to make weight adjustable up to 800 pounds
    Nice!

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    I have the ballast box ready for concrete. Here are a couple of pics that show the steel layout and the box form.

    I used a cat II drawbar, drilled a hole in the plywood for each pin to stick thru on the two sides of the form. On the end of the form, I jigsawed a square cut for the receiver tube to fit thru.

    I welded two pieces of angle at 90 degrees to the drawbar, drilled holes for the top link. After the concrete is poured, and the box is test fitted in the tractor, I plan on adding a bit more steel to tie the tops of the angles together.

    The picture of the form shows the hitch pin location and also the receiver pin tube. I ran the tube wild..it will get cut off after I decide how I want to secure the pin.

    Next step - coat the forms with some release agent and mix some concrete. 32 bags! Going for a weight of right at 2400 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Are you welding DC reverse polarity? Works best for me.
    Yes, DC negative. Seems to work the best for me. But I am no way an expert. Heck, I am a beginning beginner...a chicken scratcher...but it sure is fun!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by triptester View Post
    Just finished a ballast box build. Wish I would of put a receiver hitch on it. Used 4x8x16 solid block to make weight adjustable up to 800 pounds
    Very nice! I plan on giving mine a coat or three of kubota orange along with a SMV sign. Nice job.
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    What no wire mesh or rebar cage an inch in from the surface? Bridge inspector don't you know! Even though you pouring that one bag at a time I'd put a couple of rachet straps around the whalers to help the screws hold the pressure. Better safe then sorry.

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    We got the pour done. Rented a small electric mixer that really sped up the process. Built a platform next the form and was able to dump direct into the box.



    Ballast Box Build-image-3311744363.jpg

    I had some 2" PVC, that idea was stolen from others here on TBN. Sank 4 of those, and one 4" pipe as storage for shovels, etc

    Going to let it cure for a week or so since my shop is unheated unless I feed the stove. It never gets below freezing.
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