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    Default Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    I built my own set of rake wheels after the TSC wheel set was almost as much as the rake.

    I started with a set of 10 350# capacity casters on sale from Harbor Freight. Looked over some of the wheel pictures on TBN and started fabbing right by the rake while attached to the 3PH.

    I measured the bolt centers on the rake, then cut and drilled some 3" channel iron I had in the spare pile. I welded old pieces of quick strut to them making sure I gave enough room to have the casters spin. It also gives me better grading since the 7610 kubota isn't all that long to begin with. I chose the quick strut because it will give (flex twist) without bending permanently during hard turns or hanging up on something.

    Next, after figuring which size pipe slipped into other pipe, I welded the sleeve onto the end of the arm. I bought threaded rod joiners (extra long nuts) for the adjusting screws, drilled a hole for the screw to fit through the sleeve, and welded the nuts in place. I left the bolts in the nuts to prevent spatter from messing up the threads.

    I wanted the casters to be bolt-on in case they ever got damaged. I built bolt-on plates from twin pieces of 1/4" x 2" flat bar, welding them together side by side. I welded a short section of pipe onto the plates to act as reinforcement. After making sure they were square to the plate, I slid the larger pipe over the short sections of pipe and welded those onto the plates. After the wheels were bolted on I assembled it all together onto the rake.
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    When my wife said, "You've waited long enough for a tractor. Go get one.", I knew exactly what to say:

    "YES DEAR."

    Kubota B7610 HST 4WD
    LA352 FEL, B2765A front blade, 3 pt carryall, bucket forks, spreader, lifting boom, 2" receiver, TSC PHD, KK II 4' rototiller, Salsco chipper, towable splitter, homemade 3 pt pallet forks, 7' back blade, 6' yard rake w/ homemade gauge wheels, HF Quick Hitch

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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    The drawing guy (me) screwed up on the height of the wheel stem and after assembly, it was clear I wouldn't be able to get all the adjustable height I wanted. I headed back to Home Despot and got some more and 1 pipe to extend the height of the wheel stem. I sleeved the pipe into both wheel stems, tacked them in place and sleeved the extra sections of bigger pipe over that. I finished the top of the longer wheel stems with pipe cap to keep them from sliding out. Welding some 3 inch pieces of x flat stock onto the adjusting bolts made tightening by hand easy. A buddy of mine painted the arms with urethane paint to finish them up.

    The TSC wheel set was $324.00

    The home made set cost:
    2 Wheels $12.99 ea $25.98
    Scrap channel $ 0.00
    Scrap Quick strut $ 0.00
    Pipes from HD $17.12
    Nuts and bolts $ 2.00
    Total $45.10


    Thanks to all the inspiring folks at TBN. You give me the confidence to try new stuff. Someday I'll try to do work like 4shorts or MJNCAD! (More tools and space and time will be needed first!)
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    When my wife said, "You've waited long enough for a tractor. Go get one.", I knew exactly what to say:

    "YES DEAR."

    Kubota B7610 HST 4WD
    LA352 FEL, B2765A front blade, 3 pt carryall, bucket forks, spreader, lifting boom, 2" receiver, TSC PHD, KK II 4' rototiller, Salsco chipper, towable splitter, homemade 3 pt pallet forks, 7' back blade, 6' yard rake w/ homemade gauge wheels, HF Quick Hitch

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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    Impressive. Adjustable, simple and cheap. Woods wanted $335 for a set!
    I have been looking for an idea for my rake and this is along the way I was thinking but could not figure out. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    I am on my second modification or maybe third of my homemade wheels. Wheels have not wanted to track correctly. Let us know how yours do. You have done a nice job putting the together.
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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    Ninefinger, it tracks well. I can set the heights different to get the scoop harder or lighter on one side. The casters always swivel to the line you're pulling on. Turn the rake to 45 degrees right or left and the rake still tracks. If the rake shifts side to side a little from a heavy chunk, the wheels still swivel.
    I made the clearance enough that they can spin nearly all the way around. Not that I want to back up, but you always end up missing little spots. If the wheels can't swivel, the rake will lock up the wheels when they hit the back of the rake or bump a stone that won't scuff over.
    [#] Window Geek
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    When my wife said, "You've waited long enough for a tractor. Go get one.", I knew exactly what to say:

    "YES DEAR."

    Kubota B7610 HST 4WD
    LA352 FEL, B2765A front blade, 3 pt carryall, bucket forks, spreader, lifting boom, 2" receiver, TSC PHD, KK II 4' rototiller, Salsco chipper, towable splitter, homemade 3 pt pallet forks, 7' back blade, 6' yard rake w/ homemade gauge wheels, HF Quick Hitch

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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    WHERE DID YOU GET THE WHEELS FROM

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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    Quote Originally Posted by spo307 View Post
    WHERE DID YOU GET THE WHEELS FROM
    Hi SPO...
    I got them from Harbor Freight.
    [#] Window Geek
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    When my wife said, "You've waited long enough for a tractor. Go get one.", I knew exactly what to say:

    "YES DEAR."

    Kubota B7610 HST 4WD
    LA352 FEL, B2765A front blade, 3 pt carryall, bucket forks, spreader, lifting boom, 2" receiver, TSC PHD, KK II 4' rototiller, Salsco chipper, towable splitter, homemade 3 pt pallet forks, 7' back blade, 6' yard rake w/ homemade gauge wheels, HF Quick Hitch

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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    Looks like you need to keep air in them tires. If so, I'd think hard tires would be the trick. I'm sure you can go that way if you choose. Looks good. I would like to put a wheel or two on the back of my Land Pride Blade.
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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    If this last mod, when I had time to finish it, does not work I think those casters may just be the trick I need. Thanks
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    Default Re: Homemade gauge wheels for rake

    Nice work.


    The wheels might need to have foam added. Their ability to hold air isn't too reliable. I seem to spend a great deal of time installing new tubes in these for people.

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