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    Is it laser cut or water jet?
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    Is it painted yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Is it laser cut or water jet?
    I think they use a laser.

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    Is it painted yet?
    No, I have not had a chance to get back to it. Plus now somebody talked me into adding expanded metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Is it laser cut or water jet?
    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    I think they use a laser.
    See this thread about getting a new laser cutting machine: http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...tachments.html
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    Laser leaves a burnt edge while water-jet the edge will not be as straight in thick stuff and will be totally smooth & raw/clean steel no blackened edges almost polished look.

    If you are welding on a edge that was cut the laser cut should be ground to remove the heat hardened/oxidized edge while water-jet will be ready off the machine (other than wet.)

    Water-Jets can make holes a bit faster in heavy/thick stuff for most part I do believe too. though the edge no longer is perpendicular to plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    I think they use a laser.



    No, I have not had a chance to get back to it. Plus now somebody talked me into adding expanded metal.
    Sorry about that but I think you will agree its a good idea, That's the way mine came from MIE and it was even painted orange and black.
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    Default Re: Everything Attachments Wicked Grapple Build

    I got the lids cleaned up and primed. I also primed the pins for the lids, just the ends.

    Quote Originally Posted by SPIKER View Post
    Laser leaves a burnt edge while water-jet the edge will not be as straight in thick stuff and will be totally smooth & raw/clean steel no blackened edges almost polished look.

    If you are welding on a edge that was cut the laser cut should be ground to remove the heat hardened/oxidized edge while water-jet will be ready off the machine (other than wet.)

    Water-Jets can make holes a bit faster in heavy/thick stuff for most part I do believe too. though the edge no longer is perpendicular to plane.

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    This has a pretty smooth edge.

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    Sorry about that but I think you will agree its a good idea, That's the way mine came from MIE and it was even painted orange and black.
    Yeah, it is a good idea. I got to thinking if I was loading over a truck and or lifting high something could fall out of the back of the grapple and on to the tractor. I guess something could still fall out of the bottom and possibly hit the tractor but it would be a pretty low chance at doing that. I still may add some expanded metal to the grill guard. I am going to get some and cover the bottom of the BX too.

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    Default Re: Everything Attachments Wicked Grapple Build

    I check my test paint and it seems to be pretty durable since it has sat a while. It is not good weather for paint drying.

    Here are the Lids primed. I cheeped out and used red oxide primer. I was going to use some dupont primer but I figured it was not worth the extra money because it is going to get scratched off.



    I made a template for the expanded metal.



    I laid it across a 2x4 to cut it height wise then clamped it to a welding table and cut the width.



    I got a few welded on. I ran out of cut off wheels. I almost finished cutting another one out.



    If things go right I am hoping to have it primed tomorrow.

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    I almost forgot to post my pics tonight.

    I did not have enought time to get it primed but all the expanded metal is welded in. I cut everypeice to fit between the tines.






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