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    Default Drilling a bucket

    I just recieved my toothbar attachment from Carver for my B7500 bucket. Nice piece of workmanship. My question is it says I can drill the two bolt holes or "burn" them. Since I don't have a torch how hard is it going to be to drill the holes? It looks like 1" or 11/4" bolts. Any suggestions??

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    Super Star Member Thomas's Avatar
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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    If it was I..I would step drill up to 1" and go slow maybe use some cutting oil.If you got a good drill and a strong grip try a whole saw..but be careful

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    Get a good holesaw. Drill a pilot first, then the finish hole.

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    Thanks Hazmat and Thomas... never thought of a holesaw.

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    <font color=blue>"try a whole saw"</font color=blue>

    I agree! I've never had much luck cutting anything with just part of a saw. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    Sorry, Thomas...I just couldn't resist.

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    The hole saw will do the trick, and I used my 18V cordless drill. Used 1 full battery and a tad of another.

    Good luck;

    GS

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    Elite Member Gary_in_Indiana's Avatar
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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    All kidding aside, I just installed a toothbar yesterday and drilled the entire thing with a step bit. It did an incredibly nice job. My FFC toothbar need 3/4" holes, which was the maximum on the step bit I had. I then used an old 3/4" bit to expand the holes a bit so the bolts slid in and out freely. Probably not 'recommended,' but it worked out just fine. That old 3/4" bit didn't have much bit until up near the chuck so it's due to be sharpened anyhow. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    Here is how I installed the toothbar on my B7500. First, I went to Home Depot and picked up a 3/4" hole saw called the "Aggressor" by BLU-MOL and a 3/8" hole saw mandel with intergrated 1/4" drill bit in the center. Just position the bucket at a comfortable working level. Put a washer in between the toothbar and the bucket. Line up by banging with a rubber mallet. When the washer is properly aligned, trace the inside circle with a felt tip pen. Remove toothbar and washer and punch a starting dimple for accuracy. Begin drilling. In about five minutes, you can have both holes drilled and the toothbar bolted on. I filed down the holes and painted them before I used the toothbar. Enjoy!


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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    i did exactly as gary did. just use cutting oil and a good grip on the drill.

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    Default Re: Drilling a bucket

    If you guys had bought Allied loaders they are predrilled for tooth bars. That is the easy way to do it. Now if Allied only made tooth bars for the 195 loader. :^)

    Jeff

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