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    Re: New skill to learn.

    Jealous.

    Enjoy.
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    Re: Welding - next step

    Report back from the class! Great teacher. Morning went by very quickly. Hardly had time to make notes. Turns out I was the only student this morning, so I had to really focus. I am much better...
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    Re: Welding - next step

    I had already planned to take both the mig welder and the plasma cutter along. I will also have my smartphone to take pictures and make notes, and a notebook and pencil. Now I am praying my...
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    Re: My first welder for a green old guy

    FWIW. I found my welding instructor through Craigslist. Has seminars for up to four people or one on one. Less expensive than a semester at a local community college and much more individualized...
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    Welding - next step

    Having acquired a mig welder and a plasma cutter over Christmas, it was time to get serious about learning how to use the equipment properly.

    Found this: Stack of Dimes Welding Seminars - Home...
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    Proof.

    405021

    It happened. LOL!
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    Love the pictures, guys. Picking up many good ideas. Keep'em coming. I don't mind the banter.

    Tomorrow I'll get the machine on the cart and start a list of what is needed in terms of filters,...
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    Sorry. Its raining here and its dark. Pix will have to wait. LOL!
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    Decision made! Scored a HyperTherm PowerMax 45. Considered an Everlast from Mark but it was not in stock and then this popped up. Brought it home an hour ago. Even got a lesson on using it,...
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    Re: Scored a used golf cart canopy today

    Its a Lincoln Handy Mig. A little one. Appears in good shape. First mig welding lesson after the 15th. Got a cart and a helmet also. Have gloves. Need a few other goodies. But I have a house...
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    The Hypertherm 380 came back on the market. I am going to look at it tomorrow afternoon. She is asking $650. Been on Craigslist for 22 days. She says lots of calls and a lot of no-shows. What am...
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    OK. Back on rack here. Neither of those units turned out to be available. I wish when people sell something they would take down the ad or at the least call or email back. Rant off.

    Now I...
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    Clever idea. What size is the angle stock? Is it aluminum?
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    Re: Which plasma cutter?

    $650-$700 for either.
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    Re: Scored a used golf cart canopy today

    Mounting my 'lid' will be my first welding project. Santa brought a mig welder!
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    Which plasma cutter?

    Opportunity for Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 40 or Hypotherm 380. Your suggestions? Needed to build my FEL and BH for my JD.
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    Re: Scored a used golf cart canopy today

    Nice. I will have to be more creative in mounting mine. My tractor was born before ROPS! And my 'ol canopy doesn't have the nifty handle built in. But you have given me some ideas. Thanks.
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    Scored a used golf cart canopy today

    In good shape. No cracks. Dirty. but, hey, $20. Now to fabricate an infrastructure to hold it up. That will be part of the FEL build later on.
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    Re: Building a Small Backhoe

    Totally cool! Nice job. Bet you are having fun. Thanks for the update. Certainly re-inspires me.
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    Re: Building a Small Backhoe

    Backhoe - Open Source Ecology
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. That is the most helpful reply I have read. FWIW, I do have a small CO2 bottle that I have used to fire brad nailers on the job when I did that sort of thing. Just...
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    Thanks, guys. I am not scared off. I just thought the silliness ought to end. Peeing contests get old after a while.

    As for my FEL and BH build. I do not plan to do any of that welding. ...
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    Re: Building a Small Backhoe

    No. First I want to mount my pump under the tractor as I don't have a rear PTO. I need to get that done so I can start on the front end loader. The backhoe will take a while before I get to it. ...
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    Guys, this has gone way off track. If I could lock this thread I would. How about giving it a rest? You are not helping.
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    Re: Building a Small Backhoe

    Cool! I just bought those plans myself for my JD400. Glad to see how it worked out for you. Wish I was that far along. LOL! And Paul has also been very helpful to me as well.
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    Boy, did I wade into the deep end of the pool!

    I do not aspire to be a pro. I am a 70 year old lady who breaks some things and conjurers up others. I am thinking the 120v machine will do just...
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    You would think so, sjmarbu. Tried that route. But the programs at ROP and the community college are geared for folks wanting to get into welding as a career. They do not welcome hobbyists. And...
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    Re: Total welding newie here

    So guys, anybody in San Diego county wanna show me how and mentor me a bit?
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    Re: Building FEL & BH for my JD400

    The plan is to mount it on the tractor frame. No tow behind. No 3 pt hitch. Have to design and fab the frame mount. However, the first order of business is to get the pump hooked up under the...
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    Total welding newie here

    I want to learn how to wire weld. Suggestions for on-line instruction? Tried to find a mentor. No luck. Classes offered are for folks looking to make a career of welding. I'm just a wannabe with...
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    Re: Building FEL & BH for my JD400

    Hey, neighbor to the south! Thanks for the reply. Maybe a face to meet one day? I do that on a woodworking forum and it is always a blast.
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    Re: Building FEL & BH for my JD400

    front end loader
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    Building FEL & BH for my JD400

    This is the beginning of journaling this build. I ordered plans from PF Engineering and am logging the changes I need to make. I have had a number of questions which I posed to Paul at PF...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Thanks. I have already experienced Paul's help via email.
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Thanks, dfkrug. I just heard back from Paul at PF Engineering and he agreed that would work. He will get back to me with specific pumps that will work. That's pretty good service in that I...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Spent some time with the plans last night to determine a plan of attack. First order of business is how I am going to supply power to the FEL and BH. Since I have the 400 with its weird PTO speed,...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    No longer remember the plan number. All that info went with the tractor when I sold it.

    As for negative comments by builders. My impression was that when you are dealing with the only business...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    PF plans arrived today. I'll need a few days before I can make an observation about how colorful this journey will be.
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Found his single post from March of last year. No answers for the questions posed and the YouTube is no longer up. His observations were that the steel was expensive and to shop on-line for parts. ...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    This sort of sounds like the only working model is the one he has built? I know CADPlans and MetKit have been around for more than 10 years because I built the BH more than ten years ago. Those...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Unfortunately there is an entire country between me and him. :(
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    When I did the BH for the Ford with CADplans years ago, I also used the Metkit. Don't have that option with the PF Engineering plans. The plans are ordered. When I see them I will see what format...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Trust me. I have read every word on his site. What I had hoped was that there were others here who actually built from one of his plans, or at least knew first hand someone who did. Nothing like...
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    Re: PF Engineering plans

    Years ago I had a Ford 1100 4wd diesel and built a BH for it from the CADPlans. I had lots of help. Our thought about the plans was that they left much to be desired though everything was there. I...
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    PF Engineering plans

    Anyone have an experience with these? Comments?
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    Re: Are girl tractor owners allowed?

    Picture proof.
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    Re: Are girl tractor owners allowed?

    My JD 400 is a 1975 model garden tractor. And if stupid is a qualifying factor, I am in trouble. As for the plans, that's all so far. That and a dream or three.
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    Are girl tractor owners allowed?

    Hi all.

    I just hauled a John Deere 400 home to SoCal from the Midwest. Its in good shape but a re-power is in its future. I wanted hydraulics and this was the first machine I found with that I...
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    Hello from SoCal

    How did I even get a tractor and not know about this site? Already have found lots of very useful stuff. Thanks.
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