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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rotary Weld Positoner High Torque Upgrade

Although I've had no problem with the somewhat limited amount of torque on my weld positioner, I've had a few users try welding very large pipe sections on theirs without much luck. From the pictures they've sent me, they were trying to weld four 6" (schedule 40?) Tee sections that were all facing the same way. The piece was about as big as the pallet it was laying on. I've been very clear about the lack of torque (which isn't needed when welding round or balanced parts) but I didn't want to give up on helping these guys out. So I tested a stepper motor with a gear reduction box attached to it. See the video for more information on this. Although I have not done extensive testing on this setup, I will update the plans soon to include information about this upgrade.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Disassembly Time

I paid around $700 for that mower. And it yielded a lot of good parts.
  • 3 cylinder Kubota diesel engine with all of the accessories.
  • Hydraulic steering valve, cylinder and wheel.
  • 3 section hydraulic pump 
  • Drive and control valve (that will be used for the dump bed) 
  • Hydraulic drive motors 
All I should need to finish out the hydraulics is the lift cylinders and the rotary flow divider. Hoses and fittings as well. Which will probably end up costing more than the whole mower actually. 

I'll also be using different wheel motors for two reasons that will be explained later on. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Finally Got Some Motivation Back

After yet another long hiatus, I finally got back to work on the dump truck project. I'll see if that motivation will continue. Read more about what I've done HERE.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Variable Foot Pedal Control Is Final Done

It took a while to figure out. Mostly because I have been tied up with other projects. And especially two growing boys. But I finally got around to it. And I'm pretty happy with it.

I ended up making the original potentiometer a "speed range" selector. This video will explain the function a little better.

If you previously bought plans, I will send you the latest copy with the new code. Just respond to the email that I sent with the original plans.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Yet Another Long Overdue Update

Haven't posted anything since March. The garage addition was an overwhelming project that wasn't exactly exciting. However, it was necessary to give me more space for future projects. Now that it is mostly behind me, I'm ready to start working on projects again. I hope that my posts become more regular again.

I've received many questions about the weld positioner in regards to the amount of weight it can handle and how it functions when exposed to high frequency noise. I've created the following video to answer some of those questions.

I do plan to get back to the dump truck build. Along with the garage addition, I really wanted to build a cnc plasma table to help manufacture a lot of the pieces for it. The plasma table is almost complete and I will share that build very soon.

I also plan to make a small go kart for my children first. I want a small project to get my motivation back after the addition. I'm making a square tubing bender for it and I'll be using a snowblower engine that I found in the garbage.

All of this will hopefully be shared in the near future.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mini Mining Truck Update

Finally found the donor I've been looking for. Click the picture for more information.

Best part about it? Here's a hint.

Monday, December 12, 2016

First Snow Of The Year

Had two weekends in a row with about 6" of snow each. More snow is expected this coming weekend as well. So it was time to play....

Mini Dozer Arctic Cat Kitty Cat

The little snowmobile was a gift from my parents to my brother, sister and I back in 1989. It's an Arctic Cat Kitty Cat. I loved that thing. My Dad kept it all these years and now my kids had a chance to ride it. So we took it to an open field by my house.

Mini Dozer Arctic Cat Kitty Cat

Mini Dozer Arctic Cat Kitty Cat

Mini Dozer Arctic Cat Kitty Cat