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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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Long Overdue Update

It's been a long time since my last update. I've spent the summer planning a garage addition and late summer/early fall building it. This ended up meaning new siding for the whole house and fixing issues that were found once the old stuff was removed. Of course. And other than the concrete work, I did everything myself. The outside is finally done but I still have to finish electric, insulation and drywall on the inside before I can get all of my machines back into place. 

The mining truck is still going to happen and this addition was the first step. The second step is to build a plasma table. Something else I've wanted to do for a long time. So I've also been collecting parts for that as well. It will be the first project in the new garage. I ended up going with a Precision Plasma gantry that uses linear rail instead of the typical cold rolled steel. I'd like to run a router on it as well (for wood only) so I wanted something a little more precise. The rail is very heavy duty and looks to be very nice quality.

Precision Plasma LLC Speed Demon CNC
Precision Plasma Gantry Kit and Speed Demon Linear Rail
Precision Plasma LLC Speed Demon CNC 

I'm anxious to get back to some projects and having my sons help me out with them. I still have a lot of design work to do on the mining truck. And I still need to determine some of the parts I'm going to use before I can do more. I'm really trying hard to fit a 3 cylinder diesel in it. First, they are very tall and the additional need of water cooling will eat up more space I already don't have. So we'll see what I can come up with. I don't think it would be right if it wasn't a diesel.  

That is all for now. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I finally made some progress on the dump truck build. However, I took a small detour to build a rotary weld positioner. I needed it to recenter the Hummer wheels that I am using. I'll have a more detailed update soon but here's a preview.

Click the picture to see more information.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Build Guide Now Available

I've finally decided to write a build guide for the mini dozer that I've built. I also include track frame rail plans. You can read more about this guide HERE.

This is new to me so I welcome any feedback in regards to content or pricing. Please contact me using the form at the top of this page if you have any questions.

Monday, September 7, 2015

2015 Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club National Show

The Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton Wi hosted the annual Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club show this year. I have never been to this show before and I've never been to an ACMOC event. So far, I have to say it was the best show I've attended to date. The show had a lot of variety including a steam driven pile driver, a couple of dragline shovels, a big "sand box" for all of the dozers, graders, shovels etc and a steam locomotive that runs around a 1.5 mile track to name a few things. But on top of all that, I was able to meet a lot of great people from the club and see a good amount of vintage Caterpillar equipment.

So I took my sons little dozer around and snapped a few pictures next to the big boys. Click on the picture below to see more from the show.