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  1. J

    8018 for hard facing?

    So I welded a pretty thin walled 3/16 tube on the cutting edge of an old atv plow. in my experience they really do a great job to prevent lawn damage and digging gravel when the ground is softer. Anyways a good friend gave me a bunch of old 8018 rod i already hard faced the tube but curious...
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    Old kitchen oven ideas for storing/drying welding electrodes.

    That's a good idea I have an old unused one lying around somewhere I might size it up for my 7018. Still can't believe the prices on some "real" rod ovens.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Great idea with the luggage cart I can see how it would help in controlling the weed eater in delicate situations and so much easier on operator wheeling it around in established rows. I've thought about other ways to put a dolly on my newer higher qaulity Husqvarna straight shaft however no...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Last 5 yrs I've struggled with weed control Ive started to spray roundup in the spring and fall around slightly older trees however have been advised not to spray near brand new trees for the first year. I've also struggled using a regular straight shaft Wacker from damaging tree trunks. I've...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    1st upgrade to "under new tree Wacker"2.0. mounted old casters from an old tile bridge saw on guard, welded a cross brace in between casters, cambered casters inward for maneuverability and keep them off tree braches. Need to wack lower dropping the non castered front by lifting up back still...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Walking around in 90+ temps removed 5' gear drive boxstore tiller, remembered I built a drag for it out of an old grow table from a decommissioned greenhouse, dragged my 1k foot driveway today, used to pull behind tiller in field anyways, used scrap steel angle around lower frame welded a piece...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Imo the best and most rewarding farm welding and fab projects are fairly usable as envisioned, not aesthetically pleasing but functional, built with repurposed scrap parts and pieces lying around that usually cost nothing to make or modify but some time.
  8. J

    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Have long thicker old stripped out bolts lying around make a light duty hitch pin out of them drill small hole in bottom for a clip (drill press and cobalt bits are invaluable in this procedure) use a old washer on top. Been using for years no problems on lighter duty applications.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Crude prototype for weed control around hundreds of new tree plantings, that I can't carefully spray round up around. Required One 10yr old curve shaft, cheap weed Wacker that won't die, one broken cut up foldable lawn chair and 1 chunk of old garden hose. Works as expected without damaging...
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    Old kitchen oven ideas for storing/drying welding electrodes.

    Hi Wonder if anyone converted or uses an old kitchen oven for heating and storing electrodes most notably 7018. If I find one in the cheap or roadside free price ange Thinking of converting stove top to a work bench after reinforcement and adding multiple dividers/ pigeon holes in the oven...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Easy project to turn your single use trailer ball into a pin hitch also. Just weld an eyebolt to one side. Been doing it for years never a problem I've safely pulled smaller pin coupler trailers for years or regular ball coupled trailers especially after most ATVs started putting standard...
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    Snowmobile stands.

    Made these stands to winch the track of a snowmobile in the air, after I had neck surgery 5 or so years ago. Used two old boat trailer winches had to shorten the crank handles, made of repurposed angle, thin wall tube, and square tubing. Made in a day, got lazy and broke a dull drill bit so...
  13. J

    What size generator to run stick welder?

    From previous experience, don't remember size of welder or generator (probably undersized) but I do remember having to shut off the auto idle feature in order for it to work.
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    Little bit o' log splitter welding...

    I'm sure there's more knowledgeable folks but from my limited experiences welding pin holes in water tanks and tubes they had to be empty, dry, prepped, (usually involved completely grinding out the old weld) and wiped/ cleaned with some type of solvent to stop leaks. Good luck
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    Voltage converter

    I don't think what you want to do is feasible or possible and expect to weld with it. Probably need a 30 minimum- 50 preferred amp breaker to run 220 from your box which will take up two slots. If your out of slots to run a new circuit you can hire someone to install a sub panel and circuit...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Ok I'll try and keep it short and to the point lol. dimensions are 4x8 used old treated d2x8s for stringers and end caps for decking used 2x of various widths leftover from projects, had a few Timberloks lying around so I used them on end caps. Mounted stringers to running gear with...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    I believe it's farm tough running gear, bought from northern tool on when I was attempting to sell pumpkins roadside. My pumpkin growing days are over lol however it is actually pretty decent lighter duty running gear for the price I paid. I'd be happy to go more in depth on the trailer build...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Small repurposed farm type garden trailers? 1st is your general big box stor cheaply built dump lawn trailer, long abandoned with a broken axle and rotten tires I repurposed some old JD front axle spindles and tires, inserted spindles in some heavy gauge square tubing I had lying around, used...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Another pretty crude fab welding project on my other used and abused relic. Quick easy bracket to mount rear remote hydraulic multiplier. I can reach the lever to change circuit in operator station so it's like having two rear remotes for a fraction of cost. Works well.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Quick easy three point implement stand made this for my 6' back blade, it's crude but works well and keeps pins for tractor off ground and always stays on blade. Notice I have hydraulic top link, when planning location of stand made sure it didn't interfere with full extension and retraction...
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    Vintage Marquette Welder For Sale

    I've seen older lol. Leads still look good if it works and was looking for a inexpensive welder I'd buy it over a HF one. Ac current only I presume? Any idea how much it weighs, length of leads, and if you ever hit the duty cycle?
  22. J

    Any Hobart Welder Owners?

    Oops meant 40i plasma cutter darn fat fingers lol it cuts cleanly through 5/8" steel like butter after laughing at it.
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    Any Hobart Welder Owners?

    I bought a 210 mvp over 10 yrs ago liked it so much I kept buying Hobarts lol including a handler 190 I use for aluminum with a spoolgun, 235/160 lx for stick, handler 120 flux core (emergency repairs and small fab projects at my cabin) and an 80i plasma cutter. Never had any problems with any...
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    Small tractor bumper

    Nice, I made one for my used and abused relic L4150 a few years ago when I replaced the rad, used repurposed channel, old tubes, heavy gauge angle, added a front hitch. Even rattle canned it orange. Bent tubes with a 16 ton hf bender. Will probably reconfigure lights and add mesh in between...
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    Flooring for a welding shop?

    1/4" cement board, hardi backer? Its Fire proof with great compressive strength especially if you use thinset under it imo. However never used it Or seen it used for a shop floor, only as underlayment for tile over a wood floor
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    Kindling splitter

    Nice idea wish I would have seen or thought of something like it before I bought my xl kindling cracker a few yrs ago.
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    I built this ATV trailer mover positioner quite a while ago using nothing but scrap steel and an old trailer ball, Modified to fit existing ATVs over the years, used a lot, easy to put on and take off ATV and works really good for moving my smaller single axle trailers as I'm sure some of you...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Don't really have advice on gophers cause we have some vicious ferrel cats in the area lol. however I started to "carefully" run an old towable homeowner grade lawn roller up and down my rows and since I started to get kind of good at it I run it in-between the rows cross directional. It...
  29. J

    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Yes it is I don't shovel just run a bar into trench to widen it a little bit put tree in done. I also use a homemade wooden tree spacer. After a few years of experimenting currently run 6' rows with about 4.5-5'spacing between trees in rows, seems to work pretty good for my hobby operation...
  30. J

    Pull behind trailer for snowmobile.

    My first welding project over 30:yrs ago. It's been reconfigured a half dozen or so times, used to have a flat bed with wood sides, currently repurposed a broken poly tow behind garden cart added and built the spring pin hitch after breaking multiple snowmobile bumpers widened the ski stance and...
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    My projects - farm repairs and minor fabrication

    Plant a few hundred Xmas trees every spring on our hobby operation. Built a homemade row marker beats making my field look like a new subdivision with string lines everywhere, basically just a 6 ' extension off a cheap subsoiler I bought used. Marker pin itself is an old snowmobile rear...
  32. J

    Press Brake

    Here's mine I built for for 20 ton hf press made with pretty heavy duty cutoffs.
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    What have you built this year?

    1st post, Built around 15 yrs ago, my welding carts used an old Lincoln 100 amp flux core welder, repurposed craftsman 22gauge bottom box I almost scrapped, welded to 3/16 angle iron lying around, old repurposed Yamaha snowmobile track axle for the rear, old swivel casters for the front, green...
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