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Old 08-14-2013, 06:31 PM   #61
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Did you mention what's broken on the steering wheel? If the hub is good, maybe you can harvest that, weld on new spokes and a rim from steel bar stock, and then 3D-print a new cover out of ABS.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:12 PM   #62
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Wheel is plastic, cast around a metal chunk with splines inside. I guess I could weld up a new wheel to that part. The plastic shattered around the hub and the spokes. I'll take a pic of it in the morning.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:40 PM   #63
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If you can't use the 3D printer, maybe you can make a mold from the broken parts and cast one from phenolic resin.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:03 PM   #64
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My brother bought a 4 wheeler that came with a plow, so he lent me his blade. Got it all mounted up just fine.



Even tried it out!



There's a big low spot right there that always turns into a giant puddle. The tractor worked pretty good, still need to do some tuning on the carb it seems. After about 15 minutes of work though, I think I busted the bolt I installed in the drive line. Quit moving and had no hydraulics. Got to pull the pan up and check the bolt. In the meantime I picked up this,



So I can mount it at the same time I pull the pan back off to see what happened with the drive line.

AND! Finally went over to my brothers neighbor and settled on a price for some more attachements. I bought a tiller and a blower from him and he threw in a deck for free. The deck is REALLY rough though so I might not end up using it. Not sure what kind of shape the tiller and blower are in but for the price he asked I really don't care as long as they are complete. Looks like I should have everything I need except the belt director box that hangs under the front of the tractor when you want to use the deck.

Still need to find a steering wheel too.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #65
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Alright, time to get this thing USEABLE.

Went to our local CAL ranch store. Getting real sick of their crappy hardware selection, and on top of that it hasn't been cleaned, sorted, or RESTOCKED in several months so all of the stuff you would normally need is out of stock. AND- No frickin pens to write down your parts. Almost tempted to go pay the higher prices at Fastenal. *sigh*

Anyways, here's what I finally came up with based on the limited selection they had. Just took an allen bolt and turned down the end, and reused the original set screw on the other side. Seems to be a lot more solid.





Got it installed and loctited, set the pan on with some new bolts, and installed the new seat. Again, CAL ranch didn't have the right stuff so I had to improvise a bit, but it is bolted down and not moving.

Now for the fun stuff. Couldn't bring myself to pay the price for a used steering wheel, and mainly didn't want to wait a week to get it so I sat down this afternoon with some scraps and this is what I came up with.

Wrap some old chain around a 5 gallon bucket and tack weld it.



Note- it WILL melt bits of the bucket...

WELD the back side.



Fabricate some spokes.



Attach spokes to wheel.





Improvise alignment tool to get wheel "pretty darn" straight, and tack weld.





Weld it, sand blast it, and wire wheel it.



Slap a coat of paint on it and Bob's your uncle!



You can see where the square piece busted out the center of the plastic wheel. I reused that on the new one- and its pretty much just an interference fit inside the square tube at the center of the new wheel. Might eventually weld it, we'll see how it lasts.

Installed.





Ran it around pushing dirt / gravel, seemed to work great. Steering wheel is solid, seat is comfy, and I even gouged the blade in hard a time or two and the driveline didn't break! (knock on wood)

Now to get the deck, tiller, and snow thrower down here.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #66
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Got a trailer full of implements home last week.



Got a deck, tiller, and blower. The blower and tiller look like they should work without too much fuss- couple of dings and dents here and there I'll have to straighten out. The deck is ROUGH. Pretty easy to rebuild (just $$$), but the deck itself has been bent, straightened, cracked, and welded several times. Still hoping to find something in a little better shape but we'll see.

Also picked up a free Sears snowblower AND plow that I'm hoping I can make fit on one of my other "tractors" or even my quad.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:25 PM   #67
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Great work. Mind the pinkies when you palming that chain link wheel. DAMHIK
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #68
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Yeah, I'm going to put a suicide knob on it and see how well that works, if I'm still worried about it I'll wrap it with something or put a nice John Deere steering wheel cover over it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #69
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Nice work on the JD L&G tractors.


I have a co-worker that's into JD lawn & garden pretty heavy, he has 35+ 110's and a bunch more models, he mows with a 318.

here is a sample of what he takes to the shows.

thought you mite like seeing there are more out there like you.



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I see your Chain steering wheel and raise you:



Now you can turn wrenches all the time!
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:33 PM   #71
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Weee! Finally got a chance to use my plow. Got 4+ inches of snow after our -4 deg F. temps last week. Got home from Lego League and fired up the 'ole gurl and away we went.

Before:





After.



Pushes snow pretty good. Really needs chains or some weight on the back.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #72
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SNOW DAY!!! Not because of snow, but because of the temps. Got down past -30 with the windchill overnight. No school.... Hmm. What should I do?!

Dug out a bag of truck tire chains I got at the local thrift store a couple of years ago. Perfect width but about a foot too long. Hacked a chunk off each and viola! Chains!





It'll push hard now. Some weight on the back would help but I could push snow AND scrape the frozen gravel off my driveway without it slipping.

The steering wheel cover is going to happen much sooner rather than later. Parked it in the driveway, and came back a couple of hours later without my gloves to run it into the garage and darn near broke my finger.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #73
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Slit some 1" garden hose and attach it with zip ties until you come up with something better. Or use the garden hose as a form and fill it with resin to cover the chain.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:28 AM   #74
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Well that was fun!







Piled snow darn near as high as the tractor. Its a thick heavy wet snow too. I'm pretty impressed- can only imagine what it would do if I had some weight on the back end!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:51 AM   #75
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You're that neighbour...

You might be a redneck if:

...you mow the front yard and find a car.

...your other truck is made by John Deere.

...You think that John Deere Green, Ford Blue, and Primer Gray are the three of the primary colors.

...The blue book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas it has in it.
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