Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.
I couldn't agree more!
With all of that Aluminum, do you have any plans for the effects of the Oxides?
(Guinea Pigs and Alzheimers are a bad combo......)
JK, .......nice project, your daughter will love it and I know that it feels good to stretch your "creative" legs.
Well, I jinxed myself yesterday by saying I'd be wrapped up today...
I hooked the ram to the pump and thought I would purge the lines as a "quiet" job in the garage while everyone was asleep @ 4am.
Ram extends, but will not retract. To the laptop, Batman! Ram model # tells me that it is a spring return. I double check hydraulic line tightness. Check. Still no retraction. Hmmm... Plus, there is no manual pressure release on the pump. Great.
I disconnect the quick release at the ram. Then I unscrew the hose from the pump and $10 worth of oil pukes on the ground. Then I reconnect the quick release to the ram and it pukes some more, but at least it retracts with no pressure. That also tells me pump - good, line - good, ram - good. I check the wiring - good. I check the coils on the solenoid valves - good. Getting power, good impedance. I disconnect the solenoid from the pump manifold. More puking. About $20 worth of oil on the floor being tracked everywhere now. WTF.
A call to JD2 proved worthless. They directed me to SPX - the pump maker. Guess what? SPX only provides the pump and manifold, NOT the solenoid or push button controller. C'mon. Really? At least the guy from SPX pretended to care even though it wasn't really his problem. It's JD2's. Mine now.
I have it this far apart. I gut the manifold completely. I gut the solenoid spool and valves completely. I blow everything out w/ 90psi. The block for the solenoid was completely full of metal shavings. The spool would move enough to extend, but would get jammed on the retract side. 6 hours later it's back together and the garage and myself is saturated in oil. Now I'm a hydraulic mechanic, I guess. I'm not very happy with the price I paid for this pump and the complete lack of customer support from JD2.
Fekkers owe me a steak and some beer, minimum.
Up since 4am, I finally get to welding around 11am. I get the bender cart base knocked out and coated in California Suede.
The cage gets closed in with expanded metal from the junk yard. After some fine tuning with the flap wheel, the cage will be ready for paint. I worked my butt off today, but it sure doesn't look like it.
One heck of an upgrade...
... from such humble beginnings.
Now for a little perspective... :huh
Hey - it held up while hand bending 2" 6061-T6, so at least my welds were okay. Now the old pedestal goes back to the scrap pile to wind up on another future scrap build.
Just like the Jeffersons - me and weezie are movin' on up.
"Hi. My name is Kirkster70. I am a welding junky"
Looks good. I thought about the traction issue as well. I was looking for a second way up so he could climb up and slide down. Kind of chutes and ladders for the mini-pig.
Piggy loves it. He runs all around making all kinds of squeaks and chirps.
Bender cart anxiously awaiting the next big project.
Shelf lifts out for access to the oil reservoir w/o removing cage.
Loaded up with bending tools and ready to go to work.
Made entirely out of scrap. The only thing I had to go out and buy was 2 rattlecans of flat black paint. The build took about two days altogether.
I was trying to flip it over, and it's very stable. I imagine it could happen with a long, heavy piece of tube, but you'd have to really not be paying attention to what's going on.
I positioned the bender assy. so that a kick on a 90 doesn't smack into the cage.
Done deal, Lucille. Until next time...
What's that on the wheel of the popemobile?
Yep. Wheel weight it is.
I wanted to give a shout out to Mike Shaner from mtechsales dot com.
^ I hope this isn't considered spam. If it is, mods please let me know and I will nuke this post.
Mtechsales is who I have bought all my JD2 items from. I sent Mike an email whining about the DO3 valve on the hydraulic pump being packed full of metal shavings and what I went through to fix it. 5 minutes after firing off the email, my home phone is ringing. No kidding. It's Mike. I was just venting and didn't really expect a call or a response email for that matter.
He told me he would contact his suppliers and see what happened.
He calls again today (I wasn't home) and also emails me. He offers me a $50 gift card to any steakhouse of my choice, or an $80 credit towards future purchases. There are quite a few bender shoes I'd like to have, so I choose the credit.
I was really blown away with Mike's customer service. It's something that just doesn't happen anymore. I'm sure you all know what I mean. I was happy that he took the time to call, but to offer what he did was icing on the cake for me. I told Mike that I would be back again and again for more JD2 goodies as time and money allows.
I was throughly impressed and just thought I'd share...
With Christmas soon approaching, it's time to make another present for a family member.
I saw a really cool video on youtube of a gentleman who made a fish sculpture using a tree stump, a hammer, a stick welder, and a grinder. I was very impressed and very much inspired by his video.
It has been in the back of my mind ever since I saw it...
I cut a chunk out of a nearly dead tree in my back yard.
The present will be for a female, so I think an interior decoration would be something different.
I use a scrap piece of 18ga from an old government surplus heavy duty shelf and get to work. This is going to be more of an art project than a welding project, but there will be some welding before it's over.
I use a ball peen hammer and just go for it. I've never tried this before. I pop in some ear plugs, crank the music, and crack a beer and sit back and relax as I swing the hammer.
The coolest part? This hammer is probably 100 years old. My Great Granddad gave it to my Granddad. It may have even belonged to my Great-Great Granddad. I love old tools. I love using old tools. Even cooler when it has some family history and experience on it.
After 2 hours of hammering (which felt like 20 minutes), it's far enough along to where I can cut out the excess with a cutting wheel and dress the edges with a flapwheel. It still needs a good bit of hammering until I am satisfied.
That's all for now. It's interesting just to try something completely different every now and then.
Do we see a PullMax and english wheel in your future ? (theres a nice P-Max on ebay right now )
There I was thinking you were gonna carve a fish out of that tree stump.
Now, why did you go and do that? You know I went and looked. Darn it! Now there's another expensive toy that I don't have room for!
My next tool will be a nice, heavy gauge box/pan brake. I just missed out on a really nice 12ga Dreis & Krump because I was cash poor. If I don't find a nice, used brake by spring, I may bite the bullet and buy a new Mittler Bros. brake.
Naw, here's my inspiration for the latest project...
sorry, forgot how to imbed... linky below...
Now you have gone and planted the seed
It's a sickness, I tell ya!
Great link, thanks. Initially I thought that guy was going to be a low-budget hack (crazy, messy shop), but boy, he's got some skills!