What are you up to in the workshop?

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  1. MF30

    MF30 Well-Known Member

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    Plenty strong alright. I made one in 2003 for the 3cx and used 100x100 x 10 mm wall to make it heavy as the 3cx can be very light on the front if you haven't got half a ton of an implement hanging there. I made mine as an 8ft wide dung fork and has 13 KV tines on the bottom and two each side. Cost me €800 for materials alone back then, it was the first time I ever used a Mig welder I remember.
     
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    There's 18 tines in the bottom and the 4 side ones and for them along with heavy duty ferols or bushes the price was 1130 inc vat. Haven't paid for the box iron yet but the total cost will be under 2k all in anyway. 7ft 7 in width.
     
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  4. diesel power

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    It's to help put a bit of extra strength into the bottom box iron. The quick hitch brackets at the back were made with a 6 inch tail on each that likewise is welded onto the bottom box as well for extra rigidity. We got a local metal fabricator to plasma the holes.
     
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    Stone fork
     
  7. bk1991

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    Was there much lineing up of the bushes or were the holes accurate ? Is the much of a price difference buying the box with bushes already in ?

    Looks a tasty job weather would want to dry up fairly quick
     
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  8. Arthur

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    And there was I thinking it was a dung fork for all the rotted straw,:laugh:
     
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    The holes were fairly accurate but just to be sure we had all the bushes and tines in place on the floor before tacking them in place. I would say there's about 1000 to 1200 saving on that size fork over a bought one.
     
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    Fine job, if your doing much of that type of job, I'd put a mig welder high up the wish list.
    I'd say you would cut the welding time by half.
    Did you bore the beam for the bushings yourself.?
     
  11. massey 6480

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    Picked up a handle the other evening. Got the head of the fork out of the old handle only to discover it’s a rectangle head that’s on it . New handle has round hole in it . Took back the handle only to be told that’s what they have . Hole was only 10mm where as the rectangle head of the fork is 16 x 10 . If I trued to tap that on you’d split the handle . Is there 2 types of replacement handle coop say no . Mind there a bunch of idiots the best of times .
     
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    I think I might have opened out the hole a little alright but think it was a round hole on the one we got
     
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    I just put a small taper on the square end on the fork so it could start in the hole that came in the handle. I couldn’t drive it 100% home though so might be no harm to check the hole is deep enough first.
     
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    A mig welder and plasma cutter are on the list some time. Tbh I'd nearly have more use for the plasma cutter then the welder. A local man with a very well setup metal shop has a computer guided plasma cutter and it was he we got to do the holes in the bottom beam.
     
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    I ment the price difference in the bottom beam bought already with weldedin bushes instead of u haveing to get in bored and weld them yourself i think spaldings do them
     
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    The mig is some job, got one recently and really like it, I haven't done a while lot with it yet but am starting to figure out the adjustments and what to tweak to get a good finish.
     
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    Oh. Tbh I don't know. I didn't know you could get them ready to go.
     
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    Spaldings used to do them I’m sure you picked the size the box and tines and spaceing etc
     
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    Sparex sell them but never seen them close spaced.
     
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    If you're only planning to cut 10mm and less with a plasma cutter keep an eye out in Lidl. I got one and it has saved me a lot of gas and cutting discs. For €130 you can't go wrong. The tip in mine needs replacing badly but it still cuts 10mm no problem.
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  21. eddie86

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    I have one in a box that I haven't got round to using yet. Good to hear that they do work.
     
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    What's needed to run one?
    Compressor and gas?
     
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    Just compressed air (100 psi) and it comes with a 16 amp elec plug.
    Hard to believe it doesn't use any gas!
     
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    Does it need the full 100psi to get through say 10mm? Think ours kinda runs out of poke around 85/90psi, I know it struggles to to get the ifor tyres up there
     
  25. Arthur

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    Same as that, it was one of those things that couldn't be passed up for the money, some day I'll find a use for it.
     
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