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Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I'm way out of practice on my welds. It helps...

I'm way out of practice on my welds. It helps when I can use the lift to get things at a comfortable height, but most of today's welds had to be done kneeling on the floor. I was so bent over that...
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Wow, simply amazing. I wish some of you guys...

Wow, simply amazing.

I wish some of you guys could have experienced a before and after, to see how much better this works.

Awesome solution proposed by gimpyrobb.
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I probably should have taken it for a test drive...

I probably should have taken it for a test drive before painting the underside, but it is late.

Test drive coming up momentarily.
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I think I'm going to use two trailer Jack's to...

I think I'm going to use two trailer Jack's to act as the brakes.

My local TSC didn't have two of the same kind that I'll need, so tomorrow I'm going to head up to the other form store and see...
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,902
Posted By Spencer
Welcome to the forum. I can't help you with your...

Welcome to the forum. I can't help you with your question, but I will follow along on your adventure, if you do in fact end up building one of these.
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
It has been way too long since I've busted out...

It has been way too long since I've busted out this Evolution saw.

It made quick and easy work of this cut.
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Both spacers are in place.

Both spacers are in place.
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I was measuring the wrong spot on the base when I...

I was measuring the wrong spot on the base when I came up with the 3" of clearance at the front. Those fixed wheels at the front are lower than the rest of the frame.

I've decided to add in some...
Forum: Fabrication 05-26-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Yes, the existing two separate swivel casters...

Yes, the existing two separate swivel casters that were on the back of this were too difficult to get synchronized and rolling in the same direction. Hopefully, this steering mechanism from the...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Well that's all for tonight. I'm going to let...

Well that's all for tonight. I'm going to let the top coat of paint under the crane frame dry overnight.

Tomorrow I'll clamp the front of the forks to the crane counterweight now that I've...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I've never taken one of these apart before, or...

I've never taken one of these apart before, or even seen the undercarriage.
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Dry run. Forks straightened right out with all...

Dry run. Forks straightened right out with all that weight from the counterbalance applied to them.

I'm thinking I may weld it together first, with weight applied, then cut the end of the forks...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Anticipating a fair amount of spring back, I've...

Anticipating a fair amount of spring back, I've stretched it out to 9", which worked out perfect.

The fork is still tweaked unlevel, but I'm not sure yet if I'm going to try and tweak that back or...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I'm going to see if I can straighten out the bent...

I'm going to see if I can straighten out the bent fork a bit before I cut them down to size.

The forks are about 7 7/8" apart at the base and bent inwards to about only 6 1/2" at the point I am...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Ready to clean up and prime.

Ready to clean up and prime.
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
The handle and the inside of the first caster are...

The handle and the inside of the first caster are done.
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
As I've given the appropriate amount of time for...

As I've given the appropriate amount of time for input from the forum and hearing no objections, the casters are coming off.
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
Here you can see the bent fork. Brand new 5,500...

Here you can see the bent fork. Brand new 5,500 pound capacity pallet Jack is good otherwise.
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I was hoping to keep the existing casters in...

I was hoping to keep the existing casters in place, but I think it would be best if I just cut them off.

It would have been great if I could have found a wider pallet Jack that would have lined up...
Forum: Fabrication 05-25-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,386
Posted By Spencer
I've been swamped at work, so I've not had a...

I've been swamped at work, so I've not had a chance to follow through on this good idea until now..

Some engineering may still be required though.
Forum: Fabrication 05-13-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,881
Posted By Spencer
There are quite a few YouTube videos on them out...

There are quite a few YouTube videos on them out there.

My take-away after watching a number of them is that they are not ideal for thinner stock, as imperfections between one finger profile to...
Forum: Fabrication 03-29-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,742
Posted By Spencer
The only good news is I did find a few small dies...

The only good news is I did find a few small dies to get me started. No sense in spending big money on longer dies at this time, as most of my first few uses will likely only be 4" wide sections of...
Forum: Fabrication 03-29-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,742
Posted By Spencer
I found a used machinery company in the Detroit...

I found a used machinery company in the Detroit area today that sells used press dies.

They had most of their dies on a nice storage rack, but just a few of them were standing around loose.
...
Forum: Fabrication 03-24-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,742
Posted By Spencer
I used the press today to straighten out some...

I used the press today to straighten out some logging tons that I bent the heck out of a few years ago.

I got nowhere on my little Harbor Freight manual press back when I had bent these up, so...
Forum: Fabrication 03-24-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,742
Posted By Spencer
I can't say you'll see much difference in the...

I can't say you'll see much difference in the before and after photos of the buggered up threads, but it definitely did help.

I was reluctant to crank the tool down real tight, so had I done that...
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