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Old 01-07-2007, 01:18 PM
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Default 6' tractor bucket build

this past week i picked up a job building a tractor bucket so this past saturday i welded it up. it's a 6' bucket built from 3/16" plate, has a 5" wide 1/2" thick of 1044 for the cutting edge and 1/2" X 2" wear straps on the bottom.

pic one is it all bent up with the side plates

second is it all tacked with the tractor mounts on it as well as the cutting edge

third i am beginning to weld things permanint, this is a pic of the tractor mounts

fourth i am welding the cutting edge on, notice i preloaded the center with a piece of 1/4" stock.....turns out it wasen't enough

fifth, this is the Bessey-2X6 press system, very expencive and very technical to use but once mastered a real shop asset :evil: even with the 1/4" preload it still had about a 1/4" bow downward so i shimmed with the 2X6 and pulled down on each end....perfect now
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:28 PM
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That is a nice looking bucket.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:29 PM
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just some more random pics.

anyone without a hoist to do your lifting for you.....get one! at my day job it would take 3 of us to roll this thing arround then you are working on the floor all the time. with the hoist i honestly don't lift any more than 50 lbs, and it makes almost all jobs a one man job!!! plus no matter how big a weldment is i work on my bench....not hunched over
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:44 PM
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Nice work there, Craig. The table looks like a great tool also.......I really need to build a better work table.
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Very impressive!

Are the mounting clevis's made of thicker plate, like 1/2"? Did you use that piece of dowel to align all the holes straight? I think I would have siezed the dowel pin! You must have a lot of patience and skill.

Oh, and thanks for the 411 on the Bessy press system!
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Looks great. Looks like you welded bushings into the mounting holes. That's just about manditory to keep them from wallering out.


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Very impressive!

Are the mounting clevis's made of thicker plate, like 1/2"? Did you use that piece of dowel to align all the holes straight? I think I would have siezed the dowel pin! You must have a lot of patience and skill.

Oh, and thanks for the 411 on the Bessy press system!
the mounting brackets are 1/2", the "dowel" is just a piece of 1" dia cold roll and yes it was used to align the holes. i don't know about patience and skill i have just built many buckets, this one start to finish was 9.5 hours (i quoted 8....dammit)

ssshhhh keep it quiet about the press system....not many people know about it

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Looks great. Looks like you welded bushings into the mounting holes. That's just about manditory to keep them from wallering out.
actually Don they are strictly there to hold the pins in, they have a cross hole drilled in them that matches a hole in the pin. i didn't feel a bushing was needed because the original hardware on the original bucket was only 1/4" material (with bushing) so i felt doubling the thickness would be just as good as a bushing. i realise in a farm or industrial setting bushings would be manditory, but the gentleman i made this bucket for is retired and it's main job is snow removal.

thanks for the kind words fellas, it feels good building a project doing everything the way i want, using my tools.....i can't wait to get working in our shop full time!!!
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Hey guys,
NICE job Craig!
But then again good work generally come out of your shop.
See ya,
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Very nice bucket

hey bulldog I see you are in Glen... that just down the road from me!
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Looks super, Craig. Thanks!
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