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  • my latest project!

    since everyone seems to enjoy lookin at pictures.. figured id post the latest project i did

    we use this on a kubota tractor at work for snow removal.. its originally a baltimatic seeder/spreader but we use it as a salter instead.. wanting to be able to use it just for sidewalks at times and then as a broadcast spreader for the parking lots.. boss had me design this skirt .. 2" X 1/8 angle .. corners were cut at 45's and welded together.. rear struts are just 5/8" threaded .. and front struts are 2" flat that i notched with a 2" hole saw at one end and welded the 90 into the crotch of the angle.. rubber matting is just bed liner material cut .. squished between a 2" flat plate and fastened with 1/2" grade5's the upper bowl has 7 of SS carabineer style clips around the rim,,(2 per flank, 3 for the large rear section), when you want to spread on a parking lot.. all you do is lift the skirt/s (all 3 or just one..what ever you like for any situation) and fasten the d loops onto some eyebolts i have fastened to the lower edge of each skirt sheet.. painted it with some Kubota supplied enamel, and yea I know, I missed the underside, boss rushed me. And as you can see in one of the pics, one of my colleagues has already ran it into something as a back section is already bent. Since we use halite in it, I’m assuming we will be doing yearly upkeep and maintenance on it regardless, ill touch it up and fine tune it after the season.

    wanted to use a flexible skirt since we have 15 guys on snow duty, and all of them will eventually drive it, if the 3 point was adjusted to a level where the rubber touches the ground.. if the skirts were .. say, plywood,,,(how our neighboring facility used on there spreader ) they would obviously break apart,,, not to mention what it would do when we hop up and down on curbs and sidewalks..(approach and departure angles)

    the Kubota dealer came down the other day and was making some adjustments on the machine and noticed my design and felt compelled to take pics of it and send it to his Kubota rep.. wondering if I should file some papers super fast..

    was unable to use my MM210 because we don’t have 220 50A in the boiler house.. mainly 110, 208, 480. So I used the shops Lincoln 120V machine, It worked alright, not as nice as my MM though. .35 lincoln flux wire.. (ran out of gas) I did grind down my top welds since the we will be rubbing up against it to load it with salt, didn’t want anyone getting hurt on the sharp corners. All the welds underneath are still present and resemble much like the close up pic

    im pretty proud if it, especially since it looks very factory/oem. (the paint does help that a lot) hope you guys enjoy! Lemme know what you think!








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    more pics










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    • #3
      one more!

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      • #4
        cool.
        gotta love the lil 120V mig's. pop a lil flux wire in it and you can weld anywhere. true not a MM210 but it got the job done, thats what pays the bill's right.
        nice job thanks for sharing.
        thanks for the help
        ......or..........
        hope i helped
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        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
        JAMES

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        • #5
          nice detailed work
          my ability is limited by me only.

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          • #6
            Just a piece of advice from somebody that has been salting roads for 30 years. Mix yourself up some salt brine, (water and 5% salt) spray it into your tank as you load it, just enough to dampen it, This will help the salt stick to the road or surface much better and reduce the melting point to about -5 degrees compared to about 18 degrees by just using plain salt.

            Also, go to your local farm tractor tire shop. Get some of the calcium they use in the tires, not as hard on concrete surfaces and a much lower melting point than any salt or mix one bag calcium to 20 bags salt.

            If you have time to do some research, there are many natural and organic things you can mix with salt or calcium to do a better job. Akron, Ohio uses red beet juice with their salt.
            Ken

            What else is there besides welding and riding. Besides that

            Miller Thunderbolt XL 300/200 AC/DC
            Hobart Handler 187
            Dewalt Chop Saw
            4" Air Grinder
            Die Grinder
            Rigid Drill Press
            Kellogg 10hp Air Compressor


            2009 FXDC

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            • #7
              i work for a large company .. so changing our snow melting methods is like pulling teeth! we use calcium on the walks... and right now we use baged salt so mixin it would be the upmost pain. they are lookin to go bulk salt but the start up is a little pricey..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by shott8283 View Post
                i work for a large company .. so changing our snow melting methods is like pulling teeth! we use calcium on the walks... and right now we use baged salt so mixin it would be the upmost pain. they are lookin to go bulk salt but the start up is a little pricey..
                Keep in mind, if you ever do go bulk, keep it in an open storage building, if you just cover it with a tarp or any other cover, you will end up with a 6" -12" crust between uses.
                Ken

                What else is there besides welding and riding. Besides that

                Miller Thunderbolt XL 300/200 AC/DC
                Hobart Handler 187
                Dewalt Chop Saw
                4" Air Grinder
                Die Grinder
                Rigid Drill Press
                Kellogg 10hp Air Compressor


                2009 FXDC

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                • #9
                  Akron, Ohio uses red beet juice with their salt.

                  thats got to look good on all the white car's....
                  time to paint all the winter limos black.
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
                  sigpic
                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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