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    Homemade sod trimmer

    I needed a sod trimmer to take to the cemetery to trim around me and the wife's family members head stones.... so me and the SIL got out some steel and the Plasma cutter and commenced to build us one, could have bought one for $20 and gas to go get but using the tools is more fun and satisfying.

    I found out that 3/4 black pipe will fit inside 1" EMT if you taper the black pipe first...


    The EMT had to be driven on the black pipe with my sledge hammer and a block of white pine. I placed the blade's foot flange against the welding table's top edge and with me holding the EMT handle and a block of white pine the SIL hammered away.

    We slit the 3/4" black pipe for the blade with a zip wheel on the mini grinder and then welded both front and back sides to the blade .... then took the blade to the press where we crushed the black pipe against the blade to close weld the end.

    It works great and the handle fits so tight It doesn't need any kind of fastener or weld... which is good incase the handle needs to be replaced because of damage someday..
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    Nice. I have been thinking about taking this one step farther and making something that I could hook to my bucket to do around my driveways.



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    Looking good, I admire your talent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Nice. I have been thinking about taking this one step farther and making something that I could hook to my bucket to do around my driveways.
    I have given that some though myself, but my drive has sharp curves that make following the edge difficult. I have tried manytimes with the back blade to get a uniform edge but the curves always seem difficult to get straight and uniform. Just a little turn of the wheel makes a big difference when your moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellwas View Post
    Looking good, I admire your talent...
    Thanks dell, I get my ideas from pictures and go from there. I usually come up with a hybrid or inbred depending on whose opinion you go by.

    I'm ordering a 70 series 5/16 chain tomorrow from a place that's only 50 miles from me. Shipping charges should be less so the chain costing more makes it a draw. I'm ordering the 16 foot chain down at the bottom of the page... http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chain...rchain_516.htm
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    I hear ya, I'm much the same way!

    Not a bad price on the chain, and the bonus is that it is close to home...

    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    Thanks dell, I get my ideas from pictures and go from there. I usually come up with a hybrid or inbred depending on whose opinion you go by.

    I'm ordering a 70 series 5/16 chain tomorrow from a place that's only 50 miles from me. Shipping charges should be less so the chain costing more makes it a draw. I'm ordering the 16 foot chain down at the bottom of the page... http://www.1st-chainsupply.com/chain...rchain_516.htm

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    Very well done. It feels good to make things and then use them. So, did you teach the SIL to weld?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Very well done. It feels good to make things and then use them. So, did you teach the SIL to weld?
    Yes Randy. When he started out welding 12 years ago he couldn't even read a ruler.... after me jumping him over his welds and showing him what he needed to do and what to look for to make a safe weld he started getting better. I need to have my cataracts removed... so he does the welding now and like aways I do the designing and planning of my projects, which to me is the fun part, especially when they work as planned which 99% of the time they do.


    Here is my welders, the Hypertherm 600 Plasma machine is on the other side of the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dellwas View Post
    I hear ya, I'm much the same way!

    Not a bad price on the chain, and the bonus is that it is close to home...
    The nice lady there said I'll have the chain tomorrow. So nice when you get polite workers that know their products. I hate to get rude tuff guys that seem to think it's cool being an a$$.... I ream em out a good one and ask to talk to their supervisors when I get one. I won't take their crap. They sure change their tune when you ask to speak to their supervisor.

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    Yup give me a nice lady to talk to any day of the week

    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    The nice lady there said I'll have the chain tomorrow. So nice when you get polite workers that know their products. I hate to get rude tuff guys that seem to think it's cool being an a$$.... I ream em out a good one and ask to talk to their supervisors when I get one. I won't take their crap. They sure change their tune when you ask to speak to their supervisor.

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