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    Toothbar spacers

    For those of us who bought our toothbars made by someone else (defunct Markham in my case); the fabricators usually make the mounting brackets outside edge to edge dimension about 1/4" - 3/8" less than the bucket's inside wall to wall dimensions to allow for poor measuring by the customer. In my case the tolerance was about -3/8".

    Now I'd always shove a couple of washers between the toothbar and the bucket so as not to tweak something when tightening the bolts down. What a pain to line up washers with the bolt hole. The I had an A-HAH! moment of a solution that is so simple that I kick myself for not thinking of it sooner. I made spacers from scrap 3"x2"x3/16" angle I had lying around. The short leg acts as a grab handle. Knowing these things will take a beating from the dirt, I just rattle-can painted them.
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    Simple and effective! Great idea! I have though about tack welding spacers to mine-but only when a have to get the two or three washers on each side to align. Then I forget about it till next time...


    BTW, mine is from the now defunct Markham Welding as well.
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    Wow, I would have just used a little RTV to glue the washers onto the tooth bar until I could slide the bolt in.
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    Nice idea mjncad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    BTW, mine is from the now defunct Markham Welding as well.
    Same here. They were a good outfit . . . easy to deal with. Shame they couldn't have stayed in business.
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    mjncad, good idea. I did a similar approach, but I just welded the extra distance piece to the arms.

    Would you please be so kind and put some extra pictures and some description in here about the stuff you did to the top of your bucket? I have a trailer hitch on the top, just like you, and had a real bad experience the other day. I tried to lift the tongue of the flatbed trailer of my friend, and could see my bucket caving in at the hitch receiver. I was fast enough to get it down again, and everything popped back into place. Those buckets are very weak, I could do those things with my old Bobcat bucket without any problems.
    You strengthening gizmo seems to be a solution for this!

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    Thanks everyone.

    I thought about just tacking spacers to the toothbar or the bucket; but wanted to keep it simple in case I got a new tractor (highly unlikely), or bucket, or whatever.

    Regarding the bucket top gizmo. https://picasaweb.google.com/1101061...viceAttachment#

    Yeah it's too bad Markham went away as the new owners made a mess of the company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    I thought about just tacking spacers to the toothbar or the bucket; but wanted to keep it simple in case I got a new tractor (highly unlikely), or bucket, or whatever.

    Regarding the bucket top gizmo. https://picasaweb.google.com/1101061...viceAttachment#

    Yeah it's too bad Markham went away as the new owners made a mess of the company.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Well I wanted to join the group because I wanted to keep an eye on my buddies keen ideas which is the case here. So I'm making this my first post and saying its a great idea all at the same time
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4shorts View Post
    Well I wanted to join the group because I wanted to keep an eye on my buddies keen ideas which is the case here. So I'm making this my first post and saying its a great idea all at the same time


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