Thought I would share my latest project. Some of you may have seen my progress elsewhere. However, thought the new club might be interested in the developments.
After contemplating a BH for my x495, I decided last summer I wanted to try to find one. I'd never seen one on a x495, other than a quick video posted on youtube of a Wallenstein on a x595. I finally located a good Kwik-Way model 51 that was previously on a Case Ingersoll GT. After a few weeks of intense negotiation, the owner finally agreed to sell it to me.
My goal was to make it a quick-tatch full frame mounted implement. However, Kwik-Way never made a subframe for the x495 or x700 series. They did make one for the 424, 445, 455. So, I contacted KW and they were kind enough to send me the 400 series literature. I had tried to see if I could retrofit the Case sub frame that came with it, but that appeared to be impractical.
So, I designed my own frame to use the Click-N-Go hardware and tied the belly frame back to the 45 loader frame. Since this was going to require some metal fabrication, I mocked it out of wood to make all my plan changes prior to working with the metal.