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    Ballast Basket made from rebar

    Well I been slowly building a ballast box/basket for my 1025R with discarded rebar I bring home from the jobsite. I will be slapping together a brush fork and rippers later but first I need some ballast. Started Sunday cutting some up for the frame


    Really slow with the saw I got ( I plan on getting a band saw or something more committed to cutting steel)



    Went through some abrasive blades, but got the frame cut, and started grinding and welding yesterday. Rebar has raised ribs on it, so for the points of connection, I ground those down and filled in the gaps with the welder. Got part of it welded and went in for dinner.
    I still need to finish the frame and then get it mounted, then weld on smaller sticks to the bottom and sides.

    I AM NOT A VERY GOOD WELDER!
    I havenít touched a welder in 10 years so go ahead and laugh. Itís ugly but itíll hold



    Iíll make some headway this weekend. This is all being done in my spare time, but I have a lot to tackle with this little guy and I want to have ballast before I grenade my front end.




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    When you make the things you need it is more satisfying than just buying something. And the way "One Size Fits All" has taken over, making it yourself will meet your needs better.

    Oh, your welding is way better than mine.
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    Looks good so far. I love to tinker in my shop and build stuff too. Sometimes I probably spend a lot more time and maybe more money doing it myself instead of just buying it, but I get a lot of satisfaction building it with my own hands.
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    Thanks for making a thread for this. As someone who uses rebar regularly (for setting property corner stakes), I am really interested to see your use of them and the finished product.
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    So I got the frame kinda done.



    I had to Macguyver the crap out of it to get the corners to line up and weld.



    Looks too damn big! I wanted a good sized tote for tools and other crap. Itís 36x21x28. Itís already really heavy and now I can weld the cross sections while on the machine.



    Still have to attach the lower bar. Itís just sitting in the imatch. This was intentional though and now I can weld it in the proper position. Hope itís not too big. Go big or go home I guess




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    Nice, props on the repurposing. Go big or go home, is right!

    So what ya gonna fill it with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    Nice, props on the repurposing. Go big or go home, is right!

    So what ya gonna fill it with?
    I figure after I weld some more bar on the bottom and sides, itíll be around 350. I will still have plenty more to put in the bottom and have room for tools and what not. I donít want to go to far over the 600 mark per the recommendations with fluid filled tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kbar View Post
    Still have to attach the lower bar. Itís just sitting in the imatch. This was intentional though and now I can weld it in the proper position.
    Good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kbar View Post
    I donít want to go to far over the 600 mark per the recommendations with fluid filled tires.
    What do you mean by this?

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