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    DIY LandPlane

    I was watching too many YouTube videos during the hot weather,
    and I ran across a video of a LandPlane,, OK,, I am hooked, I gotta HAVE one!!

    If I didn't have the material, I would run out and buy one,,,
    but,, I happen to have all the material setting in a field.

    Right now, I am predicting my out of pocket costs to be some gasoline for the welder.

    I was gonna build one 6 feet long, and 8 feet wide,,, but,,,
    if something happens to my current tractor, I would probably replace it with the next size smaller.

    So, I have changed my plan to be a 5 feet long,, 7 feet wide one.

    Today, I spent some time "tuning" my 9x16 saw,,,
    then I "guessed" what material to use, and started selecting it from my stockpile.



    The sides will be 1/2" X 12",, other than that,,,, Hmmmmmm,,,

    Any and all recommendations of what to include in the design would be greatly appreciated!!
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    It's a pretty straightforward build, and on my list at some point in the future. Heavier is better, and it seems like most commercial planes set the cutting edges at a 15* angle with about 3/4" of cutting edge sticking down below the shoes on the side plates. They make cutting edges that have teeth made into them, one of those in front and a regular smooth cutting edge in the rear might be a good mix.
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    Mine is 12' wide.
    While a bit wide its a one pass to grade the road.
    The cutting bars/? whatever run strait accross which is fine in dirt and loose rock.
    Only downside is it will bounce when it hits a large (3") rock buried in the road.
    Most I see have the cutters angled (one side forward of the other).
    Better design perhaps but all your loose material will drift to one side.

    If I were to build one vs the one I bought cheap. I'd go 10' wide x 6' in length. Maybe run a couple cutters angled both ways toward the tractor end and several strait across to the rear.

    Mine has inverted 3x3 angle for cutters so you get 2 edges biting per stick if that makes sense.

    looking for a decent pic that represents mine.

    What is your primary use for yours? Dirt/field or road maintenance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theduke View Post

    What is your primary use for yours? Dirt/field or road maintenance?
    The primary use will be road maintenance,, for mostly gravel roads.
    I will have angled cutters, I really want the unit to move material to the crown.
    I can always use another tool to flatten a crown, if it is too great.

    Then there hopes that it will smooth dirt better than a box blade.

    I do have an unlimited (virtually!! ) supply of backhoe teeth,,
    so I am planning a removable front attachment that will have the teeth across the front.

    The backhoe teeth will be rather close, maybe 4.5" centers,,
    WAY more cutting action than the typical ripper seen on commercial LP's.

    The trick will be designing support for the teeth that will be strong enough,,,
    Hmmmmm,,,
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    Why not split the difference and just built one that's 6'. I built one that's 10'wx9'l and it's not a load on the tractor at all. Only with I had built the sides a little bigger but it works great and friends are borrowing it all the time. Sorry for the bad pic it's the only one I took

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustyshakelford View Post
    Why not split the difference and just built one that's 6'.
    I want to make sure the LP is heavy enough to be able to reclaim gravel that is at the side of the road.

    My current tractor is right at 7 feet wide,, if the LP is only 6 feet wide,,
    I would be mowing down fence posts, trying to get the gravel.

    I am considering adding an offset hitch like my JD390 flail mower,,,
    I haven't seen that done,,,, YET!!

    As far as progress,, my pneumatic mister that cools/lubes the saw blade REFUSED to work.
    After an hour or more of tinkering,, I decided to find the other one I have,,,
    THAT search took another hour.

    I got 4 parts cut,, then, I decided I had to have a steel rack in the shed.
    I have had the rack for a while, but, it has just been laying in the field.
    Moving, and stocking the rack took another hour of work,, in the 90 degree heat.

    At least the humidity is low,, the 4 foot wall mounted fan was REALLY appreciated!!

    What is that saying about "BUT, it is a dry heat!!"
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    "BUT, it is a dry heat!!"
    Not in Va.
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    Well I'll add a couple tidbits...

    Mine being a Filbert Orchard plane....Does have angled wing things on the forward edges as to not snag on trees.

    Remember mine is 12 ' wide so this may be a Non issue for you.

    I will say it has probly saved me a few times grading my 1/2 mile driveway.

    I'd consider building the sides higher than you think is nessessary so your spoils can go along for the ride till you hit a low spot. My sides are 4" which was fine in the groomed orchard but not so much on my trashed driveway.

    I have 2 Complete Loser neighbors that won't lift a finger%^&* to do any maintenance as simple as trimming a F&^(G bush or brior & pulling out their wallet to pay for rock is never happening..well not since 93. FML.


    sorta got off track...I'm diggin my plane out tomorrow and will bless this thread with Godzilla pics.
    I'm sure there are bigger but not behind a 955.

    Dan in Oregon
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