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This is a road grader with adjustalble blade in case the youngster when spring comes goes outside and does a little road grading.
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#1 posted 12-08-2009 01:07 AM
this is amazing!! well done; well done; well done
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)
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#2 posted 12-08-2009 01:25 AM
Well done Lee!! How do you cut the tread in the tires? they look real :-))
-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#3 posted 12-08-2009 01:32 AM
this is nice , lee
another happy kid ,
coming up !
-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle
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#4 posted 12-08-2009 03:37 AM
Very nice. Great job on those tires.
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#5 posted 12-08-2009 03:45 AM
Great job as usual Lee !!
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#6 posted 12-08-2009 04:06 AM
Great looking toy as always! Thanks for posting.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa
#7 posted 12-08-2009 05:33 AM
The 4 rear wheels are actually 8 wheel blanks. The lug profile was plotted out on paper, scanned & printed & then spray glued to the blanks. I then set my BS table to an angle of 15 deg. & notch out the tread on 4 blanks. The BS table is then set to 15 deg. opposite the first setting & the remaining 4 blanks notched out. The BS of course imparts the angle. Carefully match the blanks for opposing tread angles & glue. After the glue has set up …. bore out the axle holes. Iam also fortunate to have an AMF DeWalt RAS which has a drilling fixture that fits to the arbor end opposite the blade mounting. This allows me to mount the wheels and face turn the rim & sidewall profiles. Kinda picky work but I think worth it.
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#8 posted 12-08-2009 05:35 AM
Super nice, way better than anything I’ve done. But…. I know, there’s always a but (usually me). The rear tires on tractors and graders should have the tread pointing to the front. On the big ones, they shed the mud or snow that way and provide better traction. The front tires, if they have big treads point to the rear for better steering.
Take a look at http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2758130065_3f3053ab62.jpg
This hint is from someone who loves tractors, especially old ones.
-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.
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#9 posted 12-08-2009 05:43 AM
looks cool well done
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#10 posted 12-08-2009 06:12 AM
Lee, Thanks for the explantion. I think its a nice detail.
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#11 posted 12-08-2009 07:51 AM
Awsome job, looks really great.
-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.
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#12 posted 12-08-2009 03:00 PM
Nice job Lee
-- Brian, Ontario Canada,
#13 posted 12-08-2009 06:33 PM
RATS !!! Trust me to get things backwards…. at least I was consistant….the treads are backwards on both sides of the grader or all four wheels. It’s a wonder I didn’t mix them up ! Only saving grace is that we are the only ones’ that know cause I don’t think the youngster who ends up with it will give it a thought. Anyhow, you were very diplomatic in your comments & I thank you for bringing me up to speed on the treads cause I do like to be reasonably accurate with detail.
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#14 posted 12-08-2009 07:34 PM
Very nice, great work. I enjoy making toys and giving them away. I’ll never make any money that way. But it sure makes me food good.
#15 posted 12-08-2009 11:17 PM
Lee, I noticed that too when i first saw the grader. I wasn’t going to say anything because I thought you did it in case the grader got stuck going forward. When it starts to back up the tires would clear themselves of mud and be able to back out. When a tractor gets stuck with the tires on forward, it is really stuck :-))
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