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  • roserobin
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    Nice Information Shared By Mr.legaljuicer.I really appreciate Him Work Toward this topic.i am try to Building My Equipment.It Will Be Very Useful to in My Work.From Where I can Find the Perfect Design for It.and How Much I Time I have to Spend To Make This kind of Equipment.

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  • Marc_1987
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    Yea I was thinking the same thing... AFTER I bought it guess I might need a longer one! I need to get some weight though man haha

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  • thetim
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    looking at it now, I see one small problem, the pipe might not be tall enough to stack enough weight. It looks like it could hold f-6 45lb plates, but that is only 270lbs, you need at least 400-500lbs....

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  • Marc_1987
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    Man, looking at this sled at 3 am and it looks different. wow, the heinekens were gooood

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  • Marc_1987
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    Yea I still may do it here sometime next week.. No more projects for a few days, not even sure if Ill hit the gym, the right side of my chest is killing me like no other, think I pulled a muscle a few days back.. Sucks, but looking forward to a few brews tonight, its FRIDAY!

    Few more pics added, Im sick of working on this thing, going to stain it and train it! Who wants to come over and pull it with me?

    EDIT: I guess you cant have more than 30 pictures in a post, so here are the final 2:


    Done staining


    Always nice to step back and admire a finished project while enjoying a yummy protein shake... Wish it was a Heineken..
    Last edited by Marc_1987; 02-05-2010, 05:36 PM.

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  • thetim
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    that's definitely better then i could do.

    I hear ya on the cost of the just pipe version, but i just thought you could probably pull it off since you had already made the sled, but you are more advanced then that, lol. you will probably have no problem making a yoke.

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  • Marc_1987
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    Thread above has been updated with pulling assembly added. Works I guess. Now I just need some weight!

    Tim I had a similar idea only I was going to shoot for a 4x6 treated 8' Timber, cut it in half and use pipe and flanges to make some handles. For the 4 weight posts I would use the same thing I did on the sled on all 4 corners either on top or on the ends, probably on top at each end so that you can set them down and have them be level and flat. I was going to use angle iron on the edges of the bottom for protection when you drop them. Heres the thing though, I had all of the pipe and flanges picked out, damn near 100 bucks in just that stuff, then I had to buy that big old timber which god only knows would have been 20 bucks or more haha. Needless to say a welded design would be much cheaper and probably better looking. Still would be cool to have it constructed out of wood though, kind of match the theme of the sled.

    As for the video you posted there, Im game for designing anything but the thing of it is, I havent ever even seen one in real life.. My family always said I should have been an engineer, I pissed that away though. I have designed and built some far more intricate things down to a scale working weighted pulling sled for Radio Controlled tractor pulls. Thing had gear reductions and everything to max out a full pull in the scale distance, wish I had kept the thing around.
    Last edited by Marc_1987; 02-05-2010, 01:25 AM.

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  • Marc_1987
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    I have so many Ideas floating through my head right now its not even funny, Ill work on some stuff later. Got the final hitching assembly rigged up for the sled just have to finalize and take pics here later.

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  • thetim
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    Originally posted by Marc_1987 View Post
    Tim youre giving a laid off guy with too much time some ideas... haha I was going to make some really nice Farmers Walk Impliments out of steel and have a friend do my welding as I am not the best, but on second thought I would much rather be able to say I build them all myself.. After thinking about the sled for a few minutes I know exactly how I will make those farmers walks too.
    haha im laid off too, but im not as crafty, just lazy.

    yeah just take the same design, but take your two "feet" and make them flat, then do a couple layers to make it a little more sturdy. Then just do your pipe with flange on both ends, and maybe do a steel strip on bottom and top. Also you might want to do something like pieces of all thread going through the flanges from top to bottom.

    also look at this. [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmnzxzCYVB0[/YOUTUBE]

    I would pay you for detailed plans on making something similiar, that could hold that much weight.... lol

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  • Marc_1987
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    Tim youre giving a laid off guy with too much time some ideas... haha I was going to make some really nice Farmers Walk Impliments out of steel and have a friend do my welding as I am not the best, but on second thought I would much rather be able to say I build them all myself.. After thinking about the sled for a few minutes I know exactly how I will make those farmers walks too.

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  • thetim
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    wow that looks good. i just went the easy route and bought a wheelbarrow and took off the wheels, lol.

    You could actually take that same concept you just made your sled, and make farmers walk/frame carry implements.

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  • Marc_1987
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    Figured I would post up the sled I built today. Got a few hints from a picture I saw and I came up with htis:


    Materials, roughly 30 dollars


    Two 2x6
    One 2x4
    Two 1.5"x3' flat steel
    Box of 3.5 inch coated deck screws
    Package of 1.5" screws
    One 1.5' diameter 6" Galvanized pipe
    Floor Flange


    Two 2x6 at 3'




    I cut a 35 degree angle for mine, whatever works I guess.


    Four 2x4 at 20"


    2x6 at 20"


    Mark your centers on two of the 2x4 peices and place your 20" 2x6 in the middle


    Assemble with a second 2x6 on top of your frame.


    Should look about like this


    Cut your steel peices to length for the bottom of your runners for protection


    Layout the holes and center punch them, doesnt have to be perfect I guess but Im picky


    Drilled and countersunk to fit my chosen screws, attatch to bottom of runners.


    Taped the rails to the side plates of the sled to keep them in place while pre drilling holes for the screws


    Screws in place


    Center up the Flange and screw it in. I also added another 20" 2x6 underneath the center frame to support the side plates but probably isnt necesary.

    Ok so now comes my chosen rigging and handle setup. I spent a ridiculous 52 dollars on this junk, half of which I could have probably found in my garage but again Im very picky and I wanted this to look decent and everything match.

    Two 1" coupler
    Two 1" by 6" pipe
    Two 1" floor flanges
    Tape
    Four 1/4x20 bolts, one is about an inch longer than the others, youll see why below
    Four 1/4x20 nylon lock nuts
    Eight 1/4" washers
    Four slightly larger diameter washers, same 1/4 ID
    Two sections of 10' chain, I chose some chrome 820lb load bearing, way overkill but hey it looks tough right?
    Two master links
    Two big I bolts with 2 nuts, 2 washers, 2 lock washers per I bolt.



    Materials for the Handle.


    Bolts and nuts for assembly of handle.


    Something like this


    I threw in some nylon spacers I had laying around just to space the chain out and make everything line up perfect, not necesary at all I guess.


    I wrapped my handles in tape, the end caps are the 1" couplers which I really only added so that when you drop the handle on pavement it doesnt get all messed up.


    Handle done


    layout and drill the holes for the Ibolts. I chose to use two load points because I used wood for the construction of the sled. I didnt want all of the force placed on one bolt and one point on the 2x4. Probably wouldnt have mattered but hey, piece of mind right.


    Self explanetary, nut, lock washer, washer, then same on other side.. Obviously measureing top of I bolt to the 2x4 to ensure they are both the same so you have even pull.


    I bolts installed




    Connect chain sections to your I bolts with the master links, i had to use 4 master links total since the small ones wont go over the I bolt and the big ones wont go through my chain so I had use 2 on each side like a reducer.




    Done minus stain...



    Not sure why I included a step by step as Im sure there are alot of home made sleds that far surpass mine but I just figured I would throw the specs in. Maybe someone will think its cool and make one someday.
    Last edited by Marc_1987; 05-14-2010, 01:50 AM.

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  • jword01
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    great ideas, thanks for posting

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  • lockout
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    very helpful cheers

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  • ddubb9965
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    I'm going to bump this to the top, since it's going to be very useful in the coming months.

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