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alanscott

Grader Blade revisited

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JDSnyder
The original Simplicity/AC grader blades were 1/2" thick with probably a 1 1/2 inch bevel to the edge. The curve in the blade, I'm sure, was larger than a 12" radius (24" diameter), but I don't know how much. But hey, if you think it will work, go for it! Experimenting is half the fun, especially if the cost is low.

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alanscott
Thanks, I decided to give it a shot. Since I don't have any plans for the hitch setup, I am winging it. The stock is 1.5 x .375, I think I'll add one more vertical cross brace, round off the front and call it good. Anything else I am missing? [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/attach/alanscott/DSC00016.JPG[/img]

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JoeJ
Nice job Alan. As far as the radius goes, a tighter one will only tend to roll the material more, and can't say that would be a bad thing. it would sure help in filling holes rather than shooting it all to the side. [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/uploaded/JoeJ/joej_sig2.gif[/img]

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alanscott
Thanks for the flowers , but it looks better in the picture :) The original hitch angles 20 degrees either side, I set this up to angle 20 to the left, and 15 or 30 to the right. Hopefully I can get the cut blade cut out on Tuesday, a guy I work with has a high buck plasma cutter and said he'd do it for a 12 pack. His machine is rated for 1/2 inch so I am hoping he can cut some of the relief on the same pass, otherwise, there is going to be a lot of grinder work involved. Has anyone ever made an adapter to attach a hitch like this to the narrower rear pins? It would be nice to be able to quickly hook it on the back of the tractor. I am thinking about building a separate bar that I could pin to the rear of the tractor, then pin this hitch to it. The main drawback I see would be having 2 pivots, but if I built it so I could also run a bolt through the ball mount, that would eliminate one pivot point. As my wife will say, I have been thinking too much . . .

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KSever
Alan, The hitch for the smaller tractors would fit right up to the rear of my AC314. I had a hitch for a Simplicity 717 tractor that would fit but I traded it to mowerman1193 for hitch that would fit my Landlord. I am going to adapt the hitch for the Landlord to fit the rear also. Here's a pic of the hitch for the 717. [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2//attach/KSever/graderblade1.jpg[/img]

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Dutch
Alan, If you make a rear hitch consider making it so the blade will pull or push. You will find it is quite handy. I made this so it pushes, pulls, and flips over so I can use the straight edge or the serrated edge without removing the blade or hitch. [img]http://home.att.net/~herb.niewender/hitch-seq.jpg[/img]

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alanscott
It works. I just finished removing the gravel from a 10' x 40' section of the yard, layed down new plastic, then covered it up again. Once I ger it cleaned up and painted, I'll post a picture of it. Thanks for the tips.

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