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SmilinSam

Rear lift rod diameteres and strength

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SmilinSam
Working through my HB-110 project I wanted to use a solid lift rod if possible. The compartment is way too busy for the 1/2" diameter factory rid for a B-110. I could possibly get the idea to work with a 3/8" diameter rod. Question is whether or not a 3/8" rod would be tough enough? Looking for a little knowledge here and first hand wisdom if its out there..

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Talntedmrgreen
Hmmm...I would think it will lift fine (maybe use clevis yokes on each end vs a bend at the rear?), but it's the down pressure to a box blade, or hard hit from a bottom plow when using a rod vs chain that would worry me. I know I've never seen the 1/2" bend. Flex, yes, bend, no.

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Kent
I bent so many 1/2" inch ones here, tilling in the New England rock piles, that I had a 9/16" one made up... out of harder steel. IMO, unless you get something like tool steel, the 3/8" will bend pretty quickly...

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