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Old 02-12-2008, 08:25 PM
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Finally, I got some free time to do some more to my transport box project. I got the sheet metal folded in a fold press so all I had to do was weld on the side plates. the 'bucket' is made out of 3mm mild steel. The sub frame is made of 10mm X 60mm flat bar. Did some work on the sub frame this evening. Heres a few photos of the progress.







Next step is to do some more drilling and get the subframe squared up and all welded up.
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That looks really nice. I like making things but that darn steel is expensive!
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I agree barnboy. The price of steel has gone up here too. So far I've spent about €50 ($70usd) on materials.
Having the steel folded only cost me the promise of a pint or two to my friend.
To buy a new 4ft box here is about €300 ($430usd) so I figured what the hell, its a nice project and if I can build it for my €100 target, I'll be happy.
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That's a professional looking homemade transfer box. Looks like when your finished it's going to be pretty stout! Should last forever. Great job! Post more pics when finished.
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Good to hear from you, and very nice looking box too. With the strength you are putting into it you could probably use it as a scoop too.

If you dont mind me asking, what did a sheet of 3mm plate run you (presumably you bought a 4x8 sheet?)
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Good to hear from you, and very nice looking box too. With the strength you are putting into it you could probably use it as a scoop too.

If you dont mind me asking, what did a sheet of 3mm plate run you (presumably you bought a 4x8 sheet?)

Hey Mith, yeah, nice to be back and even nicer to have some quality time in my workshop. It's been a couple of months since I got in there and made something!
I didnt buy an 8"X4" sheet. Luckily the supplier near me had a few 1mtr X 2mtr pieces. which worked out perfect for me. I didnt want the box to be wider than the tractor so a 1mtr (3ft4in) wide box is perfect for my little bota. That keeps the box inside the wheel track by about 2 inches on each side.
I'm still toying with the idea of putting some of that 10mm X 60mm flat along the front lip to give it strength. Not too sure there yet. If I did want to back into piles of dirt, I would prefer to have the lip edge a bit stronger than 3mm. What do YE think? I dont think my tractor will have the grip or power to break the scoop, but all it takes is a stubborn rock to bend 3mm.
I will use it as a scoop but it will have a soft life. Using it mainly for distributing driveway gravel and sand around my place. A hudraulic top link would be a cool addition down the road but I'll make the box with a tipping action for the time being.

I paid €40 for the sheet of 3mm Mith. This time last year it was around €25 for the same material.
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40 euro, thats about 30 or so, dang, I was hoping it'd be cheaper than that....

I'd go with the cutting edge now, it'll be easier to weld on while its not bent

Have fun in the shop, cheers
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Got it finished. Works a treat. I recon it'll hold about 2-3 times the amount my wheelbarrow takes, so for me, it is ideal. Heres a few pics...

















The mechanism that releases the locking catch


The locking catch for holding the scoop to the frame


Added the lip along the front edge to strengthen it.
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Very nice work Quincy. Good to see you back in action here on NTT. Cheers!
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Gonna see if i can "dirty it up" over the weekend. I hate to see shiney tools.
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That looks real good, nice design.

Whats next in the pipeline? A front weight bracket might be an idea, you've made the box strong enough to handle a heck of alot of weight.
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Gonna see if i can "dirty it up" over the weekend. I hate to see shiney tools.
I have to agree. I like em after they have the broke in look.
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That looks real good, nice design.

Whats next in the pipeline? A front weight bracket might be an idea, you've made the box strong enough to handle a heck of alot of weight.

Yeah, I think I'm gonna need one. When I fully loaded the scoop I could feel the front go light when i hit a few bumps. I like the look of the Kubota cast iron ones but big $$$ so yeah, the thinkin cap is on for that one. I have a bunch of "weider" 20lb weight lifting weights, I recon something straightforward mounted off the front might do there.

Next in the pipeline..... Tidy up the mess I made in the workshop!!!

Not a backhoe or FEL yet Mith...!
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Got it finished. Works a treat. I recon it'll hold about 2-3 times the amount my wheelbarrow takes, so for me, it is ideal. Heres a few pics...

That is very professionally done. Good job!
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Well, I got to play for a little bit this evening!

One word would probably sum it up....... "Outstanding"!!!

I must have moved about 3-4 tons of gravel just before dark. Not a hiccup with the scoop. picks up material fine, I think I got the capacity just about right, that was just luck. I recon it holds a little more than my little tipping trailer but with the added convenience of not having to load the trailer by hand. With a bit of practise, I was picking up and dumping with the scoop like a pro. Tractors and implements, what a great invention!! I dont have sore arms or sore back..... Happy guy here. Anyone want to buy a wheelbarrow or a small tipping trailer, going cheap...lol...

I'm thinking a roll over bar (ROPS) might be the next project....
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Quincy,

Good to see your work again. It looks great.
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Just flicking thru some old threads... adding a pic to this one...

The back loader I made a couple of years ago, still working strong...

Using this improvised jib I cobbled up a while back, made for lifting & placing railway ties...

Still haven't ponied up for a FEL yet... lol



I hope you guys and gals are keeping well?
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Hi, great job on the back box. Gonna get to one of them soon for my wee kobota B6000- new to me. based in co louth. Any ideas on where to get a ROPS or how to manufacture one myself. I am trying to clear a smallholding for crops and grass. Bit hilly adn have a few dodgy moments! Great wee tractor though well capable of anything I have put her to! Age old problem of the reversing PTO and no 3 point linkage! Trying to get sorted with the 3 poont linkage kit this week though if you have any ideas locally much appreciated! Sorry for hijacking your thread just got over excited when I saw your Irish and making your own attachments ! Cheers
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Well, I got to play for a little bit this evening!

One word would probably sum it up....... "Outstanding"!!!

I must have moved about 3-4 tons of gravel just before dark. Not a hiccup with the scoop. picks up material fine, I think I got the capacity just about right, that was just luck. I recon it holds a little more than my little tipping trailer but with the added convenience of not having to load the trailer by hand. With a bit of practise, I was picking up and dumping with the scoop like a pro. Tractors and implements, what a great invention!! I dont have sore arms or sore back..... Happy guy here. Anyone want to buy a wheelbarrow or a small tipping trailer, going cheap...lol...

I'm thinking a roll over bar (ROPS) might be the next project....
Hi there very impressed with the link box. Have a wee Kubota and miss the fel so gonna give the link box a go in the interim. Thanks for the pics they will be a great help.
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