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vault
04-13-2009, 08:22 PM
Just got my latest project done. cut out of 5/8" plate. welded alot with 5/32 7014 at 185 amps

Gadget
04-13-2009, 08:28 PM
What do you plan on picking up Vault? Looks good.
Dan

vault
04-13-2009, 08:47 PM
I have alot of rock walls to build around my property. I already pulled to VW beatle sized stumps out with it.

Gadget
04-13-2009, 08:51 PM
Some guys have all the fun. :wink:

KHK
04-13-2009, 09:39 PM
Yes Gadget you are right looks like vault has all the fun!

vault, the project looks good!!

keith

vault
04-15-2009, 11:03 PM
here is an action shot moving a smaller stump into the dump truck. and a better pic. that shows the design better.

Gadget
04-16-2009, 05:52 AM
Looks like it is working well for you Vault. Nice project, thanks for sharing.

arandall
04-16-2009, 10:40 AM
Vault:
Now that does look like fun! A miniature version would sure look good on the back of my little Case 444. Unfortunately, I'd have to build not only the thumb, but the fingers as well.

Cheers,
Art R.

LONGEVITY
04-16-2009, 01:11 PM
That is pretty crazy. Vault how much land do you have there?

vault
04-16-2009, 01:55 PM
this is just a quarter acre home site. but it is on a steep hill 20' elevation change from front to back of the house hence the need for a few rock retaining walls. i also have a 20 acre to be vineyard 15mi away.

KHK
04-16-2009, 06:50 PM
I a jelous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keith

henrym
04-17-2009, 07:40 PM
ooohhhh make a motocross track while you're at it! :D

vault
09-29-2009, 09:51 PM
I just used the ls 200p to rebuild the idler wheel on the excavator cut out the old boss with the plasma and welded the new one in running 5/32 stick. I also fabricated new track slides that had worn out on the machine again getting to use the plasma and stick functions. i love the multi process unit.

bigtirekaw
10-01-2009, 01:59 PM
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I want one of those. Not sure what I would do with it, but I know I would find something. Looks great! I want to see a video of it in action.

vault
10-01-2009, 08:45 PM
I use that thing 10x as much as I thought I would---samething with the ls200

BearNPum
10-07-2009, 11:15 AM
Nice tool to have in the shed!

vault
10-20-2009, 10:44 AM
Here is a picture of one of the many rock walls I am building on my property with the excavator thumb I made.

BearNPum
10-20-2009, 02:58 PM
Very nice work. What a great tool.

Gadget
10-20-2009, 03:45 PM
Nice wall, looks like the thumb is serving you well.

KHK
10-20-2009, 07:59 PM
Very very nice, you should be proud of the great work!

vault
10-20-2009, 08:48 PM
Nice wall, looks like the thumb is serving you well.

It is. the 200p has allowed me to fabricate and repair sooo many things on that excavator. The excavator has more than paid for itself and the 200p with the work I've done around here and renting it out.

itsmecord
11-07-2009, 10:43 PM
Super nice setup,looks better than some production stuff these days.Good work !

arandall
11-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Nice wall!!
I've built quite a few of them here in my yard, but didn't have a "thumb" to help out - just a back!
Many people don't know that one of the secrets of building an un-mortared stone wall, is that each rock has to touch 5 other rocks. It really stiffens the wall, and helps to eliminate "runs" in the wall.
The farmers around here are usually quite happy to see me if I ask if I can pick rocks in their fields!!

Cheers,
Art R.

itsmecord
11-08-2009, 09:25 PM
Interesting tip about the rock wall.How sterty are these walls when built properly ?

vault
11-10-2009, 10:50 AM
If built right using 3/4 crushed backfill they aren't going anywhere. for taller tan 4' around here the county requires you to put in whats analogous to a footing drain along the backside of the wall.

itsmecord
11-11-2009, 10:03 PM
Hmmm well thanks for the info...