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  1. Cold Weather Power Equipment Starting Fluid on Steroids: Propane!

    The video is rather self-explanatory:

    https://youtu.be/IJnSflbojEE
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    The VFD in this project was just south of $300. ...

    The VFD in this project was just south of $300. I'm sure the prices have dropped since. These things should be around $100 or less in a few years.
  3. `Cause They don't Sell them at the Auto Parts Store

    The vehicle is a 2004 Chevy Cavalier. I've owned it since 2006. The exhaust predates my ownership.

    A steel rod welded to the exhaust pipe as a support was so corroded, it came off in my hand as...
  4. Sunk four 8' ground rods this past week as part...

    Sunk four 8' ground rods this past week as part of a grounding array. The pneumatic gun setup was perfect for starting the first three feet of the sink. Then, it was faster and easier to bang them...
  5. A short test with rebar seemed to work well. The...

    A short test with rebar seemed to work well. The first attempt hit a baseball-sized rock three inches in the dirt. I was curious and dug it up off-camera.
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  6. Electrical Grounding Rod Driver Implement for a Pneumatic Chisel Gun

    A good used SDS demolition hammer/drill on Craigslist still starts north of a C note. Let's see if $10.00 worth of Harbor Freight butchered and cobbled together originals can accomplish the ten foot...
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    I think this statement earlier in the thread...

    I think this statement earlier in the thread answers the question:

    "There's no need to run it that fast for anything other than a no-load demonstration."

    I have *yet* to need anything faster...
  8. If I was to do this project on another Harbor...

    If I was to do this project on another Harbor Freight bearing press, I'd skip the bracket anchoring bolts, washers, and drilling in favor of just welding the additions to the ram directly. The...
  9. First use of gib-equipped press, the crushing of...

    First use of gib-equipped press, the crushing of a spin-on oil filter.

    Once crushed and squeezed of oil, the lump of steel can be placed in the recycle bin for the weekly curb-side trash pick up....
  10. YouTube Video of press with gibs installed. ...

    YouTube Video of press with gibs installed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6zGj9avKIQ&t=67s
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    Gingerbread finishing complete!

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  12. Over the last week I've cleaned up all the digs...

    Over the last week I've cleaned up all the digs in the paint of the support columns from the previous sloppy ram setup. Any exposed metal was sand blasted, primed, and finish painted. Today I...
  13. A roll of 1/32"x2" UHMW ordered. The gibs and...

    A roll of 1/32"x2" UHMW ordered. The gibs and sliding surfaces will both get treated.
  14. The UHMW is a good idea! Thanks.

    The UHMW is a good idea!

    Thanks.
  15. Photo #1. Let's tart you up with some red...

    Photo #1. Let's tart you up with some red lipstick.

    Gib components red, the original press ram repainted with Harbor Freight orange.

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  16. Photo #1. Gib plates with keepers welded up. ...

    Photo #1. Gib plates with keepers welded up. The keepers were fabricated out of 3/8" iron pipe.

    Photo #2. Gibs installed. Two are visible in the blurry photo. There are three gibs per side.
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  17. The 1/2" mounting holes in the press ram bar...

    The 1/2" mounting holes in the press ram bar drilled and brackets installed for a test fit. The washers are acting as shims/spacers.

    Now, to work on the gib plates.

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  18. Factoring in the time to tack and clean up with...

    Factoring in the time to tack and clean up with the grinder made the decision a wash in this case.

    More time was spent changing out drill bits working up to the final hole diameters.
  19. Photo #1. Removed 20 ton press angle iron...

    Photo #1. Removed 20 ton press angle iron guides.

    Photo #2. End of ram bar after removal of angle iron guides.

    Photo #3. Cutting disk clearance for angle iron removal required grinder guard...
  20. Photo #1. Stacking the end and middle sections...

    Photo #1. Stacking the end and middle sections for drilling.

    Photo #2. In a burst of late evening energy, I rode the bicycle to the hardware store to pick up the gib screws/bolts.

    The bolts...
  21. Steel pieces cut. The gib sections are in the...

    Steel pieces cut. The gib sections are in the middle. The end plates are on the right and will require four bolt holes to be drilled. I'll stack and clamp them drilling all at once.

    The two plates...
  22. Removing the Ram Slop from a Harbor Freight 20 Ton Press

    A lot of Harbor Freight metal working tools need improving right out of the box to make them precise and accurate implements. I consider the effort much like building a Heathkit electronic device...
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    SWAG Off-Road Finger Brake Kit Build

    Photos of the process.

    #1 All the kit pieces. The gooseneck finger sections in the lower left are tied together like the plastic model airplane kits of middle school -- they're all connected by a...
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    There are a myriad of ways to slay this dragon. ...

    There are a myriad of ways to slay this dragon. The truck method may work on a ranch with plenty of level real estate, but on the sloped front lawn of a typical suburb?

    Just illustrating one of...
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    Concrete Plug and Fence Post Pulling Lever

    Scrap yard acquired eight foot I-beam, short piece of angle iron, and some beefy rebar, fashioned into a lever to pull fence posts.

    There are three chain stays welded to the top of the beam. On...
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