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 Mud-Murray Offroad Mower

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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 15, 2018 5:43 pm

This is one of the cleanest looking teardowns I've seen.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 16, 2018 4:01 pm

You should really get some practice in, and remember to clean the surface you're welding. Contaminants like paint and rust make welds weak
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 16, 2018 4:56 pm

On the little mig welders it's best to hold the edges longer then move over to the next edge and hold that edge a bit longer too, just so it gets smoother welds that don't ball up.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Jul 20, 2018 2:46 pm

Looks like you're having some troubles maintaining a consistent puddle. 

Sounds like the welder you have has a pretty low duty cycle.  You most likely can only weld about 2 minutes out of ten. So weld a little bit, go grind and fit something else, then weld a little more and repeat.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 22, 2018 2:35 pm

Looking good.  Yeah I'd add in some angle iron braces.  You just don't want them to interfere with the belt routing.  Maybe one of them could be used to mount your clutch.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeSun Jul 22, 2018 4:50 pm

Frame bracing is coming along well. That is some thick flat stock, should make the frame nice and sturdy. I like how you've shaped steel to fit the frame. Would corner to corner braces not interfere with the trans? I would run some angle iron across the frame, which should help prevent it from flexing.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 25, 2018 1:15 pm

Rebuild the front axle using some 2" square or 2x3, 3/16 or 1/4" wall
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 25, 2018 1:43 pm

I like how you braced the front axle mount, looks really sturdy. If you have a chop saw that you can set the angle of the cut, you could make a new front axle out of 1x2 or 1x3 box section, cut the angles on the end to set your camber/caster and weld on the axle tubes to it. Would be sturdier than just bracing up the original front axle.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 25, 2018 2:36 pm

Nice, clean MST!  Yeah, the front axle needs something.  It definitely won't last too long like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Mud-Murray Offroad Mower   Mud-Murray Offroad Mower - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 25, 2018 10:31 pm

I prefer the wire wheel or scotch brite pad for remving gaskets.  Scratches in gasket surfaces make me cringe.

You could just find some flat stock to fully box that front axle.  That will make it very strong without taking all day.
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