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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 9th 2024, 8:44 am

So one or two of you might remember this from back in my Budgie days. This was a good gas pedal, used it across both engines and was still on it when I sold it.
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So here’s the sequel to it lol! works pretty good. Don’t have the cable hooked up yet here.
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It’s still out of the way if you don’t want to use it.
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I hooked it up so I still have the hand throttle on the dash too!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 10th 2024, 12:25 am

The gas pedal bent a little bit when I was messing around earlier so I braced it a little bit with more of the sign wire I made the belt guides out of. Should be plenty sturdy now it’s somewhat triangulated haha.
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It occurs to me now I should have made the pedal rod out of a hay rake tooth, they are spring steel and extremely strong.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 13th 2024, 1:02 pm

The gas pedal did wind up needing some sign wire bracing
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Road trip to west liberty!
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Here’s a hill I got to the very top and backflipped twice down lol!
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Did a number on the hood and actually hydro locked the 212 on its own oil.
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Fixed the hood and did not learn my lesson! This hill took some serious clutch work to get up
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Here’s the same hill from the bottom
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I wish you could tell in the picture, I was airborne over a mud hole!
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Cool spot where a creek undercut the hill
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This thing is the most fun I’ve ever had on a tractor!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 17th 2024, 2:04 am

More of my usual over the top fixturing for a basic weldment
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Made up a simple engine cage to prevent the hood stovepiping we saw on the last double-backflip down a hill. It’s more of a grill hoop with a support but it fits right under the hood well enough that you can stand on it with no issues
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Can’t even tell it’s under there and it shouldn’t be heavy enough to affect handling at all
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 17th 2024, 7:08 am

RichieRichOverdrive wrote:
More of my usual over the top fixturing for a basic weldment
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Made up a simple engine cage to prevent the hood stovepiping we saw on the last double-backflip down a hill. It’s more of a grill hoop with a support but it fits right under the hood well enough that you can stand on it with no issues
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Can’t even tell it’s under there and it shouldn’t be heavy enough to affect handling at all
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A little warpage and porosity never hurt anyone, right?
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 17th 2024, 11:10 am

Squareness and weld quality all went out the window when I broke out the galvanized EMT and flux core after I made the initial grille hoop. Good enough for the dang lawn ranger I guess lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 20th 2024, 7:51 pm

This is a fun ledge to play on

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 20th 2024, 8:11 pm

RichieRichOverdrive wrote:
This is a fun ledge to play on

Man those 633's are tough! Surprised you didn't bust an axle.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 21st 2024, 1:34 am

It actually has what’s referred to as a 4 speed unidrive. It’s 3spd with reverse. Does still have 1” axles and is regarded by pullers as the strongest wheel horse trans out there. The 8 speeds (same trans with hi lo) preferred for off road use though. They had both 1” and 1-1/8” axles too depending on what tractor they came in.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 1:08 pm

I may or may not have let the intrusive thoughts win on these  Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 2:15 pm

@RichieRichOverdrive I kid you not I had those in my cart last night. I ended up ordering these instead  lol! Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Screen36 I'm excited to see how they work

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 4:49 pm

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@RichieRichOverdrive I kid you not I had those in my cart last night. I ended up ordering these instead  lol! Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Screen36 I'm excited to see how they work
How much were they?
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 5:07 pm

Not meaning to keep the topic off course... I got those SunF's for my mower.  A small twig poked a hole in them within a month.  Seem to be pretty thin.

As for the tires @RichieRichOverdrive is looking at.  For what you got going on with the little horse.  I bet they work great.

One thing I realized over the years.  Tires that work well here at home, may not work great out east and vice versa.  Then you have the added complication of mud, clay, gravel, bolders...


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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 5:11 pm

@Ifitaintbroke about $85 after tax

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 6:51 pm

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Not meaning to keep the topic off course... I got those SunF's for my mower.  A small twig poked a hole in them within a month.  Seem to be pretty thin.

As for the tires @RichieRichOverdrive is looking at.  For what you got going on with the little horse.  I bet they work great.

One thing I realized over the years.  Tires that work well here at home, may not work great out east and vice versa.  Then you have the added complication of mud, clay, gravel, bolders...

These are like 2ply, so hopefully thin enough to be flexible. They’ll be ran super soft and on beadlocks for best performance. Plus they were only like $95 shipped.

The knobbies really work fine until they load up. It takes a lot of wheel speed to clean out a small tire and the lawn ranger just doesn’t have that. You can see what I mean in this pic lol.
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Hopefully the wide lug spacing will not pack with mud easy. The tread depth is pretty mild, only 3/8” according to the description, so it won’t take too much power to spin them and keep them eating. The wide tread spacing with mild tread depth along with the soft tire will also hopefully keep more of the tire in contact with hard terrain like rocks, where surface area is everything for traction. That sounds counterintuitive but I think maybe I’ll get some contact of the smooth part in between the lugs, is that makes sense.

Interestingly enough, these tires are super popular with ATV hillclimbers here on the east coast, but are often seen ran with tire chains, like you can see in thumbnail of this video


So who knows, they may be no better than the knobbies, but damn they’ll look cool Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 2 2240318088

And I don’t mind a little thread digression for tire talk cheers
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