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Couple weeks ago a guy down the road was throwing out an old cultivator designed to be pulled behind an ATV. It looked to be a kit of some sort probably user assembled. It was in pretty bad shape. Rusted badly, bent tine plates, not much use as it sit. It was bad enough that I had to cut all the bolts off to get them off. I wanted to salvage the tines to adapt to a 3 point mounted version.

I salvaged the tines and some bar stock from it, drew up a design, and went to work. I cut it apart, ground it clean, and threw the tine plates away. I ground the tines to a mild point to use it as a bare tine style cultivator.

I welded it up with an old Lincoln Tombstone and gave it a coat of Kubota Orange from TSC. It turned out nice and with the exception of the 3 point pins (around $10) and the paint ($5), it's made entirely out of scrap/salvaged material.

I think it turned out pretty damn good for $15

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Note: I used the Magic brand Tractor & Implement paint from TSC. It's good shit! It thick and takes forever to dry, but it produced good results for sure

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It has 1 minor design flaw. I should have set the stabalizer connection back toward the middle 2"-3". As it is, the stabalizer bar must be cranked all the way in to attach.

I guess that makes it easy in a way, but a couple extra inches would have put it close to the other implements.

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Looks nice Conductor any plans on what your going to cultivate yet? Man seeing people with Kobota mini tractors makes me insanely jealous!!

Just the garden.

The 3 point pins require a 7/8" hole to mount them. I was honestly embarrassed to have to walk in a machine shop and ask them to drill 2 holes. It's been a long time since I found myself not having the right tool for a job. I did all the other holes myself, but I just don't have capability for anything that big and with the press and the bits, I'm looking at about $1000 to add that capability. It might be spring before I can swing it with vacation, football, and then Christmas to save for, but I bet I won't need to go to a machine shop for 2 holes again

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DR: Yea, you can have a lot of holes drilled for $1000, but I hate burning 3 hours getting it done

Mike: I have a Lincoln "Tombstone" stick welder I use on thicker stuff, and an Eastwood Mig 175 I use on anything 1/4" or less. I'm not a welder by any means, but I can weld good enough that it holds right and doesn't look too unsightly.

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Just the garden.

The 3 point pins require a 7/8" hole to mount them. I was honestly embarrassed to have to walk in a machine shop and ask them to drill 2 holes. It's been a long time since I found myself not having the right tool for a job. I did all the other holes myself, but I just don't have capability for anything that big and with the press and the bits, I'm looking at about $1000 to add that capability. It might be spring before I can swing it with vacation, football, and then Christmas to save for, but I bet I won't need to go to a machine shop for 2 holes again

I know the feeling, it sucks not having the capability. In my case there were jobs I turned down cause I couldn't drill a big enough whole. I bought a millwakee mag drill an I really went to town then. To bad it cost me more then 1k to add the drill an cutters. Drill press would of been nice but I don't have a dedicated shop.

I've guessing your talking about a drill press thoe. What would you go with to do it? didn't you just get that jet drill press, or was it someone else?

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I know the feeling, it sucks not having the capability. In my case there were jobs I turned down cause I couldn't drill a big enough whole. I bought a millwakee mag drill an I really went to town then. To bad it cost me more then 1k to add the drill an cutters. Drill press would of been nice but I don't have a dedicated shop.

I've guessing your talking about a drill press thoe. What would you go with to do it? didn't you just get that jet drill press, or was it someone else?

This is an older thread that I moved to the proper location as I came across.

I did get the Jet JDP-17 and love it. While it's a 3/4 hp model and not really rated for holes over 3/4" in plate steel, I can put 1" holes in 3/8" plate with proper technique. I wouldn't want to have to do it all the time as it's definitely outside the press' comfort zone, but a hole like that is an occasional thing for me anyway.

I'm quite happy with the Jet press. I like the belt-less speed changes of the Powermatic, but the Jet serves me well at half the cost.

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