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Old 06-06-2009, 08:49 AM   #1
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Tractor supply= fabricator's supply?

Y'all ever end up walking around in tractor supply, & become trapped in a certain aisle? Not physically blocked in, but held there by mental forces within your own mind. They refuse to let you move on, until they have resolved the issue presented.

This seems to happen more often then not to me.

I have seriously pondered using a tractor's exhaust stack, complete with the little rain flapper. I may still do it!

Not a bad selection of welder goodies either. Steel stock, hardware, even a 4X4 section in one aisle.

A guy on another board, noticed something that may be of interest.

In the back, near the shackle/D-ring display there is some seemingly "Tractor Only" stuff. Specifically there are some large turnbuckle looking links, used for mounting junk to a tractor. They have some tough looking ends that are similar to Heim Joints.

The larger ones (about $21.50) caught his eye.

He bought two, & cut them each in half. He now had two left hand threaded halves & two right hand threaded.


Anyway, he made them into a 5th link/ ladder/anti spring wrap device, or "traction bar".
He used an old leaf spring as the front mount. cutting it down to about 10"-12" long, with the shackle eye still on it. That got welded to his skid plate, near the transfer case.

The axle connection, was fabbed out of plate & welded to the tube.

This looks easy as pie to build, & I'm lining up the leaf spring & old shackle as you read this!

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Cheap traction bar!!!!! - Coastal Carolina Offroad




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In the 25 years the one has been on my tractor, lifting many heavy implements, bouncing through fields, hitting stuff I have never broken one....

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In the 25 years the one has been on my tractor, lifting many heavy implements, bouncing through fields, hitting stuff I have never broken one....
25 years, is a darn good track record for anything mechanical!
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25 years, is a darn good track record for anything mechanical!
You should see my father in law's 1941 Case... it is more of a museum show piece now, but the 1961 John Deer is used daily....
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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There is a spot in my heart for tractors, especially the Green & Yellow ones!

They used to have some cool shows on the "RFD" network.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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Wink Tractor Supply ROCKS

Yea, I know what you mean about Tractor Supply. I do ALL my shopping there, including clothing, dog food and the list goes on..Before I moved to Arkansas we used a 1936 F-20 Farmall for all the heavy "farm" work and a 1953 "C" Farmall for the lighter stuff. (Didn't have much of a real big farm, just beef and horses). Thinks do break but when your out in the country, you learn thru trial and error how to get things repaired including welding cast parts and even gears...Keep up the fabricating out of spare parts and junk, there have been a lot of patents registered from folks like you...
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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Don't have any locally here in L.A., but there's one up where my parents live and I make a point to stop in and wander around each time I'm up there and I totally know what you mean . . . great place to find good hardware, pins, D-rings, etc. Wasted another hour or so in there over Thanksgiving weekend.
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CROPS are GREEN and TRACTORS are RED!!! thats how it is cant change that!! IH
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hahaha...we've got 2 JD 6420's, an MF 4355, and an older Case 580 Super L...amongst many other smaller tractors at work. Tractor Supply is one of my favorite places to shop...lol
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T.S. is awesome. If I had money, I'd go there, and buy lots of cool stuff...

They have a hitch with Shackle on the end that has had my eye for about 4 months. (should have bought it back then.)

I'm easily entertained.
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Tractor is Wonderful. I went in there with the girlfriend not long ago and said, "I want this, I want this, I want this.." haha ended up finding an old army ammo can for my father for his birthday. Love that place.
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Y'all ever end up walking around in tractor supply, & become trapped in a certain aisle? Not physically blocked in, but held there by mental forces within your own mind. They refuse to let you move on, until they have resolved the issue presented.

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This happens to me at the mall when I walk past Victoria's secretions!
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I know exactly what you mean about TSC; in fact, I've contemplated the exact same idea using the tractor stack and flapper valve. Definitely gonna do some kind of exhaust stack to get my tailpipe above water along with a snorkel, but am still tryin to figure out away to keep innocent bystanders from gettin burned (people walkin through the parkin lot, etc.). Also a pretty good place to get shackles, chains, cheep tough lighting, and those longer recovery straps. But ye, I'm constantly walkin through stores like TSC, Lowes, Radio Shack, Advance Auto, and even Wal-mart, jus explorin my options for cheep, but reliable jerry-riggin...
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CROPS are GREEN and TRACTORS are RED!!! thats how it is cant change that!! IH

Old thread, but since it was brought back up I just have to say "cars and trucks are red, farm equipment is green!!"
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Deere makes a good mower....but I have to tip my hat to the red ones for pullin
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Definitely gonna do some kind of exhaust stack to get my tailpipe above water along with a snorkel, but am still tryin to figure out away to keep innocent bystanders from gettin burned (people walkin through the parkin lot, etc.).
Just slap a "Don't touch this; it's hot" sticker on there and you're covered.
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Just slap a "Don't touch this; it's hot" sticker on there and you're covered.
That will just attract them to it like moths to a light.
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That will just attract them to it like moths to a light.
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