I'm sure you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out how the Weed Badger assembly is coming along. Matt has spent lots of time working on it, and at times has regretted not ordering it pre-assembled. But in the end he's learned a lot about how the whole thing works, which should help in the event of a problem! We even had to have our local blacksmith create a part that would help stabilize the arm. Matt measured and re-measured drew a model and then finally decided to create a model out of cardboard so that he was sure it would work. We took the model to the blacksmith and explained it to him, he said he would have it done in a couple of days. The very next day he came by with it, it weighed a ton. He said; "you'll have to see, I made this part a bit shorter than the model, the piece of iron I chose was too short. If it doesn't work, bring it back and I'll fit it." Hmm, seems like Matt might not have spent all of that time making a model if he felt that the blacksmith could wing it! Of course it didn't work, it was too short. Matt took it back, the guy fixed it, but it still wasn't right. So he ended up grinding some holes out himself and cursing the blacksmith for not having followed his directions. Ugh.
Then there was the "thingy" he needed to attach the arm to his newly forged part. The Weed Badger parts included a top link (a part used in a 3-point hitch) to use to attach the arm to the tractor via our newly crafted part. The only problem is that our vintage Massey Ferguson isn't quite as big as those new fangled John Deere's that everyone has in the US, so the top link was way too long. So Matt took it over to our friend Peter Till's house and they had fun doing what boys do, cutting it down and welding it back together with sparks flying everywhere! Finally we've got the whole thing put together - well I can't really take much credit- but it's just about there.
We actually fired it up on Friday, pulled it out of the garage and started up the hydraulics, it was all going great until I noticed that there was a small, slow leak in at the oil filter. Matt tried and tried to tighten it, but it clearly says to only tighten it by hand. Ugh. What to do? There's over 60 litres of oil in the tank. Do we drain the whole darn thing? And if so, where do we put all that oil? Matt had the brilliant idea of putting the pump on the oil drum into the reservoir and pumping it back into the drum. The fun isn't over yet!!
But we did get it running and even got the head to rotate, so we know he's got 99% of it right! It's just that little, tiny 1% that's the fly in the ointment.
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