What are you doing this winter besides burning coal

What are you doing this winter besides burning coal

PostBy: Steve.N On: Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:59 am

Winter is always my work on the machinery time. The pony starting motor on my main firewood hauler, a D4-7U Cat pictured in my avatar, set up at the end of October. I had to push start her for the last few trips and that is a pain because if you stall the machine in the woods there often is not enough room for another push start.

My original intention was to rebuild the pony but the parts and machine work were going to run around $1500 bucks. I belong to an antique Cat tractor site and the guys there suggested converting to electric start. The electric start conversion needs about $370 in parts and makes the tractor a lot easier to use. The problem though is that there is no hole bored to mount the starter. Using dimentions supplied by a member of the antique site I layed out the hole pattern and started drilling. We have had discussions about the Lenox hole saws and this job is a testament to there durability. The center hole is 3-5/8 inches through 1 inch of high quality cast steel. Though the hole saw doesn't have another starter job in her the hole was drilled in about 40 minutes no lubrication only an air blast to keep it cool. The mounting holes have been drilled and tapped the next job is to remove the pony motor and pinion and block off the holes they leave. I will post more photos as I progress.

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Tapping the holes
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Where I am working
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Lenox hole saw and slug
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Delco 42 MT starter 65 pounds thats an 18" cresent for scale
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman mkII
Stove/Furnace Model: Axeman Anderson 260 at store

Re: What are you doing this winter besides burning coal

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:24 pm

Looks like the starters on the Detriots I used to work on.

Changed a few of those on a cold winters day. With a new set of batteries. And the damn thing still wouldn't spin over. Had to call a tow truck to stick the tractor in the shop to warm up.
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Re: What are you doing this winter besides burning coal

PostBy: Matthaus On: Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:45 pm

A trick for keeping hole saws sharp even in stainless is iso alcohol. Put it in a squeeze bottle and keep the saw wet, will evaporate and provide super cooling plus flush all the chips as they are produced. ;)

My winter activities
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4 tons of coal and 3 AA 130s, plenty to keep me out of trouble in the garage
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Lil' Heater (rental house)
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite