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Old 11-07-2013, 06:44 AM
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Pvc is Cheaper if you arent doing it every week


Hinges - 21.75
Metal Tubes - 32.00
Machine Shop Work - 55.00
Hardware - 35.00
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:14 AM
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You could add hinged supports going from the main tube down to the side tubes to keep them open. 4 bolts and they would swing out of the way for storing.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:52 AM
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just use 2 of the 6 bolts that hold the side tubes to the hinges, to mount a short piece of alum. strap with wing nuts
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:41 AM
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Great rake. WE built an almost exact duplicate of the pvc rake and were looking to upgrade it. I have a few questions about your aluminum rake.
  1. How far apart are the threaded rods? It looks like you came in about a half inch from the end and spaced them out about every 4 to 5 inches.
  2. How did you attach the rope? Does the sharp edge of the aluminum cut into the rope?
  3. I didnt see where you used the washersd you mentioned, Did you use them?
  4. How well does it work?
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:09 PM
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Great rake. WE built an almost exact duplicate of the pvc rake and were looking to upgrade it. I have a few questions about your aluminum rake.
  1. How far apart are the threaded rods? It looks like you came in about a half inch from the end and spaced them out about every 4 to 5 inches.
  2. How did you attach the rope? Does the sharp edge of the aluminum cut into the rope?
  3. I didnt see where you used the washersd you mentioned, Did you use them?
  4. How well does it work?
1 - 4.5" on Center Rod
2 - Down thru the middle tube and around the middle threaded rod with a Noose Knot.
3 - Washers on the Hinge Bolts that attach to the outriggers.
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:09 PM
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Acidrain, where did you get those hinges? I have all the materials needed to build myself one of theses awesome rakes (for a total of $51 go sales at Tractor Supply!) I have a drill press and a the needed tools and grinders at my place.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:53 PM
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Built a lake rake, make it with metal 90 degree flat straps, put a piece of the left over aluminum on the back and bolted through the hinges for better bracing, drilled an eye loop and made it so i can attach a rope and take it off as needed.
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