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Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:50:36 PM »
Being weak of back and too light in the wallet for the WM $1200 price tag, I decided to have a go at making my own version of the FAOs for my LT40.  I found an 8000 lb drop leg jack for $47 plus shipping that seemed like it might just fit the bill.  The jacks had to be cut down by  4" to get them down to the same retracted length as the WM FAOs and new feet had to be fabricated for the operator side ones.  I replaced the top wind handle with a big hex nut held in place with a split pin.  I've used them on a couple of jobs now and they work great.  Setting up the mill is much easier on my back and adjusting for settling during the day just takes a few turns of a socket wrench.  They are not as heavy built as the WM ones but I think they should hold up just fine.  Time will tell.  Thanks to the FF members who helped me out with some of the dimensions.  You know who you are. :)

 

 
 

 
 

 
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 08:58:45 PM »
They look fabulous Paul.  Nice craftsmanship.   smiley_thumbsup
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 09:00:06 PM »
All you need now are BOOTS for them feet.  :D :D :D
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013, 09:02:34 PM »
They look good  :)

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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2013, 09:47:57 PM »
Those look like they are factory made and you saved some money.  Excellent job Paul.

I replaced the top wind handle with a big hex nut held in place with a split pin. 

I've replaced the crank handle on a winch and also on a milling machine knee with hex nuts.  Now I use a cordless to do my cranking.  I assume you can do the same.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013, 10:29:21 PM »
Looks like a quality job for sure!
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2013, 10:35:34 PM »
Very professionally done.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2013, 10:42:30 PM »
That is some fine engine-oo-ity. You sure saved quite a bit of $ too. They look very good.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2013, 06:35:29 AM »
     Those look great!  And the offset foot is about as close as it's possible to come.  Glad they're working out for you. 8)
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013, 09:01:05 AM »
Nice! I need to do the same,    david
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2013, 09:19:14 AM »
Looks great!  Do you have any idea who  the manufacturer  of the drop down jack is?

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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2013, 09:28:32 AM »
This should be added to the WM modification thread.  8) Good idea.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2013, 09:40:05 AM »
Well done! I will definitely be doing this when the lt-35 arrives. Do you have part numbers handy? Where you purchased online?
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2013, 11:06:57 AM »
Great job on those. Now you have me thinking.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2013, 12:05:34 PM »
That's a really good idea to replace the hand crank with a nut.  Did you weld the nut on?
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2013, 09:43:58 PM »
Thanks for the compliments guys.  The jacks were bought at Surplus Center and are made by Northfield Industries.  They have a facility in IL, so I thought I was buying a US made product.  Nope, made in China.  Still, the quality looks pretty good.  The nut is held in place by a split pin since disassembling the jack is the only way to grease the acme thread and thrust bearing.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2013, 10:59:09 AM »
     Thank you GMM for this thread. As an afterthought, wouldn't it be pretty simple to cut the offset feet from the old WM jacks and weld them to the new jacks? Just a thought.
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2013, 12:07:09 PM »
Only problem I see is "where did I leave that ratchet wrench"
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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2013, 08:17:45 PM »
     Thank you GMM for this thread. As an afterthought, wouldn't it be pretty simple to cut the offset feet from the old WM jacks and weld them to the new jacks? Just a thought.

I thought about doing that, but it would have made the jack too long. 

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Re: Home-made Fine Adjust Outriggers
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2013, 08:30:26 PM »
Only problem I see is "where did I leave that ratchet wrench"

On my current job it's acting as a paper weight to keep my cut list on the hydro box, but I can see me losing it at some point :laugh:.  I plan to make an adjustment wrench similar to the one that WM makes but I'll still have to come up with some where to stow it.
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