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Team Gopher
10-04-2004, 10:36 PM

Gopher Business Challenge October-November 2004 - Best Fabrication

An important part of any business is being creative and making things work. In the green industry, fabrication plays a large role. Many LCO's are design and fabricating wonders. They take things they have and make them work better, by adding functionality. Whether it's a truck, trailer or equipment modification, this latest business challenge is a showcase of artistic and creative abilities in fabrication. It should also help you improve yourself and your business by seeing what others are doing.

Here is a list of fabrication idea topics to get you started. You may add more.

- Leaf box, Mower lawn stripe kits, snow plow mountings, hitch modifications, equipment modifications, trailer modifications etc.

- Please post your picture entries and thank you!

Review & Vote for Previous Challenges here (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST&f=1&t=833).

Review Points Leaders Here (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=1;t=949)

Gopher Business Challenge Rules (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=1;t=838)

Team Gopher
10-06-2004, 08:11 PM
rookiemower is the first to enter the challenge. Here are his submissions for his Operator Controlled Discharge Chute (OCDC)

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Team Gopher
10-08-2004, 09:53 PM
Submission #1 from Lawngodfather

Description : Spray rig for his dixie chopper


Team Gopher
10-11-2004, 08:05 PM
Submission #1 from Lawn Tek

Description : Operator Controlled Discharge Chute (OCDC) - Here you can see the swivel socket welded to the rod , on the other end is a 3/8pipe nipple welded on, the pipe nipple is drilled for cotter pin, connecting rod also drilled for cotter pin. Also the 1/ 4 plate is welded to a 3/8 nipple, drilled and tapped for 2 set screws.



Team Gopher
10-13-2004, 06:11 PM
Submission #1 from Alan
Description : Tailgate Salt Spreader Dump Door

"I added this dump door to our TrynEx hopper. Make emptying it a cinch. The slides are 3'8" X 3/4" polyethylene and the door is a piece of 14 ga. stainless steel. I have access to a mill so I cut a relief on the back of the poly strips for the door to slide in. This is a closed view."


"After I had everything in place I cut a hole with a hole saw behind the door. Now it's easy to dump a load that isn't needed. Put a tarp on the ground, open the door and turn on the vibrator. Also works good if you need to get salt out of the hopper for doing sidewalks."


Team Gopher
10-15-2004, 05:49 PM
Submission #1 from AltaLawnCare

Description: Exmark Z Sprayer & Spreader.

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Team Gopher
10-18-2004, 07:38 PM
Submission #1 from FrankenScagMachines

Description : "I took the 42” blade off of my John Deere 110 (no engine yet) and took deck off of my eXmark TTHP and made a couple brackets for the blade to bolt onto the eXmark. Had to add about 85# of weight to the blade to keep the front end down (that’s what the battery and barbell weights are for of course) but it works great (pushed some mulch around with it) It was barely wide enough to cover the wheel tracks when angled so I put some steel on the ends for little wings, this makes it 52” wide. It angles left, right and straight. This setup is compact, very maneuverable, very reliable and simple so I shouldn’t have any problems with it like I have the tractors and it will be killer on those small driveways."


Team Gopher
10-20-2004, 01:18 PM
Submission #1 from bud16415

Description : Snow plow down pressure device and actuator.

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Team Gopher
10-27-2004, 10:58 PM
Submission #1 from olderthandirt

Description : Trailer Modifications

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Team Gopher
10-29-2004, 09:24 PM
Submission #1 from NCSULandscaper

Description : Spreader Carrier

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Submission #1 from NCSULandscaper

Description : Spreader Carrier

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Team Gopher
11-01-2004, 07:54 PM
Submission #2 from Lawn Tek

Description : 750 gal. Hydroseeder under construction

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Team Gopher
11-01-2004, 07:55 PM
Submission #2 from Lawn Tek

Description : The finished unit ready for trailer mounting.

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