Excavator Pins?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by wanabe, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    I am looking for a extra set of 80 MM pins that I can leave in my bucket for a quick couple. Is there any good online dealers that sell pins like this, or should I just pick up some at my Deere dealer? They do not have any in stock, so I need to order anyway. Thanks!
     
  2. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    I buy my 'pin-stock' at a local tool steel supplier, and weld on some type of end. (plus do any zert machining) Probably cheaper to buy them, but mine are not available. I did make up a set last week for another 'grey merket' machine, and was able to find some stock at a surplus steel place. It was less than $10 for 3 ft.
     
  3. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    Making pins is the reason I bought a used lathe. I got tired of getting ripped by the local machinist so I build my own.
     
  4. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    How in the heck do you make pins on a lathe? The pins are heat treated and ground, as it is extreamly hard material. I also need a pin that has a grease zerk/slot milled into it. I ended up ordering from deere-$360.00 each.
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    You buy an oil hardening metal and machine it too your needs and then you can have it hardened or harden it yourself.

    I am going too pick up my mill tomorrow I purchased and I already have a 1660 Summit Lathe with a 4 inch through hole in the head.

    I do a small amount of repairs for guys with my machines.
    It is a blast too make stuff and saves you money on parts .
     
  6. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    I have made pins for backhoes and skid steers, You machine them to size then harden them in a carburizing compound. Alternatively you can use an oxy-acetylene torch on low oxygen and blacken the outer surface, not as hard but it seems to work. With a lathe and a milling machine life is good!
     

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