Home made scrap metal Sulky!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by rwbsod, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. rwbsod

    rwbsod LawnSite Member
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    Check out this Sulky I make from scrap metal lying around the shop! (including the wheel and diamond decking!) I'm into it $.79 (for the new farm pin clip), and some time (about a day).

    I just used some channel, angle, plating, and square tube. The bearing was a part of an old sod cutter. The Mower already had a sulky mount bolted on the frame so I didn't have to fab that!

    It works really well! I think I'll shorten it a little bit because the front frame where my toes go hits curbs and walks and whatever is on the edges when I'm trying to turn inside a corner.

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  2. shawnlc

    shawnlc LawnSite Member
    from na
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    Looks pretty cool!
     
  3. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very nice! Definitely saved a few bucks, too.:clapping:
     
  4. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It will probably outlast a factory built sulky. How well does it work?
     
  5. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,266

    Nice! How long did it take you?
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  6. rwbsod

    rwbsod LawnSite Member
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    It doesn't flex at all and the steel is thicker so it should never wear out on the edges like I've seen other Sulkys do. My other mower, an eXmark turf tracer has the big Velky Superpro behind it. This one I built is lighter than the Superpro. It works pretty well, feels like my Velky. The biggest problem is if it jackknifes, it will bend the diamond decking and hit the tire (I already did that backing it off the trailer the first time!). I might have to add some stops or something. Over all I'm pretty happy with it.
     
  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Pretty good fab job....
    Put a piece of flat bar on the tail end for a skid plate..that's where they wear out first..
    I usually use a section off an old blade...good high carbon steel...
     
  8. rwbsod

    rwbsod LawnSite Member
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    It took me pretty much a full day (and a sleepless night the night before, designing it in my head:)). The welding part didn't take much time, most of the time was spent thinking, and digging through the scrap pile looking for pieces of metal that would make a simple, light, and strong frame.
     
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is the part I like, The challenge of designing in my head and finding the right material...... But there's nothing more rewarding than having something come together and function as figured.....

    Good Job rwbsod !!!
     
  10. bmxerss

    bmxerss LawnSite Member
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    I started one today, after the main platform was weldes u i realized it was way too big, I think i'll borrow your idea.
     

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