Mounting things on excavator boom?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by AWJ Services, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. AWJ Services

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

    I will be installing the plates for the EZ Dig pro and I was curious what you guys thought of drilling and tapping the boom to install the plates. The other option is a High strength epoxy but I would hate for one of them to fall off so I am leaning towards epoxy and bolts.LOL The bolts would be 1/4 20.

    So do you think drilling the boom would cause any problems?
     
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,098

    Go for it, thumb pivot points and brackets are welded on all the time, nothing wrong with drilling and tapping or welding, what else can you do do? Duct tape?
     
  3. curtisfarmer

    curtisfarmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    Either way I would add some thin wire or pull ties as a secondary protection.
     
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    No way would I drill into the boom. I can just see stress cracks starting all around those holes. I would grind the paint off and weld it on for sure, just don't run a huge solid bead and never let up or you will get it to hot. Short welds on oposite sides.
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  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,303

    no square corners either, 45 the corners
     

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