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Time to Farm

Ready to work the field
Coming together – digging the way the hammer fit
A few more cuts to go … and it still needed a seat

Welded metal art – 2019-30 Project #47. Switching to an industrial agricultural theme (not sure if that is a thing, but it is here). At this point, the idea for a tractor came from something other than an internet search for a project (surprised?). Before completely deciding on the path forward for the tractor I had been looking in the metal bin at the used 35 kart chain and the 4-cycle engine crankshaft gears and realized the chain fit around the gears quite nicely … and guess what? Together, they kinda looked like tractor wheels. So you are seeing where the inspiration for the tractor started. Thus began the process of looking for parts that looked like … you got it – tractor parts. And then, wallah! A slag hammer, which always fit poorly in the metal bin, abstractly provided a very cool look for the tractor hood and exhaust pipe (for the most part). I had never used, nor did I intend to use, the stick arc welder attachment on my Amico TIG-225 welder. Thusly(?), the slag hammer was an ‘unnecessary’ tool, which had been shifted to the scrap metal bin. After collecting and scavenging some other parts, it was looking as if it was going to happen. Things were fitting together very nicely. It became obvious that the art of creating involved knowing what the vision was and allowing the source of positive energy provide the rest. Things always seem to work out, with a few twists (but the twists are always pleasantly surprising in nature), when this process of creation is allowed to happen just as it should. I have to say (I get to because I’m writing this), this tractor turned out very cool. And it didn’t last long in the shop.

The first part of this project involved the previously discussed vision (am I a visionary? Eh, I’ll investigate that later). The rear tractor wheels were assembled from 4-cycle engine crankshaft gears with 35 kart chain TIG welded around them. The main part of the engine was the actual 4-cycle engine crankshaft. The slag hammer was welded on top of the engine to form the hood and exhaust pipe. The springy handle part of the hammer was eventually cut off to form a steering wheel. The rear axle was from the handle bars of a “Monkey Bike” (making it a Monkey Bar? Only someone from my local area is likely to get that one). The front axle was a utility tool with sockets that worked well to support the front wheels that were two 4-cycle engine crankshaft bearings. A seat made from the spring-end portion of a measuring caliper was welded on to complete the tractor. It was actually made with a few pieces but they visually fit together very well.

Another project down and ready for more. Still more Christmas projects around the bend for me. After a little rummaging in the metal bin and metal box, I had great ideas stewing in my head and was ready to give them a shot. From clarity and peace of mind comes an ability to focus (in the shop and life). Sometimes the vision is clear but the exact answer or solution is not. Being in a state of positive energy and letting the source materials find you is creation – otherwise you are just living in the known (from my perspective in this venture, that would just be copying someone else’s work). Creation is fun, it warms the heart, feels good in the soul … and sometimes provides great answers, like what the heck am I going to do with this welding slag hammer?! This project went to a great friend who recently bought a farm. I learned again that shipping projects is an interesting task (to say the least) … but the tractor made it to him with minimal damages. So for now get your good energy on, live your future, buy a tractor (or not) … and Weld On!