Here's my Home Made Leveler (kind of BAL)

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  1. Wrenchgear

    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Hi guys, I finally got around to snapping a few pics. of this thing. I can't call it a BAL because it's not one, and I hesitate to call it a BEN (part of my last name), because I could open myself up to some sort of copy patent law thing. So I guess I'll call it "The Pup Leveler", or anything else you want to call it. There should be captions under some of the pictures if I did this right.

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    See more photo here: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/579914595KeSwBD
     
  2. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Nice work, keep the treads well lubed and dirt free.

    A couple of wings on the outside would help prevent it from sinking into soft ground.

    What does it weigh?
     
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    Looks great! Hopefully you saved some $'s creating it yourself as the BAL is pricey!
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Very nice, great job!
     
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    bheff Well-Known Member

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    Thats pretty cool.
     
  6. Wrenchgear

    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Thanks for the comments.

    A few things left to finish on it are,.... weld the drive nut onto the screw, clean up some weld splatter in a few spots, and give it a finish coat of paint. I was contemplating sending it out for powder coating, but I think it will be too expensive (although I haven't checked that out yet).

    The wings on the outside may be an idea, I'll see how it works out this summer and may go that route next winter when I'm looking for projects to do.

    It got a little heavier than I expected, coming in around 35 lbs. which is about twice that of an original BAL. (I'm not thinking of carrying it around all day though [8D] )

    I'm debating on putting a grease fitting in the nut for the screw to keep it good and gooey in there at all times.

    I have about $20 wrapped up into it.
     
  7. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Personally I don't see why "wings" would be needed. The original BAL doesn't have them.

    This looks like a great job, Wrenchgear. Perhaps you could make some money selling them to fellow Canadians who don't want to pay the high shipping fees for a regular BAL from the U.S.
     
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    Very nice job!

    Bruce
     
  9. jash1178

    jash1178 You can't fix stupid!

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    I'd buy one! Would it work for an 8" pup tire? [PU]
     
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    gbberton New Member

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    Nice Job, it should work well. My son is a machinist and is building me one. Its a bit bulkier than yours tho, as the
    frame is made out of 2x2 steel tubing.I will see if I can figure out how to post some pics when its completed.
     
  11. Full Circle

    Full Circle Greely, Ontario, Canada

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    Wrench, that is a great job! Did you use solid square bar for the whole frame?
     
  12. Eagle85

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    That's awsome!! Great workmanship. I wish I could weld like that.
     
  13. Wrenchgear

    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Thanks guys...

    Houndog, I'm not sure if it would fit an 8" wheel.

    Full Circle, the square frame is hollow 1/8 in. wall. It looks solid because I closed in the ends to keep out bugs, rain, mud....

    There are captions under the pictures on the Webshots site.
     
  14. jash1178

    jash1178 You can't fix stupid!

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    That's where the big market would be wrench, even the name brand doesn't fit an 8" tire. They would sell like hot cakes, let me know if you fab. something like that, I will be the first customer [:D]
     
  15. Hyperterex

    Hyperterex Active Member

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    How about calling it the pup-up. You did a nice job
     
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    [:D] Looks real good!!!! Looks really heavy duty!!
     
  17. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Nice work Wrench!
     
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    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    Nice job.

    How much?
     
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    Very nice! I also have 8" tires [;)]
     
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    Very nice! 2 thumbs up!
     

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