Will with Wide Butted Big Eared Tractor
Will is working on learning to weld stainless steel in preparation for making some of the parts we need for the butcher shop. Tractor ears was his first sheet metal project in stainless steel. By doing small useful tests we explore techniques and develop the necessary skills for design and production. This is a way. Chez Tao.
To build the butcher shop we developed techniques by building our cottage, a much smaller version using many of the same methods. Prior to the cottage we built the dog house. Before that a ferro cement and brick pig hut. Even earlier, table top models. With each progressively larger version we developed technique and honed skills.
Stainless Steel Tractor Ear Chain Bucket
Recently I showed the metal bender machine Will made for creating metal arches. The photo above shows the resulting chain buckets hung on the sides of the roll bar. Will used the existing light bolt holes for attachment.
I’ve wanted to have more storage spots on the tractor for years, especially for the grab chains we use to lift and drag things like logs, bales and stones. Now the chains are safely stored in easy to access locations rather than under our feet on the floor of the tractor.
Stainless steel might seem like overkill for such a project but it was a good way to combine practice with functionality. This might be the only tractor with stainless steel ears, er, storage boxes!
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Tiny Cottage: 65°F/62°F
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