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Cheap Way to Rebuild Sweeps
"I've never had one break in rocky ground," says Lawrence Erlenbusch, Angela, Mont., who rebuilds cultivator sweeps by "canabilizing" the wings off one worn sweep to rebuild another.
"Usually what happens is that the front part of a sweep wears away, leaving the wings at the rear at almost full width. I cut off the wings and remove a small wedge at the back (B & Ain the drawing) so the wings fit together properly at the front joint (B-A in the drawing) when the cut-off wings are turned end for end.
"It's a bit tricky getting the right angle on the welded-on portions. My first rebuilt sweep was a `digger' and the second was a `floater'. I've rebuilt about a hundred since then with no problems. I recommend that you experiment with a couple and try them out so you get the hang of how to hold the metal to weld it. After I weld the wings on, I add some hard-surfacing, too.
"The result is an ugly looking sweep, but they work good.
"I've also rebuilt grain drill shoes by cutting off small pieces of field cultivator sweeps and welding them to the shoes."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lawrence G. Erlenbusch, F.O. Box 186, Angela, Mont. 59312.

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4