Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Toro HDX D Workman Dump box Mod .

http://magazine.golfcourseindustry.com/article/december-2015-/travels-terry.aspx



Well my long term memory works well but I couldn't tell where I just set my coffee though lol.  A while back I seen this build on one of the tech sites .  Had a hunch that it was Chad Braun from Prestwick golf club . With all the social media sites out there you get to know other techs fairly well . Sent Chad mail through twitter and was right in the hunch, I didn't realize it was back in 2009 . 
  The problem where having are loads going between dump bed and ROP. Gravel or surge is the worst . The over spillage winds up on the hydraulic lines that lay in a tray under the dump bed . Many times gravel gets wedged in between lines . 

The dump beds had some rigorous use this fall . That's what their built to do and they do it well . I'll have to build the modification on the box .




Removing this shield makes the job easy .



Using a piece of 1.5" angle 1/8 th thick . Cut one side of angle to hug the inside of box . I left 12 " for the side pieces . 


Clamp this first piece down . 


When welding on equipment disconnect the battery cables . Some modern equipment have delicate electronics that could get shorted out costing $$$,


Next I welded up 8 ..11" 1" angle together to make 4 upright pieces . Tack them in place in the same area as the box post holders ( for ecstatics )and then add the top rail .


The box extender can be pulled off later to weld secure .


A few more pics at different angles



You can mock up the side rail with the measuring tape to get an idea of the length needed . Mine where 20"    Notch out and bend


tack these in place 


Looking good fairly easy project so far 






Off the Workman now and cutting diamond plate 1/8 " to fit openings 






All ready for 


Priming 



and paint.





and done . 


Drill out for 4 bolts in the front and one on each side . Looks great


I'm thinking the the addition will help keep the front of the box from getting bent up . 



Going to add this heavy rubber matt to keep debris out . 


The wire tailgate latches didn't last and when it lets go it will take out the tail lights . Both of them on one machine . Chain will take the abuse that these machines can handle .

Thanks again Chad . Great idea and build . 

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