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Title: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 01, 2013, 10:04:22 PM
Decided to make my own frames so i did here there are being made
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Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 01, 2013, 10:11:50 PM
I will post pics when finished still working on it cheers cost 30 bucks to build  <-yes_>
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Geo2 on February 02, 2013, 07:33:54 AM
Oh ya, nice build  {cool^sign} I wonder if it can handle a 5ft long 6inch wide "Popandson" kind of a sluice? but for Letrap it looks good on it. Keep up the winter projects.
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 02, 2013, 11:57:14 AM
All finished now

Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: ebuyc on February 02, 2013, 12:44:36 PM
Good job putting it all together, the frame will be the same color as the Le trap in a year or Two ;)

Ray how do you adjust the height?

How much did you spend on copper? I know steel is cheaper, I spent $50 at Haskins and built 10 frames with it... I welded up Shortbus's Le Trap / G2 hopper combo frame two days ago.... Shortbus cut his Le trap to about 3' though...

Ray if you want a steel frame with adjustable height legs for one of your Le Traps let me know.... I have them zinc plated with a yellow chromate finish (gold with an iridescent reflection)

I was a plumber once upon a time and almost everything is poly pipe with compression fittings these days... copper costs too much now!




Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 02, 2013, 12:56:45 PM
Had the copper pipe in the garage from few other projects so really cost about 20 bucks 10 for the new cutter lol its per set at 8 inch drop and adjust from there Sick needed a small project to do and had the pipe already
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: sunshine on February 03, 2013, 07:03:09 AM
Ray if you want a steel frame with adjustable height legs for one of your Le Traps let me know.... I have them zinc plated with a yellow chromate finish (gold with an iridescent reflection)

I was about to build a frame for my Letrap out of wood.  EBAYC, if you are selling frames, I would be interested in buying one.  It would save me the effort of construction and probably be nicer than what I had in mind.  I may be operating my highbanker this summer right next to Ray, so I would hate to have his looking so much better than mine.  LOL
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 03, 2013, 07:23:19 AM
Yes that would never do but i made mine so i know it like everything i build. I make things to suit my needs only, i need another one also so more building this week. Thanks ebuyc for the offer but i got all the tools here i need. Got more copper pipe in the garage from reno on my house for mom to live there. I buy things when on sale for a good price, never know when you will need it  <-yes_> I can build anything here to suit my needs, old farm boy here. We managed apts also so plumbing a breeze for me. Once its glued together should be very strong, or solid. I can raise it up 2 inches from 8 inches to 6 inches from what i have read on here thats the perfect adjustment for it 6 to 8 inches. So also will not know till i work it the spring  ;D
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: ebuyc on February 03, 2013, 07:55:04 AM
I was about to build a frame for my Letrap out of wood.  EBAYC, if you are selling frames, I would be interested in buying one.  It would save me the effort of construction and probably be nicer than what I had in mind.  I may be operating my highbanker this summer right next to Ray, so I would hate to have his looking so much better than mine.  LOL

First of all, thanks Ray for letting me highjack your cool build thread...

You know I never really set out to sell frames, but I have been building a lot of them... Everyone that has received one of my frames loves them and I do make them better then some of the 'commercial' frames I have purchased in the past...

The zinc plating continues to protect the steel even if the plating is damaged, the zinc acts like the sacrificial anode in a hot water tank. My good friend (aviation machinist) was over here yesterday and told me he could build frames for me out of aluminum too. I asked him about the welding of aluminum and how some people claim the weld areas are weaker. His response: that is true of any metal and it comes down to tempering the surrounding area for best strength.

Sooo.. I will be able to build some aluminum frames soon too! It costs $65 to zinc plate a 'pallet' of steel frames (less then half a dozen usually) so the added cost of the aluminum material will be somewhat offset. Of course my buddy offerred because he loves fabricating things and is a good friend, but I will have to pay him something too..

So yes I could probably make a few frames for people that need them, shipping to Canada will be up to the receiver though. I will be going to BC in May I am thinking, I could possibly use that opportunity somehow to get a frame delivered perhaps.

I have a couple Bazooka Prospector frames with a new design over my previous (http://gpex.ca/smf/index.php?topic=10324). (I never plated the prototype, as I knew it would change)

I have some pictures of the last frames I made before plating, I will dig them up.

Sunshine just PM me with what you want and I can build it (you want a HB unit so you will need a cross bar to support the hopper and some way to attach it at the base.)
I am worried about the cost of getting it to you though...







Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 03, 2013, 08:11:18 AM
No problem there not selling any just my own build cheers anyone want one see ebuyc for one. <-yes_>
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: ebuyc on February 03, 2013, 08:12:03 AM
So here is the frame I made for Shortbus before plating. He wants a backpackable high production OR sample highbanker. He cut his Le Trap down to 3' and I am suppling the G2 top hopper with a couple different grizzly bar setups.
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My Prototype Bazooka Prospector frame design:
(http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame_front_320px.png) (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame_front_800px.png)Original (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame_front.jpg)


(http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame_320px.png) (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame_800px.png)Original (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/sheep_creek/bazooka_prospector_frame.jpg)

The new frame design (all square cuts on the steel!)

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Here is a frame I made for my Mini Long Tom AKA Predator III (http://gpex.ca/smf/index.php?topic=11191.0):
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The sharp eye will also notice I changed the leg mount design also. I used to have two thumb screws, but found just one at a 45 degree angle was much better for holding the legs and less material and lighter... win/win/win and once you drill the hole I just drop the bolt through the nut to the back corner of the mount to keep it in alignment to weld.
Older plated frame I made:
(http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/320px/IMAG1855.jpg) (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/800px/IMAG1855.jpg) Bigger pic link (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/IMAG1855.jpg)

(http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/320px/IMAG1856.jpg) (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/800px/IMAG1856.jpg) Bigger pic link (http://ebuychance.com/images/100MEDIA/mining_equip_pics/IMAG1856.jpg)

So for the time being I will keep making frames, but I doubt I will do that indefinitely though.

Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: ebuyc on February 03, 2013, 03:12:39 PM
Do any of these picture thumbnails not show up for anyone??

Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: chamitch on February 04, 2013, 01:11:52 AM
sweet thanks for sharing! Thanks
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Geo2 on February 04, 2013, 01:20:06 AM
All of them are visible to me, thanks for sharing  <-good_>

I also noticed what you did to the Zinc plated frame. Nice update  {-applause-}

Well, why you don't throw me a couple of em along  <-laugh-> they will be very useful for my Sluices I build and can't find any stand around locally.  DEVIL&??
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Former Guest on February 04, 2013, 07:16:07 AM
sure you have a tape measure? some wood and nails over there whho cares what it looks like as long as it works cheers
Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: ebuyc on February 04, 2013, 07:44:01 AM
sure you have a tape measure? some wood and nails over there whho cares what it looks like as long as it works cheers

Yes nothing wrong with wood or PVC frames (or copper).... lol or bamboo even  ;D

Title: Re: Home made letrap frames
Post by: Geo2 on February 04, 2013, 07:50:47 AM
Yeb, Pals, as long as it Works , don't care much about the looks, but surly adjustable frames/stands are COOL  ;D