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Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby meandmydeere » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:02 pm

We are hosting the 1st annual West Michigan CubFest and one of the guys would like to build a balance platform. He plans on using a square timber for the center so it stops or helps keep you leveled out. Any suggestions?
I'm thinking 18' long by 6' wide. The timber for the center point should be about 8" high.
If anyone has built one and has plans, that would be great if you'd share.
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Crimson Tim » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:28 pm

I’m not sure what you have planned... I am picturing two Cubs on a teeter-totter. I can set you up with a structure that will stand up to that, but I reserve judgement on whether that is a smart thing or do or not. There are a hundred ways that could end extraordinarily badly.
I don’t have the full picture of what you are trying to do. Can you sketch out your idea for me?

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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Ike » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:16 am

Here is a link to a YouTube example.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nzg6HYoKXU

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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby meandmydeere » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:39 am

One tractor just easing up the ramp to a balance point and try to stop before it tips the other way.
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Stanton » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:27 am

No comment on the balancing platform, but a congrats to hosting the 1st Annual West Michigan CubFest! Hope you all have a great turnout! :coffee:

I see you already have it listed in the CubFest Calendar.
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby meandmydeere » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:30 am

I also copied the article "What is a CubFest" and put it on our website. May I have permission to copy that article several weeks ago?
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Crimson Tim » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:50 pm

Ok. That’s not so bad. Better than loading on a trailer if we keep it low, though backing on would still be safer.

Speaking of keeping it low, do you have access to steel stock and a welder? It could be done with wood, but would be a lot bulkier.

Edit: on second thought, Cubs don’t weigh that much. I bet wood could be made to work without too much issue, too. Unless someone with an M decides they want to give it a try!

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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby cub&catman » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:10 pm

Most of the balancing boards that shows that I have attended have been made from bridge planks spiked together and balance on a railroad tie. These are strong enough to support a M farmall or other antique tractor, so a CUB would be no problem.

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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby meandmydeere » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:53 pm

I only planned on Cubs but if I make it strong enough it would be an interesting demo for the show.
I do have welders and torches but I had an idea to make it out of planks and a railroad tie.
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Crimson Tim » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:39 pm

cub&catman wrote:Most of the balancing boards that shows that I have attended have been made from bridge planks spiked together and balance on a railroad tie. These are strong enough to support a M farmall or other antique tractor, so a CUB would be no problem.


Ok, so if these are fairly common, then there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel here.

For my own edification, though, because you know I’m going run have to run the numbers on it now that it’s been brought up, even if just for my own purposes, what constitutes a “bridge plank”. What is that? Rough sawn 2” Oak?

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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby twotone » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:45 pm

Lots of old iron bridges in Illinois years ago where I used to live. We sold bridge planks at the lumber yard I used to work at. 3x12 Douglas Fir.
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Re: Cub balancing act coming to a CubFest near you.

Postby Waif » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:36 pm

One harder looking build ,followed by plank and beam build. Followed by a bare bones ramps and beam.....
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