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Old 12-23-2016, 06:57 PM
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Damn nice work! Looks very sturdy! I don't worry about weight so much, I use my shovel as a walking stick.

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Old 12-23-2016, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Reef Runner View post
Make it your colors ! I think the factory models are some kind of grey (?). I sprayed mine "rain slicker" yellow, which makes it very easy to spot, late in the evening I wish I could have powder coated it, but not really available to me.

You are really doing some amazing work, and before you know it, you will have three great shovels. I admire your work!
It's a tossup of colors. I was thinking about hazard orange or goal post yellow for visibility, but I'm worried about walking around in public with a grave digging slasher shovel. I have access to all kinds of colors. I just have to barter with the powder guys to get it done for me quickly. It's worth buying a lunch or two.
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Old 12-23-2016, 08:29 PM
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Damn nice work! Looks very sturdy! I don't worry about weight so much, I use my shovel as a walking stick.
Thank you! I don't think it's going to weigh too much. Maybe a little more than the original. It's definitely not coming apart.
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Old 12-23-2016, 08:43 PM
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Damn nice work! Looks very sturdy! I don't worry about weight so much, I use my shovel as a walking stick.
Me too! I wish it was about 3-4 inches longer though. My shovel, that is...

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Very fine work you are doing, I am impressed as well

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Old 12-24-2016, 07:15 PM
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Paint it pink and then dare anyone to say something about it.

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Old 12-26-2016, 05:26 PM
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I'm going to be bringing these back to work tomorrow to see if I can get the handles figured out. I saw NCtoad's mod on his post and will probably add that to mine. To anyone who has one of these diggers, Is there any other improvements I can add before the paint stage? I love suggestions.
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Paint it pink and then dare anyone to say something about it.
I may just do that to my daughter's. I've seen her little attitude. She can be pretty intimidating.
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Nice job! I would keep your Powder Coat off the blade except for the top inch or less. Raw scoured metal is the best for sliding through soil.

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Nice job! I would keep your Powder Coat off the blade except for the top inch or less. Raw scoured metal is the best for sliding through soil.
Noted. Will have some updates tomorrow.
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Very nice work, you've got skills

Look forward to the updates!

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Thank you all for checking this out so far. Been busy and also having trouble with my camera, so sorry in advance for the crappy phone pics. I got the T handles coped, welded and attached finally. I welded the short one at home with my junky home welder. Terrible. Time for an upgrade there. The little guy insisted on color, so I rattle canned the short one with Engine paint. Ford blue, and black on the blade. Hey, it's his. he gets paint on the blade if he wants. The short one is 26". The other 2 are at 33", and 4 lbs. More than I was hoping, but bulletproof and I'm sure will outlast me. I may need to make the serrations wider, but I can always do that later. That's the beauty in metalwork. Cut,grind,weld,add,subtract... melt it down and start over if you want. Anyway... here's what I have so far...
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Looks awfully good to me!

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Oops on the flag. Another work project. I just hope the weight isn't an issue. I guess there's only one way to find out.
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Oops on the flag. Another work project. I just hope the weight isn't an issue. I guess there's only one way to find out.
Well, just curious, what is the weight of the original 33" Sampson ??

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Well, just curious, what is the weight of the original 33" Sampson ??
I read on the website 2.5 lbs for the 31". Not sure about the 33", but that is a big difference for 2" of length. I guess we're gonna have to suck it up and get tough.
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I read on the website 2.5 lbs for the 31". Not sure about the 33", but that is a big difference for 2" of length. I guess we're gonna have to suck it up and get tough.
My mistake, I meant the 31"........sorry !

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I hope to get the handles on the 2 long ones powder coated tomorrow. This has been a fun project and know it will be worth the time and enjoyment put into it, and the anticipation for what's coming when the ground thaws is what I'm all about. When the guys at work saw them i got some funny looks and questions about the serrations. I told them, "They're made for recovery purposes. Only disposal if you ask any more questions, and don't leave me alone if I show up on your sidewalk". I might have gotten a couple permissions for the spring. The kids think they are perfect. I can't wait...
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I really like the blue one! Great job !

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