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Re: welded rods

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Dave Thompson jr

03-28-2013 17:42:24

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I agree with what Gary Baker said. Buy a good set of billet rods and do it correct. With the stroke people are putting in engines and the rpms I would only use the best. I find it hard to believe that Josh Blackburn is using welded rods in his engines. I know the guy who taught him to make stroker cranks wouldnt have used welded rods.

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03-29-2013 19:40:14

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 Re: welded rods in reply to Dave Thompson jr, 03-28-2013 17:42:24  
There's a difference in welders skills and the end result. Not saying they are the best idea, among other things they are heavier but I have a set of welded and boxed Paulsen rods that you could put in your 20K engine and never wreck them. On the other hand turn key engines are not my thing, I'd just as soon build my own and if I had 20K plus to spend on a tractor it would go towards a 3594 or a Magnum.

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Josh Blackburn

03-29-2013 10:28:49

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 Re: welded rods in reply to Dave Thompson jr, 03-28-2013 17:42:24  
Yes billet in theory are best. I"ve heard of more billets shearing off at caps then welded breaking. Billets for big deeres are built to lightly in my opinion. I won"t mention names or companies but I have had pics sent to me bragging about how much lighter his rods are then others. Lighter and weaker. And the better built have had problems. When I"m done with most welded rods for the big deeres you wouldn"t even know they were welded. Very strong. As far as Jim not running welded rods that"s untrue. I know for a fact he has and they are still running. Like I said when done right and not scabbed together they hold. We have no billets in any of our tractors. Broke cranks, cams and more and never a rod.

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03-29-2013 07:25:53

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 Re: welded rods in reply to Dave Thompson jr, 03-28-2013 17:42:24  
Well Dave there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Billet rods are relatively new, Dave . It was all guys had years ago. It just depends on how good of a welder you are. The guy Josh bought his stuff from was the best welder I've ever seen. I know you might find it hard to believe, but maybe you need to look at things a little differently..

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