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The CADDigger Model 728 was the first CADDigger and still

is very popular. Similar to our other plans the 700 Series can
be built by the homeowner, no machining necessary.

The Model 708 fits the 2000 pound or larger Category 1

hitch equipped tractors. You power it from the tractor
hydraulics or add a PTO pump.

The Model 728 is a freestanding version of the 700 Series

that needs no tractor. As a freestanding it can move itself
around the worksite using the bucks or move the wheels to
the opposite end and tow the Model 728 to the next work-

The Model 710 is the Model 708 plus plans to convert the
Model 708 to freestanding. In this form the Model 710 per-
foms like the Model 728, self moving and convertible to a
towable or 3 point hitch version.

Up to seven feet of digging depth and a bucket width up

to 14" makes these machines perfect for the mid size
jobs. Low cost easily available components insures sim-
ple construction.

The mid size of the 700 Series keeps your costs down
and but still offers the longer reach of a larger backhoe.

Most customers build at least 2 sizes of buckets. The

buckets are easily changed by pulling 2 pins. This adds
to the versatility of the CADDigger 700 Series. The
drawings are easy to understand. CADplans has spent
the time making the design of the 700 Series easy to
fabricate. No micrometers or milling machines required.
Simply cut and weld. The CADDigger 700 Series
machine is up and running FAST! Your plans will also
specify all of the valves, pumps and engines so your
CADDigger will function properly without you having to
"research" these components.

To make your fabrication even easier, CADplans has

arranged to have MetKit Corp. offer any or all of the
materials and components you need to build your
CADDigger. Buy some of the parts or the complete kit.
You decide how to acquire the materials. MetKit even
offers a steel kit with all parts precut and predrilled,
ready for you to start assembly. MetKit Corp. can ship
these kits by UPS direct to your home or business so
you will not have to worry about how to get the materi-
als to you. MetKit offers everything from the tires to the
seat to make your construction simple.
MetKit will even supply steel custom cut to your require-
ments so you can make the custom attachment you

One of the best features of the CADDigger is the low

cost. CADDigger typically costs 1/4 or less of a com-
parably sized machine. Since you build CADDigger you
insure quality and should the need arise, you will know
how to service anything in the machine.

The large tires of the freestanding versions of the 700 Series lets CADDigger move easily around the jobsite. Other
machines of this type have small tires, limiting their capability to get over the "mounds and humps" that are there when you
- are digging.
6 call 1-540-992-4758 for ordering assistance
For ease of construction, ruggedness and handling the
700 Series is designed with thick section metals. This
thick metal is easier to weld and gives the durability
you need. Also the thicker metals gives you the
machine weight necessary to keep the center of gravi-
ty low and insures no frame flexing occurs when you
use your CADDigger.

C A D D i g g e r N O T E : Reach is the distance

the CADDigger can place the bucket
straight out in front of the CADDigger. It is
measured from the pivot to the bucket
teeth on level ground.


SEAT HEIGHT 40" 34" 40"
LOADING HEIGHT 64" 64" 64"
MINIMUM LENGTH 74" 120" 124"
FRAME LENGTH 32" 80" 84"
REACH 122" 122" 122"
DIGGING DEPTH 72"* 72"* 72"*
RIPPING POWER 3 0 0 0 POUNDS* 3 0 0 0 POUNDS* 3 0 0 0 POUNDS*
WEIGHT AS SHOWN 800 # 1000# 1100#
WHEEL SIZE N/A 14" OR 15" 14" OR 15"
WIDTH OF BUCKET 6" TO 14" 6" TO 14" 6" TO 14"

CADDIGGER PLANS- $119.95 $119.95 $139.95

Order by credit card, check or money order

*High Performance Upgrade Available

The 700 Series Digging Depth, Ripping Power and Operating Pressure can be upgraded to 7 feet,
4000 pounds, and 2000 psi respectively with special High Performance cylinders offered by MetKit.
Contact MetKit for details at 1-540-387-4995. Only the 700 Series machines are upgradeable in this way. Ask
for the High Performance Option.

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"Build It Yourself- When Only Tlie Be$t Will Do!"
CADDigger Model 728 Assembly Instructions

These instructions do not purport to cover all details or variations in equipment, nor to provide for every
possible contingency to be met during construction, operation, and maintenance. Should further
information be desired or should particular problems arise that are not covered sufficiently for the
purchaser's purpose, the matter should be referred to CADplans Corp. Daleville, VA.

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CADplans Model 728 Assembly Instructions

© CADplans Corp.
Thermal distortion will require you to hand adjust the holes. This is normal. The more even the
temperature a part remains, the less distortion will occur, but distortion will occur. Test fitting pins in
holes will reveal distortion. The hand reamer recommended in the instructions makes quick work of the
1" holes. If a pin is stationary in a hole (such as the cylinder pin holes in the boom), precise fit is not
always mandatory. I have been known to install a pin with a ball peen hammer with excellent results.
This is not the case where the pin must rotate. Precise fitting is called for here. Take your time and
make the fit correct. Grind and ream as necessary to make the mating pin fit the hole. Don't scrimp on
effort here, as a quality fit will result in a quality machine.

Hydraulics hoses are usually least expensive pre-assembled in standard lengths. Use hoses rated 2000
psi min. working pressure or greater (not bursting pressure) Use the hose size that matches your
components. Any hose 1/4" ID or greater is acceptable. Matching hose size to cylinders and the valve
will reduce the number of adapters, which can cost as much as the hoses. Hose lengths are not given due
to various components used, just insure the hoses are not stretched when the machine is moved through
its travel. Only couple hoses with high pressure couplings. Parts available at the hardware store are not
high pressure rated and can burst. The open center stack valve recommended is straight forward in
design, (1) inlet, (1) outlet, and (2) connections for each cylinder. The inlet is the side with the pressure
relief valve built in. If you reverse the inlet /outlet you will blow an o ring out of the valve or possibly
have a more serious result. Be careful with this connection. Monitor the oil temperature closely.
Serious injury to the operator and/or the machine can result from oil temperature above 130 degrees F.

Bronze Bearings
Check for these at a store in your yellow pages under "Bearings". Be sure to get "finished" ID & OD as
bronze bearings are available to "Rough Dimensions" with extra material for final finishing. Rough
dimension bearings are OK if you have a lathe and want
to turn the bearings for fit. Use care when pushing the
bearings in the mechanical tube. Too much force
pressing in the bearings will crush the ID, which will
then require reaming. Use a hand grinder or a file to
grind a groove around the bearing where the grease hole
will be (See Fig. 2). This will insure grease can still get
in the bearing if the bearing rotates.

Bucket Teeth
I have not recommended a specific brand of bucket teeth but just about any kind of small to medium
tooth will do. Maintain 130 degrees between the leading edge of the bucket and the teeth. If you wish,
you can fabricate the teeth. Simply cut some 3/8 steel 1 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" long. Cut a support from 1"
x 1" x 5" for each tooth. Grind an angle where the support will hold the tooth so the tooth will be at a
130 degree angle to the leading edge of the bucket. Grind the back of the tooth to 30 degrees for relief so
the tooth will cut. Hard surface weld on the front of the tooth increases the life of the tooth. One bead
around the front surface is usually enough.

Operating Tips
Take your time learning to operate CADDigger. Notice CADDigger works by "clamping" earth between
the teeth and the stabilizers. Don't try to push the bucket into the ground more than a couple of inches.
Keep the teeth cutting towards the stabilizers and you will be pleased with CADDigger's power. If you
encounter a rock too big for CADDigger to handle, dig a hole next to the rock and push the rock into the
new hole. If you still can't move it, talk to your dynamite expert. Have fun with CADDigger and send
me a photo when you get done.
CADDigger is buiit from the drawing package, photos and video. Carefully watch the video to help you
learn special construction techniques and tips such as hole fabrication, bucket construction, and other
features such as hydraulic circuit construction.

=> Some holes, such as those in the link bars, can be drilled 1.00" diameter rather than by fabricated
assembly, if you have the equipment to drill a hole this size.

=> A hand reamer has been found to be invaluable in aligning the 1" holes in CADDigger. Excellent
hand reamers are supplied by ENCO (1-800-873-3626) such as:
Item # Description Estimated Cost
3335145 Straight flute hand reamer S18.65 or
3335449 Spiral flute hand reamer $19.90
These reamers are almost 11" long and allow through reaming of holes for alignment. Use a 12"
adjustable wrench to turn the reamer. Either of the two reamers are adequate.

=> Some mechanical tubing or drawn over mandrel (D.O.M.) tubing runs undersize inside. If the
material you find is undersize, on the ID, then you must ream to 1.002" ID and 1.502" OD. This can
be done by hand if removing less than .015". An alternative to reaming the 1.50" inside diameter of
the mechanical rube would be to reduce the OD of the cast bronze bushing so that it will fit in the
mechanical tubing. This can be done on a lathe or by hand such as carefully reducing the OD with a
belt sander and repeatedly checking for fit. Do not us a heavy press fit or hammer in the bushing as
this will crush or reduce the ID and the pin will no longer fit. 1.5" OD x 1" ID mechanical tubing
can be substituted for 2" OD x 1" ID.

=> Use high strength welding techniques such as 6011 or 7018 stick welding electrodes. Avoid lower
strength welding processes such as 6013 stick welding electrodes or small flux core or MIG welders.
Consult a local welding supply or CADplans if you have questions.

=> Tolerance buildup and variation in components used can cause the cylinder rod to hit the boom pivot
comer. Insure the rod does not hit the pivot when the cylinder is fully extended. There are two ways
to fix this situation if it occurs, either bevel the corner of the boom pivot for clearance, or move the
23.50" cylinder mounting location back. The correct location can be determined by trial and error.

=> You may deviate from specified items if you find alternates with the same generic specification
(such as engine valve, pump, etc.)

=> All steel is hot rolled, unless otherwise specified. Cold rolled may be substituted, but is not required.

=> Alignment of parts within an assembly is best accomplished by assembling the mating components
while tack welding. For example, when tack welding the boom, assemble the two cylinders to insure
they are parallel to the boom. Also assemble the boom extension to insure the boom extension is
parallel to the boom. This technique will insure the mating components will mate and are properly
aligned. You can even move parts through their motion to insure they function prior to final
=> Anchor pivot pins. Pins on the main pivot and boom must not turn or excess wear will result in the
steel part. Two ways I have successfully anchored these pins are welding or cross pinning. To weld,
simply insert the pin and weld a 1/2" long bead between the pin and the frame. This is what
CADDigger is designed for. The pin can be cross pinned. To do this, extend the mechanical tube
1/2" on one side (remember to order extra if you do this), drill a 1/4" hold through the mechanical
tube and the pin, and drive in a 1/4" x 2" roll pin. Pins that rotate very little, such as the rear pin on
the boom extension cylinder and the bucket curl cylinder, can use a welded pin, cross drilled pin or a
bolt & nut. If a bolt is used in any pin application, make sure that clear bolt (no threads) ends up
against the inside of the mechanical tubing. The 4140 pins on Sheet 10 can be substituted with grade
8 or 9 bolts. The bolts you obtain must have a good quality finish so they will run smooth inside the
bushings. Use caution welding the pins. High strength materials must be welded with low hydrogen
rods to eliminate cracking.



* Obtain your hydraulic cylinders prior to construction of the boom or boom extension. The closed-
pin center-distance must be 21.5 inches with 14" or 14.5" stroke.
* If your closed-pin center-distance is not 21.5 see Modification Section titled "Modify closed-pin


* Fabricate the frame using drawings sheets 1A through IE.
* Maintain material thickness carefully because the slip fit features, such as the outriggers and axles,
will only function with the specified material thickness.
* Use Diamond plate specified on sheet 1C. This is an important safety feature to ensure the foot rest
or step of CADDigger are a non-skid surface. Oil will occasionally be spilled on CADDigger during
assembly and usage. If a hose should fail during operation, you want to maintain a sure footing.


* Drill holes in axles for pinning by inserting the axles in the engine end of the frame fully and drilling
a 5/8 inch hole halfway out from the frame, then insert a 1/2 inch pin.
* Repeat this operation for the axle tubes at the Boom Pivot end of the frame.
* Similarly, insert the outriggers in the frame and drill a 5/8 inch hole and insert 1/2 inch pin. Slide the
outrigger support (item 2 on sheet 6) into the outrigger and drill a 5/8 inch hole through both the
outrigger and outrigger support. Special note: several holes can be drilled in the outrigger support to
allow CADDigger to be adjusted for operation on uneven terrain. This compensates for not having
hydraulic adjustments on the outrigger.
* Repeat this operation for both sides.


* Modify engine mounts for the engine/pump combination you have selected. Two pieces 2.5 x 2.5 x
1/4" angle welded to the rear of the frame makes an acceptable mount for an aluminum 8 horsepower
engine but larger engines should have a heavier mount.
* Obtain a piece of schedule 40 pipe, approximately 14 inches long that will loosely fit over the piece
of schedule 40 pipe shown on sheet IE.
* Weld a piece of 1/4 inch plate to the pipe that will be large enough to fit the bolt pattern of your seat.
* Bolt your seat (such as Northern Item Number 1741) to this 1/4 inch plate. Slide this pipe seat
assembly onto the pipe shown on sheet IE.


* Follow drawing sheets 2 , 3 , and 4.
* Adjust the length of the mechanical tubing pieces to obtain a spacing between the tubing pieces that
matches the width of the end mounting of the cylinders that you acquired.


Sheet 8 shows CADDigger with a 14 inch bucket but your needs may cause you to vary this width.
Remember that a narrower bucket will allow CADDigger to penetrate the soil easier, while a wider
bucket will require more force to push the bucket through the soil. For heavy clay type soils the 14 inch
wide bucket depicted is the maximum recommended for general excavation. The corn cutter blades
shown on sheet 8 were parts that were available at the time CADDigger was constructed. If you don't
have a source of these, they can be replaced by other high wear resistant materials such as snow scrapper
blades, or other high carbon steels. The straight section of 14" plowshares can be successfully
substituted. Use care in welding any of these high carbon steels as cracking and embrittlement can occur
if the incorrect welding rod is used. Follow recommendations of your local welding supply center.


* For the boom pivot, adjust the distance between the mechanical tubing that you weld into these
pieces to support the cylinder to the width of the end mounts of the cylinder that you acquired.
* Use cast bronze bushings, do not use porous "oilite" type.


* Hand fit mating parts such as the frame to the boom pivot, the boom pivot to the boom, the boom to
the boom extension carefully to ensure CADDigger is able to function with minimum amount of
sloppiness in the joints.
* Use a rotary rasp and drill or hand reamer during hand fitting to ensure the parts fit properly.
* Lubricate the parts at assembly with a molybdenum bearing grease, or a synthetic extreme-high-
pressure lubricant.
* Mount the valve body to the frame, as shown in the video. This mount is not shown in the drawings
as you must customize it to fit the valve you acquire, but is built similar to the seat mount in step 5.


* Prime with a good rust inhibitor containing zinc oxide or Rustoleum damp proof red.
* Top coat with an exterior enamel for metal.


* When you first start using CADDigger, it is strongly recommended that the relief valve be set low
(l000psi) and only increased with experience in the operation of the CADDigger. Do not exceed
1500psi. The CADDigger depicted in the video operates at approximately 1200psi hydraulic
Read Before Beginning Construction
Material, Tools, & Techniques
Power and versatility in a small economical unit makes CADDigger a desirable machine to own. The
machine can perform digging tasks better than a farm tractor, yet doesn't disturb the soil like large
machines. A great deal of time was spent developing CADDigger so it could be built with only a few
metal working tools.

Mechanical tubing is a heavy wall steel with a precision inside diameter. It is not pipe. Using this
material, you cut a piece, weld it in place and have a precision hole. Weld two aligned with a pin and
you have an assembly only a very big machining center could produce. Those customers who have the
machines available to them can weld bar stock in place, lay out the holes, and drill & ream the holes to
produce CADDigger. This is a successful technique, but CADDigger was designed for the home owner
without machines or machining skills.

The only tools typically need to produce CADDigger are a welder, (stick preferred), bandsaw, electric
drill and hand tools. Other tools are helpful, but not necessary. If you have other tools and know how to
use them, do apply them to CADDigger.

The techniques used are the latest applied by equipment manufacturers. Low tensile strength castings are
being abandoned for steel fabrications. Steel is a very forgiving material to work with allowing you to
cut and drill with little practice. Unlike castings or wood used in other projects, steel can be easily
repaired should you make a mistake. And since the parts are so simple, don't feel bad about abandoning
a part and starting over, which is better than having a defective part in your machine. Always remember,
you are quality control. Make that part right now so you won't have a problem later.

Preparation , ; , ,...,.„•, ^r- ,.:

Excavators and backhoes are notorious for the extreme power they can generate. From the first time
hydraulics were applied to a shovel man knew this was the way to dig. This must be remembered when
building CADDigger, the joints and assemblies are subjected to high forces. Take your time during
construction, align parts carefully and weld all parts fully wherever they touch. Use full size fillet welds.
This means each leg of the fillet equals the thickness of the thinner part being welded. (See Fig 1.)

Full Fillet Weld Take your time when cutting parts with the bandsaw.
45 degree angle Leg Length Increasing down pressure to increase cutting speed causes
premature blade failure and crooked cuts.

The more precise your parts are cut the easier your
assembly will be. Torch cutting and abrasive wheel cutting
can produce good parts in the hands of skilled craftsman,
but the bandsaw produces quality parts almost all of the
time. Precision alignment of parts comes from fixturing
Fig. 1 - Typical Full Size Fillet Weld during welding, block parts with steel scraps during
welding to minimize thermal distortion.
Build the machine on a level surface. If you set up the frame on an unleveled surface, obtaining
squareness will be difficult. If the machine is not square, it will not dig properly and will not tow
straight when converted or trailering.

Tack weld an assembly prior to welding and check for accuracy. A tack weld can be easily removed,
where as a completed weld can cause you to scrap a part that was misaligned.
Burdens 9-4 174 or equivalent
2.5" bore. 14" or 14.5" stroke. 21.5" retracted length.

CADDigger is designed to operate using open-center-hydraulics. This ensures that the pump
continuously moves oil through the open-center of the valve body as long as the motor is running. Oil
flows at low pressure in the hydraulic system until the operator moves one of the control levers.


9SV-4-X-BBBB Burdens or equivalent.
CADDigger needs a 4 spool valve body with integral relief valve. The spools must be 4-way. 3-position.
and spring-centered.

Northern Item Number 4020, 10 micron return line filter.
CADDigger needs a return line filter for the hydraulics and a suction strainer in the hydraulic reservoir.


Northern item number 4050, 4.8 gal, or equivalent or fabricate from 0.09" steel sheet.
CADDigger needs a 3 gallon minimum reservoir. It is very important that both the suction and return
lines of the reservoir are under the oil in the tank to ensure foaming does not occur. Use a breather on
the reservoir that has a filter in it to ensure dust is not drawn into the tank reservoir because each time
one of the cylinders moves in and out, air is drawn in or out of the reservoir through the breather.
Suction Strainer-Northern Item Number 4011. This is for use with the tank above. Use this to stop the
weld spatter, that occurs during tank fabrication, from reaching your pump.

Use International Harvester "HyTran" or equivalent.

The hydraulic valve has the relief valve built into it. Typically it is a screw that presses on a spring. The
higher the hydraulic pressure, the higher the pressure is on the spring.


Northern Item Number 6080, 8hp, Briggs Engine or equivalent 7hp minimum.
Northern Item Number 10564, 3 gallons per minute at 3600 rpm engine speed.
A direct coupled engine and pump is specified for use with CADDigger.
A maximum specification of 3 gallons per minute for the pump and 8 horsepower for the engine are
recommended due to cylinder size and speed of operation. Larger engines may be used, but, no greater
speed or power will be achieved with CADDigger. The CADDigger shown in the video is 7 hp. Use
care when operating with engines larger than 8hp because the higher horsepower engines develop high
hydraulic system pressures. You will bend parts of CADDigger using large engines and high hydraulic
system pressures. You must set the relief valve at 1500 psi or less no matter what size engine you use.
Note: Do not use a 2 stage pump. They are great for woodsplitters, but not for backhoes.
Hydraulic hoses can be obtained from sources such as Northern Hydraulics. Select a length long enough
to ensure the boom can swing through its complete travel both side to side and up and down. Select
hoses with fittings that will attach to both the cylinder and to the valve body. The best size hose is that
which matches your cylinders and valve to reduce the number of adapters.

Local Junk Yard, 14 or 15 inch to fit your hubs. Note: Northern Item Number 12415, 5 hold lug design,
fits old Ford and some Chrysler car wheels.
DO NOT use small trailer wheels such as 8 inch or 12 inch rims because the CADDigger will have : ' *
inadequate ground clearance.


Burdens Surplus Center 1-800-488-3407
Northern 1-800-533-5545
Metco Supply 1-800-521-8811
Tools: ;
ENCO 1-800-873-3626

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Raw Material Requirements- Model 728
Material Description Qty # Requirements in Inches* Referenced
* Allow extra material for cuts or modifications Sheets

2 x 2 x 1/4 Square Tube 1 24+24+20=68 7

2.5 x 2.5 x 3/16 Square Tube 1 72 + 14+14+29=129 1A, 1B
3 x 3 x 3/X6 Square Tube 1 61 + 37 + 36+36+19+19= 214 1A, 3,6
3.5 x 3.5 x 3/16 Square Tube 1 31+10.5+8+8 = 57.5 1A, 6
4x4x3/l6SquareTube 1 62.5 2
2.5 x 2.5 1/4 Angle 1 28 1A
3" Channel 1 20 1B
1 1/2" Schedule 40 Pipe 1 13.5+9.5=23 1B
2" Schedule 40 Pipe 1 13 8
1/2 x 2 Steel Bar 1 9+9+11+11 =40 11
1/2"x3SteelBar 1 10.5 + 14+14+9+9 =56,S 1C,3,8
3/8 x 2 Steel Bar 1_ 5+5+5+5 = 20 1E, 9
l/4x 3 SteelBar l 5+2+2=9 9
1/4 x 3 1/2 Steel Bar 1 12+12=24 2
l/4" Tread / Diamond Plate 2 24x34 1A
1/4" Steel Plate 1 13x36 8
2each 21.25x13.5 8
5/16" Steel P I a t e : . .16.5.x10. 12 x 12 2,3
1/2" Steel Plate 2 11x11 1A
2each 8x8, 8x10 6
2each 14x9.5, 4.5x10, 4.5x4 9
1/2x3 High Carbon Steel 1 15.8+15.8+13=44.6 8
Grease Fittings 2+2+2=6 2, 3, 9
l IDxl.5ODMech.Tube 1 4.5+4.5+ 1+1 3,9
6 1.5+ 10,
8 0.75=26 11 .
1 ID x 2 OD Mech. Tube 1 .5+.5+1+1+1 + 1+1.25+1.25+ 1E,
2, 3,
1.25+1.25+1+1+1+1 = 14 9
1.5 ID x 2 O D Mech. Tube 1 .75+.75+4+4 + 1.25+1.25 1A,2, 3,
. +1+1+10=24 9
Cast Bronze Bushings 2- 1" ID x 1.5" OD x 4" 10
_2 l"IDxl.5"ODx3" 10
1 "Dia. 4140 Steel Round Stk 1 13.1 10
1" Dia. Steel Round Stock 1 7+7=14 10
BackHoe Teeth 3_ 8
Back Hoe Teeth Holders 3 8
Spindle & Hub 2 1" Dia. spindle & Hub to fit 7
1/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 Steel Plate 1 Cut into triangles 1E
Trailer Coupler 1 Northern #1280 7
1" ID Pipe 1 4 10



If your cylinder has a different closed-pin center-distance, a slight modification to the boom and boom
extension must be made.

For example:
If your cylinder has a 24.25 inch closed-pin center-distance, the specified boom dimension of 62.5 inches
would have to be increased the difference times 2. (in this example, the difference is (24.25-21.5) =
2.75, times 2 = 5.5, added to the specified boom dimension 62.5 +5.5 = 68. is the new boom dimension.

On Sheet 2, the 60" dimension would become 65.5 " [(24.5 - 21.5) x 2 = 5.5],
the 27" dimension would become 29.75, and
the 30" dimension would become 32.75.

On Sheet 3, the length of item 1 would become 39.75, and

the 45" overall length would become 47.75.

On Sheet 1B, the 23.50 location diameter to locate the rear mount for the cylinder would become 26.25".
Caution; With this change, insure the rod of the cylinder does not hit the boom pivot when the cylinder is
full extended. If this situation occurs, either bevel the corner of the boom pivot for clearance, or move
the 23.50" cylinder mounting location back. The correct location can be determined by trial and error.


In a similar manner the hydraulic cylinder attachment point shown on sheet 1E will have to be relocated
in relation to the change of the cylinder close-pin center-distance. NOTE: This attachment point should
be added to the frame close to the final construction phase.

Dimensions are decimal, not fractions.

WARNING: To ensure the cylinder rod does not hit the boom pivot, the following process of
determining the attachment point of the cylinder must be followed:
Complete the frame
Complete the boom pivot ;
Assemble the boom pivot to the frame
Attach the cylinder to the boom pivot cylinder
Extend the cylinder fully
Move the boom pivot to the right until the cylinder rod is 0.25 inches from the comer of the boom pivot.
The other end of the cylinder is now at the point that it should be attached to the frame.

If the comer of your boom pivot is too close to the cylinder rod the corner of the boom pivot, the comer
of the boom pivot can be ground away to give the prescribed .25 inch clearance. Should the boom pivot
strike the cylinder-rod the cylinder will be permanently damaged.

Again, thanks for using CADPlans.