So I took this pictorial a while back. Lots of people don't like videos and prefer to read. That being said I'm a visual guy so lots of pictures. Really hope this helps some folks be able to make these exactly like I do
Now it's been a while since I took these or made some so I might be missing something , feel free to ask and I'll be happy to explain
Also it will take a little bit to type and load all these lol.
So anyway, pivoting drags , some people love them for various reasons but whatever. Here hoe you can make some fox sized ones if you like to weld .
So here's our material list and measurements you need to cut
No you can cut all this with whatever but personally I like to use a chop saw for the bigger stuff and a pair of cutters for the 1/4". Also little tip. If your planning on making lots of these , just cut out a bunch of parts and have them in reserve. Makes life much easier
Cutting the 1/4" with a pair of cutters is quick and it also makes it have a bevel that helps with welding
Cutting with a chop saw or any other abrasive disk will leave you with a burr which I highly advise getting rid of before welding.other wise your not gonna be able to butt you material up and honestly it can work but it will be pretty sloppy. My favorite way is using a old flap disk on a angle grinder. Throws way sees sparks and does it quicker and with less nosie then a regular grinding stone
Ok now it's time to make our prongs . Now with thai style of drag for this size critter I make my prongs out of kne solid pice of 3/8 hot ot cold roll. Honestly if your able id bump up a size bigger but my shop didn't have any and didn't wanna go right up to 1/2" cold roll.
Now you can wel this pice up with three pieces but you'll need a flat table and honestly it's a little bit of a pain to get everything just right. ALSO ! If you want SUPERIOR PLOWING ACTION USE ROUND STOCK!! Rebar will work if you want this to be a tracking drag but if you want it to dig in and go into the ground easier it NEEDS TO BE Round STOCK. The slick need over it let's it penetration with much less resistance compared to rebar which I ribbed. Bais imagine taking a needle. If you made like rebar image how much haier it would be tho shove that in your skin vs a smooth normal needle same thing goes for digging into the ground .
So anyhow making your prong is a bit of a balancing act. You don't want to too wide or it will dog walk too much and will wash out too quickly, meaning when it gets caught in the ground a root system sect it has too much of an angle and will unhook much easier. Too narrow and it is more prone to skipping across the ground and also missing sappling and other brush when being dragged though that type of terrain..a narrow drag also will not " clean out" as well.
But anyhow luck for y'all I did all the experiments and sent a about two doez out to get tested and seems my measurement here work so just lay out your pice like so
Now the way I bend is kinda came mane but it's really easy on the back. Just clamp your pice in a vice a hair above your mark line and use a cheater pipe to bend it into a little over a 90į angle . You want a little bit of an inwards angle. Also highly advise getting I pice of pipe as clos fitting to your rod as possible.
And boom N your probably gonna mes sup you first few but once you get a hang of it they all should could out pretty dang close !