The brute is friggin' heavy. As in insanely heavy. The seriousness of the situation of handling it made itself known to me when the hydraulic base swung down on my thumb knuckle and it swelled immediately, opening a gaping cut. Be careless with this thing and you'll be sorry. I was.
Taking notes on what was wrong with it and kicking myself in the head as I went along, I found three. Wow. There were hundreds of measurements in this thing and out of all those I made only three mistakes. In this case, a booboo costs money, some thousands but not that filthy, to correct. Yet it's the not the goal but the journey that's important. I have learned so many things while I was doing the design, and now lots more that I've encountered its flaws. Move this in, make that longer, angle this a bit.. yes costly, but priceless none the less.
And still it costs less than spending $$ on a post order bender from the states. Make one of my own is my rule. Even the notcher is now on the roll. WSC prides itself in BUILDING things, not ordering overseas or job outs to other builders and claiming it as my own. I embrace failure, it is my greatest teacher.
Quick cash shops will eventually hit a wall, and without seasoned knowledge and experience stemming from personal learning, because they have their products done outside, they are in essence, hollow inside. No substance.
Tomorrow, after redoing my measurements tonight, will inch me closer to perfecting it. I remade the clamp supports from scratch again using new measurements and it further strengthened the load capacity of the part. Lengthened it vertically so as to give a greater area for welding. The Clamp holds the tube in place while its being driven down by the jack and die, so this area is critical than most parts.
This is the culprit. I was short by 1 and a half inches, based on the right angle of the die for a good send off. The simulations went great. I wonder what made me skip this step before? I must be going senile. Could've saved me downtime and money, but.. I managed to salvage what I can from the design to save me from purchasing more meat. Reduced my casualties to just two new pieces I need. Hopefully this gets done by Monday.