Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

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Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by chasinbytes » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:06 pm

Wondering if it help's cut down on the trash getting in the boat enough to make it worth buying a piece and doing it.

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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by dr » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:10 pm

I use 1/4 lexan on the front of my rake. works like a solid rake but can still see through. I found the lexan on ebay from a cabinet shop they sell the scrap and blemished pieces at a decent cost.

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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by chasinbytes » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:20 pm

Yeah I have seen that some people use lexan but figured it would get jacked up pretty quick. How does it hold up ?

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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by jcooper23 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:28 pm

expanded metal would help the size of grass and stuff getting into your boat but you would still have a good amount!If your going to do it go with the fully closed rake some cheap aluminum works good,u would be happy JMO!

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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by AirRanger » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:20 pm

chasinbytes wrote:Wondering if it help's cut down on the trash getting in the boat enough to make it worth buying a piece and doing it.
That is how my rake is made. A small section of sheet metal at the bottom, expanded to the top and sides. Very little debris makes it into the boat while the air passes without causing excess lift or drag. There are pics in my gallery.
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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by skinny99 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:24 pm

chasinbytes wrote:Yeah I have seen that some people use lexan but figured it would get jacked up pretty quick. How does it hold up ?
The key is to use Lexan not plexiglass. Also any where you you drill a hole make sure it is oversize. You want to clamp the material not hold it with the bolts. Unibits work well for drilling. My buddy has been running his Lexan for about 6 years. It did finally crack the other day. It is kept outside, it will last longer inside. I like that you can see through it and that it is light. Weight on the nose it counter productive.
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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by eagal69 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:37 pm

I had expanded metal on my old and and I found in heavy grass it acted like a cheese grater, just cut up in smaller pieces that ended up around prop, I piece of aluminum I found to be better for my use, I used pop rivets to install in to my emt rake.
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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by lbdb1a » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:21 pm

This is what i did....

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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by kajunoutlaw » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:53 am

Some stainless flashing would do the trick if you can find some. That and some pop rivets. Or as Larry did with aluminum. All good ideas here.
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Re: Putting expanded metal on EMT grass rake

Post by harley » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:25 pm

it works great , here is a video of mine at work..
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