INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSERTING BACKBAND INTO CHANNEL IN A CART OR DELIVERY SADDLE
- Remove Tug Safe, & then Shaft Tug, from nearside of backband;
- Bend point of Backband downwards, & insert into offside of channel of saddle. Push through to other side firmly;
- If Backband point tends to get lodged part-way through channel [this can sometimes happen with a new backband in a new saddle], insert a blunt screwdriver or narrow piece of wood with well-rounded ends into the channel from the nearside & gently push down on the Backband point as you continue to push the backband through firmly from the offside;
- Pull the Backband point right through the channel to the other side of the saddle [it will be a bit tight for a while], replace your Shaft Tug to the desired position, & then slip on the Tug Safe as indicated by the offside Tug.
FITTING PLOUGH CHAINS TO PLOUGH BACKBAND TO SUIT YOUR HORSE
The average position for Plough chains on the triangle hooks of a Draught Plough Backband is the 13th small link from the last of the big links.
Try this on your horse, remembering to ‘drop big links’ [shortening the chains] at the hame hooks if necessary to suit your horse.
If the backband does not seem to be sitting right when you have your horse connected to the swingle-bar [connected to a log or sled], move it further back or forward along the small links at each side [evenly] until you are happy.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RIVETTING DRAUGHT HAME HOOK BOLTS AFTER PLATING OR PAINTING
- Pressed Steel Draught Hames (Work, black steel only) are usually supplied to the customer with the hame hook bolts NOT rivetted below the nuts, to give people the option of removing the nuts so that they can have the hames plated or painted with a rust inhibitor .
- Once you have decided whether you are having the hames chrome or brass-plated, or have painted them with a rust inhibitor such as “Killrust” Black Epoxy Enamel, you must then ensure that you rivet the bolt ends [lightly] of the hame hook bolts, once they have all been put back together for the final time, to prevent the nuts coming off accidentally during use.
- Be careful NOT to do these nuts up tight, or it will distort the brackets when rivetting, & prevent the hame hooks and/or pole-chain dees from moving freely .
- Turn the hame upside down, with the bolt head lying on leather on the edge of an anvil or heavy metal plate, and lightly rivet [with a ball-pein hammer] on ONE SIDE of the thread only, to create a slight burr so that the nut won’t fall off. By only riveting one side, it will be easier to remove the burr should you ever want to remove the nuts.