Power Cube 7s
Latest version: (download here)
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Development
- 3 Files
- 4 Fabrication Steps
- 5 Fabrication
- 6 Power Cube Assembly Video Script
- 7 Research
- 8 July 2014 - Structural Power Cube
The Power Cube, Version 7s is a powerful, portable hydraulic power supply that operates efficiently and with minimal noise. The design combines a 28 HP Briggs & Stratton engine and a fixed-displacement hydraulic pump that has proven to work well with OSE machines and for other compatible hydraulic machines. This version includes a frame of 4" x 4" tubular steel that provides a strong structural frame for mounting other power cubes or attachments.
The Power Cube 7s marks the next level of quick connect modularity, making it easy to assemble, use and maintain and is standard for all hydraulic equipment in the Global Village Construction Set.
NOTE: This document is still under development and is not ready yet for "Prime Time" fabrication. This note will be removed when it has reached a "comfortable" level of completion.
- Compact hydraulic power source for OSE and other compatible hydraulic tools
- Electric start, 28 horsepower air-cooled engine
- Briggs & Stratton muffler for low noise level
- Controls easily accessible for safety and comfort
- Standard quick connect hydraulic couplers
- Modular design simplifies maintenance and parts replacement
- Removable 7 gallon oil reservoir and fuel tank
- Heavy duty 6-tube oil cooler with fan cool the hydraulic fluid
- Sturdy tubular frame protects unit from damage and provides a simple means for adding attachments
- Pressure relief valve limits the output pressure for safety
- Pressure gauge
- Model: OSE Power Cube, Version 7s
- Engine: Briggs & Stratton Professional Series, 28 HP
- Fuel Capacity: 7 Gallons
- Pressure (maximum): 3000 PSI
- Flow (maximum): 15.2 GPM
- Weight (approximate): 400 lbs
The Power Cube has gone through a series of updates and this page reflects the current designs of Version 7s of the Power Cube.
This design has proven to work well and has had few updates lately. Here are the latest updates:
Oct 2014: Added a pressure relief valve and associated plumbing - TLG. Oct 2014: Changed sight gauge to shorter model and moved above the suction strainer for greater visibility - TLG. Apr 2015: Added a pressure gauge - TLG.
These is the latest release. See file revision history for other versions.
Sketchup: File:Power Cube 7s.skp
Bill Of Materials (BOM): File:Power Cube 7s BOM.pdf
Modules (Sketchup drawings):
- Control Panel File:PC7s Control Panel.skp
- Control Panel Assembly File:Control Panel Assy.skp
- Oil Cooler File:Oil Cooler.skp
- Frame File:PC7s Frame.skp
- Fuel Tank File:Fuel Tank Assy.skp
- Hydraulic Reservoir File:Hydraulic Reservoir.skp
- Wiring Harness File:Wiring Harness.skp
- Briggs & Stratton Engine Specs (with line drawings) File:BriggsStrattonEngineSpecs.pdf
Power Cube Working Document: ["https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oJbd8zQPIdDcFlyZn8Gj6_swQh8RWOkQLQ6hae8pHZ0/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000"]
The Power Cube is a modular design. The modules are built separately, then combined for the complete Power Cube. The order of module fabrication is not important, but they are all necessary to complete a Power Cube.
Module fabrication procedures are detailed below:
Fuel Tank Module
- Cut Steel: 3/16" x 6" x 12" x 22" tube and 2 each: 1/4" x 6" x 12", 1/4" x 4" x 4" and 1/4" x 1" x 4"
- Cut holes in tube per drawing (drill small hole, torch large hole)
- Test that fuel pickup fits in small hole - grind / file hole to fit
- Grind ends of tube square if cut with torch
- Weld end plate to tube end nearest fuel filler
- See note below for welding: Hydraulic_Reservoir_and_Fuel_Tank
- Weld fuel filler neck (use low setting for thin steel)
- Assemble Fuel Pickup
- Insert tube into compression fitting and tighten hand-tight, then wrench-tighten 1/2 turn. Loosen and set the tube part down. Wrap teflon tape on threads of hose barb and thread into top of compression fitting and tighten (don't overdo it: we're working with brass).
- Let tank cool, apply gasket sealant to smaller hole and install fuel pickup
- Reach inside the open end of the tank with tube, align with hole and screw top of compression fitting from above, then tighten.
- Weld remaining end plate
- Weld mounting brackets together, then to tank (do not weld inside edge of bracket)
- Weld control panel bracket to tank
- Weld bolts to tank, using upper pump plate for alignment
- Put cap on fuel filler and rubber hose on hose barb. Pressure test with compressed air and soapy water and re-weld as necessary until all leaks stopped.
- Paint entire fuel tank except for hose barb, top of fuel filler and cap.
- Drawings: media:hyd_reservoir.pdf, media:reservoir.pdf
- Drawings: media:reservoir.pdf, media:reservoir_assy.pdf
- Cut Steel: 6" x 12" tube and 2 each: 1/4" x 6" x 12", 1/4" x 4" x 4" and 1/4" x 1" x 4"
- Cut holes (drill small holes, torch large holes)
- Check that the corresponding parts fit properly in the holes (they may need to be ground / filed a bit)
- Grind tube ends square
- Clean all edges for welding
- Weld tank flanges and half coupling for suction port
- Weld end plate to tank end nearest the sight gauge holes
- See note below for welding end plates: "Hydraulic Reservoir and Fuel Tank"
- Mount sight gauge
- Weld remaining end plate (First check that sight gauge is installed!)
- Plug all flange holes, drill a hole in the 1 1/2" cap for the suction port and plug with a tire stem valve. Pressure test with compressed air and soapy water and re-weld as necessary until all leaks have stopped.
- Weld mounting brackets together (do not weld inside edge of brackets)
- Weld brackets to tank (use 1/4" x 2" x 26" steel as spacer under brackets)
- Weld bolts to tank (use top pump plate to align bolts)
- Paint entire tank except for threads and sight gauge.
- Drawings: media:engine.pdf
- Cut plate: 8“ x 15 1/2“, grind edges
- Torch and grind large holes
- Drill small (5/16“) holes, grind slots
- Paint plate, let dry
- Bolt plate to engine
- Bolt muffler to engine with gaskets between muffler and engine ports
- Bolt muffler extension to muffler with 1 1/2" "U" bolt
- Shaft Coupler
- Cut both shaft couplings in half, set aside one half of each coupling
- Insert alignment plug, clamp end-to-end with C-clamp and weld couplers together
- Note: Touching coupling faces should be machined faces (not cut faces)
- Remove plug (use hammer & blunt punch)
- Let cool, then insert key into engine shaft slot, then secure coupling to engine shaft with set screw
- Note that once engine is mated with pump, the shaft coupler should be checked to insure that it fully engages teeth of pump shaft. This may require loosening the set screw and sliding the coupler down - but don't let it rest against pump casing.
- Note: The alignment of the shaft coupler must be precise. The plug aligns the couplers while welding. See the OSE order page for completed couplings.
- Cut plates and angle iron
- Torch large holes, drill small (5/16“) holes
- Grind edges, test fit pump & bolts
- Space angle iron evenly on 6“ plate as shown below, 1/4 from edges. Tackweld inside corner of angle iron, then outer corners
- Weld outer and inner edges
- Stack pump plates as shown in diagram below (pay attention to 3/4" holes in larger plate)
- Add 4 1/4" spacers between plates as shown
- Note: Spacers should provide 1/8" standoff from other angle iron and have VERY perpendicular and smooth edges
- Use two C-clamps to clamp plates securely to spacers - they should be directly inline with spacers
- Precision note: Plates must be parallel else shaft may bind. Before welding, check that plates are spaced evenly.
- Tackweld inside corners (do not weld spacers)
- Weld inside and out, remove clamps & spacers
- Bolt pump to plate assembly
- Install hosebarb on pump
- Install elbow on pump loosely
- Note: keep holes on pump plugged to prevent debris
- Note: The alignment of the upper and lower pump plates are critical for proper shaft alignment. Completed pump brackets are available from the OSE Store.
Oil Cooler Module
- Drawing: media:oil_cooler.pdf
- Carefully unbox oil cooler
- Wrap NPTM elbow threads with teflon tape
- Screw NPTM ends of elbows into cooler, tighten so JIC elbow ends point as in illustration
- Secure fan to cooler
Control Panel Module
- Torch large holes, drill small holes
- File key hole to fit switch
- Grind all edges
- Weld bracket for throttle
- Install throttle and keyswitch
- Install quick connectors using teflon tape
- Drawing: media:PC7s_frame.pdf
- Cut tube steel, flat bar, rebar and expanded steel
- Weld the battery box and tank supports
- Cut holes in the expanded steel and bolt in place
- Drawing: media:Solenoid Module.png
- Bend one cooler support to match holes on fuel tank
- Mount solenoid on support braket (made above)
- Drawing (click for larger view)
- Battery Terminals
- Engine Connections
- Install Fuel Tank module in frame (fuel tank goes beside battery box)
- Install Hydraulic Reservoir module in frame
- Install Pump module and Solenoid module
- Install oil cooler and fan to expanded steel
- Install hoses to connect hydraulics and tighten appropriately
- Install Wiring Harness to key switch, connect to fan and solenoid (do not connect "+" battery connection yet)
- Install Engine module:
- Lower Engine Module gently until shaft coupling contacts pump shaft, rock/turn engine until shaft engages pump
- Install 3/4" bolts / washers / nuts, securing engine plate to pump plate
- Remove nut from right rear engine bolt, place black battery on bolt, replace nut and tighten
- Connect electrical connector from wiring harness to engine
- Connect fuel hose from fuel tank to engine
- Connect cable from solenoid to starter and tighten carefully
- Install battery in battery box
- Connect "+" battery cable to battery
Overview: File:PC7s Fabrication.pdf
Note: Welding Hydraulic Reservoir and Fuel Tank
Note on welding from Ben Horton: "The three "C's" of welding are clean, clean, clean. Tack the entire tank together, then after you clean the work pieces leave a gap between them about 1/6" and fixture the joints so that it is very uniform then weld down hill with minimal torch manipulation (mig). The next thing is to listen you will be able to hear the arc in side the tank as it penetrates. Remember watch the puddle not the arc. With 1/4" material you shouldn't have to stitch weld it but move from joint to joint opposite the one prior. Call me if you have questions." Results: Using above procedure, Marcin welded the fuel tank (1/4" steel, so easy on High-4, 70 wire speed, Millermatic 200) on first pass (except for filler cap, which is sheet metal)! That's a first, as I always had at least one pinhole leak, and about 8-10 at worst in prior production runs. For the end caps - grind edge + top and bottom around edge to 3/8" away from edge, with no factory scale on metal - just clean shiny metal. Grind edges of 6"x12" tube also 3/8" from edge. If cut by bandsaw (our case).
Hydraulic Sight Gauge
Power Cube Assembly Video Script
Steps for Instructional Assembly Video Script
- Mechanical shaft quick coupling patent - 
July 2014 - Structural Power Cube
The frame of the Structural Power Cube is designed for stacking of multiple power cubes. This documents is about the angle iron frame Power Cube for applications where only one or two Power Cubes are required. Here is the link to the Structural Power Cube:
Link: Structural Power Cube