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    This weekend has been great for me so far. The UConn football team won the Big East Conference and are headed to their first BCS bowl. This morning, after months of failing, I finally nailed the *%&$ woodpecker that has been detroying my house with my pellet gun.

    And, drumroll please, yesterday I bought a Normand 60" blower off an ad on Craigslist from a woman about 40 miles from here. The machine is in GREAT shape, always stored indoors and has hydraulics for chute rotation & deflection. I pick it up sometime this week. $1500 seemed a very fair price to me. After I check it out on the tractor I now have to get remotes on the rear - this is a good excuse to get a hydro top link next summer

    Actually there are hydraulic lines back there for the bh already so I am not anticipating a major deal here. I guess the most important thing is to make sure I locate the valves in a convenient spot yet not in the way of the bh operation.

    I can't wait! When trimming the driveway with the box blade I have regretted not having the hydro top link.


    btw I have looked at Normand's site and the Econor series (which I assumed this is) has an Econor decal on it - this one just says Normand. . . All I know is it sure looks like its built like a tank. . . I think it may even be near the weight limit on my 3ph.

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    Congrats on the snow blower. Used mine for the first time yesterday on an 8" snowfall. They sure make living with snow easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctgoldwing View Post
    This morning, after months of failing, I finally nailed the *%&$ woodpecker that has been destroying my house with my pellet gun.
    If a woodpecker was destroying my house with my pellet gun, I would stop loaning it to him.

    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywire View Post
    If a woodpecker was destroying my house with my pellet gun, I would stop loaning it to him.

    Ian
    Yeah, really. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice..

    Congrads on the blower goldwing. what tractor is it going on?
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    Don't you know it's illegal to shoot woodpeckers?????? Geez.....
    Nothing could be finer than riding my JD790 in South Carolina!!

    2001 John Deere 790 4x4 with Model 70 FEL, 5ft International World Agritech bush hog, 5ft Wallberg BB, 5ft Frontier disc harrow, 5ft King Kutter II Rototiller, 5ft Cultipacker, 5ft Sitrex finish mower, Leinbach PHD with 9" & 12" augers, Leinbach middlebuster, Leinbach #11 Field Cultivator, boom pole, custom 3pt handi-hitch, clamp on bucket forks, Pat's Easy Change.

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    Depends on your local I'd expect unless they're endangered.

    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywire View Post
    Depends on your local I'd expect unless they're endangered.

    Ian
    If he's tearing up my house, he's endangered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywire View Post
    Depends on your local I'd expect unless they're endangered.

    Ian

    Woodpeckers (and many other species) are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it doesn't just have to be endangered species.

    Here are the list of woodpeckers under Federal Protection:

    WOODPECKER, Acorn, Melanerpes formicivorus
    American Three-toed, Picoides dorsalis
    Arizona, Picoides arizonae
    Black-backed, Picoides arcticus
    Downy, Picoides pubescens
    Gila, Melanerpes uropygialis
    Golden-fronted, Melanerpes aurifrons
    Great Spotted, Dendrocopos major
    Hairy, Picoides villosus
    Ivory-billed, Campephilus principalis
    Ladder-backed, Picoides scalaris
    Lewis痴, Melanerpes lewis
    Nuttall痴, Picoides nuttallii
    Pileated, Dryocopus pileatus
    Puerto Rican, Melanerpes portoricensis
    Red-bellied, Melanerpes carolinus
    Red-cockaded, Picoides borealis

    Here is the entire list:
    MBTA List of Migratory Birds
    Nothing could be finer than riding my JD790 in South Carolina!!

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    Congrats on getting the blower. I had a 1960ish Gravely before the JD we have now. The package deal with it included an older square chute blower that was in perfect shape. I figure it was probably maybe used once before I used it once. Used it on 7 inches of sleet. Picked the sleet up and threw it maybe a 100 feet to the side.

    Beware. Ucon is facing OU, my alma mater. My first year at OU was Bud Wilkinson's last year.

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    Typically woodpeckers peck for insects. This one may have done you a favor and pointed to a trouble spot on your house.
    L3430HSTC w/ LA723 loader, Woods RD7200 finish mower and Kubota L2174A front mount snowblower

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