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    Feb 2001
    Texas - Wise County - Sunset
    NHTC45D, NH LB75B, Ford Jubilee

    Default Re: The M-Wards Hydrostatic 16 project

    Kyle, I think you'll slide sideways long before you roll over. The center of gravity is really low, but that might be my feeling with the 48" mower deck. Without it, I'm sure it's more tippy. Also, when I started mine up, the exhaust of that single cylinder B&S belched so loudly that all the babies within a city block woke up crying. I tried several mufflers including an old volkswagen stub muffler. Nothing worked much better than the old common screw-on exhausts. I'd turn it forward or wear ear protection. Turned upward or down will put you in the hearing danger zone. BTW: I think that cast iron engine has roller bearing mains on the crank. I'm not sure, but one lawn mower shop told me that. Also, as with anything using points, you may experience condensation on humid days that causes start/run problems. That little cover was sealed with RTV gasket material on mine when I got it.

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    Mar 2009
    NW Oregon
    Deere 317 & L118

    Default Re: The M-Wards Hydrostatic 16 project

    Thanks Jinman!
    I picked up a set of new R1's for the front Saturday afternoon, i'm really liking the look them. I also built a 42" belly mount blade made from an old Simplicity front mount blade that I cut down to size. My new blade also has hydraulic down pressure which is really gonna come in handy for the hard packed gravel driveway. I still have a few more mods to do before I put it to work but it is really coming along well so far.

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    2004 Deere 317 Skid Steer Loader
    66" Construction bucket, imatch QA adapter, Bobcat landplane ,4 in 1 bucket, Pallet forks
    2005 John Deere L118
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