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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Draft control was standard in my 2010 model but it's possible they've made it an option on the newer models. You might check with your dealer. It's possible that it could be added but I'm not sure.
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    There is a lever right next to the one that raises and lowers the 3pt. It looks very similar to the 3pt control. Moving the lever toward the rear of the tractor decreases the allowable draft...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    I'm still on the site, just not very active. The procedure described does enable the draft control.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    The cost for 900' of completed driveway (prices include shipping and tax):

    360 tons CM6D - $5060
    15 tons 3" clean - $220
    3 rolls of 200lb geotextile (432 ft per roll) - $1070
    Fuel (approximate)...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yeah, guess I'm a little OCD. Figure that I only get one shot at this and I'd kick myself later if I cut corners. Just hope it holds up to construction traffic.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got the seeding done today. Ran out of straw and couldn't find any on short notice, so I just used some old hay. I seeded everything, but only used the hay/straw on the ditches and the more erosion...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Ok, that makes more sense to me. "Sand" here is for a beach or sandbox. Didn't seem to make sense until you explained it. I'll have to see what the quarry here sells. Not even sure I can get what you...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Sounds good, I'll give it a try. Sand is pretty cheap around here, just have to pay to haul it. Probably won't get it done right away because tomorrow is my last chance to work on it for a while and...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    We were thinking that some trees lining the driveway would be nice. They might block our view a little, but it's probably worth doing. What do you mean by chink it with some sand? I've never heard...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got a couple more loads of rock today. The driver wasn't nearly as good at spreading as the previous driver so I had to work a bit to get it smooth . Added one load to the entrance to thicken it up a...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Graded and compacted the rock today. There were some areas that were 12+ inches thick and other areas were only 6" thick. Did my best to even it out, but it's not perfect. Probably going to order...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Had a bit of a rough day today. I managed to rip the fabric twice. Once with the box blade near the entrance and the other with the loader at the other end of the driveway. Both spots were pretty...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yep I completely stole your idea. Worked pretty good, especially going uphill. It's not hard to unroll by hand if it's fairly level, but it's nice to be able to park the tractor and know the roll...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yeah I'm surely to blame for most of the imperfections. There weren't too many, I should've taken a couple pics after I was completely done compacting. It looked much better than the pics I posted,...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Compacted yesterday and today with the smooth drum roller. The vibration seemed to help quite a bit. The roller has a way of making imperfections in the dirt work show up. We had just enough rain on...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    That site has a lot of information, thanks. I have a couple of 1.00 items listed under the "rating reasons". Both soil types are listed as "very limited". Glad that I'm using fabric.

    Top of the...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got the soil figured out. I don't know how the heck they got all of those soil types mapped properly, but the map almost spot on with where the soil actually changed. The soil at the top of the hill...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got the hillside seeded, silt fence installed, and put 3" rock in the ditch. Wishing now that I would've waited to put the 3" down until after the driveway rock was down because it might be in the...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Thanks for the info. I do remember reading about optimum moisture content when I was studying up for this project. I should've mentioned that we're supposed to get some rain tomorrow, so hopefully...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Nice looking road. How did you handle the fabric going around curves? Do you have to cut it, then overlap and re-direct the roll?
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a dump truck that will have time in the next couple of days. I rolled it with a loaded bucket on my tractor today with mixed results. It's been warm and windy...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    I remember somebody on this site attached the laser receiver to a piece of lumber then bolted it to his box blade so that he could keep the box blade at a consistent height while leveling a pad for...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Bosch rotary laser model grl 240hv. Self leveling. Got it for $390 on eBay brand new including shipping.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Ran into an issue today. Stopped into rental store to change reservation date on the sheep's for compactor and found out that they had a smooth drum reserved for me instead. I specifically asked for...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yeah just purchased it last week and wanted to try it out. Used it for the slope of culvert and checked slope of county ditch to the north.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yep, planning on using the sheep's foot to compact the dirt prior to installing the fabric, then using a smooth drum roller to compact the rock. Hope it works out as well as your parking lot. I'm a...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Yeah I was thinking that myself. There's about 20' from the edge of the county road to the culvert that I plan on flaring out some in order to make it easier for trucks to get in. Ideally I would...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to look that up. Probably a little late now though.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got the pipe installed today, then extended the driveway another 100' or so. Thanks for the suggestion on the check dams. I was thinking about putting some large rock in the ditch. Maybe 3" clean or...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    After 2 weeks and $1200 the tractor is fixed. A bolt that holds the ring gear in the front end sheared and got into the ring and pinion. The mechanic commented that he's seen a couple others do that...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Well I found out why it doesn't pay to do things yourself. I was using the box blade to scrape dirt from the high side to build up a portion of the driveway. I was pulling the dirt down the hill and...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    They can get pretty big, but usually the ridgeline isn't too bad.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    That's a good point about creating a new gully. I may do that to relieve some pressure on the ditch to the west of that point. The white area is a full pond now. It was still new when this image was...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    I was taking a break today and looking at the driveway about where the 710 contour line crosses and was thinking the same thing you mentioned. The ditch on the north side of the road doesn't have any...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Got about 8 hours of seat time today. Almost done with the entrance, working more now near the top of the hill. The top soil up there is really thick and very time consuming to remove. Still have...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Thanks for all the feedback. I am going with the fabric because at $225 for 15 tons of rock it seemed that it will probably pay for itself over time. The cost of the fabric was just over $1000 after...
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    New Driveway Construction

    I started dirt work for our new driveway today. It will be approximately 1200 feet to our future home site. I plan on doing the dirt work, compacting with tractor (or a sheep foot compactor),...
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    Let's see your playhouses

    When I started designing a playhouse for my daughter, I couldn't find many design ideas, so I came up with my own. It didn't end up exactly like I planned, but I used a lot of materials that my dad...
  39. Thread: Branson 4520C

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    Re: Branson 4520C

    In my experience Branson has way undercut prices from other manufacturers, but that's crazy cheap. I would expect that tractor to be at least 24-25k (assuming you are quoting a new tractor). It may...
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    Re: Trailer chain configuration

    Thanks for the tip. I towed it a couple miles down a bumpy gravel road the other day. I crossed the chains in front using two binders and ran the rear chain through the clevis like in the original...
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    Re: Trailer chain configuration

    Check with your local fire dept. They may have some laying around, but used hose has become harder to find over the past several years. New hose is synthetic and stays in service longer than the old...
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    Re: 3510 Hours on engine...

    I have a 2010 4720h with 110 hrs and no problems so far.
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    Re: Trailer chain configuration

    Thanks for the suggestions. If I understand correctly, you are saying that I should attach the binder directly to the hooks on the tractor, but I'm not sure the hook would fit inside the binder ring....
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    Trailer chain configuration

    I recently purchased my first tractor hauling trailer and would like some help getting the tie-downs set up correctly. I've attached some pics of one possibility. I was thinking about changing the...
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    Re: New FEL not level

    Sorry to hear about your frustration. My Branson has been great with over 100 hours now. I've had a small problem and a couple questions and got great response from my dealer and Branson. Sounds like...
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    Re: Need advice on lawn

    I agree with MarkV. Get a soil test done and possibly wait until fall if you can. We installed a pond recently and I assumed that lime would be needed on the back side of the dam, but after having a...
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    Sickle Bar Re: Ford 501 sickle bar help

    Bolts are the way to go, but I put all new on with rivets because I would've had to order the high rise hold downs and the farm supply here had rivets in stock. It was a bit of a pain, but wasn't too...
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    Sickle Bar Re: Ford 501 sickle bar help

    I have one also. It should hook up fine to your 3 pt, but it looks like your missing the top link on the mower. It should have a solid top link that attaches to the main spring.

    It looks like you...
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    Re: Which attachment would you buy?

    I ended up getting these brand new "Stout" brand 48" forks for $425. They were listed as "light duty", but they have the exact same frame rails, quick attach plate, and forks as the "heavy duty" ones...
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    Re: Do fork adjustments matter?

    Thanks. I was wondering about damaging them by using while not in a notch, but I guess its not that big of a deal. I'd just have to deal with them sliding. I didn't think about grinding out another...
  51. Thread: Clutch Noise

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    Re: Clutch Noise

    It's encouraging to hear stories of good dealers and manufacturers. Thanks for sharing.
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    Do fork adjustments matter?

    A set of these forks are up for auction tomorrow. I noticed they only have three notches for side to side adjustment on the forks. I'm wondering how much this matters. Obviously more adjustments...
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    Re: Which attachment would you buy?

    No luck. I set myself a limit of $500 on the forks and they went for $500, but I wasn't the bidder. I would've had to go $550 to get them. The other set (walk-through) went for $600. They looked...
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    Re: Which attachment would you buy?

    The attached photo shows pallet forks that are at auction tomorrow. I haven't seen them in person, but they look kinda heavy. Too heavy for my tractor?
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    Tractor Sizing Re: New Tractor: Branson? 3520r or 4520r?

    The engine question is going to be tough to answer without being there, but most people on this site recommend going bigger. You will use more fuel, but there is no substitute for power when you need...
  56. Grapple Re: Grapple research and tentative conclusion what may be best for me; what do YOU th

    MissouriPioneer,

    Hows your grapple working out. Did you have the fit problems that Dustin had?
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    Re: Which attachment would you buy?

    Thanks for the thoughts. I figure that I will have all of these attachments....eventually (could be a couple years). Yes I have a nice rollover box blade so the TNT would be useful, but someone...
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    Which attachment would you buy?

    I'm thinking it's time for some new equipment, but can only get one. I have plenty of uses for each of these and have the required hydraulics. Here are the options:

    1 - pallet forks. I borrowed...
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    Re: What type quick attach is this?

    The picture is fuzzy, but if that is stock Branson then it is likely a euro style quick connect. The euro style is/was standard on Branson loaders. You might check with a Branson dealer about the...
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    Re: Hi there & price advice? 5035 HST

    Sounds good to me. I was quoted 28,000 last year for the same tractor with shuttle shift and no box blade. I agree that the 5035 is quite a bit more tractor than the 4035, but the upgrade decision...
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    Re: Branson 4720H Whine

    My Branson seems noisier than other brands, but its always noisy. It doesn't get worse during use and the fact that yours gets louder after a couple hours makes me believe that the fluid is getting...
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    Buying Advice Re: 47 HP Branson Hydrostatic

    I gave just over $20,000 last year for a new 4720h (same model you are looking at) w/loader, oversize loaded ag tires, two sets of remotes, and 3rd function valve on the loader. I have about 70 hrs...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Took out the small bolt and loosened the large one (there is a nut on the back side). I was able to get the spacer out and it appears this unlocks the draft control. I didn't have time to try it out,...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Well, I removed the small bolt one day, but the spacer was too tight to remove or swing out of the way. It appears to be pinched and I would need to loosen the larger bolt. I didn't have the right...
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    Re: Ford 501 Sickle Mower Help

    I found an online manual for the 501 and had some time to work on the mower Sunday. The manual was very helpful and many of the adjustments were way out of wack for my tractor. I was able to get the...
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    Re: Ford 501 Sickle Mower Help

    Thanks. Sorry for all the stupid questions. I'm still new to tractors.
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    Re: Ford 501 Sickle Mower Help

    Thanks for the help. I think the left one will work, just have to play with it a little, but I don't think there is any way to make the right one work. I don't really understand how the cutter bar...
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    Ford 501 Sickle Mower Help

    I am new to sickle mowers and have been wanting one to mow around the pond and some various other areas. I picked up this Ford 501 at an auction for $300. I didn't get a chance to look it over before...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    I think you're right. I'll look at the small bolt next time I'm at the farm. Thanks for the help.
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Thanks. Sounds like I might be on the right track. I was working on the last post when you posted.
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Maybe this will help. I have marked the lever that can be operated by hand. It is connected to the top link mount via linkage, but only the lever can be moved. It appears that a "spacer" needs...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    That sounds like the procedure outlined in my manual, but there is no bolt to loosen and it looks nothing like the pics in the manual. There is some linkage that can be activated by hand which causes...
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    Re: 4720h Draft Control

    Maybe I'm not describing the situation using the correct terminology. The draft control is "locked" under normal use. Therefore it is normally in position control and you are only supposed to...
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    4720h Draft Control

    Can anyone explain how to unlock the draft control on my 4720h. The manual outlines a procedure that is nothing like like what is on my tractor. I think the manual references the standard 4720. I...
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    Buying Advice Re: Branson Vs. Massey

    When I was shopping last year I looked at Massey and Branson. I ended up with Branson mainly because it was $5000 cheaper and the dealer was closer, but here's my 2 cents.

    The Massey has a more...
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    Re: Mahindra Pricing??

    I think one of the biggest differences is in the transmission options. Mahindra is offered with shuttle shift, power shuttle, or regular hydro. Kubota has all of these plus the glide shift and the...
  77. Thread: 4035 price

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    Re: 4035 price

    I don't have any current prices, but I saw a 4035 at a farm show (almost 2 years ago) with shuttle shift, loader, and R4 tires for about $22,000. Keep in mind that prices have probably gone up some....
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    Re: Branson 20R & 20i

    I think the 20R series is a new re-design. It has some updated features like a one piece hood, fender mounted loader control, ect. I guess that the 20R series will replace the i series. It may take a...
  79. Thread: 50 hr service

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    Re: 50 hr service

    1) Yes, the manual is poorly written. It seems that the manual was written for the gear transmission tractors and then adapted for the hydros. I hope that Branson is working on this. The main drain...
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    Identify this sickle bar mower

    My brother inherited this 7ft sickle bar mower when be moved into his new house. I was thinking about making an offer on it, but I don't know what it is, what problems to look for, or what it's...
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    Re: 5530C off to rehab ...

    Nice!
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    Backhoe Re: Which Backhoe To Buy.?

    Amerequip and Ansung make loaders for Branson, so I would suspect that they make some of the BHs as well. This is purely speculation though. I would bet that the BHs with an X in the model # are made...
  83. Thread: 50 hr service

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    Re: 50 hr service

    Got my oil changed yesterday. Very easy, but seemed like it took forever to fill it up. I emailed Branson about using a fluid that wasn't recommended in the manual. They replied that as long as you...
  84. Thread: hydralic screen

    by FF117
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    Re: hydralic screen

    Changed my hydraulic oil yesterday and cleaned the filter screen. It did have some metal shavings in it. Thanks for the tip. Sorry for the poor quality cell phone pics. The second pic is looking...
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    Re: Help choosing hydraulic fluid

    Just so you guys know, I don't own a Kubota, I own a Branson. If my manual listed a particular spec, then I would use any oil that meets that spec. However, my manual lists two specific oils (neither...
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    Re: Help choosing hydraulic fluid

    Thanks for the replies. I never thought I would have this much trouble choosing an oil, but it seems that every auto parts and retail store has their own version of hydraulic fluid. It's probably all...
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    Re: Help choosing hydraulic fluid

    Interesting you say that, because the Texaco TDH is specifically formulated to meet J20C and the Sam's Club oil meets J20C. I assume this means that it will work fine, but I have reservations about...
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    Help choosing hydraulic fluid

    Does anyone have an opinion on Sam's Club Heavy Duty Hydraulic/Transmission oil? I've done a search, but haven't found much. I'm due for 50hr service and the dealer recommended to just get my fluid...
  89. Thread: 50 hr service

    by FF117
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    Re: 50 hr service

    Thanks for the replies. My tractor is a new model year, it was ordered in July 2010. I did some more searching and found this page...
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    Re: 5530C off to rehab ...

    That's awesome! It's good to know that Branson will stand behind their product and that's the best way to build customer loyalty. Sounds like you've got a good dealer too.
  91. Thread: 50 hr service

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    50 hr service

    I'm almost due for the 50 hr service on my 4720h, so I stopped by the dealer yesterday and got the filters (2 hydraulic, 1 engine oil, and fuel). Total came to $63 and the dealer recommended that I...
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    Re: 5530C off to rehab ...

    Sounds like they are at least entertaining the idea of helping you out. Hope it comes out in your favor. Even if they just supply the parts you're probably doing ok, but I hope they cover all of it....
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    Re: Pricing 1648 Tradng 1533

    I priced a 1648 (no cab) over the summer. I don't have the original quote, but it was just over $26,000 with loader, ag tires, two rear remotes, and hydro transmission. This was a cash price during...
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    Re: Another pond project

    Good news: The dam is complete and they spread top soil on the back side tonight. They made a nice shelf as wide as the dozer all the way down the south side. This will serve partially as the beach...
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    Re: Another pond project

    Went out to inspect the work today. The levee is almost done, but there is still a lot of finish work to do around the edges and the back side of the levee. The original plan was to install a pipe...
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    Re: Another pond project

    piller,

    Thanks for the advice. I definitely plan on planting trees after the pond fills and we hope to get the wildlife viewing opportunities that you describe. I've been worried about erosion...
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    Re: Another pond project

    Thats a nice view from your porch.....2.5 acres, wow. We live in Quincy, about 3 hours west of Rantoul. Thanks for pointing out about the wind, I hadn't even thought of it. It's crazy that your beach...
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    Re: Another pond project

    I was afraid you were going to say that. The west side is where the dam will be and opposite of the house. Maybe it would be OK on the south because we don't get a lot of wind out of the north.
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    Re: Another pond project

    Ryer,

    The depth of 15-20ft is solely based on my totally untrained eye and only in a small portion of the site. Although you make a good point that deeper is not necessarily better and I will...
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    Re: Another pond project

    Not sure of the depth yet, but I am guessing 15-20 feet. I would really like to make it bigger, but I have to be realistic about my budget and if we go bigger the north side would have to be built up...
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