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    Re: Check your top links!

    This happened to me, but the winch didn't fall all the way flat because its bottom jammed against a rear tire. The PTO was still attached, so I ran the cable over the ROPS to a tree in front of the...
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    Re: Cars are really hard to work on anymore

    My '92 Civic came with such a hole in the wheel well, normally somewhat blocked by a plastic sphincter, giving access to the transverse engine's crankshaft pulley. To set the valve clearances, you...
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    Re: Most fun gun to shoot?

    Second that motion, the S&W 41 is a beaut and hard to beat for the all-around prize, only it is rather expensive to buy.

    But the AR pattern rifles are the most fun long guns, IMHO.
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    Re: Street Motorcycles

    Best chain lube (IMHO) is 90w gear oil, dribbled on after a ride when the chain is hot. Thicker oil stays on longer. It is also way cheaper than spray lube.

    My evidence: 36,000 mi so far on an...
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    Re: Street Motorcycles

    Yes, the diehard bikers don't ride beautiful shiny show bikes, they have muddy, greasy beaters with dead bugs all over the front parts and maybe some road rash.
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    Re: Pulling out a stuck car

    Here's a sad story from today's St Louis paper. It is a reminder to pay attention when un-stucking cars with a tractor:

    St. Louis police sergeant dies in tractor accident at her home : News
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    Re: Improvised Rigs or Rube Goldbergs

    Many a motorbike has limped home with a small vise-grip substituting for the gearshift lever lost in the crash.
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    Re: Cooking a steak...and brats

    You're making me hungry.

    Also, don't pour all of the beer into the pan, pour some into the chef.:D
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    Re: Square deal on new tires?

    ...and here's some more fun with geometry: how to drill a square hole:
    How to Drill a Square Hole - YouTube

    (silent animation, with captions in Russian)
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    Re: Square deal on new tires?

    If you use rollers rather than wheels on an axle, then any curve of constant width will do:
    Curves of Constant Width - YouTube
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    Re: Honda Ridgeline

    Have one, bought new in 2009. It gets 21mpg highway and 12-16mg city, down to 10mpg when towing at its capacity. Very luxurious inside if you get the full package, it maneuvers remarkably well for...
  12. Thread: Pesky Beavers

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Pesky Beavers

    Here's some amateur beaver action video (rated G, natch, unless there's something really wrong with you:eek:) that you may want to watch with the sound low or muted ('cause the narrator and the music...
  13. Re: Anyone ever use a 300/1200 baud modem using 5 1/4" floppies

    My high school had time sharing access via an ASR-33 (teletype) terminal at 110 baud. We would play a text game called "*trek" which had a command to fire photon torpedoes and so on. I still...
  14. Re: Anyone ever use a 300/1200 baud modem using 5 1/4" floppies

    Eliza is still alive and living under an assumed name in Emacs, just type "meta-x doctor"
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    Re: Top 10 Western Movies

    How about "The Quiet Man"?

    Edit: I see that several of you beat me to it.
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    Re: Do you know how to swim?

    Our apartment complex (in Burbank, CA) had a pool, so I learned to swim at age 5. Then we moved to MD and I learned to swim in the ocean, lakes and ponds, though the Potomac River was so polluted...
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    Re: Now this is a "buggy"

    ...with a good filter mask, too.
  18. Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    I've hit a wooden chair right in the middle of the lane, like someone had just gotten up. It flew into splinters and hardly left a scratch, thank goodness. Managed to lock up the brakes and spin...
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    Re: Top 10 Western Movies

    Fun thread! How come nobody mentioned "Little Big Man?" A cowboy picture isn't complete without the injuns.

    "You and I are even at last. I paid you the life I owe you. And the next time we meet,...
  20. Re: How many have concealed carry permit to carry a gun ?

    Tummy pack. Uncool, but effective. Geezers like me can get away with it, people can think it's for medicines and reading glasses. :grumpy:
  21. Re: How many have concealed carry permit to carry a gun ?

    You may need one when you travel to other states that allow CCW with a permit. That's why we need national reciprocity.
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    Re: Turkey Vulture Pictures

    Your pictures are terrific! Here's one that I waw soaring above my woods, cropped and original:
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    Re: Would you haul anything on this trailer?

    This gives a whole new meaning to the words "toy hauler."
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    Re: Lightning rod ideas

    Well, after a place is struck, it just isn't the same place anymore. :D
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    Re: Pictures of you on your tractor

    Leveling the gravel in front of the barn last summer:
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    Re: Why is fish so expensive?

    The future of seafood is aquaculture, IMHO. There are a bunch of fish farms on the Mississippi flood plain south of St Louis such as this one:
    Logan Hollow Fish Farm - Murphysboro, Illinois - Top...
  27. Thread: Road Speed

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Road Speed

    TC34DA HST top speed is a little over 12mph. Like most tractors, it has the power to go faster but not the gearing.
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    Re: Pole Barn Must Have's

    The extra cost of going to 60x40 will be well spent.

    One wide door rather than two narrow ones will make it easier to back a trailer inside.
  29. Thread: Watercrafts

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Watercrafts

    Missouri and Arkansas are both blessed with some of the best floating streams in the world.
  30. Re: Tractor related bonehead move of the month-I'll start

    I was backing my truck into a space behind another pickup, looking over the tailgate instead of watching the rear camera. Thus I failed to notice the empty car hauler trailer behind the pickup, below...
  31. Thread: Watercrafts

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Watercrafts

    Motorboats are fun, but this is what I do for relaxation:
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    (Souris River Quetico 16 kevlar canoe soloed with a 210cm kayak paddle on the Missouri River. Ahhhh...)
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    Re: Single axle trailering of a CUT

    Figuring 10mpg while towing vs 20mpg truck alone for 600 miles and you get 30 gals of gas extra pulling your trailer outbound, around $100 at today's prices. You can put that outbound cost toward...
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    Re: torque wrench recommendations please

    Thanks for pointing that out, Dave. I did indeed mean the inexpensive "beam" type torque wrench when I wrote "split beam":
    Craftsman 3/8-in. Dr. Beam Style Torque Wrench, 0-75 ft. lbs. - Tools -...
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    Re: Log skidding chains

    The style on the left is what I use for chokers. Wallenstein sells them:
    FX Skidding Winch Options - Choker Chains - Wallenstein
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    Re: Log skidding chains

    Like others, I have multiple chains: 5/16 grade 70 and 3/8 grade 43, with a 35hp tractor and 6500lb skidding winch with 5/16 cable. The winch has a slip clutch. The short choke chains are all 5/16...
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    Re: Seasoning a cast iron skillet....Tips please

    Long ago, transmission fluid was made from whale oil, and maybe nontoxic, but I sure wouldn't try that today.
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    Re: Anyone use a Brush Grubber?

    Ouch! which size grubber did you have?
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    Re: Anyone use a Brush Grubber?

    Clever! :thumbsup:
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    Re: torque wrench recommendations please

    I have both types, and can test my clickers against my split beam torque wrench pretty easily. I just find the right socket to join the two and then check a few settings on the clicker against the...
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    Anyone use a Brush Grubber?

    I'm considering getting a Brush Grubber Xtreme to pull out some shrubs (clumps of 5 or so 1" canes) and saplings (2-3" hardwood, 3-5" pine and cedar). One possibility is to use this device:...
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    Re: Chainsaw mount

    Wow, the useful tips you get on TBN! Just ordered one for myself, plus a tool holder also on sale:
    Cabela's: Mad Dog® ATV/UTV Tool Mount
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    Re: Notice to Missouri Gun Owners - HB545

    Email sent to the 4 cosponsors, urging withdrawal.
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    Re: Notice to Missouri Gun Owners - HB545

    This bill looks like an abridged version of Feinstein's crazy new Federal AWB. If enacted, after 90 days it should create between 100,000 and 1,000,000 new class C felons in MO. If enforced, it...
  44. Re: Scavenging downed timber - is it ok where you live?

    That "death spray" should be avoided if possible. The electric company felled a mulberry under their transmission line in my backyard and asked if they could paint the stump with herbicide to...
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    Re: Battery Tender/Trickle Charger

    I keep two motorbikes, a tractor, and a seldom used car on Deltran battery tenders. The car and one of the motorbikes got 10 and 9 years out of their OEM batteries. The other motorbike and the...
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    Re: Fox attacks baby

    Supposedly there is no rabies in England: Prevalence of rabies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    They do have cases where the infection was acquired outside the UK.
  47. Anyone need a badge for an International 240 Utility?

    Walking through my woods after a heavy rain, I found an oval badge from a vintage International "240 Utility" tractor:

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    You can see where it attaches on the tractor in this image:...
  48. Re: Freedom Munitions (Official) Facebook press release

    Yup, I bought some S&W stock (SWHC) when it dipped below $8 per share in late December. It is now above $9. SWHC reports quarterly earnings in early March; my guess is that they will show all-time...
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    Re: 5 Day Work Week

    Word is that USPS packages would still be delivered on Saturdays, as that part of the business still makes money.

    My rural postman delivers mainly junk mail, and my city postman says that carriers...
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    Re: Problem unhooking bushhog

    Maybe the PTO shaft got pinched or bent so it resists telescoping? Try raising and lowering the 3pt hitch to see if that loosens it.
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    Re: Request Advise In Selecting Pallet Forks

    42" on my 35hp tractor is about perfect.
  52. Thread: Weird weather

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Weird weather

    68 F on 1/29, 9 F this morning. Nice and windy, too.
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    Re: Petroglyphs & Pictograms

    A park ranger explained to me, once, where one looks for arrowheads. The best places are flat meadows a little uphill from creeks. That is where the native hunting parties camped, and where the...
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    Re: Petroglyphs & Pictograms

    Nice petroglyphs. Nice Goldwing, too. Excellent combination.

    There is a site near me made by what looks like a similar culture, in Washington (County) State Park:
    Washington State Park |...
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    Re: Cats killing billions of animals??

    This is use #102 for a deceased cat:

    Dead Cat Turned Into a Flying Helicopter - YouTube
  56. Re: How close is your dealer? And how important is that to you?

    My dealer is 34 miles away and a pleasure to do business with. They carry Kubota as well as NH and have a big service department. The town (Farmington, MO) has many related businesses, so I can...
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    Re: What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Still more Yogi:

    "You have to go to your friends' funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
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    Re: Marguerie from Warwickshire uk

    :welcome:
    ...and may I add, you have excellent taste in tractors!
  59. Re: Buying Equipment Online and Getting It Shipped

    Bought a Wallenstein FX65 skidding winch online from Iowa Farm Equipment for about $3000 which included shipping. It was palletized and delivered by Con-Way to a local farm supply store (Dickey Bub,...
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    Re: All this gun talk - anybody play airsoft?

    In 1997, I bought 2 airsoft Walther P99s in Hong Kong to play Spy vs. Spy with my buddy, put them in my checked suitcase and got on the plane. Just before we taxied to the runway, a stewardess came...
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    Re: Harbor Freight Stores Proliferating

    There are now 3 in St Louis. They advertise heavily by mail and in the newspaper, so clearly they are aiming at the older demographic :D
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    Re: Weather report. How cold?

    It was 65F on Saturday and I rode the motorbike to dinner after a hike under cloudless skies. Then the temperature started to drop, and now it is 17F with an inch of snow on the ground. This is...
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    Re: Firewood Market

    I spent the long weekend at my cabin, mostly hiking and cutting brush but also turning two trees into firewood. I burn about 1 cord per year, mostly red oak and hickory with some pine mixed in. ...
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    Re: G'day from way down south in Tasmania

    :welcome:
    Hope you are enjoying summer while we freeze up here in Hemisphere N.
    I am guessing that TB=thoroughbred. Is there an agricultural extension service there out of UTas?
    Home - School of...
  65. Thread: Ramps...

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Ramps...

    What you call "ramps" look more like wheel chocks. Your tires would get more purchase if you built up the ramp in layers, say with three 2x10s of decreasing length nailed or glued together like this...
  66. Re: New S2230-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Licensure, suspension and revocatio

    People of the state of NY, you have my sympathy.
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    Re: IPA and Blonde

    Yum:licking:

    When is the tasting? :drink:
  68. Re: bead popped and Rim Guard lost while parked during cold spell

    I agree that a leak makes sense, but a tiny leak, say from a poorly sealed bead, can be aggravated by cold. One of the tires on my car went flat overnight once in northern Minnesota when the...
  69. Thread: Skeptical...

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Skeptical...

    "There. Now it's all on paper. Feel better?" - New Yorker Cartoon Poster Print by Charles Barsotti at the Condé Nast Collection
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    Re: Need bicycle helmet advice

    The Snell Foundation does helmet tests and sets the most rigorous safety standards:
    Bicycle Helmet Standards
    Snell Foundation - B-95 helmet standard

    Mountain bikers and stunters wear full-face...
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    Re: Need bicycle buying advice for adult rider

    Nice looking bike! Hope you get some good riding weather soon.
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    Re: Posting private property

    In Missouri, there is an alternative to signs: purple paint. By statute, it is the same as a "Posted" sign marking private property, and is cheaper, more durable, and easier to put up. I was...
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    Re: Plow a 2 acre food plot in 5 minutes?

    Anyone else notice the ironic juxtaposition of belching diesel smoke with wind turbines in the background?
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    Re: Should have used hollow points!

    The Georgia shooting finally made it to CNN's website:

    Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com
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    Re: ROPS Tubing: Drilling Holes

    U-bolts have the advantage that you can move the old doodads around later when you add new ones.
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    Re: Need bicycle buying advice for adult rider

    Yes, fenders add weight and a little drag, but without them any water on the road and any loose dirt will get thrown onto you and the bike. I commute daily in all weather so it makes sense for me. ...
  77. Thread: Donut Robot

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Donut Robot

    If you lived anywhere near me I'd be making weekly pilgrimages. Cider-flavored cinnamon-sprinkled donuts: total yum! Nice facility you have there, too.

    Make sure you vent the oven outside so...
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    Re: Need bicycle buying advice for adult rider

    That looks like a great all-around choice, you'll be able to cruise the paved roads and try a few hard-packed dirt trails when the spirit moves you. Let me just repeat the suggestion to get fenders,...
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    Re: Need bicycle buying advice for adult rider

    I commute to work by bike and find that fenders are very useful when the roads are wet. But you can get clip-on fenders for practically any bike. That is what I did since for exercise, I like to...
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    Re: KIT, TREES on PROPERTY or CAMPER?????

    Without a well and septic system you'll never shake the "camping out" aspect of your nice property. The RV/trailer idea seems like the best idea. You could leave it at the property most of the...
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    Re: HOW DO YOU TOW YOUR TRACTOR?

    I second your recommendation for brakes on both axles. However, your balancing method is risky. The tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of the trailer+load weight. The sag at the hitch ball is...
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    Re: Who rides a motorcycle?

    Sweet bike. It was "the duck's guts" when I was in college, but I got a KZ 750 ("the bullet", pre-Ninja) instead because it was cheaper.
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    Re: Direct from China...would you???

    Several years ago I bought some bulk D-rings and plastic buckles from a firm in China. They were the only reasonable choice for the quantities I needed, around 100 pieces costing less than 10% of...
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    Re: Who rides a motorcycle?

    Rode 1978-81, then was "born again" in 2002:
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    ZRX 1100 "Naked"

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    KLX 400 "Dirty"
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Re: Got some snow in CT!!!

    We got our snow (4" to 7" at the higher elevations in the Missouri Ozarks) a few days earlier:

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    Re: transporting concrete off road

    How about new footings for the bridge?
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    Re: Ruger P95 Thoughts??

    The 10 and 15 round models are identical except for the magazine. Some US states have laws prohibiting detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, hence the extra models for those states. ...
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    Re: Who owns an oil lamp?

    Got one in the cabin, plus a few candles, all inherited from the previous owner. The oil lamp wick was burned black along the top and needed trimming before it gave any light, rally fun to do during...
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    Re: New here from Connecticut

    :welcome:

    I used to live in Branford and passed through Hartford numerous times enroute to the ski hills. There's some beautiful country around the reservoirs near you. For example, there's...
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    Re: honda eu2000 question

    Got my eu2000 at Harvester Small Engine in MO:
    2012 Honda Power Equipment EU2000i

    The price was $950 3 years ago, but I had to pay sales taxes as it was a local purchase.
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    Re: honda eu2000 question

    I've owned and EU2000 for 3 years. It can be lugged in one hand. It powers an electric chainsaw just fine, as well as any other outdoor electric tool like a leaf blower, weed whacker, hedge...
  92. Re: Who is going to be the first here to buy one of these..?

    Well, few things are better than Rolls in the hay :)
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    Tires Re: Woke up to this today

    Bet your rear end got a flat spot from that seat :yell:
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    Tires Re: Woke up to this today

    I've got 15x19.5 R4's that say 30psi max. The manual suggests 18psi for max traction.
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    Forks Re: Should I invest in a set of Pallet Forks?

    You may find it easier to clamp the deer stand onto the bucket and raise it. You'll gain some reach and won't have to balance the stand on the forks.
  96. Re: Gas prices again, What's the price in your area for unleaded? What's happening?

    Just north of downtown St Louis, off I-70: Reg. gas $2.86/gal, diesel $3.49/gal

    Elsewhere in the metro area I've seen gas as high as $3.09 in MO. It tends to be 5% higher in IL.

    St. Louis Map...
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    Re: M9540 Belly Skid Plate/Brush Guard

    Great pictures of a nice build!
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    Re: Remote Building Security

    Those thieves were pretty determined and managed to get around most of your ingenious measures. Did your neighbors have trouble, and did any of the locals suggest who the thieves might be?
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    Re: Enhancing a tree platform

    The property is in Iron County, next to the Bell Mountain Wilderness:

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5123000.pdf

    The tarp is a temporary measure that I expect will last...
  100. Thread: Deer Stands

    by mvwicker
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    Re: Deer Stands

    Here is mine, also 8x8, tarp walls and roof stretched over a wood and EMT frame:
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    Construction is described in ...
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