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    Hi Pettrix - Interesting well casing. Must be a...

    Hi Pettrix - Interesting well casing. Must be a reason behind it. In my neck of the woods the code is to supply metal casing up to the bedrock layer and then 10 ft into it. After that there is no...
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    Pettrix- You should be in good shape with the...

    Pettrix- You should be in good shape with the system you're installing. I nearly went Goulds but ended up with Sta-Rite/Pentek. My pump is 30gpm and the motor is 5hp which is controlled by VFD. My...
  3. Re: Saw my first Tesla Model X SUV in the parking lot today.

    I've been a fan of old Citroen 2CV vans and the larger Citreon vans but this morphed small delivery van would be exciting to drive ...... 2CV NIMIK: Capristo's Sound . Turn the volume up.
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    Re: To Compact & Too Large Deere 455

    We do feel fortunate that our Deere dealer has consistently been on the lookout for our needs without always dropping cash on new hardware. The 455 was a trade-in that he was the original salesmen...
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    To Compact & Too Large Deere 455

    Recently we took delivery of a low hour Deere 455 garden tractor. It came with a 54 inch mower deck and rear bagger and a 2 stage snowblower. Very nice machine and really it's my spouse's baby. I...
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    Comparison Jon- Depends how many hours it has and the...

    Jon- Depends how many hours it has and the overall condition. Compared to tier IV JDs you will find the older series have better visibility from the cab for implements on the front. I would have a...
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    Re: 250' water line: got some questions

    A couple of points about PVC installations. My apologies if I'm reiterating points made above. First is that pipe sizing should always be within the water velocities expected for your application,...
  8. Sounds like car salesman bs. The only known...

    Sounds like car salesman bs. The only known consistent issue I know of is problems in changing spark plugs.
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    As an alternative you might try these...

    As an alternative you might try these fasteners......Big Heel Fasteners Homepage . I use them in black locust.
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    Re: Central Texas Olive Ranch / Wedding Venue

    cjm - Beautiful property. Sounds like your idea is to have 2 businesses.... a wedding/events venue as your primary and a olive farm as the secondary business. What to do with the olives when you have...
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    So is this parts availability related to offshore...

    So is this parts availability related to offshore manufacturing?
  12. Re: How to protect the metal floor of my newdump trailer from my Bobcats metal tracks

    I'm assuming the 873 is tied/chained down to the trailer so you must be concerned with lateral movement? Could you put some rubberized chocks in place when driven up into the bed so that the tracks...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Here's online photos of the posts ....... http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/1791837456_5/z275g_galvanized_steel_vineyard_stake.jpg and...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    I do expect a lot out of gloves as the manufacturers make claims like heavy duty and used for wire and fencing materials. The reason for the handling of wire is that at every 20 ft the wire has to be...
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    Re: "Organic" a Scam or Fraudulent Phrase?

    Yes. PLCs. Thank you for the correction.
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    Re: "Organic" a Scam or Fraudulent Phrase?

    If a product has a "USDA Organic" seal it means that it has to fall within the federal "organic" rules to carry that seal. If the SKU number on the product starts with a 9 then it is certified...
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    Re: Are those starlings?

    Last month while working in the vineyard we saw more than a few starlings. This is what they call a murmuration ... EnoViti: Birds: Director's Cut ....... When they went by I could feel a breeze....
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    duplicated mistake
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Update on Geier 448s. Both my spouse and I have a pair. At the outset I'll say these are the most comfortable gloves I've tried and the stitching is rock solid. We had high hopes for these gloves for...
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    New 5G Specialty Tractors

    During a visit to my Deere dealer the owner mentioned to me a new 5G series narrow configuration tractors. After taking a look online I've come to the conclusion that it appears Deere is finally...
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    Re: Need Advice on Ford 6.0 L Diesel

    CD - Sounds like a tough but clear decision to me. Your confidence in this truck is low and you need to fix it no matter what you intend to do later. Since you are heading to the outback often, but...
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    I use an ibc tank(275 gal) with a 12 volt boat...

    I use an ibc tank(275 gal) with a 12 volt boat deck washing pump. The pump itself is made to handle salt water for the wash downs. Purchased pump from Defender Industries in Waterford,CT.

    Update -...
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    Re: Headache racks

    GWH - If the price isn't out of whack you might try give a look through the Highway Products line .......... Pickup Truck Accessories by Highway Products Inc. .
  24. Re: Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Yesterday a small dump truck was towing a flatbed in the center of town with a Kubota 121 excavator squarely in the middle with no straps, chains, or weightlifters holding it down. Dumpass for sure !
  25. Unfortunately not as I need the narrow track to...

    Unfortunately not as I need the narrow track to fit down my vineyard rows. My next tractor is going to be in the neighborhood of 48 inches wide.
  26. Re: 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    Here's a couple of pics of the rear stabilizers. Hopefully you can see that it's tight quarters.
  27. Re: 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    Just ordered an inexpensive ARCA Mobarel ratcheting adjustable wrench to see if I can get in on the jam nuts. It would be nice if I could switch this stabilizer design for the telescoping type. If I...
  28. Re: 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    Forgot to mention that my stabilizers are on the outside of the lower link arms towards the tires...hence the cramped working quarters. Just realized that many manufacturers put them inside towards...
  29. Re: 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    Spyderlk - Interesting tool. Not sure I have the area to have it be effective but I will check it out. I'll try and take a picture of the area later today.

    RiT - Had not thought about that. I'll...
  30. Re: 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    Spyderlk - Thanks for the reply. The Mistral is narrow(overall width 54 inches) which means presetting the width is impossible as most attachment cat 1 rods are overlapping the tires. I will...
  31. 3-Pt Hitch Stabilizers Loosened By Tractor Vibration

    My Landini Mistral uses a turnbuckle and rods with a single jam nut for each of the three pt hitch stabilizer bars. The jam nut loosens as does the turnbuckle from vibration with any 3 pt attachment....
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    Re: Sealer for concrete shop floor?

    For your consideration look at Flowcrete. .... Product Ranges | Flowcrete Americas . As mentioned before you don't want to do this several times as the cost and aggravation add up.
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    Re: Garage Doors as insulation?

    Eldon - The effectiveness of the doors for insulation will be related to how you fix them to the structure. Avoid any thermal bridges and seal well and the doors should be effective. As mentioned...
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    Re: Hydraulics Needed for Planting Auger?

    JJ - Can you give a better idea about what your suggesting....Thank you, Gary
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    Boggen - 1500 metal line posts and 50 rolls of...

    Boggen - 1500 metal line posts and 50 rolls of 4000 ft wire. I have time to get the holes done this Fall before Spring planting.
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    Boggen - The number of holes I need to make is...

    Boggen - The number of holes I need to make is ~6K and the width between trellis wires in each row is slightly under 7ft. The lowest wire is 30 inches. Each hole needs to be 10-12 inches in...
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    Hydraulics Needed for Planting Auger?

    Hydraulics are an area where I can use some ideas and feedback. I'm strongly considering purchasing an auger for planting grapevines in a vineyard where the trellis system already exists. That means...
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    Re: Why are you brand loyal?

    Brand loyalty no longer exists in my heart and head. Cars/trucks owned include, in order, 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1972 Ford Pinto station wagon, 1964 Pontiac LeMans convertible, Ford Fairlane GT...
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    Agreed. The change a couple years back was not a...

    Agreed. The change a couple years back was not a great styling idea.
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    Re: Chevy Pokes Fun at Ford Aluminum Truck

    Just a note on aluminum cost of repair. Edmunds did a rear quarter panel sledge hammer ding and took it in for repair ....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um7UpIA4X0s . They came to the conclusion...
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    Re: Chevy Pokes Fun at Ford Aluminum Truck

    zzvyb6 - You're right. Perception is more than half the battle to sales. Like it or not that's the way it is.
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    Chevy Pokes Fun at Ford Aluminum Truck

    Just in case you missed it the following is a fun/funny vid from Chevy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIC7Fw1rFF4
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Just finished the last metal post for awhile. All told it looks like the rubberized kevlar gloves lasted ~500 posts as I went through 3 pairs to do 1500 metal posts. Very happy with that result.
    ...
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    Re: Farm Tough Irrigation Box ??

    RDrancher - I'm hoping that someone has tried the new composite boxes that are medium duty to see how they hold up to some traffic. The precast concrete boxes that seem to be readily available are...
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    Farm Tough Irrigation Box ??

    I'm in the process of putting in a vineyard drip irrigation system and have questions about in-ground irrigation valve boxes. The boxes would house 2 each of 1.5 inch solenoid valve assemblies at the...
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    Tractor News Re: T5 coming with Autocommand?

    I have found Paige to be a very good dealer. I came close to pulling the trigger on a DF with them for vineyard use but found the cab pretty confining. I still buy parts through them for my Landini...
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    Bolt Lock for Truck Tool Box ?

    I have quickly tried to search the forum for anyone using "Bolt Lock" technology on their truck toolboxes but it's difficult when the word is not unique. If this has been discussed before could you...
  48. Re: Best way to vertically lift phone poles for fence

    To position heavy 10ft black locust posts I took the forks off and used the plate to secure the chain that was wrapped around the chain. I did it this way as I had to get into a tight area of a post...
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    Re: Juno (2015 Blizzard Tractor Pics)

    Just finished with the last of the shoveling snow....Darn town crew decided to make a few more passes last night and covered up what I had previously shoveled. For my small town this storm cost $100K...
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    Re: Chipper or Shredder for Grapevine Prunings

    Riddler - For our 5 acre vyd I use a flail(Ferri) with hammers to mulch cuttings. This is the most efficient method used by orchards and vineyards. The orchards use heavier duty choppers from Rears,...
  51. Grapple Re: JD 5525 with 563 loader; 91 hp: What grapple to buy for this non-CUT??

    Cheesehead - A Worksaver FLGR-277 is mated to my JD5325 with the 542 loader. It is built super tough and weighs ~1000lbs. I use this to move brush, trees, rocks, root balls, etc. Really like the...
  52. The Landini Mistrals, Deutz Fahrs, Antonio...

    The Landini Mistrals, Deutz Fahrs, Antonio Carraro and others could be had with front PTO and 3 pt hitch in their ~ 50 hp range.
  53. Thread: I need PHD

    by Haoleguy
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    Re: I need PHD

    Recently I saw a Danuser F8 reconditioned for around $750. It is a brute of a pto PHD and cannot be stopped. At the moment I'm using one that my orchard buddies have loaned me and I can tell you it...
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    Re: Straight Fence Line? Long Distance...

    How long a run can you do and are you using a detector or visual?
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    Re: Straight Fence Line? Long Distance...

    SD - My apologies for not answering your question to me a year ago but my trellis length is 760 ft. We were somewhat concerned about length when it comes to human manual labor along the full length...
  56. Thread: Curious...

    by Haoleguy
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    Backhoe Re: Curious...

    Mine sees stump and rock removal and the occasional small trench. With the thumb it helps with stone wall building. In the past I have used it to set fence posts but now I have access to a heavy...
  57. Re: Prince Flow Control Valves - Love 'Em & Hate 'Em

    There are no less than 8 hoses total. Six came with the attachment and I added 2. Part of the length is related to using on different tractors with their SCV locations, of which you need 2.5 pairs,...
  58. Re: Prince Flow Control Valves - Love 'Em & Hate 'Em

    It regulates flow to a valving system at 1.5 to 3 gpm which acts to extend the weed knife(pic 2) to cut weed roots under grapevines. This system has a control manifold with 2/2-way solenoid and...
  59. Re: Prince Flow Control Valves - Love 'Em & Hate 'Em

    I did for some, ahead of time, but not all as I was carrying a fistful of angle adapters to get a stress free orientation of the tubing to and from the sources and that the temperature while doing...
  60. Prince Flow Control Valves - Love 'Em & Hate 'Em

    This past year I purchased a Prince Wolverine flow control valve W-1950-16. Recently I hooked it up to the implement I needed flow control for and found that 2 of the 1/2" NPTF ports leaked. I was...
  61. Re: Anyone out there know about Front PTO and Front 3pt.

    A factory installed front 3PH and PTO is the best decision as you get full warranty coverage through the dealer network. I have a local commercial orchard friend who bought a 1 yr old JD5103EN and...
  62. Thread: Work Shoes?

    by Haoleguy
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    Re: Work Shoes?

    This is what I have been buying and have gone through 2 pair in 7yrs. When on sale they are a bargain. I did note that my second pair seemed to be slightly smaller in the sizing and didn't last as...
  63. Thread: A good day!

    by Haoleguy
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    Re: A good day!

    Congrats Dan. When you get the DK home become familiar with all of the maintenance steps and keep up on the schedule. It will last a long time.
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    Re: ordered me a new dodge eco diesel today

    I guess it didn't happen. :)
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    Re: Reminder - Cost of Ownership of Gas vs Diesel

    Thank you Dodge Man for trying to bring this back to the study posted in pdf format. Within that paper on page 6 & 7 it lists the methods used for gathering data. From my view this is a relatively...
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    Hitch Pin Safety - Purdue Fact Sheet

    I've been working through what I need, for safety reasons, to pull another farmer's trailer from his farm to my farm with a hitch pin setup. This Purdue fact sheet is quite good for details around...
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    Re: Consumer Reports drops 7 vehicles

    Disheartening to see several Chrysler-RAM-Fiat products on the list. Surprised the VW Jetta 1.8T is on that list. That being said I'm not versed with CR methodologies in the overall evaluation...
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    Re: Bought a 2014 Silverado Z71

    Thanks for the humor Jake as it might lighten things up around here......
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    Re: Reminder - Cost of Ownership of Gas vs Diesel

    Four 3/4 ton trucks are in this study and only the Ford Gas came out as lower cost to own in large part because of the Ford diesel reputation still dogs the resale value. Otherwise Chevy, GMC, & Ram...
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    Re: Reminder - Cost of Ownership of Gas vs Diesel

    Garandman - I had not idea that the Cruze came in diesel. Nice looking car.....Congrats!
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    Re: Reminder - Cost of Ownership of Gas vs Diesel

    Here's more of the details ..... http://www.umtri.umich.edu/sites/default/files/UMTRI.TCO_.Final_.Report.06.24.13.Final_.pdf .....Gary
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    Reminder - Cost of Ownership of Gas vs Diesel

    I know that we keep rediscussing the gas vs diesel vehicle costs from time to time so just wanted to add the recent 2013 Univ of Michigan report for reference ....... Diesel vehicles save owners...
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    Re: Walk Behind String Trimmer ??

    Late to this party but my spouse purchased a Husqvarna HWT625. It has been a great workhorse but it has it limitations. It uses precut trimmer line that is easily changed when needed but to be honest...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    $10 from Amazon.
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Quick picture of kevlar gloves that are new versus those that have seen ~400 metal posts.
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    A new vineyard in the same town. The tool is new to me and looking forward to testing it within the month. If works as well as I think it can then others in our area are likely to adopt it over...
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    I have a Braun vineyard weeder that has an...

    I have a Braun vineyard weeder that has an electric over hydraulic safety switch.
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    JimRB - I was all set to buy a Gesipa Firefly through McMaster Carr but they would only sell me what they carry in the catalog eventhough Gesipa USA said McMaster Carr had access to it. Well I did...
  79. Re: Winterizing sprayer - RV antifreeze in lines ok?

    Not sure what sprayer you have but the instructions that came with my Rears said to first get most of the water out, follow with antifreeze through the system, and then leave it in place until next...
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    Re: Looking for rear blade with hydraulic angle

    I'm with MtnVR on this one. I have found my Land Pride RBT40 series to be a great blade and I think the RBT35s are terrific as well. Mine does have the hydraulic offset and angle with a ratchet for...
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. So if I understand this correctly some rivnut tools cannot torque ss rivnuts enough to get a secure attachment?
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    Thank you like2wheel for the suggestion on well-nuts. There is a large boat parts supplier(Defender) near me that has these with ss nuts. I shall stop by there to see if they have a size that works...
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    oosik - Is yours a rivet nut tool or a pop - riveting tool?
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    Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    I do have a marine grade outlet that has a waterproof housing that requires 2 screws through metal to hold it in place. Initially I thought about direct sheet metal screws with some sort of rust...
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    Can Anyone Recommend a Rivet Nut Tool ?

    I'm considering using a rivet nut to fasten brackets and a DC outlet to my tractor sheet metal. Does anyone have a good rivet nut tool to recommend? Thank you, Gary
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Update - The Lamont leather gloves mentioned above got a cut within 4 hrs of use. The less expensive rubberized kevlar gloves are performing well so far.
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    Re: T Post Drivers

    With all of these drivers it is important to assess height of starting post, where the trigger mechanism is, and how tightly the guide holds the post. I should have mentioned that I'm in the middle...
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    Re: T Post Drivers

    Tried the bucket method without the pounder(T post holder) you show and was not able to get vineyard posts in by pushing. If you have no rocks and soft ground I think that gizmo would be a good...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Two Bit - Yes I have. The large blows tend to bend post tops unless you have a chuck exactly fitted for the post profile. I went for the multiple fast blow style as it tends to move rocks out of the...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Picture of the post pounder hooked up to the tractor...

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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Picture of the gloves I have used this summer. The top 2 are Ace brand and the bottom 2 are TSC store bought. It is always the left that rips up so I have a lot of right spares. The Aces rip at the...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    Gary & Two Bit - The posts are 8ft to start with which means the Atlas Copco hydraulic pounder handles are at 9ft. I'm not that tall. There is not a chuck that is shaped like the post profile for...
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    Re: For those retired....what do you enjoy most?

    I wouldn't say we are retired but just starting a career change. Volunteering has to be at the top of the list. Both my spouse and myself volunteer year round at a state facility for developmentally...
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    Re: Jinman's Lift Project

    Thanks to an email from TBN I was able to catch this thread. The work you guys did truly made my day. The skills, teamwork, and effort are remarkable. Congrats on a job well done.

    Jinman I hope...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    I appreciate all the replies thus far. Based on the responses I have on order for delivery tomorrow are a pair of the inexpensive rubberized kevlar gloves and a padded Lamont cowhide front and fabric...
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    Re: My Working Gloves Suck !

    The metal line posts that I've been putting in for about 3 weeks are like what you see for sign posts with metal edges. Here's a pic of them ... Trellising Division of Spec Hardware - Vineyard...
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    My Working Gloves Suck !

    For the past several years I have been going through cowhide, deerskin, & other animal skin gloves for all kinds of land work on the farm. I probably have 4 sets of gloves in my truck with all sorts...
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    Re: Frustrated with JD

    Tom - Sorry to hear about your experience at the JD dealership. Even if the salesman is not getting a straight delivery date from JD parent, this happened to me, the person you interface with should...
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    Re: How Old is Your Tool Box?

    George - Is that a 12v outlet on the box or some kind of "shock" locking system?.....Gary
  100. Re: Battery Explosion & Other Following Electrical Issues

    Received a picture back from my buddy and it shows one of the fuses was fried. He didn't make any comment to go with the pic. He's often short on words. Hopefully he checks his charging system next...
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