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  1. Buying Advice Re: Tips and Guidelines before buying a Zero Turn Mower

    I have a John Deere. Hard to be much happier. It has the stamped deck and pretty much seems indestructible.
  2. Thread: New Cutter

    by MESSMAKER
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    Rotary Cutter Re: New Cutter

    Just mow over them again and wait a while. 75% of your problem will be gone.
  3. Thread: NEW Member

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    Re: NEW Member

    Welcome. Lot of people have 335. I have 225 and would like to have the extra power that yours offers.Hope you like it.
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    Re: Honda quad question

    Take your time. Get to know it well. I can't tell you how many people who thought that a quad was a ton safer than a dirt bike, and ended up hurt. A 4 wheeler is heavy and can do damage. I am not...
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    Re: Tractor size question

    37 acres is not a huge tract. Lots of people around here farmed with a 35hp 2wd tractor. You would need at least that much, but 75 horsepower is overkill in my opinion. A hydro saps a bit of power...
  6. Buying Advice Re: My nephew's first "tractor" (He's almost 3)

    I am thinking only one company make a tractor. I think it is Power Wheels. Daughters had one. It was just fine.
  7. Re: Why are 60" ZTRs so much more popular than 72"

    72" mower is about 74" wide. Most trailers are no more than 78" wide. Loading it can be a real pain, unloading is worse.
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    Re: Impact screw drivers?

    I have used a bunch of impacts. They all work, and work well. Some have longer lasting batteries than others, but they are all good. Buy by price,loyalty,or brand. You will be fine. Great tool.
  9. Tractor Sizing Re: I would like your opinion on what size and brand tractor is for me.

    I think you might need two tractors. A medium size with a loader that is more nimble and a larger older tractor to power the baler and maybe pull a cutter. If hay is your main thing, make sure you...
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    Posthole Digger Re: Post Hole Digger Cart

    those are some of the best I have seen.
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    Re: Hitch 'N Plow

    I would think a rear facing camera would be necessary to use.
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    Re: craftsman gt 3000

    The tiller is worth about as much as the tractor. I have not seen the condition, but I would think that is top dollar. That tractor was only about $2000 new.
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    Re: craftsman gt 3000

    Father in law had one.I would guess it was bought about ten years ago. It was decent. Deck was on the lightweight side. It also had the hand control for the hydro. I did not care for that. It ended...
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    Re: 2016 Nissan Titan

    It sure does, but it is a good looking truck. If it is nice inside and drives like it looks, it should do fine. I have always thought that Nissan made good driving vehicles.
  15. Re: Lady needs help-advice for 4 wheel drive riding lawn mower

    Good or bad , It would take forever to mow your property with a mower this small. You need a fast HD mower with a big deck. ZTR would be faster but a tractor like the John Deere would provide much...
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    Re: Help with chosing rotary mower size

    Excellent choice.That is a fine cutter at a great price.
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    Re: Help with chosing rotary mower size

    I would consider the cutter from ETA. I have looked it over and it looks very solid. It is priced right,as well. I would prefer it have a tube type single post tail wheel but the majority of smaller...
  18. Re: Do you regularly start your diesel tractor as maintenance?

    Looks like it does not really matter. Some are starting, some are not. Nobody is having problems either way. I think I will keep a trickle charger on it and start it if I feel like it, or not.
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    Re: Pay the lawn guy or buy a zero turn mower ?

    Most lawn services charge about a dollar per minute. Example:90 minutes to do the job. $90 bill done 4 times a month would equal $360 a month. Not out of bounds at all.
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    Re: Help with chosing rotary mower size

    I have the same power tractor. Get a five foot. It will be fine 95% of the time and it is almost a perfect match for your wheelbase.
  21. Buying Advice Re: Tips and Guidelines before buying a Zero Turn Mower

    Horse farms everywhere around me. Scag rules. They claim they take more punishment and break down less, but I believe other brands are just about as good.
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    Re: Must remove the hitch?

    Should we fold in the mirrors when we park as well?:rolleyes:
  23. Buying Advice Re: Tips and Guidelines before buying a Zero Turn Mower

    Kubota,Hustler,Exmark,John Deere,Scag make great stuff. Some Husqavarna and Cub Cadets,Toros and most big box mowers should be avoided or at least expected to be a short time(5 years or so) fix.
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    Re: Where Are The Best Prices On New Trailers?

    I can speak for KY. Lots of choices at good prices here.
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    Re: Grab Hook Installation

    I can see both good and bad with that design. It is quick to hook up and easy to adjust. The problem would arise when you had to tilt your bucket in order to perform a task. The chains might slide...
  26. Thread: Work Shoes?

    by MESSMAKER
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    Re: Work Shoes?

    Other than something like "Muckboots" I suspect you are out or luck. Leather is pretty much the material of choice for work boots. You might find something more on the athletic side of things that...
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    Re: More compact tractor questions!

    Maybe the answer is to rent or hire it done rater than buy more machine than you will need in the future.
  28. Thread: Work Shoes?

    by MESSMAKER
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    Re: Work Shoes?

    I think it helps to not wear your boots every day. If you buy a new pair before your old is completely shot, you can rotate a bit and I think it helps them to last.it just keeps the insides from...
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    Re: SmartStraps Tie Downs

    I have chains as well as straps. I use straps most of the time. I get them at Tractor Supply and replace them every 2 years, but I use them a lot.
  30. Thread: Work Shoes?

    by MESSMAKER
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    Re: Work Shoes?

    Redwings are good but so are a bunch of others. Redwing is just better known. Carolina,Doc Martin,Georgia,Thorogood,Chippewa and Danner are just as good as long as you don't cheap out. Merrill and...
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    Re: New farm owners: CUT or UT?

    Nothing wrong with a utility tractor but probably not necessary. Don't need a 7 foot cutter for 15 acres. A 5 footer should be plenty. You can mow everything you have in a days time. Round bales can...
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    Re: More compact tractor questions!

    A 48" tractor and steep hills sounds kinda scary!!!!!
    I think I might look at other options. My tractor is about 60 inches wide and can get tippy in a hurry.
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    Re: What Size Box Blade?

    5 foot
  34. Thread: battery

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    Re: battery

    Last time I looked, Wal-Mart batteries are about the cheapest.
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    Re: Chevy rear end brush cutter

    Would not be good for anything rough. Might work otherwise.
  36. Thread: Harrow

    by MESSMAKER
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    Quick Hitches Re: Harrow

    My dad raised and soldn horses and mules for farming. I am sorry to say, I have spent some very long days on one of those.
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    Re: Starting a tractor by spinning the PTO

    Not something I will ever do, but good to know.
    That was not a true "redneck" . His stunt was not preceded by "hey guys, watch this".
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    Re: Help identifying older Bush hog

    The body of the unit looks an International Agri- tech but the 3 pt hitch and tail wheels don't look right.Those parts look like a HD Kodiak. It looks like a nice cutter.
  39. Re: Are These Trailer Ramps OK for a Kubota BX25D?

    Should be no problem. I take my tractor and zero turn up ramps like that.
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    Re: Advice needed on fixing a badly rutted road

    Some people add a "deadman" or a small speed bump running across the road to turn the water before a rut can start. It works well, but it limits travel speed.
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    Re: Case Farmall DX33 vs Kubota L3800

    I think i would go with the Kubota. It is pretty much loved by all. It has been around long enough to work all the bugs out.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: 305 Bush Hog 5'

    I understand that the Bushog is a great unit. I have seen the King Kutter and it looks like a fine unit. KK gets taken down by the performance of their standard duty cutter. It is fine, but not great...
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    Re: Consumer Reports drops 7 vehicles

    I filled out the form for 20 years. I assumed they reported correctly. You can get lemons from the best list and fine cars from the wost of them but that is not the way to bet. I would take their...
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    Re: FEL Tree Trimmer

    Exactly!!!!
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    Re: Mowing Pond Dams or the like.

    Fluid filled dual rear tires would make a riding mower almost impossible to flip, I would think.
  46. Comparison Re: I'm looking to buy a nwe tractor for my landscaping business. help

    Kubota L38000, Kioti ck35,JD 3520 all would be good. Good weight for moving dirt. Not too heavy to haul. I don't know if I have a strong preference on brand. I would not go too small.
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    Loader Re: Where can I find the 6TL loader pin specs?

    Why???
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    Tractor Sizing Re: Tractor size advice needed

    If you restrict your round bale moving to the 3 point hitch, a 3,000 lb tractor should do what you need. Hydro trans., loader and 4 wheel drive are very nice.You won't believe how much you will use...
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    Re: Bush Hog help

    Sounds like a good idea. How do you attach the chains to the stump jumper. Remove the blades and bolt the chains on?
  50. Buying Advice Re: I just signed the paper on a house with 14+ acres, need advice

    I think the two machine plan is the best. You could go a long way with a small compact tractor with a loader,finish mower and bushog, but You will be changing implements a lot. A new tractor and a...
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    Re: Tires to get??

    well said!
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    Re: E.T.A. 60" brush cutter

    That is a good looking cutter. It is on my short list. Let us know what you think of yours after you have used it for a while.
  53. Re: Best tool for cleaning radiator while mowing.

    I put a foam AC filter in front of the radiator. I just stop and pull it out and knock the debris off. It takes no time at all.
  54. Thread: cutting edge

    by MESSMAKER
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    Front-End Loader Re: cutting edge

    I hate to be the guy that answers a question with a question but, why a cutting edge instead of a tooth bar. I do similar sort of work and I keep a tooth bar on 90% of the time and frequently wonder...
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    Re: Pulling Trees and Stuff

    Maybe I don't understand but why can't you just hook a chain to the drawbar mount, or does one not exist? I would think the sub-frame mount would have something you could get a chain around.
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    Re: ck25 hst pedal

    My tractor is a re badged Kioti so I thought they would be similar. My tractor has a return spring on each end as I recall. I know you don't want to hear it but, I think you may have an internal...
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    Buying Advice Re: What do I need?

    Something about the size of a 5 series John Deere garden tractor would be a good place to start. I would not go smaller. It will power a 5 foot deck and pull a trailer of a thousand pounds without...
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    Re: Chevy vs Ford for work truck

    Dodge is not so cheap in my neck of the woods. Chevy is usually lowest with Ram and ford fighting for top dollar depending on option package. Not much difference in the bunch. They are all high.
    I...
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    Re: ck25 hst pedal

    I have had to replace the shaft. It broke flush with the housing. It is possible. I had the lazy pedal from time to time before the replacement, but it does not seem to be a problem any more.
    Is...
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    Re: ck25 hst pedal

    I still think there is a grease fitting below the floorboard.
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    Re: c225 fuel guage sticking

    Both times i have removed the sending unit, the motion involved freed the float before it was totally removed.
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    Buying Advice Re: CountyLineď˝® Rotary Cutter, 5 ft.

    Good thing about the Chinese gearbox is you can replace for about$200. I get about 400-500 hours out of them and I cut some pretty tough stuff.
  63. Re: best way to treat wood truck and trailer floors?

    Works well
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    Re: Building a bookcase question

    He is absolutely right on the choice of poplar. A joy to work with and it paints up very well.
  65. Buying Advice Re: Need new or newer compact loader/backhoe buying advice-what brand?

    Kubota owns the market around here.
  66. Comparison Re: which zero turn mower will cut knee high or taller , grass without leaving half u

    With all that has been said, much of which I agree with, come ztr"s are much better than others. You need one with plenty of power, a very large discharge chute and the ability to raise the deck...
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    c225 fuel guage sticking

    If I run my tractor till it is really low on fuel, the gauge sticks. If I remove the sending unit. It just pops loose and acts fine. It works fine until the next time. Any ideas.
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    Re: Most reliable tractors in the 30-40Hp range

    How did the drawbar hitch KEEP falling off.
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    Re: can I do it with my tractor?

    I would add a drag to the equation. Just a couple logs or RR timbers chained together will work. Wrap some fencing around them and you can get a little cutting action. Harrows are also handy, but you...
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    Re: Building a bookcase question

    Either will work. Either will sag if it is wide enough and is supporting much weight. A 1x2 strip on the front of shelf will help the sagging problem as will a center support. Faced plywood is my...
  71. Re: Maybe a little OT, how do you sharpen your ax?

    Most of the time, just use a file. Flap wheel on grinder works too. Don't need a super fine edge in an axe. The steel is usually too soft to support it.
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    Re: CT 230 Won't Go

    Sounds like it may be in Hi range. I would focus on the shifter.
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    Re: bobcat brush cutter

    I think that"s right. I know they made the loaders. Rhino is good stuff, but not inexpensive.
  74. Re: How would you fix this. (I DONT HAVE A WELDER)

    Probably one of those thing to have done. I think it may be a bigger job than it looks. A less than perfect job may haunt you for years every time you use it. You could get it fixed by a pro here for...
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    Buying Advice Re: Newbie Tractor Owner Here

    Not sure that you might be better with a used tractor for snow and other stuff and a good fast ZTR to mow with. You would probably save at least 30 min per mowing.
    That is maybe 25 hours a year. A...
  76. Thread: What color

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    Re: What color

    I thought the Workmaster is an LS in N.H. garb.
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    Re: bobcat brush cutter

    King Kutter is a good choice unless you are getting into rough stuff on uneven ground. A-frame and tail wheel is not the strongest. It will cut better than most on open grassland. bobcat model will...
  78. Re: new or used rotary cutter and expected prices?

    I think a 6 foot unit would be perfect. Might be able to get away with a 7 footer, but it will strain it. Sounds like pretty easy stuff, but thick grass is as tough to cut as anything. Should be able...
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    Re: Rust on Bobcat CT230

    It just seems that rust shows up more on a white machine. The one negative to a white machine or vehicle.
  80. Re: Bush Hogging HOW-TO VIDEO With THE ETA 60" BRUSH CUTTER & Our New Video Tractor!!

    Good to see it mowing some real world stuff. Looks good. I think it is on my short list.
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    Re: What size auger do you use?

    Most around here use a 12 inch. It lets you use different size post. It is easier to tamp the post in tightly as well.
  82. Thread: Ls vs kioti

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    Re: Ls vs kioti

    It seems the loss on a Kioti machine is almost always more than the other guys.
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    Re: What to use in Ballast box

    I think I among the side of loaded tires and a box blade. You can always add some wight to your box blade if needed. I can't imagine the compactness being more of a value than the unbelievable...
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    Price Check Re: New Bobcat CT230

    I forgot to include a loader in my guess, so it is at least a couple thousand low.
    There is a seller on the web selling near new bobcats out of California for a very good price.Freight might spoil...
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    Price Check Re: New Bobcat CT230

    I would think around 10-11 grand.
    I don't think they made a 13 model.
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    Anybody replaced a battery yet

    Mine is going on 5 years old and is still going strong. It seems a s strong as day one. Anybody hit the wall yet?
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Rotary mower recommendations

    Money will play into your decision. A 6 foot mower will be waaaay cheaper than a twin spindle or a batwing??. 20 acres is not that much with a 6 foot mower. Knock it out easy in a couple days or...
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    Mowing Re: How to figure Rate Per Hour

    $500+ profit for a day of work is pretty good. I don't think you will do too bad on it. Remember, the first cutting will take longer and be more difficult the those that follow.
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    Re: Farmline 5' DX Cutter Shear bolt?

    I use a 4" grade 2, 1/2" bolt.
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    Re: Brush cutter ID

    The answer may involve a new set of regular blades, a torch and a drill.
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    Re: Brush cutter ID

    Never seen one like that. It is interesting. Take the blade off and match it up. A large amount of cutters use the same type blade.

    i took a closer look at the second photo. You may be in for...
  92. Thread: Which one?

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    Re: Which one?

    I would think either an x360 or x500.
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    Re: Opinions on this Bush Hog

    Metal looks straight. Nothing wrong with grease. Damage could have been done before grease was added, but they could have put in new seals and you would be in the same shape. I suspect that most of...
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    Re: New member needing advice

    Five acres is not going to produce enough hay to pay for your equipment. Just cut it and buy the hay you need. Buy the small tractor and use the money you save to rent some big stuff when you need...
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    Re: John Deere M655 parts Aftermarket?

    I ran into the same thing. I looked for options for about a week. I was about to give up when I found a site that mentioned that the M665 was based on a Toro model . I don,t remember the model(700...
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    Re: CT230 - Won't turn over

    I have that happen a couple times a year. First time, I was in the middle of nowhere. It started raining about 5 min after tractor stopped. Not my best day.
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    Re: Looking for Rotary Mower Chain Guards

    I made chain guards without a welder. I bought a tub of chain from Harbor Freight and a piece of angle and a bag of nuts and bolts from Tractor supply. I drilled holes about every inch on the angle....
  98. Rotary Cutter Re: Fred Cain Agri Cutter AC-203 Rotary Cutter

    Fred Cain Equipment is located in Danville,KY. I suspect a call to them would fix you up.
  99. Re: How much to charge for clearing light to small brush off of a 1.8 acre lot?

    People sometimes balk at a by the hour price, but it works. Sometimes a job goes better than expected. The land owner wins. The only way to flat rate quote it is to figure out what you think it will...
  100. Re: How much to charge for clearing light to small brush off of a 1.8 acre lot?

    I would think a min. of $75 per hour. I would also charge a hauling charge to move equipment.You probably will need to stay while it burns so you will get several hours out of the job. Some of the...
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