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  1. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Then maybe my next step when/if I break these is to retrofit to chain. Eyebolts/hoist rings on either end and a locking carabiner for quick adjustment might be the most durable setup....
  2. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Lol yeah my camera hand isn't very steady.

    If this retrofit breaks then I'm fabbing up stabilizers from scratch out of something beefy. Probably square tubing on a ball bushing is the direction...
  3. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Finally got around to doing the retrofit. About 45 minutes start to finish for the job. Cut off the existing pins with the chop saw, trip through the drill press for both, the assembly. Used grade...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    Cost probably depends on what fraction they're using for it and if it was previously a waste product. If you're already making $ off part of a product and throwing part away, which is by definition...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    The fact that it's PAO. Poly Alpha Olefin is a specific organic chemical configuration. At some point the powers that be at API said "yay verily anything made out of PAO is Group IV" and that...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    I ask the question, why does it matter what it's made out of? The question I would ask is "does it meet my performance requirements?" The performance is what matters in the end.



    I think it's...
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    Re: GM, Dodge and Ford engine sizing in the past

    I've had this discussion with my grandfather. Stuff used to be easier to fix which was a good thing because it needed repairing 5X as often.

    I'm 32 years old, been driving since 15, a big chunk...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    I always thought the geometry difference required a little more clearance between rods, lifters, valves, etc. An oil that maintains viscosity and "stays put" a little better could counteract tick...
  9. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Holidays plus a sick kid have slowed me down. Hope to get the retrofit done Saturday....
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    Re: France getting rid of diesel cars.

    If the French want to be stupid in a way that lowers diesel demand, and thus price, why stop 'em :p
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    I always thought that tick was valve train noise. Could be wrong about that though...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    Group IV is a specific chemical definition based on the feed stock for the sythesis. Just because they're sythesizing petroleum from NG doesn't necessarily mean that it will be a Group IV oil. I...
  13. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    It is the same piece. Fits perfectly in the remaining piece of the old stabilizer. My thought is that it appears the different locations of the rotation axes of the old design can result in a bind...
  14. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    It is the same piece. Fits perfectly in the remaining piece of the old stabilizer. My thought is that it appears the different locations of the rotation axes of the old design can result in a bind...
  15. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    you'd be amazed at how much guys with degrees use the TLAR method. I do it nearly every day :laughing:
  16. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Yah, I don't think there's a wrong way to do it really. Being the engineer that I am I tend to over think things sometimes...
  17. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Here's the existing stabilizer bracket.
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    Here's the existing "pin and plate" setup that I broke.

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    Here's the new stabilizer bar and the old bracket

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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Whats worse is the Brits had already done all the design work, it just had to be rolled into our production lines. They sank the upgunned M4 along with delaying the M-26 Pershing with it's 90mm gun....
  19. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Based on my research the ID of that ball bushing is odd for a stabilizer. It's 3/4" which fits a Cat 1 top link pin, but nothing else. Cat 0 draw pins are 5/8 and Cat 1 draw pins are 7/8. Not...
  20. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Yep, I noted the geometry issues when I was mulling it over this morning. I'm leaning towards just doing a pin replacement with the existing plate at this point. I think it has a higher probability...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Canada is a whole different ball game. Different strategies, different missions, different budgets, etc etc. Not being terribly familiar with those from the perspective of Canada I'll refrain from...
  22. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Looking at the tractor, the original plate mounts to the back of the axle housing while the ball bushing plate appears to mount to the bottom. From all appearances it might be easier to just fab up...
  23. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    More information at hand now. I can confirm that the ball bushing part will fit the other half of the existing stabilizer. It will not however fit to the tractor. The ID of the bushing is too...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Look back at some of our most successful weapons systems of the last 40 years, and you'll see the same types of arguments used over and over and over again. If people making your argument won out,...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Single engine reliability is a legit issue the Navy has raised. With long overwater operations with no place to land they're squirly about not possible engine failures. Same thing with Canada and...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    And lose 6 pilots to go along with those F-18s? Not the best plan in the world. As odd as it sounds its easier to ramp up an assembly line than it is to train pilots. Training pilots is a multi...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    There's a lot more that goes into those decisions than just "hey we'll save some $ in fuel costs." You're adding an item to inventory so there's procurement costs associated with it, logistics...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Be careful about assuming that something has been evaluated and found lacking because it's prohibited from use. In all probability, being prohibited means it has NOT been evaluated. DoD defaults to...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Be careful about assuming that something has been evaluated and found lacking because it's prohibited from use. In all probability, being prohibited means it has NOT been evaluated. DoD defaults to...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    Oh yeah, somebody has looked at it for sure. Army Reg 70-12 that governs fuel usage references ASTM D975 specification for commercial diesel for ground vehicles.
    ...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    As someone who works in military procurement, I can tell you that's not really how it works any more. Rigid Mil specs were thrown out the window some years ago and replaced with more flexible Mil...
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    Re: Antifreeze Question Tap water vs distilled

    Unless it's swimming pool concentrations I wouldn't be worried. That's the only place I've ever seen it have a dramatic effect with aluminum chloride chrystals popping out everywhere....
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    Re: geothermal questions and possible DIY

    The house we just built, I couldn't justify the cost of a geothermal system with the construction budget we had. Ended up going with a variable speed unit from Carrier that was only about 10% more...
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    Re: Favorite Diesel Fuel Additives

    In the engineering world we don't call it anecdotal evidence, we call it "anecdotal waste of my time" because we can't do a flippin thing with it...
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    Re: Antifreeze Question Tap water vs distilled

    Chlorine can corrode aluminum pretty severely but the concentrations in tap water probably aren't high enough to cause any real issues.
  36. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Parts are in. Hope to get them installed this weekend.
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    Re: Watts to Horsepower

    The ratings could also vary based on the difference between peak and RMS voltage in AC electricity
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    Re: Are tractors with cabs becoming the norm?

    I thought I wanted cab but realized before I bought that being an office cube monkey all week, I enjoy being in the fresh air, hot, cold or whatever...
  39. Re: Am I better off getting a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton pickup, for uses described?

    I think a 1/2T will do everything you want.

    Now it may not be a possibility, but another option to consider is the one I went with, namely 2 vehicles. I've got a car for my daily commute and an...
  40. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Welp, I went gung ho cutting yesterday and managed to finish breaking my stabilizer. Got 2 of the ball bushing stabilizers on order so we'll see how they work....
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    When I put my roller back in the last time, I dropped the height a notch. The old 917 cuts really well with it in that position. Short like a finish mower with not quite as good a cut.

    I even...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Probably so. I've just gotten burned before thinking I know better than the guys that came before me. The spacers on my rear roller are a prime example. "WTF do I need this junk for" I say, only...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    I thought about just running 90W gear oil but the manual is really specific about using grease. I hate to think I know better than my fellow engineers that wrote the manual....
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    The old manual for my Ford 917 lists Ford M1C137-A grease for the gear box. After I get the last cut of the year finished, I want to clean out the gear box and put all fresh grease in it. Anybody...
  45. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    It's possible I had mine too loose but I thought I had them tight. I know a fella that blacksmiths. Has a power hammer, oil bath, etc etc. Before I buy any parts I'm gonna give him a crack at...
  46. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Undersized and the fact that it's a piece of flat bar and not a piece of tubing. Flat is not very strong compared to the square tubing on the Mahindra design...
  47. Re: Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    See I managed to bend mine just using the flail mower. Not really doing anything I'd consider hard work. It smells of a bad design. Makes me think the ball bushing version is an improved...
  48. Bent stabilizer. Convert to ball bushing stabilizer?

    Like others I managed to bind up the stabilizer on my Boomer 50/R4047 and bend it.

    Digging through the parts list, it appears as if there's 2 different styles of stabilizer. There's a "pin and...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    It was more plates than washers. Looked like somebody took a torch to some 1/8 plate. But no they're long gone unfortunately.
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Well, had a friend weld up and reinforce the lift links on my mower. Cut's like a champ now.

    My stupid self thinking I know better than the guys that came before me caused other problems though. ...
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    Re: 4041 fuel capcity

    Yerp, I do the same with my Boomer 50/R4047. 9.5 gallon tank but only 5 gallons to go from fumes to nearly full. It's probably the most inaccurate fuel gauge I've ever seen.
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    Re: How much do you insure your tractor for???

    Just insured mine for loan value. It's scheduled property on my homeowners and tacked on a couple hundred a year.
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    Re: Diesel Fuel Lubricity And Additives

    80oz of DK runs about $20. To me the primary draw for DK is the fact it can be had nearly anywhere. Every parts house, gas station, truck stop, wal-mart, and tractor supply has the stuff on the...
  54. Thread: gun rack

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    Re: gun rack

    One of these might work well. Site even has pictures of one mounted on a tractor...

    Vertical Quick Release Shotgun Rifle Gun Mount Models Golf Carts ATV's Hunting and Sporting
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Mainly due to a lack of time. The two outside links have bends in them. Estimating the time to correctly reproduce the part, I just don't think it's worth it to save $60. Time spent in repairs is...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Works great. Took on weeds taller than a man the first time I used it with no issues. Have yet to choke it down. Around 40 pto HP seems to be a good matchup...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    I thini mine has just seen some rough service over the years is all. Even with all the repairs and such I'm still in it for < $1000. Find me a new one for that price not shipped in on a slow boat...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Man, broke the 917 again this past friday. Apparently I'm rough on equipment. Least it failed right at the point I was finishing mowing. Should have a few weeks before it needs it again.

    One...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    I rolled through some weeds that were over a mans head with mine and had no issues. I wouldn't want to use it on brush or saplings though.
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    After 2.5 hours and much profanity the mower is back in action. Fooling with bearings when I have no idea as to the location of my bearing puller is a excercise in frustration. Made worse by the...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    After 2.5 hours and much profanity the mower is back in action. Fooling with bearings when I have no idea as to the location of my bearing puller is a excercise in frustration. Made worse by the...
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    Re: New Holland Boomer

    What I've seen of my '12 model Boomer 50 thus far, there's no issue with the electrical system that couldn't be tracked down with a multi-meter and a little time....
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    Re: RFI from Cree LED bulbs?

    I do too but trying to get the wife to go along is a lost cause. My boy isn't old enough for light switches but I expect he'll be the same. I play a game to see how many lights I have to turn off...
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    Re: RFI from Cree LED bulbs?

    We just finished building a house and I wanted to go all LED, till I started counting light bulbs and realized it was gonna be like $1k even using cheapies. You never realize how many bulbs are in a...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Turns out the rh housing has been supplanted by the bushhog part too. its nearly triple the price at $140. I decided that for that price the old housing was fine until proven otherwise.
  66. Re: If it weren't for TBN, which implements would you NOT have bought?

    Flail mower and all purpose plow.
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    Re: Where does your tractor sleep?

    Mine is sleeping in Bay 2 of the garage at the moment. Figure my car sits outside at work all day so what's the difference if it's sits outside at night. That and the tractor is a lot less...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    The part number NH gives you is 7501260 which corresponds to Tisco part # 47192.

    Backtracking both of those they're listed as replacing 207KRR which is a Fafnir part # which can be cross...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Well I broke it last night. The worn bearing housing gave up the ghost while I was cutting. Looks like the worn through area resulted in a stress concentration that fatigued. Decided to just go...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Well I broke it last night. The worn bearing housing gave up the ghost while I was cutting. Looks like the worn through area resulted in a stress concentration that fatigued. Decided to just go...
  71. Mowing Re: Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later..... and today it was my time

    I had that happen to me with one of those little guinea wasps about 15 years ago. At the time I was 16 and working summers for my grandfather the fence contractor. We had to replace a gate to an...
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    Re: This is how I fuel the tractor

    I picked up a couple of Jegs "utility jugs" that are actually vented with a 1.5" OD nozzle. Takes <30 seconds to drop in 5 gallons of fuel. :D
  73. Mowing Re: Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later..... and today it was my time

    I got nailed fueling the truck this past weekend. Seemed like every time I was on the tractor or skid steer I had 3 or 4 big ugly nasty looking red wasps bird dogging me but I never could find the...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Ran the mower all day yesterday. Cuts much better with fresh blades. Even ran across some rocks and trash and didn't lose a single blade. The only thing about is it tends to miss tall skinny weed...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Uh I'm confused. I've got a Ford 917. Model on the tag is 22-183



    Could probably hold them in place with a welding clamp the way the rotor is configured.

    Guess I'll see how it cuts...
  76. Thread: LS tractors?

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    Re: LS tractors?

    I've got a New Holland Boomer 50 which badge engineered LS R4047 and I've got nothing but good to say thus far. We spent 14 solid hours saturday resculping my yard for drainage and sod and it never...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Well, no pics because I was pressed for time but you really don't need any or any instructions really. The 917 is idiot proof as far as I can tell. It's two blades (Y style) and one hanger, link,...
  78. Thread: LSD or ULSD

    by nova3930
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    Re: LSD or ULSD

    I guess you've never seen Apocalypse Now...

    http://youtu.be/k26hmRbDQFw
  79. Thread: LSD or ULSD

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    Re: LSD or ULSD

    Do you smell that? It's diesel fuel son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of diesel fuel in the morning. It smells like....victory.... :D
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    Re: New to me Boomer 50

    Guess I gotta post pics. Only one I have from when it was delivered and storming rain...

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  81. Re: Daedong L3502D: Reconditioned tractors selling for $10,995...worth it?

    Think I'd probably look around for a good used model from a known brand before I'd do that. I gave $17k delivered from GA for my Boomer 50 HST (no FEL) with 184 hours on it and 58 of the 60 months...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    That's nifty. Wish I had my shop built so I'd have a place to work. As it stands I'm lucky to just be in the new house. Got the thing blocked up with hunts of 6x6 at near max height on the 3 point....
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    Re: I hate new fuel cans so here is what I did.

    I got a couple of these from Jegs

    JEGS 5-Gallon Utility Jugs - Free Shipping on All Orders @ JEGS

    They're most definitely not intended for fuel but.... ;)
  84. Thread: LS XR4046

    by nova3930
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    Price Check Re: LS XR4046

    I just picked up a used New Holland Boomer 50 which is basically an R4047 and I'm mucho impressed thus far.
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    All new hardware on the way from flailmaster. Hangers, links, blades, everything. Figured if I was gonna work on it I may as well work it over completely.
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    I'll do my best. I blocked it up and crawled under tonight and it doesn't look all that hard. May be time consuming with 33 nuts and bolts but not hard. Probably bust out the corded drill to see if...
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    New to me Boomer 50

    I had researched and researched prior to buying and thought I was getting a Mahindra 4035, then I stumbled on a 12 model lease turn in Boomer 50 with 184 on the clock and 58 of the original 60 months...
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Make that 10 of 33. May as well get all new ones at this point considering some of the ones left are very worn
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    Flail Mower Re: Let's talk flail mowers

    Got my new to me Boomer 50 Friday. Hooked up the flail this afternoon and ran a couple test runs. Noticed it cutting like crap. Take a look underneath and I'm missing something like 7 of the 33...
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    Buying Advice Re: Overwhelmed by options

    As of today, right this second, it's primarily because when the gubment mandated the switch to ultra-low sulphur, suddenly the diesel we produce cheaply in the US was legal to sell in the Euro market...
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    Re: Running Welders off Generators

    LOL, I'm not too proud to admit when it's time to pay the man rather than fumble through as an amateur, even if payment is a frosty adult beverage.
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    Re: Running Welders off Generators

    Oh it was. I'm no master welder, not by a long shot, but prior to I could always strike and weld metal with a 6013. The things are darn near idiot proof even if they don't penetrate well.

    But I...
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    Re: Running Welders off Generators

    You just confirmed what I had suspected but had never properly investigated. Even a 1/8" 6013 is a nightmare to get to strike on the generator and has even worse penetration than normal. Plug it...
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    Re: Running Welders off Generators

    I can't speak in general, but specifically I have yet to be able to get a good penetrating weld on anything with my older coleman 7.5kw generator and the old miller thunderbolt buzzbox I have.
  95. Thread: Mahindras?

    by nova3930
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    Re: Mahindras?

    After cross shopping Deere, CNH, Kubota, LS and Mahindra I'm picking up a 4035PST here in the near future. Great bang for the buck and it helps to have a solid dealer less than 10 minutes from my...
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    Re: Diesel Fuel Lubricity And Additives

    Dieselhead friend of mine turned me on to the report in the op a long time ago. At the time the best combination of effectiveness and ready availability was DieselKleen. Basically been using it in...
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    Re: Fill me in on the turbochargers

    I can't tell you if they're any good or not but Fredericks sure does have a lot of 'em on the lot over there. Pretty neat dealer setup they've got too. Worth going in to look even if you don't buy...
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    Re: Fill me in on the turbochargers

    I'd imagine what they mean is no extended idling. Combustion temps are somewhat lower in a diesel at idle, contributing to particulate production and the particulates are what clog the EGR as I...
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    Re: Fill me in on the turbochargers

    Whether they say to or not, always letting your turbo cool down is a "best practice".

    A big problem in the early days of gasoline turbo cars was people not letting the turbo cool. They stop the...
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    Re: Fill me in on the turbochargers

    I'm an aero engineer and not a mechanical so I didn't deep dive combustion engines, but I did have them as part of my propulsion coursework and this statement is not entirely true. The mixture in a...
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