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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I thought I'd share a tip for fixing a squashed corrugated steel culvert pipe. I have a lot of customers this year that have purchased RV's and need their driveways widened. This particular pipe was...
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    Re: RoadRunner Grading Scraper

    I agree with Brian. Get the heavier model, you won't regret it. Roadrunner makes probably the best LPGS out there. On their testimonials page you'll see a comment by Yellow Dog Services. Yellowdog is...
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    Re: Hydrolocked New Holland TC35D

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Marines Going to Hollow Point Bullets

    Dan, funny you mentioned the 45 "arch." If I recall correctly, I believe it was in one of Hickok45's videos that either 45acp or Colt rounds can be seen doing the "arch" down range to his big gong.
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    Re: Marines Going to Hollow Point Bullets

    I'm for anything that gives our side the advantage, but I believe the US military has been using gelatin to evaluate bullet performance for quite awhile. The old "One Stop Shot" theory is a bit...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    The weather guru said we "might" get a couple of showers before 2PM today. Well, I'd say more than a couple of showers. I have two 40" deep x six foot wide drainage ditches that feed my pond. One of...
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    Re: 110 TLB Grapple choice

    Keep in mind that you don't necessarily need a grapple wide enough to cover your wheel width. That will help on weight. You also don't need a grapple that will stand up to a high horsepower CTL. I'd...
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    Re: 110 TLB Grapple choice

    It sounds like you're looking for more of a rock grapple design....
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    Re: Fae blew a motor seal

    Good luck with the repair YD. All the rain we've been having is both a blessing and a curse. I haven't been able to get more than a couple days a week for a month now. It's just too stinking wet.
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    Re: Whats everyone do for a living?!?

    I spend my days chasing perfection and forcing water to run downhill. It's a never ending battle.
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    Re: Working in the dealership

    Congrats Brian! You're not going to let your hands get all milk toast though, right? :D
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    Re: First Snake of the year

    You can't fix stupid, but apparently you can bite it!
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    Re: Does anybody buy ammo online?

    I shop ammo at gun-deals.com - User-Submitted Gun & Ammunition Deals.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    :eek:
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thank you Pixguy.

    I woke up earlier this morning to the sound of thunder, hail and then heavy rain. It's good for business but it's really getting old. Our pond is full though!
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    Re: Hydrolocked New Holland TC35D

    I still think it's one of the injectors not closing all of the way or something with the pump. I suggest pulling the injectors and having them checked. You could buy all new injectors and still have...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    My wife had a giggle over that comment!
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    Re: Hydrolocked New Holland TC35D

    Gman, the OP has another thread going here http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/new-holland-ag-tractors/335716-hydrolocked-new-holland-tc35d.html. If we can keep the comments over on the other thread...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    My back did what it always does...I woke up this morning with zero pain. Like it never happened. I think it's been too much inactivity and then hitting work like I always do. I took six weeks off to...
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    Re: Hydrolocked New Holland TC35D

    Mine is at 3000 hrs with the original injectors. I did have the pump rebuilt, but it was for o-rings leaking externally.

    I know that it will make a bunch of racket on restart if it runs out of...
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    Re: Hydrolocked New Holland TC35D

    No way you could bend rods turning the engine over with a wrench, so you can rule that one out. It sounds like you either have an injector stuck open or the seal between the injector pump and...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

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    A man's got to know when to say when.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I had back surgery in 1999 which relieved my sciatic pain, but I still have a couple of disc-on-disc spot that bother me from time to time. Right now it's the muscles hip to hip across the back. Much...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks Murph! I appreciate it.

    My back started acting up today so I barely squeezed out 7 hrs in the CTL before I had to call it quits. My wife rubbed it out with some Two Old Goats lotion and it...
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    Re: Moisture under dash (gauges)

    There's your answer. My New Holland's gauges fog up all of the time. After it rains the left blinker comes on by itself and stays like that for a few hours too. It's had both quirks for the last 3000...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    After getting 3" of rain Saturday night I started on the mudbog today. This job is right behind the campground I mulched and built last summer. It's at the lowest elevation in the neighborhood. A...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    It's been a "try to beat the rain" spring for sure.

    On this project I graded out a few triaxle loads of fill dirt to build a horse trailer parking area and widened the driveway, then spread out a...
  28. Re: Homemade tractor universal grader/scraper gr-250 prototype

    Youtube Sixdogs...Youtube! Just kidding, of course. I wish I had his fab skills. I have a grading blade design I'd love to have BFreaky build for me, since it would no doubt turn out even better...
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    Re: Gravel Road Grading

    I recommend a minimum of 6" of gravel over the geo. You'll lose 1" to 1.5" in thickness with compaction.
  30. Re: EA Land leveler for driveway, comments please

    I hear you on that one. When I lived in Acton, I used to use tree rings to hold in a bit of water to help soften the ground so I could dig a hole. Fill up the rings, go to lunch, and hope for the...
  31. Re: EA Land leveler for driveway, comments please

    For the difference in price, it's better to have them and only need them once than not have them at all. You can't build a LPGS too heavy (within reason). Scarifiers and the extra steel adds more...
  32. Re: EA Land leveler for driveway, comments please

    I agree. I prefer the reversible cutting edges too. What I would like to see on a landplane are hydraulic rippers like this. Even a handle operated system would be great.
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    I'd also like to...
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    Yes, using pyramid technology works, but time is money for those of us that make our living in construction. But then again...I've seen a few of past posts bagging on contractors, so I shouldn't be...
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    Not my Dad's idea, but a great one. I had that thread bookmarked from a previous search. Most of my Dad's ideas involved bugger welding, baling wire and duct tape! :laughing:
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    If you work a lot by yourself, a laser is the ticket. I work by myself 90% of the time, so being able to check grade anytime I need to is really handy. If you get a decent laser it'll last you a...
  36. Re: Rubber track came off mini-excavator KX41-3V

    It's hard to tell why the track came off from the photos, but you did say you were shuffling around between the trees. You may have caught a root or rock just right when the track was "unloaded",...
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    The problem with pawn shop transits or builder's levels is they're often left in a toolbox or cab and get bounced around a lot. Even if they're left with the "This Side Up" lettering (usually written...
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    Here you go. Grade Pole Holder - Excavation & Site Work - Contractor Talk
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    Re: non pro building sight level????

    Here's a link to one of the best deals out there. CST/berger 20X Speed Line Level Kit 54-190K, Construction Transit
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    Re: Kubota M59

    Wow, what did he do with it....dig in a cotton bin? That thing is clean!

    Even though you don't have the 3pt setup, here's the nice thing about the M59. It's pretty heavy and has good hydraulic...
  41. Thread: Kubota M59

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    Re: Kubota M59

    I didn't see it mentioned in your original post, but does the M59 you're looking at have the three point parts with it as well? That will make the machine more versatile and hopefully help you stay...
  42. Thread: Kubota M59

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    Re: Kubota M59

    It's mainly the size of the jobs that dictate the size of the equipment. Imagine I show up with my CTL and the other guys shows up with a D6 to perform the same job. What takes him a day would...
  43. Thread: Kubota M59

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    Re: Kubota M59

    I agree that it's apples to oranges. A dozer is pretty limited in what it can do, although what it can do it can do a lot of. A backhoe can dig a nice trench and then use the bucket to fill it up,...
  44. Thread: Kubota M59

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    Re: Kubota M59

    I agree...that $50 an hour thing sounds more like 1980's pricing. As TSO mentioned, make sure your covered under your insurance. Even most excavation policies have a "depth of dig" clause in there,...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks! My TC35D is hovering around the 3000 hr. mark right now. It's had a few hiccups along the way, but most were from using it for commercial work that it was never designed for. It's been a real...
  46. Thread: TC33D

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    Re: TC33D

    From the glow plug reference I gather that you're talking about the first light on the left. Here is another thread discussing the same issue....
  47. Re: What is the funniest thing you ever saw in operating heavy equipment

    Back in the mid seventies I was a laborer for an excavation company. The boss hired a new operator that had nicknamed himself "Rip". He even had the nickname on the vanity plates on his Dodge dually....
  48. Thread: The office

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    Re: The office

    Saw your post over on HEF. What a beautiful place to put in a day's work!
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Here's another driveway regraded and topped using the landplane. I also cut better drainage heading toward the front yard from the concrete apron. I also re-graded the neighbor's driveway while I...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I knocked out a few one day jobs this week to catch up a bit.

    I broke out my LPGS this week to give it another try. First job with the landplane was to re-grade this gravel driveway. I think I'll...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Eddie, I had wholesale material prices setup with my two main suppliers before the fuel prices rose and my prices have stayed the same. There was an increase from one pit to my supplier, but I was...
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    Re: Box scraping the driveway. Grrrr!!!

    Do you have a loader on your tractor? If so, this may help. Start with your tractor at one end of the drive pointed toward the far end with the tractor on a flat surface. Place your bucket on the far...
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    Re: Box scraping the driveway. Grrrr!!!

    Nice work as always. If you get bored up there in God's Country, come on down. I'm out weeks and can't even handle all of the phone calls. You're probably the only guy I'd trust to do my jobs besides...
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    Re: Which Woods box blade for CK35?

    I run a 1100 lb Gannon on my NH TC35D and it handles the weight just fine. Before the Gannon I used a medium duty Bush Hog BB which worked too, but I wanted more weight. My suggestion is to buy the...
  55. Re: Homemade tractor universal grader/scraper gr-250 prototype

    Very impressive build. Are you going to incorporated screw jacks for adjusting the blade depth?
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    Re: Box scraping the driveway. Grrrr!!!

    Yep...my wife says its good therapy. I'm not about to argue. I get home from grading all day on my ctl and the tractor is sitting there with the brush hog attached and pasture mowed. She even runs...
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    Re: Box scraping the driveway. Grrrr!!!

    I'll up that to 99% of the time. The other 1% of the time my wife is using the brush hog in place of a therapist. I do have a hitch blade, but it was given to me. It's been sitting in the same spot...
  58. re: 2006 Ford New Holland TC45DA will not start

    On the right side of the tractor you'll see the injector pump. The fuel shutoff solenoid screws into the left side of the pump. It's cylindrical and has a wire / spade connector plugged into the end...
  59. re: 2006 Ford New Holland TC45DA will not start

    Have you checked the fuses behind the gauge panel?

    If you have, remove the plug from the fuel shutoff solenoid and unscrew it. If it starts it's a bad solenoid. As a heads up, you have to...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Strange week indeed. The sun finally came out, but the pits didn't start crushing material until Tuesday evening. The material was still too wet for my liking on Wednesday, so I hustled to get a...
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    Re: Box scraping the driveway. Grrrr!!!

    3/4 minus can vary quite a bit. Is the material mostly different sizes of crushed stone or are there a lot of powdery fines mixed in?
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    Re: TC40 won't start

    If you haven't checked the fuses behind the instrument cluster, I'd do that first. #3 likes to go out. To check the operation of the fuel solenoid, unplug the spade connector and unscrew the...
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    Re: What Box Blade is This???

    I'd check with a few Woods dealers for the clips or maybe this seller on ebay Gannon Box Style Scarifiers Teeth and Retaining Clips Set of 8 | eBay.
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    Re: Transporting a Cat skid steer

    I also have a Big Tex GN deck over. The ramps can be set in plenty to load a midsized skid steer. Typically, skid steers are loaded on deck overs by backing up the ramps since most of the weight is...
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    Re: New Holland Tractor of the Year

    I was told by my NH service manager that the Boomer CVT models are built by Shibaura and to avoid them like the plague.
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    Re: Can any one tell me what this is??

    Kramer...or Kramer / Allrad maybe?
  67. Re: Getting ready to seriously consider a used KX121-3 or KX040

    Excellent advice. In addition to the 200 hr max change, I also check the oil in my ctl's final drives weekly. The last one I replaced cost over $8500 by the time all was said and done.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks Kyle. Maybe I'm just old, but I'll never understand buying worn out britches. This younger generation...I'll tell ya.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks Threepoint!

    Not much work related biz going on lately. I did finish up a culvert / entrance job today. Spongy pumping ground and more rain on the way tonight.

    We took the 'Burb out last...
  70. Re: Florida Cyclist Dies After Gun in Pocket Goes Off.............

    The gun most likely wasn't holstered. Makes me wonder what else was in the jacket pocket too.

    Like Roy, I use Mika holsters for pocket carry. In fact, I just ordered another from Robert for my G26...
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    Re: Digging out footing - mini-ex or backhoe

    No, not for the job you described. For $1k or less you could get an owner/operator to come out and do it.
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    Re: Truck mounted air compressor?

    I don't know if I'll ever get it around to it, but this is compressor I want. XD3000 Extended-Duty Air Compressors On Oasis Manufacturing.

    Like edkemper, I'm an old 4x guy. I had a converted a/c...
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    Re: Skid Steer - Tracks or Wheels?

    The tracks themselves are obviously more expensive than tires and spinning them on rocks or pavement will kill them in short order. Tracks have to be kept in adjustment or they will fail prematurely...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Yep, the mattress is getting thin. I think I watched too many westerns during the bad weather and got a bad case of levergun disease. Now I have to feed them too!
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    Re: Need Engine for New Holland TC45D

    Have you checked with these two companies? https://www.tractorpartsasap.com/ Ford Tractors Parts: Ford Engine Parts || Weaver's Compact Tractor Parts & Compact Tractor Salvage
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thanks to all. From the kids to business and just life in general, my wife and I feel blessed in all we do.

    Kyle - The work board is full and the phone is ringing off the hook. Things should start...
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    Re: Skid Steer - Tracks or Wheels?

    Arlen is correct. You can do three point turns with a CTL all day and do very little damage to the ground compared to a wheeled skid. It's easier on the machine as well. Skid steers...especially...
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    Re: Digging out footing - mini-ex or backhoe

    Depending on the size and quantity of stumps, a 3.5 ton mini would work fine and as Billrog said, will make quick work on a 30' footing. The controls should be switchable on pretty much anything you...
  79. Re: Forty years ago...could you envision yourself today?

    Not exactly. I was 18, living in a free condo at the beach, surfing for a living and reporting surf conditions for KMET radio. It's all kind of a blur now.
  80. Re: Homemade tractor universal grader/scraper gr-250 prototype

    Subscribed to watch this build.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

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    My wife says I looked just like this when I found out we were having another kid.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Dave - Thank you...and by the way, you dress up pretty good. :D

    Kevin - Dalton (my 3yr old) likes to help with his little bro, although he is starting to realize that giving up his old stuff (that...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Thank you! The Case has been working fine. Maybe I've worked through the majority of problems and it'll have a long and healthy service life...knocks on wood.
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Eddie - The name of the company was Two Crazy Guys, or something to that effect. They must be...I told them I have an 8hr minimum on the machine plus materials, and they agreed to it! I called my...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    This one took longer to cleanup the tracks and mud in the street than it took to do the job. The builder had the bright idea to take out the entire sidewalk in front of this lot...which then filled...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Here's a washout repair done with a new Kubota KX040-4. Three hours on the clock. I cleaned up the slope and dug a couple anchor footings on the sides, then placed a couple ten-wheeler loads of rip...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I picked up a new builder and placed several culverts for him.
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    I started this shop pad with my tractor. I stripped the organic, keyed in and headed down the road to get fuel. When...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    We had a new baby boy in the middle of December, so I took a month off to help momma out. Since then we've had rain, sleet, rain, 80* temps for a few days, freezing rain, snow, snow with freezing...
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    Re: My dream tractor: is there such a thing?

    My understanding is that Earthforce built it, IR bought it for the all-wheel-steer design and bought Bobcat too, then discontinued it because it competed with their skid steers. What ever the reason...
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    Re: Another Question about towing

    A little late to the party, but I agree with George. Up until a year or so ago towed almost daily with my '99 F350. At one point the rear springs began to sag with just the weight of the unloaded GN....
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    This afternoon, God took a good man to be at his side. Archie Neace was the truck boss for my material supplier for many years and a personal friend of mine. He had been going through a host of...
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    Re: 4052R down pressure

    There is no riddle. But...all you backyard operators keep having one anyway.
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    Re: 4052R down pressure

    I've watched Ted and Peanut operate enough to know that they should stick to their day job. :laughing: I'll stick to my day job too.
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    Re: Straight Fence Line? Long Distance...

    Bingo! You can also setup perfect corners and angles.
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    Re: 4052R down pressure

    I guess having down pressure on the loader bucket isn't useful unless the tractor is stationary? Hardly.

    All modern construction tractors (skip loaders) are equipped with hydraulic down pressure....
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Understandable. Trying to muster any degree of perfection with a box blade is one of the hardest skills to learn...and it's a frustrating process. But there's obviously a difference between the needs...
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    Re: Solid Backhoe for $35K possible?

    Congrats on the new-to-you hoe! Just to save you some grief...there are two different shades of Case paint. One is more yellow and one more tan.
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    Re: Please use an appropriate holster

    Check these folks out Alien Gear Holsters | The most comfortable concealed carry holsters in America.. Like the Crossbreed, they're very comfortable. If you change your carry gun in the future, Alien...
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    Re: Please use an appropriate holster

    Ok, I'll give you that. But...I do want to see that holster for the 700. :D
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    Re: 4052R down pressure

    Oh...just thinking out loud. ;)
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