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    Re: Dang cracked fuel bowl

    Mine lasted 11 years. New one I just bought is milky and seems to be more pliable.
  2. Thread: Skid plate

    by Gittyup
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    Re: Skid plate

    Didn't Michigan Iron make a skid plate for the CK's?
  3. Re: Looking to Upgrade an L130 to either x500 or x700 Series - Need Advice

    I use suitcase weights hanging on the front as my grill guard. Much more functional even if not quite the same kind of protection.

    The one thing I don't like about these tractors is the hood. ...
  4. Re: Looking to Upgrade an L130 to either x500 or x700 Series - Need Advice

    I use suitcase weights hanging on the front as my grill guard. Much more functional even if not quite the same kind of protection.
  5. Re: Looking to Upgrade an L130 to either x500 or x700 Series - Need Advice

    3pt hitch attachments for the x7 series are simply any CAT1 implement. That makes them about as cheap as you can find, with many used implements available all the time. I have several. None were...
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    Re: Thoughts on JD 425

    Most replace the water pump, oil pump, governor gear and all the o-rings and gaskets while in there. If also replaced push rods, tappets, valve seals and springs. The toughest part is the front...
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    Re: Thoughts on JD 425

    Just to clarify some of the differences in between models. The 425 and 445 are identical except the 445 is fuel injected and the 425 is carb. The FI yields about 5 more HP (25 HP vs 20 HP) and...
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    Re: Thoughts on JD 425

    I now have an X739 and the mower deck on it is much better than the one on my old 425. Not that the deck was bad on the 425, but the new one spins faster and cuts cleaner with less clogging.
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    Re: Thoughts on JD 425

    I used one for 20 years. Loved that tractor. It's a grass cutting machine. And good at snow too, if you put chains on it. I did have to put a new cam in it at just shy of 1000 hours. It was '94....
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Picked up the tractor today after 4 weeks and 3 days. I really have no quarrel with the dealer over their costs. Seem reasonable. Price included a new tie rod that was $189 of the cost. The...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Update. They finally completed the repair on my tractor after 4 weeks plus one day. Total is $1416. I haven't picked it up yet nor seen an itemized list of what was done/replaced. I do know they...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Got an estimate for the repair. Close to $1500. Mechanic said one cylinder was scored and would require machining.
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    Re: DK35 Coolant issue

    Mine is in the shop now for a head gasket. Still waiting on the estimate to repair. At least the OP got 2000 hours before it gave out. Mine is less than 700 hours.
  14. Buying Advice Re: Newbie needs buying advice, starting near square 1

    It struck me that the OP was looking too big, also. I would think you'd want something that fits nicely in an orchard. One thing that might push to bigger, is loader capacity. If there is a need...
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    Price Check Re: 1996 John Deere 445 current value?

    I sold my 425 AWS 4 years ago for $3200. It had about 1200 hours on it, a new Cam, seat, and gauge wheels, and belt on a 54" deck. It was very clean and well cared for. I would think you could get...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Kioti did step up on the injector and loader issues. Both were under warranty. But they both still cost me money and considerable down time. The problem with the head gasket is that it's a known...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    I just online priced a JD 2038R. Real nice tractor, with the typical JD advancements. But, ouch! It's expensive. Don't know what I'm going to do when I get my tractor back. I'd like to sell it. ...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Until now, I never had any overheating issues. Tractor always ran between the dots. Other failures:

    Injector pump. Loader failure. Remote detent failure. Cracked fuel bowl. Loader float...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Look it up. It is common, by my standards, and shown to be a marginal design. For years, I stood by Kioti. Defended them; Championed them. Convince others to buy. But this is unacceptable. I...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    If a car blew a head gasket with no more use that my tractor, or even twice that, it would be a piece of junk. My car has more than 5,000 hours on it. No blown head gasket. No injector failure. No...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    I dropped off the tractor with the dealer today. I ran it just enough to get the backhoe off and load it on/off the trailer. It just started puffing white smoke as I rode it onto the trailer bed. ...
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    Re: Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    Reservoir gurgle constantly after starting, and continues to gurgle for several seconds after shutdown. Now it's staying hot. So I've shut it down until I can get it to shop.
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    Blown head gasket? Can I use it?

    I may have a blown head gasket. A lot of gurgling in the coolant reservoir and I've had to add about 1/2 gallon of coolant even though the tractor has just been sitting. Temp gauge, until now, has...
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    Re: Anyone know what's up with Wallace Tractor?

    I'm sorry for your misfortunes, Rick. Divorce can be so ugly. I wish you luck and hope to see a new Wallace venture in the very near future.
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    Re: New X739 en route....

    The HDAPs are excellent in the snow because they don't load up easily. And AWS is a huge advantage when using a front blade. If the front wheels get light on the snow, you can still steer with the...
  26. Re: Deere site reviews indicate the X754 has overheating issues. Why not X750 or X75

    The x700's have the same basic cooling design as their predecessor, the 400 series. The 400's are great tractors. Rock solid reliability. Many 25+ years old and going strong still. They too...
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    Chipper Re: pto driven wood chippers

    The unit I recommended has a horizontal chipper input plus a big vertical hopper for quick brush disposal. And, of course, you can put brush in the chipper input if you want (but the hopper is many...
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    Chipper Re: pto driven wood chippers

    Why not?
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    Chipper Re: pto driven wood chippers

    I have a bush hog brand (rebranded goossen) with a big hopper feeding a hammer shredder for branches under 1.25" and a chipper chute for 5" stuff. I love the shredder. Most of what I chip is small...
  30. Thread: belt squeal

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    Re: belt squeal

    After tightening the belt, the squeal went away. But, I knew I was on borrowed time. So, I changed it today. Pretty easy. No issues so far. I'll keep the old one as an emergency standby.
  31. Thread: belt squeal

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    Re: belt squeal

    Good to know Vic. Thanks.
  32. Thread: belt squeal

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    Re: belt squeal

    Hours are 650.
  33. Thread: belt squeal

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    belt squeal

    Tractor just had a full service and going over. I just changed all fluids, and oil, hydraulic, gas, and air filters. Lubricated all moving joints with fluid film, and greased every zerk good. ...
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    Re: Kyoti CK35 HST hydraulic woe's from a newby

    Is your PTO in neutral? I think that's all that it controls on the HST tractors. Maybe your problem is with the PTO.
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    Re: To Buy Or Not To Buy Kioti CK2610

    I have a CK25 and love it. But I wouldn't mow with it. Too heavy, too big. Would be fine for big open fields and bush hogging. But, the best mowing tractor is the JD X700 series. Way safer on...
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    Re: Kyoti CK35 HST hydraulic woe's from a newby

    You are right about steering pump. It could easily still work. I forgot that it's a separate pump. Both pumps do share the same fluid, so it isn't likely to be the filter either. I would try...
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    Re: Kyoti CK35 HST hydraulic woe's from a newby

    I would expect to lose power steering too if it were the pump. Doesn't sound good. Pump is like $1300 U.S. I'd at least try a $50 filter first. Does the tractor seem like it loses power when you...
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    Re: Kyoti CK35 HST hydraulic woe's from a newby

    Also disconnect and reconnect the loader quick connects. You might want to install a loopback bypass hose on the remotes. That will tell you if it's in the hoe. If it's whining something is...
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    Re: CK 35 hydraulic filter protection

    That rail looks about like my backhoe ladder frame, which is what I rely on to protect the filter.
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    Re: CK 35 hydraulic filter protection

    I think Michigan Iron used to make and sell a protective shield for that filter. Might want to check them. I've seen other homemade versions from expanded metal.
  41. Thread: loader control

    by Gittyup
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    Loader Re: loader control

    It's a good idea to while you have it apart to lube the balls good. I used thread lock on that screw to keep it held tight.
  42. Thread: X710 va X730

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    Re: X710 va X730

    I've owned a carbed 425 and now an X739, plus I have a diesel Kioti. It's hard to judge on fuel consumption between my 2 JD's. The X739 seems to use more fuel, but it also pushes 5 more HP. ...
  43. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    My thoughts exactly.
  44. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    I actually went to a Kioti dealer first. They were out of filters. And I really wasn't aware that tractorjoe was selling non-oem parts. My own fault though.
  45. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    That wasn't me in the referenced thread. The filter I got was a TRAC brand in black. And to update. I put the OEM filter on and the new hose. Reassembled the tractor and used it for 2.5 hours...
  46. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Drove the 40 minutes to Kioti and got an OEM filter and the hose. Hose was like the BC one, not as heavy as the original. I changed the filter out and noticed that the OEM required way less turns...
  47. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    I'm not sure if sucking in and rupturing or pushing out. After rupture, it is pushed out. The space between the hard lines is like 1/2" or so, leaving very little hose exposed to pressure. I'm...
  48. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Well, I thought all was well. Hadn't really used the tractor after the repair. Just exercised the loader and backhoe a bit and drove it around the yard. Then parked it for the past few weeks. So,...
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    Re: Hydraulic Oil (CK2610)

    I've always just hand tightened. Never a leak. And I use a strap wrench to remove it. I also use TSC universal tractor fluid, but mine is not HST.
  50. Re: John Deere's current quality and manufacturer support?

    I had a 425 with the plastic gear. It lasted 19 years, and 1000 hours before it failed. Not a great thing. But, in the 19 years I spent $75 total on repairs until the CAM gave out. I would say it...
  51. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Update. I got the hose from Bobcat. It was $2.38. I was pleased when I saw they were opening a store less than a mile from my house. And this is why. Tractor back together and functioning once...
  52. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    I'm checking with bobcat tomorrow. Hard to get to most of these kind of places during the week due to work.
  53. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    I tried the auto parts stores, and TSC. No one had this kind of hose. It is metal jacketed hydraulic hose about an inch in diameter (ID).
  54. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Yeah. Suppliers could do us all a service and offer something other than UPS. UPS is too expensive for small parts. USPS is as fast or faster than UPS ground and costs much less. For $18 he could...
  55. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Yes. Part 13. Failure may have been chafing. The braid on the back side (toward alternator) was badly frayed. But there was no apparent chafing of the rubber. I know it's on the low pressure...
  56. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Thanks. I found the part on MIE. $8 in parts and $18 to ship. No way shipping should be that much on 1/4 lb order. Since it likely won't get processed until Monday, I'm going to stop in at the...
  57. Re: hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    It's a 10 year old tractor. So, I guess it's time for hoses to start failing. This hose is in a particularly bad spot, sandwiched behind the loader mounting frame and the engine compartment. The...
  58. hydraulic hose on main line to/from filter/pump

    Today I changed the hydraulic fluid in my CK25 gear. When I started the tractor and began circulating the new fluid, the big hose (~27 mm ID) on the main line from the filter ruptured. I had to...
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    Re: used ck35hst vs. new ck2610

    I have a Rhino 75 backhoe. It's a good hoe. But mine runs of the tractor pump. No reason to get a PTO pump driven one when the tractor has plenty of hydraulics and you can outfit with rear remotes...
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    Re: New X758 Coming

    That's on my to-do list. I have the aerator. Just trying to find time to build the cylinder part.
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    Re: How High RPM On CK3510

    I can get to about 2900 or so. But, I couldn't when I first got the tractor. The throttle was sticky. I adjusted it where the cable fed through the cowling into the engine compartment. ...
  62. Chipper Re: 3 point chipper advice. Kioti CK27HST 20hp pto

    Here's the Goossen with the chute.

    https://municibid.com/NetworkedContent/listingImages/20141120/2b38cedd-3138-4d78-9f8b-1efe6b40403e_fullsize.jpg

    And without chute (like mine except mine is...
  63. Chipper Re: 3 point chipper advice. Kioti CK27HST 20hp pto

    Yeah the shredder is awesome. Big hopper. Easy to feed, even heavily branched stuff. I ran a bunch of apple through it and it was great with the way apple is so branchy. I bought mine off of CL...
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    Re: Kioti CK2610 TLB

    Yeah. Watch the loader on uneven ground or tractor will turn into a teeter-toter..... or worse: flip over on you. Keep the loader square to the hills when dumping, and as low as possible at all...
  65. Chipper Re: 3 point chipper advice. Kioti CK27HST 20hp pto

    I have a bush hog brand CP110 or something like that. It is a rebranded Goossen. It does 5" branches in the chipper. No power feed. But what I like is the shredder. The shredder uses a big...
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    Re: Kioti CK2610 TLB

    nice. Be careful on those hills. You're going to get a lot done now!
  67. Re: How to Grapple without a Grapple - Pictures please

    Sorry. I don't own one and haven't used one. So, can't comment or recommend. There are only a few options, as I understand it, like ATI. But, I'm sure if you search for "bolt-on grapple" you'll...
  68. Re: How to Grapple without a Grapple - Pictures please

    Many options: toothbar, chain-on or clamp-on forks, QA or bolt-on forks, a modified carry-all on the 3pt hitch, a long rope to tie up a huge pile and then drag it. If I were spending money to do...
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    Re: Kioti CK2610 TLB

    There are things you can add to the 3PH to make it easier. I have the older CK25 with telescopic 3PH. When I bought it I didn't appreciate the value of such a thing. Now after many hook ups, I've...
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    I thought it is one foot of implement per 5 engine HP. At least most size recommendations I've seen support that ratio, roughly. I know there are many Kioti users that are quite happy with their...
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    tiller, bush hog, finish mower, snow blower. So, you just size them to work with the HP you have. On a 2610 that would be no bigger than 5' implements. Maybe 6' on a finish mower.
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    Yep, my ol' CK25 is a beast for earth engagement. Never lacking for power there. And PTO power has been good for the two uses I tried: post hole digging & wood chipper/shredder. Though a 5"...
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    Loaded tires may not be enough counterweight by itself for a 1600+ lb load. I have loaded Industrials. The have kept me planted pretty good with 1200 lb loads. However, for me, if doing again, I...
  74. Comparison Re: The right tractor for snow removal and maintaining property

    Isn't this a no brainer now? The Kioti is more tractor (except for HP) and costs less over the life of the loan.
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    Shouldn't even be comparing a 2610 loader to a 2510 loader. Tractor frames are different, and so are the loaders. The KL130B is the old loader in the frame size, and that is the comparison loader to...
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    Re: Looked at First Kioti today......

    I think that's an excellent deal on the Kioti. Sounds exactly like my reasoning: size & hydraulics more important than PTO HP. You'll be happy with it. Just don't expect it to jerk giant tree...
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    Comparison Re: Kioti CK3510 vs. Kubota L3901

    I didn't see mentioned that a CK35 (not a 10 series) has a telescopic 3PH, cruise control, suspension seat, split brakes, tilt wheel, QA bucket, among its many features. I'd try to buy a CK35...
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    Re: Have you seen the new CK2610?

    Note in the specs the engine has a smaller displacement. Probably a CK25/CK27 engine derivative.
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    Re: Looked at First Kioti today......

    The MF is a super nice tractor. I couldn't get even close in price when I was shopping years ago. If I could have, I would have owned one.
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    Re: Looked at First Kioti today......

    It's probably a derivative of the CK25 and/or CK27: same frame as the 30 and 35 HP tractor. And if digging/loading are its primary uses, the PTO HP is less important. That's why I didn't get the...
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    Re: Looked at First Kioti today......

    Yes, look at the widths. Often there is very little difference in widths from a single size jump in tractors. Wheelbase length may be even more important. Consider Ag tires, which let you adjust...
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    Re: Looked at First Kioti today......

    Weight is king with backhoes. Get the bigger tractor. And, I agree, you should at least look at and compare the LS to a CK30 or CK35. These are more comparable in performance and price. If you go...
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    Sweet setup there.
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    Size is relative. In this case the size is perfect: fits just about anywhere yet pushes like much bigger tractors :) It's a little Tasmanian devil!
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    Re: John Deere 425 Restoration w/ Pictures!

    Good looking tractor. You got a gem there. That's the same year as mine was (sold it 2 years ago). I loved that tractor and replace it with an X739. Mine was the AWS model. CAM will fail, and...
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    Re: John Deere 425 Restoration w/ Pictures!

    That's the same year as mine was (sold it 2 years ago). I loved that tractor and replace it with an X739. Mine was the AWS. CAM will fail, and you are right at the hours where it happens (998 for...
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    Somewhat. I did my driveway at 24", and then again with another 24" after drifting and more snow. but the Culdesac (~150 feet) was the full 32". Because it was dry I was able to push it pretty far...
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    Yeah, depends on the temperature. Had this been a wet snow (warmer weather), no way I could have moved 32". Normally, I plow every 12-18" inches. But the blizzard this time made that hard to do. ...
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    The R4's on the Kioti aren't very good in the snow. And the little JD with all-wheel steer is just way easier to maneuver. I can plow sideways with it. And because it is small, it fits...
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    I use 8 42-lb suitcase weights on an omnihitch. 336 lbs of weights, 100 lb omni, 100 lb hitch.
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    that little tractor is 4WD. And there's about 400 lbs of weights on the back of it.
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    Re: little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    photo upload not working quite right.

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    little deere gettin it done in the snow.

    We got 32" of snow and my little JD did an awesome job with it.
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    Re: cabelas is discontinuing tractor sales

    Well, maybe I got this wrong. Or maybe it varies. At least one poster spoke of Cabela's hiring 3rd parties. Would Cabelas split a tractor in need of repair? Do they do weldment repairs and...
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    Re: cabelas is discontinuing tractor sales

    A couple of data points:

    In my home town, Walmart is revered for creating jobs. When there are none, even low paying jobs are good. And it seems the employees like working there.

    Where I now...
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    Buying Advice Re: In search of a sub-compact tractor

    Kioti has been in the U.S. since the 80's. Not new to the U.S.A. either.
  97. Backhoe Re: I have a Bobcat 235 just looking for backhoe suggestions

    I have a Rhino 75 on my CK25. It's a good hoe. Used the heck out of it. I would not put a 3PH version on my tractor. Hoes simply apply to much pressure in all directions for a 3PH. Spend a...
  98. Buying Advice Re: Need tie breaker on Kioti CS2410, CK2510, Kobuta BK25D, or B2601

    You've lost all credibility dude. Tractor only weighs 3800 lbs with a cab. two wheel drive is 3200 lbs. 4WD is 3400 lbs. Tires are not appreciably bigger, meaning fluid load is about the same. I...
  99. Buying Advice Re: Need tie breaker on Kioti CS2410, CK2510, Kobuta BK25D, or B2601

    Nearly double? Are you making this stuff up? According to a kubota PDF on the 40 series, and as reported by tractordata.com, an L3240 weighs about 3400 lbs with no ballast producing 34 HP. A CK25...
  100. Buying Advice Re: Need tie breaker on Kioti CS2410, CK2510, Kobuta BK25D, or B2601

    I agree. Also, 4570man, you are comparing a CK25 to a tractor with almost 40% more HP, both of comparable weight. And the cost of that grand L is many thousands of dollars more. As tman said,...
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