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  1. Re: Chickens - how free range do you have them?

    How well free range works is often determined by the nature of the range. Concerning preditors, close timber can be a disaster while more open works better in most instances. Turning them out an...
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    Re: Cleaning chains

    I use WD-40 for cleaning most everything industrial and some things not so industrial.
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    Re: Dougherty Turbo Saw Review

    I hope your disc doesn't mind the stumps. I think mine would.
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    Re: Grass seed question

    While testing soil for Nitrogen, Potash and Phosphorus, take a structure sample to your county extension free service for their advice and they may even have some suggestions of what grass to plant....
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    Re: pulley swap

    RPM x drive pulley / by driven pulley will give you driven pulley RPM. Same formula for a dozen pulleys on jack shafts or whatever. RPM x all the drive pulleys / by all the driven pulleys gives...
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    Re: Dougherty Turbo Saw Review

    Handy fun piece of equipment. What's the next step for making those acres a hay field?
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    Re: Show What Tool You Made*

    Made this grinder 60 years ago. After wearing out 3 sets of wheels it needed an new motor a couple of years ago. The old motor from a wringer washing machine finally gave out.
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    Re: compost turning tools

    An ensilage fork is as good as it gets for small compost bins and you can cancel your gym membership.
  9. Re: Best way or tool to remove small pine saplings?

    I find a use for that knot nearly every day pulling trees or not. Just yesterday I used the quick release knot on both ends of a rope to drag a tree limb to the brush pile. Much quicker than...
  10. Re: Best way or tool to remove small pine saplings?

    Now you have clean drawers, try a Clove Hitch knot around the sapling. It works, and a quick release Clove Hitch is about as simple to un-tie a a boot lace.
  11. Re: Water filter by well or by house? Does it matter?

    At the well or at the house somewhat depends on the type of pipe from the well to the house. If galvanized I'd recommend at the house. In some wells a sediment tank pre filter saves filter changing...
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    Re: Why left and right brakes?

    Anyone that ever operated a D John Deere then a tractor with L-R brakes knows the benefit of brakes.
  13. Re: How do you Sharpen your Knives and how often?

    This stone was my Grandfather's and I'm 76 so we can just assume it's about 100 + years old. I've had several in my life but this one is a favorite even though it appears to be worn out from...
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    Re: Repairing Hog Damage.

    I believe I stated a possible dog issue.

    To keep the dog issue as well as the hog issue at bay the ( trained ) dogs are within the confines of the electric fence with the trained hogs being on...
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    Re: Do It Yourself Counter tops

    Excellent Stimw.

    I have a sis that lives in a million dollar house. She had her kitchen re-done with Formica when the house was purchased. Said she would never have anything else for ease of...
  16. Re: Jacking up gravely zero-turn for blade removal and hydraulic fluid change

    If you have a truck to put it in the rear wheels can be rolled back out onto saw horses leaving the front wheels on the tail gate. The deck is then suspended in the gap between saw horses and tail...
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    Re: Repairing Hog Damage.

    A couple of choices for hogs is an electric fence or trained dogs. Hogs don't like either. A fence will need to be maintained on a regular basis as hogs will eventually root grounding material on...
  18. Re: Fencing my garden - how do deer react to string fence?

    I can see that being effective on a long list of pesky garden varmints.
  19. Re: Fencing my garden - how do deer react to string fence?

    For hot wire to be most effective the soil surface needs to be wet or damp at minimum. Deer do not like a electric fence that has an audible arc that sounds electrified. With that in mind, at a...
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    Re: Sharpened blades on mower deck

    This may not be your exact mower but it may be close enough for government work.
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    Re: Retiring my 2003 F150.

    Build a 5 gallon mouse trap to preserve the wiring, computer and all those things they want for nesting and nest sites.
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    Re: Cutting rubber horse stall mats

    There are knife blades made for Sabre saws that you might consider trying.
  23. Re: How do you repair a punctured tire filled with rimguard?

    If tubeless, and a puncture as in like a nail puncture, a pan head sheet metal screw will stop most leaks of that type. This even works on tires at highway speeds until it can be repaired correctly....
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    Re: JD LA135 Smoked on Start

    To the best of my knowledge, being the engine speed is controlled by a constant speed governor, the throttle plate will usually on most engines be wide open at cranking RPMs no matter where the...
  25. Re: How do you remove stuck wire from within conduit

    If I understand this correctly and being the damaged wire and conduit will both be replaced, consider taking it all out, straighten the bend in the conduit then pull the wire.
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    Re: Do it yourself drag harrow

    I made a couple of small ones for lawn tractors several years ago from frames I was given. IDK what they were originally but that's not important.
    I use one as a harrow by driving big bridge spikes...
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    Re: Cub Cadet LT1045 hard to start

    Before killing the engine, try loosening the gas tank cap. I've read where it was thought the tank was under a vacuum on their tractor for gas cap reasons and when killed the gas in the line was...
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    Re: John Deere X series lawn tractor

    You never need to get off to pick up, move anything, or inch your way back to an implement ?
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    Re: John Deere X series lawn tractor

    You won't need a hill. When loading or unloading try inching it up and down the loading ramp and I believe you'll get the picture.
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    Re: John Deere X series lawn tractor

    Same location as the X-380.
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    Re: John Deere X series lawn tractor

    I have a new X-350 with 0.9 hours that may soon be wearing a for sale sign. I had no idea the brake pedal arrangement would be so aggravating.
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    Re: Any well experts here?

    I know very little about wells and zero about packed wells but our well pumps a small amount of sand so early on I had to do something because the washing machine fill valve stuck in the fill...
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    Re: chain harrow question

    Anyone without art like that isn't using all their resources and I must admit I have some similar that evidently fell from the same family tree.

    I don't know bout mixing fertilizer but it must do...
  34. Re: How hard is it to repair the timer on a Maytag (Whirlpool) washing machine?

    Have you ever wondered what makes that screeching scratching sound when rotating those mechanical timers?

    About 40 years ago I stopped by my mother-inlaw's house and saw that her and my 10 year...
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    Re: chain harrow question

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    By throwing 2 counter clockwise loops in the chain and putting loop A on top of loop B you have succeeded in forming a...
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    Re: 2014+ Toyota Tundra 5.7.

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    You've owned more Toyota cars than I have owned total cars since 1957.
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    Re: Mower Deck Gauge Wheels and grease

    The dirt is there whether greased or not. So the question you have to answer for yourself is, would the shaft be better off with dry dirt or lubricated dirt. My mower wheels never touch the ground...
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    Re: Got a little carried away...

    Some charts show red oak weighing about 60lbs./cu.ft. at 70 percent moisture.
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    Re: Steel roof leaking

    They are correct. Air doesn't like changing directions and any bends that causes a direction change of air flow forms a partial seal that's known as a Labyrinth Seal.

    They did a good job.
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    Re: JD 4300 won't crank, but can jump it

    Led can oxidize so hard a common wire brush won't touch it. I either use a battery brush or scrape with my trusty pocket knife until the gray color leaves and bright silver lead is exposed, then I...
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    Re: Garage heating

    We have an LP vented convection wall furnace in our basement with thermopile so when electric fails because of ice, snow and wind storms we can still heat the whole house comfortably. Another...
  42. Re: Do I Need A Box Blade and Landscape Rake For My Use

    It looks to me all you need is a drag to knock high spots down, smooth and at the same time fill low areas .

    To move, level and smooth dirt, the box scraper will beat a box blade 7 days / week...
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    Re: Cub cadet wont start

    If it were mine I'd do a thorough cleaning of all passages, be certain the float will float, replace the needle valve, feel and listen for electric solenoid operation and check the oil level for...
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    Re: Steel roof leaking

    Condensation can easily be determined, when there is visible water, by taking an air dew point temperature reading at that level and comparing that DP temperature to the metal surface temperature.
    ...
  45. Re: What attachments do I need to keep my fields in good condition

    Locate your county Ag- extension service using the map and explain your situation to those folks. They are usually very helpful and most have published information from a university study such as...
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    Re: 2014+ Toyota Tundra 5.7.

    The PVC system and crankcase pressure can be monitored with a $2.00 shop made water manometer. Check the manual to determine what the pressure should be.
  47. Re: Adjusting the tension on mower deck ??????

    The operator's manual for adjustment instructions would be handy as you may already know. I have instructions for a JD LA-135 but I don't know if they are the same. Mine has a cable running down to...
  48. Re: What attachments do I need to keep my fields in good condition

    Texas has good county extension services for pasture management and possibly attachments necessary. Check with that available source your tax dollars has paid for in advance and they may first...
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    Re: 2014+ Toyota Tundra 5.7.

    My 2016 double cab is a nice truck but 6th gear doesn't get a chance to show what it can do because in hills and or a head wind I drive it in S-5 to stop all the up and down shifting.

    And I look...
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    Re: There's snow on the roof, who care's

    With living area heat loss, bath vent ducts through the roof, sewer pipe venting that's above freezing, dryer venting duct in the attic, outdoor air above 32F entering the soffit and directed along...
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    Re: There's snow on the roof, who care's

    What happens when air above 32F enters the vent system and supposedly travels the under side of the sheathing to the ridge vent while that insulating snow is on top? There are many people that...
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    Re: There's snow on the roof, who care's

    Those with snow remaining on the roof probably have a type of ice dam, very little is known about, and water is entering the walls of the structure. In this case on my house, the complete roof had a...
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    Re: Best crop for SANDY soil food plot

    After maturity maybe roto beating ( flail mowing ) to a desired height would be a solution. Wildlife would still be in there for the seed and you could walk it.
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    Re: Planting grass seed

    Some soil conservation districts have small drills for seeding grasses, alfalfa, clover etc. and can be rented usually at a insignificant fee.
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    Re: Best crop for SANDY soil food plot

    Consider contacting the extension service in that area and ask if Millet will do well enough there. It is grown in some harsh conditions world wide but it may not meet your height consideration of 2...
  56. Re: X350 John Deere - D140 Hydro Tranny Question

    Thanks from SandburRanch
  57. X350 John Deere - D140 Hydro Tranny Question

    The X350 specs lists a K46 hydro but the lowe's site that sells the lower class D140 tractors doesn't list the tranny number. Does anyone know which transmission is in the D140 or could link a spec...
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    Re: Cows in a horse trailer?

    Cattle may be a little difficult to load because of the trailer being short and the front being closed in. Cattle, as with most animals, don't like to go where they can't see into the future. ...
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    Re: Broken bolt

    The scary part is we are driving at turnpike speeds with that same bolt quality. Possibly flying with that same quality hardware too.
  60. Thread: Ouch!

    by SandburRanch
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    Re: Ouch!

    Welcome to the club, and OH, it gets worse.
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    Re: clearance measures for pin/ bushing

    If the bushing has a 0.001" press fit that 0.001" will need to be compensated for when the I D of the bushing is machined or the pin will be too tight. A thousandths per inch of diameter clearance...
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    Re: Zerk fittings

    A tap is less likely to break when a T-Handle can be used. That's probably why they were invented. If a T-Handle isn't available or close quarters inhibit its use, I've used 2 Cresent wrenches by...
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    Re: Cattle Panel Bending

    That's what I use. The 6x6 openings make for easy gathering and 24" diameter is easy adjustable. I two piece mine which makes then easy stacked storage by being cradled.

    You could bow the panels...
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    Re: Ridiculous! Thermostat help?

    If in certain winter weather conditions you see a creamy white mucus looking build up on the dip stick and the filler cap underside you'll know what not operating at recommended temperature does. ...
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    Re: Gutters and french drains

    Buy it for looks and a nightmare or buy it for life. Your choice but you can't have it both ways.
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    Re: Gutters and french drains

    Gutters and french drains are a maintenance nightmare. Consider using your tractor to form a swale for drainage that will handle water far superior to 10 french drains.

    Gutters: I have gutters...
  67. Re: cutting holes in steel gate post for hinge bolts

    Wooden gates my father made were sort of hinged without any hinges. They would slide or swing by setting 2 posts off set a little with a couple of short 2x4s across the posts and the gate rails...
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    Re: My wife wants a Gazebo, Help!

    The grain bin concept idea is great and I agree with the statement " useless gazebo " when they won't keep the rain, hail, bird crap or sun off of my ole body. Mine would have a roof and be called a...
  69. Re: cutting holes in steel gate post for hinge bolts

    Just as the bit is about to break through drive a tapered punch in to finish the hole and a large percent of the wrist twisting will be avoided.
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    Re: ice melting

    To prevent a slippery surface I'd use cat litter as opposed to any corrosive material and let the weather do the melting in the spring.
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    Re: Lifting Equipment safely

    I've put the lawn tractor up on the level for years.
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    Re: Ice in tires

    Soluble oil will alleviate your concerns about water corrosion.
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    Ballast Re: Can I do it Myself?

    If you don't have a valve stem retainer to pull the stem through, a strong string/cord can be attached to the stem threads with a clove hitch knot and the two ends brought through the hole for later...
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    Re: Lets see your Woodworking Skills

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    Thanks for the compliment but I bout had to laugh when I read " exotic ". That wood came from a Oak stump after I took the...
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    Re: My shop build

    Is it a requirement to have the plumbing inspected in a rural area?
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    Re: My shop build

    Am I reading this right that the building is being built on fill dirt?
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    Re: Zerk fittings

    Drill diameter for 1/8" pipe tap.
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    Re: Lets see your Woodworking Skills

    In my later years I've reverted to smaller projects but they can also be fun. The jig to cut the spool notches ( which need to be a perfect book match ) was nearly as much fun as making tape...
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    Re: Zerk fittings

    If you are unable to use calipers to measure the hole diameter, try drill bits to measure with until you get close within a few thousandths, then compare 1/8" pipe tap drill size to determine if a...
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    Re: Chain saw sharpening advice sought

    I'll be looking for a diamond burr but i not putting it in my dremel that runs 20,000 rpm or whatever it is. I can't think of a faster way for me to screw up a chain. It'll be going in my variable...
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    Re: Chain saw sharpening advice sought

    For years I touched up my chains in the field by hand with an Oregon guide and file. Then a thought , and I took my DeWalt cordless drill motor, the file and guide with me. Chuck the file in the...
  82. Re: Check your hose clamps with or without a cab

    Loose clamps weren't a problem 50 years ago but it seems the invention was light years ahead of the general public and mechanics comprehension so failure to sell over the long term was inevitable.
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    Re: Ridiculous! Thermostat help?

    Without a temperature shut down, placing cardboard in front of the radiator is a quick to way to ruin an engine. Rates right up there with no oil or no water.

    A thermostat needs a gradual...
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    Wind Generation

    Has anyone ever seen evidence of a buried cable from any of the large wind generators in your area or a power sub-station to distribute electric power? I've driven by thousands and have never seen...
  85. Re: Let's post our Made in USA tool finds (yard sales, old store stock, auctions etc)

    An early Sears Roebuck Sabre saw I picked up at auction for a couple of bucks and it really doesn't like for people to change his name to jig saw.:laughing: Works like new. If someone knows how to...
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    Re: Craig's List: Is reading a lost art ?

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    I don't buy or sell on craig's but that's a good plan. Then about all that remains is watching for counterfeit money.
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    Re: Tire Pressure?

    Mowing side hills I keep my tractor tires inflated to maximum. The X-tra weight on an under inflated down hill tire cannot be good. If on a maximum slope and that tire should roll from the rim,...
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    Re: For the other retired guys::

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    Retired in 1999 and was quickly asked; what are you going to do. My response was, " whatever is fun and irresponsible. "
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    Re: Best way to yank out shrubs? Etc..

    Cut the shrub off and drop a clove hitch knot over the stump. To do, form 2 loops with a counter clockwise motion, place loop A on top of loop B and drop this over the stump and you have a clove...
  90. Thread: Flat Tire

    by SandburRanch
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    Re: Flat Tire

    That recommended pressure on the door is for the best ride so it can possibly meet its competition and not best for the tire. Remember the Ford and Firestone story ? You've got something to learn...
  91. Thread: Flat Tire

    by SandburRanch
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    Re: Flat Tire

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    I carry a couple of pan head sheet metal screws to plug the hole so I can get home or to a repair shop. Have driven a couple hundred miles...
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    Re: Critters captured on camera

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    Re: Household Well Water Pump Troubles

    After replacing a bladder tank I decided to see just what replacing a bladder would involve. To get the old one out it had to be cut in sections with tin snips through the hole. I've read to...
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    Re: Steel Chain size and length

    1/4" grade 80 spinning chain is all anyone needs up to 70 hp 4x4 for pulling stumps, towing or transporting the tractor. You'll appreciate the weight at days end. This walnut tree was pulled with a...
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    Re: Compact Tractors are Designed All Wrong

    QUOTE:

    1. The 3ph is an abomination. It is an historical industry compromise that, like all compromises, is a mediocrity at best. It is the interface that has launched a thousand hernias (and a...
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    Re: Do we need a warm garage....

    We have 2 stainless sinks and the mounting flanges on both show magnetism traits while the main sink walls and bottoms do not.

    Below is an interesting read on stainless and magnetism.

    Why...
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    Re: Coyotes getting worrisome

    I have fun playing games with my coyotes. To my knowledge none are boy or girl scouts and know how to un-tie a Clove Hitch knot, but at least one sure knew where to chew the rope so he/she could...
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    Re: A couple of JD LA145 issues

    I'm very sorry to hear of those no longer with us.


    This post by " justwork "was in the back of my mind all the while I was locating the problem.

    Removed the manifold and found the carburetor...
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    Re: A couple of JD LA145 issues

    Is this the fuel shut off solenoid on your LA 145? I have a LA 135 with very similar fuel starvation symptoms. I've checked the fuel pump operation and my next step is to check the fuel cut off...
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    Re: To all the Vet's, THANK YOU!!!!

    Before Nam and thanks.
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