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    Re: Screwed up loader arms with grapple

    Yep. I would also. Can't stand to have issues with my equipment that slow me down and/or cause aggravation. I need things to work when I need to work.
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    Due to TBN and other Internet posts, I narrowed my choices down to a Polaris Ranger and a Kawasaki Mule Pro-FX EPS LE. After driving both I bought a Polaris Ranger 900XP EPS mainly for the...
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    Re: How much trailer do I need?

    Tool, TOOL- not toy :-)
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    Re: HEMI Under Glass.....

    Yep. Agree. I will be 65 in Feb, can work outside in the heat and cold around the property doing heavy work better than a lot of younger folks, but not as long as previously. Or maybe I just...
  5. Thread: Trailer???

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    Re: Trailer???

    Agreed. But all factory built trailers still come with a Certificate of Origin that is signed over to the owner/new owner like a title is and shows proof of ownership. I know this goes back at...
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    Re: HEMI Under Glass.....

    I grew up with that stuff and spent lots of money in the day on fast cars at the track and on the street. And did my own wrenching, blueprinting, etc. Actually did so until ~ 10 years ago. A...
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    Price Check Re: Need advice from Kioti People

    BTW: My Kioti dealer is ~ 150 miles away and have never needed him other than a couple phone calls initially with an add-on hydraulic issue that ended up being just a loose quick connect hose...
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    Price Check Re: Need advice from Kioti People

    Can't help you much but the price would be attractive to me with those low hours. I would probably make an offer and see where it went. I like my Kioti DK45HST a lot and would purchase another...
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    Re: Binders and chains

    +1. I use 5/16"-70 when using the tractor and tie down on the trailer with 3/8"-70 and 3/8" high strength ratchets for my tractor weight of ~ 7200# with implements and loaded rear tires. Two chains...
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    3-Point Hitch Re: DK5010 3-Point Hitch wont lower

    No draft control. Huh... Never would have guessed. Draft control is certainly on my moderately long, mandatory list.
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    Re: How much trailer do I need?

    Similar circumstance here with my Kioti, bucket and various 3PH implements. My 20' 10.4k is as small as I want (wish I had a 12k) and allows me a smidgen of room to adjust load balancing. My...
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    Re: Chainsaw won't start when hot

    My experiences may be different than yours as I drain all of the stabilized fuel from my 2/4 cycle utility engines when done with them unless I will be using them again soon, such as the lawn mower...
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    Traction Re: diff lock question

    I have the same tractor you do and sometimes it locks and sometimes not. My guess is linkage adjustment, but have not actually taken the time to look at it yet.
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    Grapple Re: WR Long 3rd function valve issue

    I had a similar problem on mine shortly after delivery of the tractor. Drove me nuts. Called the dealer and we worked it together over the phone to no avail. I went through all of the electrical...
  15. Thread: Box blade

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    Re: Box blade

    Yep, we all have our needs. Mine are ground engaging with the 3PH- such as ROBB, rake, PHD and subsoiler. The TnT makes all of these implements much easier to use in my hands and allows me to be...
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    Re: How do you haul your side by side?

    I took Sysop's comment as a metaphor for the whole rig looks unsafe and haphazard- but I can't speak to Sysop's intentions. Your rig does not look unsafe to me.

    That truck appears to be...
  17. Thread: Box blade

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    Re: Box blade

    Yep. I have TnT and makes most any 3PH attachment a breeze to operate. And love the ROBB with no need for adjusting when changing from scarifiers to blade ops and back.
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    Re: How do you haul your side by side?

    Chuckle. And think about the danger to all of the others on the roadways. There is no way this can be safe from any standpoint.
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    Re: How do you haul your side by side?

    The 83" is just a little bit more money, ~$100 and I think a better buy. My dealer also suggested the 83" as maybe a better buy but all of his landscape customers use the 77" width due to...
  20. Thread: Big tex 45 SS

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    Re: Big tex 45 SS

    We see similar here in SC and I would understand that if all trailer manufacturers in a certain class were rated like that in a particular state, like all single axle trailers are in SC that I have...
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    Re: How do you haul your side by side?

    I have a new Ranger XP 900 EPS and this is how I brought it home: 472606

    I also have a 6' x 10' utility trailer with 4' ramp. Knowing the trailer would be too small but needing to weld a bunch...
  22. Thread: Big tex 45 SS

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    Re: Big tex 45 SS

    If it has 2 each 3500# axles, why would the GVWR only be 4490#? The empty trailer should weigh ~ 1500# - 1800# with the GTWR being ~ 7000#.

    I avoided some trailers locally due to the GVWR (GTWR)...
  23. Thread: Box blade

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    Re: Box blade

    +1. Also, if your ground is very hard like mine, as someone else mentioned, you may need a good rain to soak in and soften it. During our dry summer months, my 720# ROBB will just drag across the...
  24. Thread: Trailer???

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    Re: Trailer???

    First: Wow. That is a heavy duty trailer for a 16 footer. What are you planning on hauling with it?



    I am one of those few who has registered trailers (equipment and utility) as I may travel...
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    Re: How to rid Coyote's

    I have no coyote experience and they are rare very locally, but I understand they are more prevalent down the road a piece from our new home.

    I am fencing the cleared portion of my back yard to...
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    Yep. One needs the weight. I have the 6' version of Jeff's and it weighs 700+ pounds. For my hard, rocky, clay soil I could really use something more like 1000 pounds. But 700+ works and just...
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    Re: Post hole digger stand

    I have investigated many different ways to store a PHD. Most seem to weight ~ 175 pounds up to 250 pounds for the mid weights many of us use. A friend's TSC/SpeeCo PHD weighs ~ 187# and my ETA 6900...
  28. Thread: Kioti key

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    Re: Kioti key

    I had an identical filter experience with them and will never purchase from that firm again. That said, the HST filter is working okay as far as I know.
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    Re: Ford aluminum truck beds are strong how?

    Yep. Mostly. I had to do the same thing on a new Polaris Ranger XP 900 as the bed is plastic and I purchased a think rubber mat. Along with something for the plastic cab flooring.
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    Re: Truck vs tree...Sometimes the truck wins

    Ha, ha. I was saying to myself, how stupid, no ... way, etc. Chuckle.
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    Re: Root Removal - BB Rippers?

    My property is a small hardwood forest with heavy, dense clay and rock as deep as I and the various utility companies have gone. I cleared ~ 1.5+ acres for our new home site and had a bulldozer...
  32. Thread: Towing

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    Re: Towing

    I should have posted all of my thoughts into a single post but it is kind of disjointed today. My actual preferred method of moving logs is to cut them into manageable lengths, depending upon...
  33. Thread: Towing

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    Re: Towing

    And attached to the draw bar clevis assembly, this would really makes things safer. I have one but have yet to use it as I have not had to drag anything a long enough distance. It is fairly heavy...
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    Re: Have you ever heard of this before?

    I have had strange things happening like this on a rare occasion. In my case I think it has something to do with the draft/depth control vs. the position controls. My top link is mounted in the...
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    Re: Root Removal - BB Rippers?

    +1 to all previous posts. My tractor weighs ~ 7k pounds, depending, with filled rear tires and a 2"+ root will stop it dead in its tracks using my 720# ROBB with its shanks down. Maybe if I were...
  36. Thread: Towing

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    Re: Towing

    + 1 as the generally preferred method and the method I use if possible. But if dragging something like a tree that may be prone to dig into the ground as it is being pulled, it is probably best to...
  37. Re: which brand quick connects for winch installation?

    I use these types and have crimped many 00 - 6 gauge lugs. I crimp 8 gauge and larger and solder 10 gauge and smaller. The 10 ton hydraulic crimper is barely adequate in my hands and if I had it to...
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    Re: Very simple fence unroller build

    TnAndy and DJ54: You two have each built nice unrollers that will last forever :-). Looks like we are all using Red-Brand fence. The best thing available in my area and available at TSC. The big...
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    Very simple fence unroller build

    I am building a 72" woven wire horse fence with two top wires for 7' total height to keep the pesky deer and predators out. Since the deer feel the wife's new garden and new fruit trees are part of...
  40. Re: Another stuck PHD auger- modification of the standard pipe wrench methodology

    Yep, I know how to drill holes. I think what happened was it drilled down okay, well as okay as one can have on my property, and was able to drill past a protruding rock in the hole that the flights...
  41. Re: Another stuck PHD auger- modification of the standard pipe wrench methodology

    My bit tip is the standard screw tip seen on most augers. I saw that fishtail/butterfly auger tip you upgraded top on two different OEM augers but never was able to find out what the difference...
  42. Re: Another stuck PHD auger- modification of the standard pipe wrench methodology

    A lot of great ideas. I tried turning the PTO shaft to no avail. It took the tractor pulling on the 48" pipe wrench to budge it most likely due to the damp, sticky, red clay. Had it been sandy...
  43. Another stuck PHD auger- modification of the standard pipe wrench methodology

    Making post holes in my soil is a combination of trying to start the hole with the auger and when it stops digging after a couple inches, get out the digging bars and manual rock post hole digger. ...
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    Re: Any 2015/2016 Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 experience?

    I drove the Polaris Ranger 800 6 x 6. I REALLY like all of the storage space in the bed and the bed tool box. But with no power steering available from the factory I had to cross this off the list...
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    Re: Got my EA Severe EXtreme Landscape Rake in.

    Using the gauge wheels fixed my "peaks and valleys" issues (hoop-d-doos?) and allowed for a very smooth, level surface. I could not have done the fine job it turned out to be without the wheels. ...
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    Re: Bobcat and CK Kioti series are basicly the same.

    I spent a lot of time trying to decide between LS and Kioti. I liked both equally and it was a hard/agonizing decision as each brand had design points I favored the other did not have. I decided on...
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    Re: Got my EA Severe EXtreme Landscape Rake in.

    I was very glad I purchased the wheel kit with mine. ETA has a video about the rake with a brief blurb about using the top, sliding mount; I have not used it yet and am not certain how it is...
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    Re: Bobcat and CK Kioti series are basicly the same.

    Hmmm. I knew that Kioti built some Bobcats as LS built some New Hollands and would have assumed the only differences were the standard equipment and paint color. Have to wonder why wiring would be...
  49. Re: which brand quick connects for winch installation?

    I have a winch on my truck, Jeep and tractor, along with high amperage inverters and 1 gauge jumper cables and use these connectors on them all. Plus I believe they are compatible with Anderson...
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    Re: Any 2015/2016 Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 experience?

    How do you like the EV? I like the quietness a lot but really question the range, loadability and off road ability vs. a gasoline powered unit. How does yours compare?
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    Re: Any 2015/2016 Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 experience?

    And this is the reason I initially discounted Polaris in my investigations. But as time has gone on I am seeing a lot of good reports across the Internet on Polaris. I am hoping it is just a matter...
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    Re: Any 2015/2016 Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 experience?

    :-) Thanks. Very kind offer. With the negative Yamaha Viking responses (noise) it has fallen to the bottom of my list now until I can get to at least drive one. The Mule Pro-FX EPS has been on...
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    Re: Review - LockNLube Grease Gun Coupler

    Due to me raving about the LNL several times, a friend with an old Ford found the LNL to be not near as useful as it is on mine and has gone back to a regular coupling due to the bulk of the LNL...
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    Any 2015/2016 Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 experience?

    I plan on purchasing a sidexside UTV this year and have been eliminating vehicles. I am down to Yamaha Viking EPS, Kawasaki Mule Pro-FX EPS LE and the Polaris Ranger 6x6. I do not need a UTV but...
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    Re: box blade wet pot hole advice

    Yep. A farmer friend has a 48" unit he stumbled across really inexpensively from an owner who had no clue what it was... He uses it on his private road that is ~ 1/3 mile long and he loves it. Even...
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    Re: tow all trailer dollies

    I stumbled across this rig awhile back and thought the engineering was interesting. I also wondered how much of a market there would be for something like this. Never considered the double trailer...
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    Re: box blade wet pot hole advice

    +1 I never worry about low spots holding water as I do a repair as the water helps to keep the immediate area soft so I can add larger/coarser material and then pound/push it into the ground. The...
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    Re: Kioti HST PTO true neutral position?

    Sorry for my tardy reply. About half of my TBN emails end up in the Spam folder and I have to remember to look there for anything new. I received an email notification of the yesterday morning...
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    Kioti HST PTO true neutral position?

    I have a 2013 Kioti DK45 HST and have been using the PTO and PHD digging 9" - 24" diameter fence post holes in very hard, very rocky ground. The last (so far) 9" hole took 4 hours to create (ended...
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    Re: I'm Looking At All The Major Brand UTV's

    Thanks rgr33. I have pretty much made up my mind PS is a requirement with a loaded UTV, especially for when the wife is driving it, and is one reason the Mahindra did not come home with me.
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    Re: I'm Looking At All The Major Brand UTV's

    I test drove the 2015 Mahindra 750L version of the truck yesterday. I have never driven a UTV prior to this one, but here are my impressions:
    - Really great bed. High quality materials. Too bad...
  62. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    pwrite: It sounds like to have the right equipment available and a good plan. I had similar but my soil would not allow me to be as productive as you may be and was far more laborious than...
  63. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    Chuckle. Same here. Good rake.
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    I think any weak link will depend upon the quality of the box blade, the size of tractor used, the soil conditions and operator experience.

    My ROBB is moderately built (72" x 710 pounds) and used...
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    Re: Diesel Can Spout Mechanism Into the Tank

    My Kioti does not have one either and it certainly is a very good idea.
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    Re: I'm Looking At All The Major Brand UTV's

    :thumbsup: Thanks. Sounds reasonable.
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    I do not believe that anyone here feels that newer cars are less safe than older cars- quite the opposite. My premise is as you may have alluded to, there are not a set of goals established to...
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    Excellent analysis. The same thing can be applied to almost any group on any side of almost any subject.
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    Re: I'm Looking At All The Major Brand UTV's

    Thanks bunches. The list price is $14,100 + $700 for delivery. Others on TBN have mentioned pricing a lot higher on UTV's in general for added things like: assembly fees of $1700, etc. What was...
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    Re: I'm Looking At All The Major Brand UTV's

    This is #1 on my list after Internet shopping, including TBN. There is not one in my immediate area to see nor test drive. The only negative comments I can find about this UTV is its throttle...
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    In the end, I am glad to see the aluminum bodied F150 do well in this test and hope other manufacturers follow Ford's lead for increases in fuel economy and capacities. I almost purchased one with...
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    Absolutely true. We are exposed to it every day on the local and national news, plus so many things on the Internet in so many ways. Lemmings... I am afraid.
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    +2. I think my Ram 2500 diesel, 10k# suspension would probably just run over their barrier :-)
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    Re: Diesel Can Spout Mechanism Into the Tank

    Kind of off the point but I filter all of my fuel for water, etc. as I pour it into the tank with no worries of anything getting in otherwise. I use this one on the tractor and smaller ones on other...
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    Others will probably respond and provide their input and maybe someone is familiar with your type of soil conditions.

    The only way I could fix my mushy/muddy driving surfaces was to grade with a...
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    Re: 2016 Truck Crash Test

    Yep. Ford has done a fine job with the F150.
  77. Thread: PTO

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    Re: PTO

    Agree with sensor failure, adjustment, etc. I seem to recall that LS makes a lot if not all of the Boomer series of tractors. You may want to post in the LS section.
  78. Thread: Likes/Dislikes

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    Re: Likes/Dislikes

    Years ago Sears used to be my go-to place for any tool they sold. I even had a large garden tractor that provided excellent service for 15 years that was purchased ~ 1998 and I passed to a friend...
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    Now you have seen a bunch of different answers, all correct for each user in their circumstances. Your best option now would be to explain what your intended uses are and soil types.
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    Absolutely +1. Works well for most 3PH attachments, even post hole diggers.
  81. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    Yes it is. And the EA holes in my equipment are always nicely formed.

    I notice it also has the landing gear/parking support rod. I ended up having to remove mine as the EA rake is my only...
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    Box Scraper Re: Is there really a difference in box blades?

    I have the same blade jeff9366 has except in the 72" version and really enjoy the usefulness and quality of this ROBB. My soil is very hard clay and very rocky with rock sizes in excess of 1000#. ...
  83. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    My super uber v3.0 version is just a regular rake, no offset, no functional adjustments other than the ability to use either the standard type of top link connection/position or the floating position.
  84. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    I will be retired next year and am looking forward to it :-) But the work around the house continues and my equipment choices will stay the same. My aggravation factor needs to stay pretty low.
    ...
  85. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    Here are my experiences.

    When I need to perform a task- any task with the tractor or any other tool I own, it needs to work efficiently and reliably. Typically this means I now only purchase...
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    Re: 3/8" Vs .325 chain cutting ability

    I have a 562XP and a 20" bar with 3/8" chain and feel is a perfect combination for this saw and my oak trees. I also have been watching 550XPs (will use a 16" bar) for a good sale price from an...
  87. Re: Want/need a bigger/better landscape rake. Help me pick.

    I have the ETA rake you mentioned at 84". I purchased the 84" version due to all of the trees on my property and limited maneuverability. I also have the gauge wheels and would not own this rake...
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    +1. I am considering the Mule 4010, Mule Pro-FX EPS LE and Yamaha Viking EPS for late 2016 purchase thanks to all of these posts. :thumbsup:
  89. Re: Kudos to the excellent PHD by TSC\County Line\SpeeCo

    I was thinking about adding a single wire also running parallel to the main fence. Have not decided on the height nor distance away yet. The peanut butter is a great idea. Thanks.
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    Re: 2013 Kioti DK45HSE engine starting key?

    I received the keys from MIE today. Was quoted $9.xx per set of two and was charged $16.xx per set, plus shipping.

    The part number in the parts manual is for the double cut key. The single cut...
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    Mowing Re: PTO Slip Clutch Question

    I am all for safety shields but had no idea one was even available for these PTO slip clutches. When I purchased mine there was not one listed as available and have yet to see any others advertised...
  92. Kudos to the excellent PHD by TSC\County Line\SpeeCo

    Background: This is a new home and we are making improvements almost daily. My ground is very rocky with rock sizes from gravel size to well exceeding a thousand pounds, plus hard clay. Digging in...
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    Re: Kioti and Third Function Valve

    I have a DK40 HST with the WR Long kit installed by my dealer and I can do one or the other- just like yours. I am used to it and it does not hamper my operation.
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    Re: Interesting boom pole lift...

    No. I bought it cheap as NOS (New Old Stock) as it had been sitting at a tractor supply yard for what appeared to be years. Took it home and sanded and painted it Cat yellow. I have it strictly to...
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    Re: Interesting boom pole lift...

    Measured my pole and it is 9' long from the lift pins. lots of leverage out back for a 6800# tractor.463270
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    Re: Interesting boom pole lift...

    Really nice setup.
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    Re: Interesting boom pole lift...

    Yep and from what I understand, is the reason boom poles fail. My heavy boom pole- similar to the one in question can exceed the balance weight of my tractor with a 2k# load on it and no additional...
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    Re: 2013 Kioti DK45HSE engine starting key?

    So I woke up this morning thinking- "Hey, I wonder if all of the TBN email notifies of post responses are in my Spam for some reason?" Yep, full of them for the last month or so and have never had...
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    Re: Interesting boom pole lift...

    I have a long, rectangular, heavy duty boom pole apparently similar in size to that one. It is raining now and early... so am not going to measure mine. It could be a foot or so shorter tho- but is...
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    Re: W.R. Long third function kit

    I purchased a WR long kit with my Kioti tractor from the dealer who also installed it. Great kit. Also ended up having to deal with Nelson Long due to intermittent problems. He and my dealer (100...
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