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  1. Re: Bolens TX1300/G152 2 cyl 15 hp diesel tractor - Iseki

    Check and make sure the starter itself is solid. Try wiggling it. A mechanic found that mine (similar symptoms) was loose: the long bolts holding it together had worked off a bit. A local...
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    Re: Ended up biting the UTV bullet

    I dunno if she will drive the Ranger or not but at least I can go pick her up and taker her for rides around the farm as well as use it for many other things.

    Ranger's much softer over bumps than...
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    Re: Bolens ts1910 starting weirdness

    When my G174 was cranking slowly and killing batteries I hauled it to the local Massey Ferguson guy. First thing he did was grab the starter and wiggle it up and down. It was loose. "Rebuild the...
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    Mowing Re: Just Bought BX2200 Won't Start

    How much do you weigh? My friend's wife couldn't run her BX because she didn't weigh enough to squish down the seat switch. I fixed it by removing one of the two spring steel plates the seat lands...
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    Re: MF 135 rear wheel

    Your tire repair guy may block the rusted hole in the rim and drill you a new one, then patch or replace the tube and put the fluid back in. A total bill of about $100 wouldn't be too bad.
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    Re: Tractor overheating

    Sounds like it's a genuine overheating situation rather than a defective sender. The missing coolant may well have escaped through the overflow tube when the radiator cap let it by to vent excessive...
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    Re: BX Seat Safety Switch

    Thanks for the pix. I removed the extra plate from my friends' BX2350 and the wife took off with it, all happy.
  8. Re: Battery for Iseki Tractor Tx1300/1500 series

    I measured the battery, noted where the positive post was, and toured the display at Wal-Mart until I found the correct model.
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    Re: Engine life

    My neighbour has a John Deere loader tractor with over 30,000 hours on it. His father used it for custom work for many years.
  10. Re: 48" Braber rotary mower cuts better on Bolens G174 than on Kubota B7510 HST

    I've done some looking at parts diagrams. The 40" and 48" rotary mowers should have a steeper gear ratio than the 60" and 72" machines. The standard 40 hp rated gearbox runs at a 1:1.4 ratio. ...
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    Re: Operating hours

    Another variable would be hours spent idling on police vehicles. My son bought a beater Suburban to tow his track car. It had about 180,000 km, but the dash showed 5700 hours. It was an RCMP...
  12. Re: For those retired....what do you enjoy most?

    You do that too?

    Any slack time in summer I devote to mowing around my 25,000 little trees. No real mental activity is required.

    Taking the dog for a run is a major source of pleasure in...
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    Re: My Iseki working

    Mr, Boykin made them from Cockers, American Water, Springers and Chessies.

    I looked up the website and saw a lot of spaniels with Chessie eyes. Good looking dogs, though. Back in the '70's I had...
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    Re: TAFE India and Massey

    If they're good enough for the Duck Dynasty crew, they're good enough for me. <GRIN>

    I'm the proud owner of a Phil Robertson special, a 1995 TAFE 35DI. Phil's pulled the trailer while his...
  15. Buying a used Kubota in Ontario, Canada

    What documents can one expect the owner to produce regarding ownership and loan payment/lien clearance?

    This is a bit time sensitive. I'm inquiring for a friend.

    Thanks,

    Rod
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    Re: My Iseki working

    I like the dogs. They're field-bred cocker spaniels?

    Years ago we had a litter of them and they had topknots like the ones in the photo. One 37 lb. male was the best duck and grouse dog I have...
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    Rear Finish Mower Re: Woods RM48 belt size

    The diagram already in this thread will be a big help. I also discovered a trick to install the belt. I use a length of 1" web strap, doubled, so that I can pull hard on it with both hands. When...
  18. Re: Ranger TM hot weather electrical question

    There's another end to battery cables? I guess I'd better put the TM up on the hoist and go exploring underneath, following Troutsqueezer's directions.
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    Re: Field boss 31

    I bought a drive shaft boss for my Bolens from Sam's Bolens on the Internet. Excellent service.
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    Re: Field boss 31

    I bought a drive shaft boss for my Bolens from Sam's Bolens on the Internet. Excellent service.
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    Re: TS2205 still over heating

    I went around and around on this with my Bolens G174 last year. Turns out those heat sensors fail frequently. A supplier in California sent me one for a Yanmar, but it was the wrong thread. ...
  22. Ranger TM hot weather electrical question

    The 2004 TM (730 hours) gets a lot of use in summer around the property. The only annoying trait is that it takes several tries on the ignition key for the starter to engage, after which it starts...
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    Re: B2320 Advice

    "The (tires) left some marks on the grass. I believe it's a combination of going a little fast on turns, and having FEL weight."

    Last year I bought a B7510 and for most things it is a vast...
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    Re: B2320 Advice

    Agreed. It will handle the 48" rotary mower without the weights most of the time, but it's those other times, like when you lift to clear an obstruction while pointing slightly uphill... The sprayer...
  25. Re: anyone heard of "superpack" - crusher run material? supposed to be superior?

    Funny there's no mention of the word on Google except in the context of cardboard boxes.
  26. Re: Largest finish/brush mower a G174 could safely power

    You'll need 3 suitcase weights even to run the 48" bush hog safely. A 48" finish mower weighs about 300 lb, but more importantly it mounts closer to the back axle of the tractor. The bush hog seems...
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    Tiller Re: gray market rottotiller

    Nice cap, Flusher. Is that a commercial model, and is it a good size for your B7510?
  28. 48" Braber rotary mower cuts better on Bolens G174 than on Kubota B7510 HST

    I recently put a couple of tanks through the Kubota B7510 trimming around 15,000 tree seedlings with the 48" Braber rotary cutter. As long as the grass wasn't too long it did a good job. When I...
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    Re: What's your most hated weed?

    Wild Parsnip. I think it initially spread along the rural roads from sanders in the winter. The juice contains a photo sensitizer which makes it dangerous to handle. And it grows quickly. I chase...
  30. Re: Just changed the hydraulic oil in my B7510 HST for the first time.

    Paragraph 1: The other plug would be the strainer, with its 26 mm size. In retrospect it would have been a lot easier to remove and replace if I had done it before I put the new filter on.
    ...
  31. Just changed the hydraulic oil in my B7510 HST for the first time.

    I just finished changing the hydraulic oil in the Kubota B7510. It's quite a job. I'm told HST machines live or die on the condition of their oil, so it needs doing every 300 hours. The previous...
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    Re: Bought a Yamaha Terrapro

    The works of this mower are very similar to my old Woods 48" 3pt hitch mower. It seems in pretty good condition, but you'll go through a lot of belts if you don't replace the rusted main pulleys...
  33. Loader Say I want to buy a FEL for my B7510?

    When I bought the B7510 (with 5' mmm) last year it was primarily for use as a mower: 2 acres of lawns and 25 acres of trees on a 48" bush hog (shared with a 35 hp tractor on a 60" Rhino). But I...
  34. Re: B2320 with 48 inch Bush Hog(rotary cutter) - Can they cut heavy tall weeds well

    I use a 48" generic rotary mower on my B7510. It has no more trouble with long grass than does my 35 hp TAFE on a Rhino 60". The difference is how the field looks a week later. The wide turf tires...
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    Dirt Moving Re: The little Bolens G174 that could

    Would anyone have a loader which would fit this tractor?
  36. Re: Which box blade for a B7510 with turf tires?

    Too late. I bought a 5', then ended up using it on my 17 hp Bolens/Iseki G174 with tire chains on the rears to cope with the mud on this construction site. It's doing the job, though at a glacial...
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    Re: bolens G174

    Yeah, there's room to put it back in.
  38. Which box blade for a B7510 with turf tires?

    I have the price sheet before me and I need some input before I pull the trigger on a purchase. Candidates are a lightweight 4', a lightweight 5', a hd 5' and a hd 6' which I would use with my 35 hp...
  39. Which tractor for the box blade: 35 hp 2wd or 21 hp 4wd?

    My TAFE 35 hp 2WD has a good loader with a leveling feature and 5' bucket. It has loaded agricultural rear tires and the Massey Ferguson float system on its 3 pt hitch.

    My Kubota B7510 HST has...
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    Dirt Moving The little Bolens G174 that could

    The problem was a set of footings for my friend's new house, surrounded by the edges of the excavation. Vertical rebar for styrofoam/concrete walls prevented the use of a larger tractor.

    Faced...
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    Re: Massey Harris 50 tractormeter

    On a Perkins diesel there's a fitting on the end of the camshaft, I think. On my MF35 I only found it once, to put on the new cable. It's hard to see in there.
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    Re: Low speed chase in Alberta

    What I found remarkable in the story was the depth of snow. Is it exceptionally heavy this year in your area?

    Sugar making was a bust for me this year in Eastern Ontario as we couldn't get near...
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    Low speed chase in Alberta

    One of the readers of my blog sent this account of a jewel and gun thief fleeing the Mounties in a John Deere 6400.

    Stolen tractor halted in low-speed chase in rural Alberta - The Globe and Mail
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    Re: Is this a pathology?

    Dr. Zinj:

    You could do worse. You could use a horse.

    Rod

    Dolly, the Belgian Mare | Walnut Diary
  45. Buying Advice Re: looking at Kubota project 6950 for $9900? Or should I go new(er) ...

    africa932003:

    In our area there are all kinds of farmers retiring and offering perfectly serviceable tractors for sale at low prices. I'd think a target price for a first tractor could be a lot...
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    Re: Is this a pathology?

    Yep, I agree. But there is another variable, the snow melt.

    Yesterday after supper I struggled through a half-mile of dreadful snowshoeing conditions to reach the stranded MF35 with the winch...
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    Re: Is this a pathology?

    No, 7 mph is too slow for lake driving in winter. I might put tracks on a high-end Polaris Ranger at some point in the next couple of years, though.
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    Re: Castle nut removal on a rotary mower

    Are you sure there isn't a hole in the housing where you can jam about a 3" piece of firewood?

    Then you need a large 1" drive socket, about 1 3/8", if I recall correctly. A 4' piece of sturdy...
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    Re: Is this a pathology?

    Saturday's visitors were a hoot. Dr. Xu Han, a young woman who has just completed her Phd. in biology, brought along her 11-month-old son, Larry (named after the St. Lawrence River) and her mother,...
  50. Re: Ground Hogs (aka Wood Chucks) Digging in Pole Barn

    The best long-term solution is to have a coyote take up residence on your property. Takes care of mice, rats, and any windfall pears, as well.

    If you want a woodchuck to move out of a specific...
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    Re: Is this a pathology?

    Yes, we hang 50 to 70 buckets to make syrup over a wood-fired arch in a 2 X 4' stainless steel pan with a smaller finishing pan. Why do visitors arrive? Graduate students at Queen's University in...
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    Is this a pathology?

    Ever since I test drove a Kawasaki Mule on tracks I have been getting stuck in the still-deep snow on the farm in Leeds County, Ontario.

    Yesterday I buried my friend's 4WD Polaris Ranger, and...
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    Re: Home Depot Bulldog 700 4x4 UTV?

    I have that engine/transmission in my 2004 Ranger TM, and it does have engine braking, as well as excellent disk brakes. My friend's Ranger 500 does not have engine braking, as you say.
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    Re: Home Depot Bulldog 700 4x4 UTV?

    I have that Robin/Subaru engine in my Ranger TM, the 2WD "geezer" edition. With 700 trouble-free hours on the Ranger, we love it. If that engine suddenly idles too quickly, check the throttle...
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    Re: Iseki Videos and Photos

    This is a great collection of pictures and videos. Thanks.
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    Re: Iseki Videos and Photos

    That's crazy to put a hitch that high. It'll kill someone. The pull point must be below the line of the rear axle or the tractor will flip if the trailer catches on something solid.
  57. Re: How to convince the wife to let me get one

    I have found the most effective way to pave the way for a new purchase is to:

    1. Launch into a month of two of compulsive searches of want-ads. Wild goose chases soften wives up quite...
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    Walter George Bruhl's obituary

    This funny self-penned obituary has gone viral this morning. It's worth a read.

    Grandfather Pens Hilarious Self-Written Obit Before Passing Away | iVillage.ca
  59. Re: Cutting out flooring close to a wall question

    Can you cut the flooring free from the joist with a reciprocating saw with a wrecking blade (metal and wood)? Watch for wires and sparks, but a 6 amp reciprocating saw is a formidable tool for that...
  60. Re: Need your opinion on this 6 wheel Polaris Ranger???

    The only downside to the 6X6 has been their poor interaction with lawns. Everybody I know who has used one commented on how the back wheels tear up turf as they resist turning on smooth, soft...
  61. Re: Any Polaris 4WD Experts? I'm Disappointed With My Ranger 500 In Snow

    jdjdjd:

    My 2004 Ranger is a 2wd, but my friend bought a 2002 500 4WD a couple of years ago. With 1750 hours on the clock we didn't expect a whole lot from it, but we drove it extensively on the...
  62. Re: Logistics of firewood hauling and splitting?

    I have tried a variety of tractor/trailer combinations to reduce the labour in moving a couple of cords per year from the woods to the floor of my shop, beside the stove.

    1. The most efficient is...
  63. Re: Any Polaris 4WD Experts? I'm Disappointed With My Ranger 500 In Snow

    Have you run the thing up on a car hoist to see if the front brakes are dragging? My friend's 2002 Ranger 500 tracks very well on ice in 4WD, and runs well through snow until it belly-hangs.
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    Re: Any idea what this is?

    Here's an artistic photo of the prop: The Last Airbender | Donald Reese Photography
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    Re: Any idea what this is?

    Tucker Sno-Cat with Custom Armor | ZombiePlace.Com
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    Any idea what this is?

    My friend Tom took this photo near Reading, PA today.

    We're trying to figure out what it is.

    362396
  67. Re: Everything Attachments Rotary Cutter....FIRST LOOK!!!

    I think a 48" would be a better fit for your tractor, if space permits.
  68. Re: Diesel Pickups in the snow and those front hooks

    Find yourself a short bodied 4 cylinder, 4WD pickup. My Tacoma in 4th gear low range at 4000 rpm will pretty nearly plane over firm snow -- all you need is a clear place to stop. It takes light...
  69. Mowing Re: Kubota Mower for BX or B: belly or rear grooming mower?

    After buying a Kubota B7510 with 60" mmm, I sold my Woods rear-mounted finish mower. The mmm does a much better job on uneven lawns because of the geometry of pto implements: every dip produces a...
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    The Phil Robertson Special

    Duck Dynasty t-shirts are turning up all over the place as the popular reality show gradually colonizes the North American culture, but I'm just sitting back counting my money as I wait for the...
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    Re: 2004 Polaris Ranger Query

    My memory failed me in the earlier missive. My compact tractors take 2.5 litres of oil. The Ranger TM is full with 1.6 litres when the filter is changed, though your results may vary. Sorry about...
  72. Re: Bolens Iseki G174 Hi From snowy Vermont.

    We need pictures, Richard.

    Hint for a snowy climate: a G174 in turf tires can use the tire chains off an army surplus Jeep on its rear wheels. Beware of a roll-over if one back wheel drops...
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    Re: Mid size vs full size polaris utv

    I like my full-sized Ranger TM's ability to travel on ruts through deep snow left by my Tacoma or 35 hp tractor. The wide tread is a real help during logging and sugar-making seasons.
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    Re: 2004 Polaris Ranger Query

    That's a good looking TM. I have the same one with 700 hours on it. The TM's starter is noisy. If you manage to take yours off, don't throw the old one away as it will likely still be working...
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    Re: Tafe 5000DE steering cylinder removal.

    I've heard 5000DE parts in many cases are identical to pieces for the MF243 (it certainly looks similar). Are the steering parts the same and/or interchangeable?


    What I've found with a TAFE...
  76. Re: Finally got to cut a large solid tree with the460 24" bar.

    Nobody has mentioned what kind of tree it was. I don't recognize it.
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    Re: 2013 Tundra oil change interval

    "I would change the oil at 5,000 and 15,000 miles on my dime, and let them do it at 10,000 along with their tire rotation."

    That's what the previous owner of my '02 Tacoma did. The 7500 mile...
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    Re: Starting your tractor in the winter.

    On a recent cold day in Eastern Ontario I plugged in two tractors, a Kubota B7510 and a TAFE 351, using my new Kill-A-Watt to record the current consumed. 1 kw hour on the meter heated and started...
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    Re: Bolens G174 vs Yanmar YM1700

    The Bolens turf tires are very durable and the diff doesn't tear up my lawn when mowing the way my much-newer Kubota B-series does. Winter traction isn't good with Bolens's turf tires, but I...
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    Re: Wallenstein winch operation

    Cautionary Tale:

    In my salad years I worked as a surveyor in the summer. This job was a long, rising curve with muskeg between the hills on the Rideau Ferry Road. When it came time to install...
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    Snow Re: B7510 keeps surprising.

    The Kill-A-Watt corrected my earlier reading. It draws 3.49 amps. That's a more sensible energy level for a block heater of this size. The 1200 watts on the cord might be a CSA rating for the cord...
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    Snow Re: B7510 keeps surprising.

    The block heater went in just as the technician said it would. He had suggested not draining the coolant, just topping it up afterward. When the plug came out I had a nervous moment before the...
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    Snow Re: B7510 keeps surprising.

    I stopped by the local dealer and picked up a screw-in heater. The instructions for installation in the box were totally bogus in that they involved cutting a hose. A dealership service guy took...
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    Snow Re: B7510 keeps surprising.

    I see both Mendonsy and Firefighter use 54" blowers. The last two days when I've used the Bota to move frozen snow I have found the 60" blower is working the motor pretty hard in heavy cutting, even...
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    Re: 3 PH splitter questions

    Murph and Ovrszd have provided good advice.

    One advantage of a 3 pt hitch splitter might have to do with work height. It's pretty adjustable when the splitter is hooked to the back of a...
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    Snow B7510 keeps surprising.

    My 2WD tractor could barely move without chains in the 8" of wet snow which fell overnight, so I decided to try the Kubota I had bought privately last June. So far it has outperformed my other...
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    Re: Kubota vs Ranger

    I own a 2004, 640 cc Ranger TM which produces 18 hp from its 2 cylinder Robin engine. Last year my friend bought an ancient 2003 Ranger 500 (1700 hours) which gets about 30 hp from a single cylinder...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    But the two generators at the same address weren't connected. The house generator panel would have isolated the key circuits from the rest and connected them to the proper emergency generator. The...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    That story didn't really add up, the guy already had a proper standby generator system which means it either auto or manually breaks the curcuit from the street so even adding another generator its...
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    Re: Starting your tractor in the winter.

    Murph:

    That depends upon the manual. Every one I have used has significant errors in it. For example on my TAFE it lists three hydraulic settings: back for loader, upright for 3 pt. hitch,...
  91. Re: TSC 3-point Log Splitter on Massey Ferguson 175

    Do you have the inside hydraulic lever up at the top, for constant pumping?

    At first I ran my splitter off the remote on my TAFE351, an Indian clone of a MF135. Its tipping lever has to be jammed...
  92. Re: TSC 3-point Log Splitter on Massey Ferguson 175

    According to the brochure I attached, a MF175 has finger tip controls of hydraulic pressure, and it appears as though the remotes are adjusted low for safety in tipping trailers. Shouldn't be hard...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    Speaking of backfeeds:

    My retired electrician-friend told me Hydro guys ran into an unexpected backfeed when servicing an area with solar fields attached. Apparently there's an automatic...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    The transfer switch is a 30 amp panel wired into the other two 200 amp panels in the house, with key circuits redirected to it. The extra panel was needed to tidy up the wiring when I renovated half...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    I'll have to hook the Bolens up and play with it again. I think it was 108v, though.

    What I have figured out from personal messages and posts here is that the Kubota's a better choice for serious...
  96. Re: 8n will start and idle fine but missfires at half throttle to full! PLEASE HELP

    I don't know how the air cleaner is set up on an 8N, but I had the same problem with my MF35 Perkins diesel and it was the oil bath air cleaner flooded with rain water.
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    On Sunday afternoons in rural Eastern Ontario I have often seen the voltage creep up as high as 260v on 220. My planer can handle heavier loads then than at other times in the week.

    When we set...
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    Re: 64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    Under heavier loads on 220v the 17 PTO hp Kubota actually increased voltage. The governor's more alert, I guess. As well, it was running at 2500 rpm to get 540 on the PTO vs the casual lope of the...
  99. Re: Has anybody run a PTO generator with a Bolens G174?

    When the Kill-a-Watt arrived I tried it on the Bolens. At about 2/3 throttle (no tach) the G174 spun the BAUMALight up to 120v but the voltage dropped back to 108 under a 12 amp (120v) load. I...
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    64 hertz and a Kill-a-Watt

    Portable generators, not connected to a utility system, need not tightly regulate their frequency, because typical loads are insensitive to small frequency deviations. Wikipedia

    Yesterday I...
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