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    Re: Retirement Question

    There is about twenty different plans and results in this thread and the message has to be that everyone has their own best course of action.
    I'll add in mine here just for reference.
    I took a...
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    Re: The Slow Motion Retirement Plan

    I've just had a long hard couple of days dealing with government officials that don't understand that the money they are making my clients waste is a drain on the whole economy and that their...
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    Re: The Slow Motion Retirement Plan

    It helps balance out loads in the loader bucket so you don't have to put something on the three point hitch every time you need to pick something. Helps with traction too if your pulling a ground...
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    Re: The WICKED Root & Debris GRAPPLE!!!!!!!

    The only phrase I remember from "An officer and a Gentleman" was "Bodacious tah tahs":-)
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    +08F here on the hill. Plowed the road last night and towed my first stuck car of the year. I need to get some kerosene in the fuel tank before I get jell problems .
  6. Re: Tire Chains, Front Tire, John Deere x749 Tractor

    I have to disagree with you here. The rear wheels have more weight on them so drive chain studs deeper into the ice. Also the rears are by design the main driver of the tractor and are built much...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Don't I wish. The weather had been very cooperative but it really doesn't matter to the guys that are 260 feet inside a pipe twelve feet below the surface. They are under one ramp and the North bound...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    18 degrees and snowing. About six inches and counting. First plow pass of the year done and having a coffee before heading back to the tunnel. Broke a hose fitting on the angle hoses. Off to...
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    Re: The Slow Motion Retirement Plan

    Freeze and thaws cycles are a pain in the arrse. An old road contractor once told me he could build a road out of horse feathers if he could just keep them dry. When you get to draining and...
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    Re: The Slow Motion Retirement Plan

    Snow in winter equals good grass come spring. Of course where I am it just means deep mud in the roads come spring but I'm on a whole nother planet from you.
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    Buying Advice Re: What to buy and what's in the HP numbers?

    I don't know about that model Massey"s engine but as a rule the larger the tractor the more work gets done per gallon of fuel used. It may use twice the fuel per hour but should do more then twice...
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    Buying Advice Re: What to buy and what's in the HP numbers?

    Looks like a very nice setup. Did you get your rear tires loaded?
  13. Thread: TRIVA FUN

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    Re: TRIVA FUN

    But not filmed at the same time.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Never used my dremel for that. Always used a common pin heated red hot. Burns right through the nail and as you say. Instant relief. Hard to explain to a kid though when your coming at them with the...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Enjoy it and hope you don't get a lot of flash flooding. Maybe you'll get a few more like it to fill up those reservoirs that are half empty.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    30 degrees this morning and clear. Another good day for deer hunting.
    Years ago they only named hurricanes and they all were named for women. They reminded men of their wives on a tear. And of...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    First snow of the season. Right on time for opening day deer tracking. Also pretty much on the historical schedule for those looking for weather trends.
  18. Thread: TRIVA FUN

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    Re: TRIVA FUN

    Ayup. Plenty of power but a gas hog.
  19. Thread: TRIVA FUN

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    Re: TRIVA FUN

    Who made a 350 ci V6? I owned one so I'm sure of one correct answer.
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    Re: The WICKED Root & Debris GRAPPLE!!!!!!!

    Shall we call this a coincidence?
    I was driving from a regular project meeting back to the job site when I saw water gushing up from an obvious water main break up through the pavement of a city...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    That be us. Jacking a four foot diameter steel sleeve under the interstate to the river bank. 24" sewer goes into it when we are done. Hitting rock fill right now and it is going slow.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    38 degrees and dark this morning. Yes these winter hours take some getting used to. We can tell when quitting time approaches down on the job at exit 18. Two or three flights of geese fly over at...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Just had a bat visit me in my computer room. Had to open some kitchen windows so he could find his way out. He was probably thinking of moving into the attic for the winter while we were gone this...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I don't know about Buppies' limits but you don't want to pave over a wet surface as the water keeps the two from bonding. Your constantly watching the weather and trying to do everything in the dry....
  25. Thread: Coywolf?

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    Re: Coywolf?

    When they reintroduced true wolves to the Yellowstone park the first thing they did was eat all the coyotes they could catch before settling down to a diet of elk and buffalo calves. So just how is...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Made it home from Oshkosh Wisconsin and a wedding. Taking today off to catch up on things and my sleep before heading back to work tomorrow.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Well at least you were inside. I remember donning coat and boots and going out in the snow with a pipe wrench to turn an antenna pipe mast in the ground behind the house. Usually with someone in the...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Another Monday :-( But it is going to be a short week for me. Thursday it is off to Wisconsin to a wedding. :-)
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    All things (and children) considered I have to agree with that point of view. You can certainly get by with what you have while keeping an eye open to Craig's list and auctions for a bargain plow or...
  30. Re: 5045D John deere rock arm don't lift up...

    Been there. All it takes is a blown O ring inside the case that lets pressure blow by. A trip to your dealers shop is the fastest and best fix.
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    Snow Equipment Buying/Pricing Re: 8 foot fisher plow for 5045E

    Giving this a bump so a new member can find it.
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    Well it is just a matter of your budget then. The plows you mention in your original post will serve well but they seam a bit pricey. I had the third function lines added to my tractor when I bought...
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    Nice view you have there. I'd be tempted to just do that with the bucket you have. Do you have chains for the rears and are they loaded?
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    You ain't lying!!! But some of us had to save some on the heated cab so we could aford some things to hitch on behind the tractor in the summer. Can't really do much without something on the...
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    I'm not discounting it just saying the tractor handles it even as far in front as I have my old eight foot Fisher with wings. I do plow both sides of the road to the down hill side switching from...
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    Re: 2013 JD5045E

    I had to tighten all of my hose clamps before 50 hours. Once everything had settled in and I had them tight I've had no more problem. If it is the head gasket that is another thing all together and...
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    On the side push issue I find it is over stated. I haven't had to chain the front tires and get along with just an occasional touch of the split brakes when it is icy underneath. I try not to let...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    It would depend on the strength of the truss. If four foot centers can hold forty pounds of snow per square foot on them OK if not then go two foot centers. If your in Florida it's more about a...
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    That made coffee come out my nose.:laughing:
    http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r597/vtsnowedin/011613135632_zps7385ebc2.jpg
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    Re: Snow Removal Options 5055E

    This has been working for me . Older Fisher plow adapted to my loader with third function for the power angle. With the soft cab I'm comfortable and looking ahead and can do a half mile with three...
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    Re: Hydraulics get the job done.

    Here is what the front end of this machine looks like. Two men are inside it as it bores ahead,There is a conveyor about ten inches wide by ten inches high that fits down the center with the...
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    Hydraulics get the job done.

    I think you guys that are into hydraulics projects might get a kick out of what I'm working with. The pictures show a pusher that creates 400 tons of jacking force and we are boring a four foot...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I picked up a set of eight foot Massy- Fergasen harrows and a set of MF two bottom plows from a local widow whose Farmer had stopped using them over fifteen years ago. I'll need to replace some...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Saw a wood chuck with a mouth full of leaves headed to his winter den. Must make a nice bed for hibernating on.
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    Re: Chains: Front or back?

    That is a pretty good summery but I would add that some tractors that don't have adjustable tread width do not have enough clearance between the inside of the front tires and the steering linkage...
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    Re: LIQUID TIRE BALLAST - WHAT FLUID TO CHOOSE

    I wasn't recommending it just answering the math question. I use what I think is the best product made and designed for the purpose which is "RimGuard" " Also known as beet juice. I think it is...
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    Re: LIQUID TIRE BALLAST - WHAT FLUID TO CHOOSE

    A 50/50 mix would have a specific gravity of 1.04 so 8.33 X 1.04= 8.66 Lbs per gallon.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Actually Bobcats are a separate species from the Canadian Lynx. Vermont has a stable population of bobcats.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobcat
    Now if someone says a caterpillar is cossing their...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    What the local concrete plant uses for the sand portion of their mixes is perfect. And yes they will deliver it in a concrete truck for a price. I had a contractor buy a load today to fill one yard...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    No !!! to me sand is the portion that passes through a quarter inch screen. and "clean sand" has been washed so that no more then five percent of it will pass a number 200 screen.
    The dust that...
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    Re: LIQUID TIRE BALLAST - WHAT FLUID TO CHOOSE

    [QUOTE=fried1765;4254293][/B]vtsnowedin:
    My three old Ford tractors (8N, 3400TLB, and 1920 FEL 4x4) are all for fun, and my personal use.
    I cannot justify beet juice, at a cost approaching 4X...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    That is a ten foot deep jacking pit thirty ft long and twelve ft wide. A tunnel boring machine is (When dry) going to be lowered into it and they are going to tunnel four foot pipe 400 feet under...
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    Re: LIQUID TIRE BALLAST - WHAT FLUID TO CHOOSE

    When I bought my tractor with loader and 6 ft. cutter new they threw in the beet juice to seal the $30K deal. Having dealt with calcium chloride and tubes before there was no other option I would...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    A little bit too steady at my work site.
    http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r597/vtsnowedin/sept%2030%20high%20water%20007_zpsid1yifc5.jpg
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    You need just enough fine sand to fill the voids between the larger stones. Dump a bucket full and back drag it lightly so you don't rearrange the rock you have already placed. We used to use a...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    Cash flow is always a consideration. A emulsion and sand seal is a cheap treatment that won't fix any ruts etc. but will slow down the rate of deterioration. At the least it would give you a couple...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    Why would you be afraid of that? sounds like an excellent project for someone with some time and a tractor.
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    Actually Dgeesaman I think your driveway is in pretty good shape for it's age and could last several more years with no attention whatsoever. If you are fussy and want it to look perfect then it...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    Six inches is cutting it a little close considering the experience level of the average road worker today. A better plan is to place your base a foot wider on each side of the pavement edge and...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    It doesn't appear to be distressed enough for that to be the case. The pavement you have is keeping the base from mixing with the silt below but it isn't strong enough to avoid cracking when a truck...
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    Re: HOW MUCH COUNTER WEIGHT DO I NEED?

    Those would work but the rear 3PH is limited in height of lift. You could move pallets around a yard but not stack them or load and unload trucks that are usually over four feet high to the bed.
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    Re: HOW MUCH COUNTER WEIGHT DO I NEED?

    Thanks for the reply. That is the most positive thing I have done today.
  63. Re: The WICKED GRAPPLE for UTILITY TRACTORS!!!!!!!

    Yes mine is a 500 series with hooks on top and pegs on bottom. When we get to the point of passing money on it I'll confirm c to c distances etc. so there is no problem when I take it off the skid.
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    Re: HOW MUCH COUNTER WEIGHT DO I NEED?

    Load-Quip Steel Bucket Forks 1400-Lb. Capacity, Green, Model# 29211777 | Bucket Accessories| Northern Tool + Equipment
    A picture is worth a thousand words.
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    That is a good way to get to the bottom of the problem. I would only add that instead of adding gravel I would add just inch and a half minus concrete stone. The mix that comes out of the grinder...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    No measuring tape in the photos but say 14 ft wide by 1000 ft long ?
    if so and if your local price for state spec road asphalt was say $65 per ton placed it would be...
    ...
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    Re: Asphalt driveway damage / repair

    You don't have enough quality base under the pavement to carry truck loads in spring when the ground is saturated with water. Hense the alligator cracks. Sealing it will help keep the water out but...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    The problem I had with mine was if I left a sink full to soak and the plug failed it would run down and off to the dishwasher through its drain hose then out the washer door, once too much was in the...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Looks great. You want at least six inches of crown on an unpaved drive and a bit more in steep sections. Yours looks about right as you have it graded now.
    I'd get a load of clean sand and chink...
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    Re: HOW MUCH COUNTER WEIGHT DO I NEED?

    Ayup! green wood is about two ton to the cord and is not to be taken lightly. Your backhoe on the back should be enough but most other implements that you might name do not weigh enough. A ballast...
  71. Re: The WICKED GRAPPLE for UTILITY TRACTORS!!!!!!!

    Nice to see the progression. I'm very interested and ready to buy when you have one set up to fit a JD 533 loader with third function that has two female connectors. What types of paint could you...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    been there done that!. Used to be that a driver that screwed up and made a crew shovel up a multi_ ton pile could make amends by buying a case of beer for the crew at quitting time. Can"t do that...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Sounds like your average day of road construction to me. :cool:
  74. Re: The WICKED GRAPPLE for UTILITY TRACTORS!!!!!!!

    OK get down to pricing. I have a wad of Ben Franklin's tucked away to pay for a good Grapple but the wicked version can't be too much higher then what I can get locally and painted green. It doesn't...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Guess She has decided to keep you in spite of all those times you didn't quite come up to her parent's expectations. Good thing you married her instead of her parents!
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    HAD a very "interesting " day fishing today. We were thirty or so miles out from Boston when the wind came up to a fresh gale blowing right in our face on our course home. made for a long pound...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    My wife and I went to the Tunbridge "Worlds Fair" Last night. Boy was it crowded. They shuttled us in and out from parking section "O" in tractor drawn wagons with old bus seats on each side. The...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Go ahead with the smooth drum. The vibration makes up for a lot. If your in clay and it gets wet just wait until it dries out as churning it while it is plastic is a waste of time.
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    Re: old time "Coal Oil"

    We had elecktricity in the barn when I was a youngster but the gutter cleaner was me with a shovel. I remember calves kicking me in the forehead as I milked their mother before they were born.
    ...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Thanks for the updates. Warranty should have covered anything like that so do pursue the issue.
    Yes get some hay or straw mulch out there to hold the soil in place. seed with a mix that has some...
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    Re: old time "Coal Oil"

    Back in the 1840s to about 1860 (When crude oil came into use) cities used to have gas plants where they cooked coal to drive off the methane gas that they sent into the gas mains to heat and light...
  82. Re: .22 Ammunitiion is slowly becomming more available

    Lebanon New Hampshire gun shop has plenty now. 300 rds for $23.00. Walked by them the other day while buying a slug gun for deer.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    How is the toe doing with long work days and motel living?
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    The rules here are intended to keep spent lead shot from falling into the water and resting on the mud flats of wetlands where bottom feeding ducks etc. sozzel them up. Upland birds such as doves and...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Drove home yesterday from the Eastern shore of Maryland to Rutland VT in seven hours and fifteen minutes. Never hit any stop and go traffic or saw even one accident. Pretty amazing for Labor day...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I missed your start on this but I've been there and done that!!. Get it fixed one way or the other as soon as possible. Better to have it pulled and deal with implants or bridge work later then to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Going to be a hot one today. My neighbor blew a tire on his main tractor yesterday with a lot of hay down. I lent him my 5945E so it works today even if I'm not in the seat.
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    Your tractor breaking down really bites. I can't see how doing that work should have over stressed anything.
    As to the snow drifts. Take care that the finished drive is above the grade of the old...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    What do the snow drifts look like on that field in the winter?
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    If you move your ditch back to the 710 crossing you can direct it to the small gully north of where you placed your arrow and use that already established vegetated water way. If you ditch where you...
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    Re: New Driveway Construction

    If your asking how much a loose layer will compact it varies too much from one material to another to give you a good answer. The tighter the better so if it comes out low add on more and compact it...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    60 this morning and looking to be a nice day. She had me close the bedroom windows last night which had been open (screened) for over a month. Fall is on it's way and the blanket wars were about to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Tuesday 8/25
    Thunder woke me before 3:00 A.M. to the start of a heavy down pour. There will be woild apples covering the ground everywhere.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    68 this morning and the coffee pot is on. Back to the salt mine!
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    Snow Attachments Re: Blower or plow. Which is best?

    Here is a blower that needs 15 to 20 GPM so that might make a match. There are several threads here where people have gone through the process. PTO pump on the back with hydraulic tank on 3PH for...
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    Snow Attachments Re: Blower or plow. Which is best?

    That is nowhere near enough.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    One State crew I know calls it "foot-a -day" as that is how fast it grows in June. Down on the Exit 20 project the Feds had us pay laborers to pull out each shoot by hand and put them in black...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    That Bamboo is called knotweed and is very hard to get rid of. Take care that when your mowing it you don't actually spread it further then it already is. ...
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    Snow Attachments Re: Blower or plow. Which is best?

    No a front mounted, on the loader arms, with power angle from the third function is better for clearing long drives or roads. Much faster and easy on the neck. You can go right along in a mid gear...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    You're last "great adventure" trip can be just as good as your first and perhaps even better as by then you know they are few and far between and are paying attention.
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