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  1. Thread: Stone Rake

    by JackIL
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    Re: Stone Rake

    I have a Steiner Terra Rake that was the forerunner to the current Ventrac rake. It works great for driveways and the adjustable front wheels prevent a washboarding effect. The wheels can be...
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    Re: An Air Filter for the 4500Y's Fuel Cap.

    The fuel caps on gasoline engines used by Ventrac are not vented. Diesel caps are vented. There is a vent on the top of the tank of gasoline engines, but it is not visible without removing plates...
  3. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    My dealer has replaced several foggy clusters under warranty. I think warranty work has to be performed by dealer.
  4. Re: A Few Moments with Ted concerning EverythingAttachments.com

    Will the bolted hitches still be quick hitch compatible? Will the clevis style for the lower draft links be retained?
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    Re: VENTRAC OWNERS' MANUAL REVISIONS

    When they revise or update a manual it is posted on their website with a date and revision number. When I need to refer to a manual I go directly to the website. Paper becomes obsolete, but the web...
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    Re: Three point hitch

    I have a 3-point hitch on my Ventrac 4500Z and several 3-point implememts. The most useful are those designed for carrying and lifting applications such as the pallet forks as compared to draft...
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    Re: mower leaves uncut leaves

    prs,

    A Mulch Kit is available for the Contour Mower. It consists of a set of additional vanes to help retain the material under the deck longer. It does not include different style blades. See...
  8. Re: Hitch'n Can garbage can hauler from Heavy Hitch

    I use mine weekly and really like it!! Simple concept and well-made. Video is slightly out of date as it shows the original design that has now been replaced by a version with a shorter length to...
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    Re: "The Thumb" on bucket or forks?

    With pallet forks on loader and with smaller pallet forks on Ventrac front hitch.
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    Re: "The Thumb" on bucket or forks?

    The length of The Thumb is an important consideration. They are available in several sizes. A shorter one might be best on a bucket. A longer one might be best on a set of pallet forks. You might...
  11. Re: 7/8" Draw Pin Famine (7/8" Lower Link Pin Famine)

    Why don't you raise these questions with someone at Speeco? They are a primary supplier of equipment and hardware for 3-point hitches.
  12. Re: 7/8" Draw Pin Famine (7/8" Lower Link Pin Famine)

    Is this what you want?

    Content Page
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    Re: Cleaning mower decks.

    I have found it much easier to clean under the deck if I do it IMMEDIATELY after finishing mowing. If you wait a day or so later, the material is much more difficult to remove.
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    Re: HB580 Broom experience???

    Welcome to the Ventrac club.

    The belt drives a hydraulic pump that powers a motor attached to the broom. The direction of rotation is reversible. Lifting and angling of the broom are controlled...
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    Re: Time (expereince) heals (almost) all wounds.

    Glad to see you have mastered the photo process. Now we need photos from front, side, and obliquely showing the overall tractor and mower lifted. Maybe these will give us clues as to what causes...
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    Re: Time (expereince) heals (almost) all wounds.

    prs it would be very helpful for us to assist you if you could just post pictures of your slopes and mechanical issues. Please consider finding a friend who can help you through the steps of...
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    Re: Time (expereince) heals (almost) all wounds.

    I would check all three positions using a standard level laid across both arms.
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    Re: Time (expereince) heals (almost) all wounds.

    The front hitch may be sprung. I suggest checking it with a level when no implement is attached. Then report it to your dealer.

    Be careful in extending the right arm rest forward. It might...
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    Re: Turbine Blower Nozzle Extension

    Glad to hear that you received good information from Buffalo Turbine. We will be interested in hearing of your experiences when you run this fall. (Photos too.)
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    Re: Turbine Blower Nozzle Extension

    The turbine itself and nozzle are manufactured by Buffalo Turbine. Ventrac manufactures the rest of the unit.
    BUFFALO TURBINE - DEBRIS BLOWERS
    Maybe Buffalo provide an accessory that solves your...
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    Re: Break'n da roolz............

    Over a period of several years, I have done this 4 times, each time getting a utility pole trapped between the front and rear duals. It is always on a slope. My solution has been to remove the rear...
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    Re: worse than an Easter Egg Hunt

    Murph,

    The second Zerk is about 6 inches in front of or behind the Zerk you found. The rear Zerk is under the canvas debris shield behind the radiator.

    From the current Operators Manual

    On...
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    RD
    You can increase the lift capacity by engaging the weight transfer springs.
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    Re: County line tiller

    The advertising description of the Countryline 60" tiller makes no mention of being Quick Hitch compatible, so I would assume that means it is not. Check carefully with the manufacturer before...
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    Re: Yesterday's work.

    Videos are not necessary. Just plain static photos will do.
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    Re: Yesterday's work.

    How about posting several photos.
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    Re: Another New Bee issue?

    Please post photos showing the situation so we can better grasp what you are seeing.
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    Re: Another New Bee issue?

    Are you talking about raising the front hitch? If so, there is no adjustment. The front hitch is rigid. If you are talking about raising the left and right side of the contour mower, they should...
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    Re: Quick, but fuel thirsty.

    prs

    The fuel consumption you experienced is reasonable for that engine and the type of conditions you were in. It is a small price to pay for the speed you can mow, the hills you can safely...
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    Re: Thumb Grapple on slip scoop

    Bruce,

    Thanks for the photos. Looks like it is very close on the 4100.
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    Re: Thumb Grapple on slip scoop

    Nice work Bruce!

    What length of The Thumb did you get?

    Where did you order the Fasse valve kit?

    Please post a photo showing the clearance between hood and The Thumb when The Thumb is fully...
  32. Thread: NewBee issues

    by JackIL
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    Re: NewBee issues

    Raw Dodge,

    Thanks for your kind remarks. I try to be clear and helpful in explaining how things work. I really do appreciate your vote of confidence in my participation here.
  33. Thread: NewBee issues

    by JackIL
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    Re: NewBee issues

    The behavior of the hydro system is typical for compact tractors, i.e., the hand lever and/or foot pedal must be manipulated to hold constant ground speed when traveling up or down slopes. There are...
  34. Re: Cocked, unlocked, and trigger pressed -- my next tractor is.........

    It is best to always keep your hand on the SDLA levers and / or the foot pedal if you have it. This is your only control of speed and braking. When mowing the engine should be at full throttle. ...
  35. Re: Cocked, unlocked, and trigger pressed -- my next tractor is.........

    You will appreciate the power of the Z pushing the Contour deck around on hills. The deck is heavy (585 pounds) and it takes a lot of power just to push it on the slopes. But you will love the...
  36. Re: Cocked, unlocked, and trigger pressed -- my next tractor is.........

    I am not aware of a model 4500V. Are you sure it isn't a 4500Y (Kubota Diesel)? Congratulations! Send photos.
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    Re: Awesome John Deere/Steiner

    Don Campbell is an extraordinary craftsman and artisan. Take a look at some of his other work.

    Flickriver: Don Campbell Models's most interesting photos
  38. Thread: Sabre Samurai

    by JackIL
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    Sickle Bar Re: Sabre Samurai

    John,
    I have a Sabre Samurai that I use to trim the sides of trails, but I have not used it on grape vines. I would think the vines are easier to cut than wood. There is a video clip on the...
  39. Thread: Ventrac Pics

    by JackIL
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    Re: Ventrac Pics

    DB,
    You sure do work fast!! What kind of blade did you start from? Do the forks slide or are they fixed?
    Nice work!
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    DB
    You can plumb directly into one of the two rear remotes either by using a pair of long hoses or you can Tee directly into the lines under the seat.
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    DB

    I have recently installed a grapple on my forks. The grapple itself is called "The Thumb" and is available from The Thumb . I designed the mounting bracket--it is not the same as you...
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    BK,

    The original frame and forks for the 3 point hitch were rated at 1700 pounds by the manufacturer which is now out of business, but, of course, the front hitch of the Ventrac will not lift that...
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    DB

    These forks are stored off site for the winter where I can't get to them easily for measurements. PM me in the spring and I will get you some information.
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    Murph----

    I don't have particularly large feet. The pedal is actually a treadle. You move your foot forward and press down with the ball of your foot to go forward, and you slide you foot back...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    I find the foot pedal hydro control to be very useful. Some clarifications may be helpful to start. First of all the pedal is mounted on the rear bogie platform where you sit, so it doesn't...
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    Here is another view.

    408279
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    Re: Ventrac/ Steiner forks

    I designed a mounting frame with hydraulic cylinder to attach a set of 3-point hitch adjustable pallet forks I purchased to the front hitch of a Ventrac. The mounting geometry has to be chosen...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    In general, the inflation pressure required at a given temperature is dependent upon travel speed and vertical load on the tire. The standard tire used on the Ventrac 4500 is an ATV tire and is...
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    Re: Ventrac HG150 Generator Question

    RD,
    The required engine speed for a Steiner generator operating on a Ventrac is about the same as with the Ventrac generator. It is about 3100 rpm as I recall. For sure, it is not full engine...
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    Re: Ventrac HG150 Generator Question

    I routinely follow the Ventrac recommended oil change intervals. That is why I had to do 2 in the 119 hour event. The first was due soon after the event started and the second 100 hours later. I...
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    Re: Ventrac HG150 Generator Question

    1. There is another consideration on power. The advertised peak tractor power is based on an engine speed of 3600 rpm, but the engine speed at which the generator frequency is correct for household...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    You will be expected to provide many photos of the new equipment when it arrives as well as your applications throughout the year.

    Jack
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    Do you have a concern about steel chains leaving scrape marks on blacktop or concrete driveways? If not, steel chains may do better on ice.

    Your thoughts of barrels of a salt/sand mix...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    I only used the rubber chains so I have no comparison to all steel. However, the website offering the rubber chains says they make no claim to TRACTION superior to steel. The rubber chains...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    Thanks for the links. I had forgotten that Bruce K Brown used tire chains on his Ventrac.

    There is another issue to consider. Steel chains can readily damage blacktop and concrete. On a...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    The Stihl helmut is fine for chain saw work, but for snow I recommend you consider a snowmobile helmut. Some are even equipped with electrical face masks to prevent fogging. Just Google.
    ...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    JJM,

    It is unlikely you will need tire chains. I also think it unlikely that there is sufficient clearance under the fenders for them anyway even if you had the 3" axle extensions.

    The Ventrac...
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    Re: My First Tractor will be a Ventrac 4500Y.

    You state that you have a " relatively small area varies between 25 and 30 degrees, and most of the rest is about 15 degrees." You did not mention getting the 3" axle extensions or dual wheels. ...
  59. Thread: Bank Cutter

    by JackIL
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    Re: Bank Cutter

    There are several that you can find by doing a search for "tractor mounted boom mower."

    JackIL
  60. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    Mast-Lepley Parts department can provide you with spray cans or small touchup vials.
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    Re: Steiner 430 scheduled lubrication question

    Don,

    Please refer to your Parts Catalog to see the specific items. The PTO idler arm is on Page 4-17. This arm holds the double pulley for the belts. The Drive Shaft connects the engine to the...
  62. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    Murph,

    Need to know approximate hours and condition. Photo essential to be able to comment.

    JackIL
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    Re: Ventrac Tough Cut Mower front swivel wheels

    I don't have the swivel wheels, but offer these comments. To minimize turf disturbance when turning, set weight transfer to max to allow the deck to float with minimal contact force on the standard...
  64. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    Be sure to install the duals on the Ventrac and set the inflation pressures on all tires to about 8 psi. (These pressures are "by the book" in the Ventrac Operator's Manual.) These low inflation...
  65. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    The 48 by 52 size. Good match for the tractor.

    JackIL
  66. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    Forgot to mention that the canopy I current use is a Tuff Top. It is easy to remove and install and is practically indestructible. Cost was about $300 when I got it 5 years ago.
    Femco - Tuff Top
    ...
  67. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    I got mine at Northern Tool. Their latest ad showing it is here.

    Classic Accessories Golf Cart Rain Cover | Golf Car Covers| Northern Tool + Equipment

    I use short elastic bungee cords to hold...
  68. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    There is a much less expensive way to keep blowing snow out of your face even though it does not include a heater--a simple $100 golf cart cover draped over the top of a canopy. I first learned this...
  69. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    I picked up the 4500Z with Kubota Gasoline Engine (32.5 hp) the first week of April. Just about 110 hours on it as of today. I have previously had several other Ventracs and Steiners as well as JD...
  70. Thread: New machine

    by JackIL
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    Re: New machine

    Yes, I have a 523 Snow Blower. It works great! In deep snow you can make the tractor grunt if you aren't careful with controlling travel speed. Be sure to set your skid shoes down so the blower...
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    Forks Re: Brushfork w/5 mini Stick-Rakes (homebuilt attachment - BX24)

    Very clever concept and execution! You mention that you sometimes "push backwards" on the the tines when making a big pile. These tines were not designed for that mode of loading and are much more...
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    Re: New Ventrac Videos on YouTube

    Bruce,

    I do not own the sickle bar mower shown in the photo. I do not recall where I got the photo--it was a long time ago. I have recently checked and learned that the mower was made by a third...
  73. Thread: Ventrac Quality

    by JackIL
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    Re: Ventrac Quality

    Ventrac published data in their brochure using a 60 inch deck says 1.5 gal/hr with gas on the 32.5 hp engine and 1.1 gal/hour on the 24.9 hp Diesel.
  74. Thread: Ventrac Quality

    by JackIL
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    Re: Ventrac Quality

    I have had 4 Ventracs with no significant issues at all. The 4500 Diesel has the least power (24.9) of any engine offered in the 4500 series. I currently have a 4500 with Kubota gasoline engine...
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    Re: Question about 3pt hitch dump boxes

    I have one and like it a lot. (see photo) It essentially turns your tractor into a small pickup truck for off-road uses. These "Tipping Transport Boxes" are common in Europe and other parts of the...
  76. Thread: STEINER 525

    by JackIL
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    Re: STEINER 525

    I don't own one, but the Operators Manual can be found at this link
    http://www.turfequipment.info/Manuals/Steiner_525_Op.pdf
    and the slope information is on Page 4-5. Basically the maximum slope...
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    Re: Power options - Ventrac and Steiner

    The 4231TD is STILL available, but who knows for how long.

    More pertinent issue is that you indicate the need for operation on slopes greater than 30 degrees. None of the tractors in you list are...
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    Re: Ventrac Question

    You can get away with a 60 inch deck with the 70" duals if you always mow short, but the standard 72 inch deck will give you much better results for all sizes of grass.

    When considering blades, if...
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    Re: Considering Ventrac-need advice

    Sounds like the wrong application for a Ventrac. It is intentionally built low to the ground for stability on hillside mowing operations. It was never intended for use on rough areas with...
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    Re: Ventrac Demo Day!!

    By all means order it installed at the factory. The dealer can do it, but it is a labor intensive operation and will cost you more than a factory install.
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    Re: Ventrac Demo Day!!

    The 3-point hitch can be added by a dealer as well as being installed directly at the factory when the tractor is built.

    To use a Ventrac attachment that normally mounts on the front hitch on the...
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    Re: Considering Ventrac-need advice

    Both 26.5 and 31 hp Diesel engines are liquid cooled and both are rated for continuous operation on 30 degree slopes. The 31 hp version has a Turbocharger. It is a proven workhorse--not a...
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    Re: Considering Ventrac-need advice

    Your slope sweat factor kick-in at about 15 degrees is normal and appropriate for most compact utility tractors. It won't kick in at all on a Ventrac with Duals. Duals and use of the Ventrac...
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    Re: New Ventrac Videos on YouTube

    BKB,
    Slight misunderstanding. There is no power beyond valve on a Ventrac tractor. It is on the Ventrac Loader. Thus you have to have the Loader in order to mount and power the Samurai.
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    Re: New Ventrac Videos on YouTube

    BKB,
    For the Samurai to work best you need to supply oil continuously through a power beyond valve. The standard Ventrac hydraulic valves do not have power beyond capability. Even though you...
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    Re: New Ventrac Videos on YouTube

    The auxiliary valve mounts on the left mast of the Versa-Loader just to the left of the main loader joystick valve. The main valve has power beyond outlet and inlet ports that are connected to the...
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    Re: Ventrac Question

    Ventrac 4000 series tractors with DUAL WHEELS are capable of operating on slopes not exceeding 30 degrees. For steep slope operations, Ventrac has specific engine requirements. If you are only...
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    Re: New Ventrac Videos on YouTube

    The Samurai Mower attaches to the loader on any tractor. To power it on my Ventrac, I purchased the Ventrac control valve kit used on the Ventrac Power Auger accessory for the Versa-Loader. You...
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    Re: Is Ventrac tough enough?

    Danny,

    Ventrac provides tractors with 31 hp Gasoline and 31 hp Turbo Diesel engines. Both can operate safely on 30 degree slopes. However, the Gasoline version is rated for intermittent...
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    Re: Is Ventrac tough enough?

    I have owned John Deere and Steiner tractors and now have a Ventrac 4231 Turbo Diesel with numerous attachments. Just prior to the Turbo Diesel I had a Ventrac 4231 Gasoline. I have very steep...
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    Re: Renting an JD 445 to cut a tall grass - advice

    Given the apparent height of the growth from the photos, the 445 might be able to take it down in 2 or 3 passes, but it won't be easy and the final result won't be pretty. The mower deck on the 445...
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    Re: Chain Harrow and Lift for 3 Point Hitch

    Try Country Manufacturing in Ohio.

    CMI Tine Harrows for pasture, arenas and foodplots.

    JackIL
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    Re: Did the 4020 ever come in 4wd?

    Yes. A Hydrostatic Front Wheel Assist option was introduced in 1968 for the 69 model year and remained available until the 4020 went out of production in 1972.

    JackIL
  94. Thread: CLEVIS Question

    by JackIL
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    Re: CLEVIS Question

    The part No. 11 is called a "hammer strap" on tractor drawbars. It is typically standard equipment on large agricultural tractors. It is not a "clevis."

    JackIL
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    Re: Seat of the Pants Tilt Warning

    Guys,

    There is a bit of a misconception here in failing to distinguish between "per cent grade" or "per cent slope" and the "slope ANGLE." Per cent grade is the rise divided by the horizontal run...
  96. Re: Video - Wallenstein BX42 wood chipper in action

    I find that none of the links allow me to open and play the video. I can get to the SmugMug website, but the video is somehow prevented from being opened.

    Please try again.

    Thanks.

    JackIL
  97. Re: I found a cheap enclosure for us 2320 2520 guys for winter

    I use the golf cart cover based on the suggestion of another TBN post several years ago. The photo shows it on my Ventrac 4200. It just hangs over the canopy and is tied down at the corners. Cold...
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    Re: Ventrac 4200VXD diesel vs Power Trac diesel

    NSP--
    I currently own a Ventrac 4200 31hp TD and more Ventrac and Steiner attachments than my wife knows about. Previously I have owned several Ventrac and Steiner gasoline tractors. I have very...
  99. Thread: Mowing Hills

    by JackIL
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    Re: Mowing Hills

    Another tractor to consider is the Ventrac 4200 31 hp turbo diesel. When equipped with dual wheels it is rated for continuous operation on slopes up to 30 degrees. See attached photo (slope of 28...
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    Re: Articulating Mower

    Lastec makes several 3 point hitch versions. Lastec: Home of the Articulator, the world's first articulating lawn mower

    JackIL
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