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    Re: Looking for wood gasifier help

    [QUOTE=what i'm looking for is basically a forum with an open-source attitude with people who have built their own units from scratch. i know that a build is likely to involve some tweaking and...
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    Weld shortened axles?

    How do I weld shortened axles like this? How strong will they be? The attached picture is of a Chevy truck axle that was shortened to make a small tractor. Are those axles case hardened steel?...
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    Re: Interesting dump mechanism

    That is intriguing! I looked at it quite a while and still don't know if I fully understand it all. It appears that those lift arms where the chains are connected would almost touch the ground by the...
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    Re: My new/ old waste oil furnace

    This small improvement makes a difference in the heat developed and now I see no smoke at all. Makes more noise though. See it here: blower burn.mp4 - YouTube
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    Re: My new/ old waste oil furnace

    Here is the video I promised after I completed the tank and pump system.
    finished waste oil furnace - YouTube
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    Re: My new/ old waste oil furnace

    wdchyd, good point about oil quality. I have been experimenting several years with different designs and know from experience what you mean.

    As for cleaning the unit I made an adapter for my...
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    Re: My new/ old waste oil furnace

    KYErik, There is a 3/8 x 3/8 x 14" brass tee near the bottom of the container. Oil comes in the bottom, Air from the aquarium pump comes in the side and oil and air bubbles out the top and up the...
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    Re: My new/ old waste oil furnace

    Davedj1, attached is a picture of the 3/16" plate with the 4 inch hole for the secondary burner tube and 2 primary air holes plus the fuel tube hole before it was welded in place.
    The amount of oil...
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    My new/ old waste oil furnace

    I got tired of cutting, splitting drying, hauling, stacking and burning firewood so I built this waste motor oil furnace using a salvaged gas furnace to heat my shop. Here is a youtube video of the...
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    Re: Mice consuming my garden.

    Someone once suggested finding a friend with a cat and using the contents of their litter box (preferably one that does not get changed often) and spreading that around the perimeter of the garden as...
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    Re: MTD 5hp Briggs & Stratton chipper/shredder

    On an old worn engine, a burned exhaust valve could suck air on the intake stroke which makes the mixture too weak unless the choke is on.
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    Re: MTD chipper shredder 3 point conversion?

    I did not plan to run the pto direct at 540 rpm. I agree thats too slow. I have a 12 inch v-belt pulley on a bearing mount that could step up to a smaller pulley on the unit and I also have the two...
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    MTD chipper shredder 3 point conversion?

    I have a chance to buy a mtd 8 hp Briggs and Scrapiron chipper shredder that will not run for $25. I tried looking online for an exploded parts view of how it is made, particularly what kind of...
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    Re: Pelton wheel project

    This thread reminds me of an idea I heard of years ago where a fella had a stream on his property that had a good amount of fall but no place for any kind of dam to capture any amount of head. His...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    One way to guage the capacity of the burner is to measure the depth of oil in the pan before you shut off the oil supply and then measure the time and temperature until the flame goes out. In my...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    dngspot, I am answering your last post here even though you posted on another thread. When you said it was puffing out of the secondary again do you know how much oil was in the pan? My burner ran...
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    Re: Home Depot Closing a Store in New Orleans

    There must be more than 15 stores closing because you did not mention the Holland Michigan store that is also closing today.
  18. Thread: Electrical 220v

    by Donman
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    Re: Electrical 220v

    We could use a little more information here in order to answer intelligently. That 45 acre chunk of land you have; does it already have buildings on it or is it bare land? If it does have a house and...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    If it works ok with less fuel and puffs out the secondary with more fuel that seems to me it has a breathing problem. Either a restriction (baffle?) or not enough chimney draw. Where else can it go...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    [QUOTE=dngspot; do you think I should remove the baffle that sits at the point the drums meet? There is 3 inches between the baffle and the inside of the drum walls./QUOTE]

    I wondered about that...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    Following is my attempt using this concept. My biggest problem is not having enough time to work on it. This was last years project; havn't had time to play with it this heating season.

    HOW TO ...
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    Re: Spike's Truck Drum Waste Oil Heater

    It sounds like your input/output drafts are not balanced. I don't remember reading anything in your posts about the height of your chimney. If you read Spikes narration carefully about the...
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    Re: Pellets - Fuel and feed

    I am looking at them too. They look simple enough but I think that is deceiving. The rollers and dies need to be really hard to take the abuse.
    They do make pto models that would save buying the...
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    Re: solar-thermal panels

    I guess I did not make myself clear about the gas water heater. It will NOT be hooked up to gas - wont even have a burner in it - just hot air.
    Donman
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    Re: solar-thermal panels

    Weesa20, I am considering doing the same thing, only not spending much money on it. I already have a hot air solar panel (4x8 horizontal) that I salvaged from a re roof job. I am thinking of using...
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    Re: Variable sheave pulley transmission.

    Well it didn't take long to figure out why the previous owner wanted rid of this tractor. The variable transmission did not work too well. First I noticed scraping noises and then I noticed very...
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    Variable sheave pulley transmission.

    I just came into this Yardmachine lawn tractor real cheap ($1) from a guy who just wanted rid of it. It has 4 wheel steer and a variable pulley transmission. The lever on the right fender switches...
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    Anybody know a Planet Jr collector?

    I decided to let go of my antique Planet Jr cultivator and I need to know the best way to contact somebody who collects them. This one ran when I put it away in the barn in the 1980's. I got it from...
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    Hammermill attachment

    I am thinking of making my hammermill an attachment to my Yanmar instead of using it as a stand alone unit. The unit is hard to horse around and bring to the locations I need to use it at. My thought...
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    Re: Spring pins - argh!

    You should have picked up a set of these Harbor Freight Tools
    while you were there. I got a set a while back for centering a series of holes that I needed to drill in a project. They also work...
  31. Thread: Snowblower

    by Donman
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    Re: Snowblower

    When I first got my Yanmar with the two speed PTO, I did not read the owners manual and I thought that 540 rpm was up and 1000 rpm was down (on the handle). When I blew snow with it I could not...
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    Re: Waste oil heater for my garage.

    When you said it took ten minutes with the door open to heat up, I was wondering if you are using kerosene for a faster heat up like Roger Sanders does?
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    Re: Waste oil heater for my garage.

    Nice job! You said that you burned 1 gallon during a 6 hour test burn? That averages 25,000 BTU per hour if used motor oil has 150,000 BTU per gallon. How much of that burn time was at maximum? I...
  34. Thread: GPS

    by Donman
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    Re: GPS

    I use the LG EnV from Verizon with the $9.99 per month Navagator GPS which I use a lot because it is always with me. It has the stereo speakers that are loud enough to hear the turn by turn voice...
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    Chipper Re: help with old chipper

    Hey if there any more scrap piles like that, I'll come all the way from Michigan to help you out!
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    Re: had a close one last night!

    Sounds like you could really use a tandem trailer with ramps to haul your tractor!
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    Re: Rear End Loader?

    Here are some pics that I don't know where they came from (UK I think)but they show some 3 pt buckets.
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    Re: pto powered bandsaw ?

    Thanks for the excellent geography lesson!
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    Re: pto powered bandsaw ?

    Renze, where do you get the tree logs to cut into boards? I didn't know Holland had that many trees. I have never been there but my ancesters came from there.
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    Re: 3 Point tray i made

    It is not clear to me from the pictures how you fasten the wood tray to the 3 pt system. It looks to me like it would fall off from its own weight. How did you do that?
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    Re: Any forensic photo specialists?

    I've often thought about what I would do if I ever came upon a situation like that and I realize that hindsight is always 20/20, but if you parked behind him so he couldn't move, do you think he...
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    Quick Hitches Re: 3-POINT QUICK HITCH

    Not yet but I just bought one and it is in my barn ready to put on! I paid 69.99 and used my 15% off one item coupon. The total came to $59.49 plus tax. I could not resist at that price.
    P.S. I...
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    Re: Building dump trailer

    Looks like you painted 'er right on the parking lot and far enough from the building to keep it from getting 'misty blue'. Did you spray the under side of the frame first so you didn't have to crawl...
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    Re: Earth Mover my neighbor built

    Mike, I wasn't the high bidder, in fact I didn't even bid on it. I wouldn't have enough use for it to justify the 60 square feet of storage space for it or the desire to weed whip around it all...
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    Re: Earth Mover my neighbor built

    It brought an even $200.00
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    Re: Earth Mover my neighbor built

    I took a couple of pictures today of a home built dirt mover pan while previewing stuff that will be auctioned tomorrow. This is a bit more crude than the ones shown above. I looks like it dumps out...
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    Depth guage wheel for single bottom plow

    My Yanmar does not have draft control so I'm thinking about trying to mount a steel wheel that would ride on the sod and keep the plow from diving down and bogging down the forward speed so the...
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    Re: Has anyone ever made their own Concrete?

    This thread reminds me of an article in Pop Sci or Pop Mech maybe 35 yrs ago where they showed how to make what they called a "soil cement" driveway. I was always tempted to try it but never did. It...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Here is a poor quality video of a burn that I took with my cell phone in movie mode of my bottom feed waste oil burner. I started out shooting the video thru a top 3/4 in. pipe plug hole and then...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    LetsRoll - what you need is a piece of glass that you can temporarily stand in front of your open door so that the opening won't affect the draft. Then you can make adjustments for draft and also...
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    Oil leaks out of JD 550 tiller

    I have a JD 550 3 pt tiller that leaks oil out of the side chain case near the bottom. First I thought that the bolts on the chain case cover were loose but after tightening them it still leaks. Does...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    I finally had a 2-3 hr time slot to play with my bottom feed waste oil heater too.
    I think it is going to work! My temporary oil feed box worked fine but my clear vinyl flexible feed line didn't. I...
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    Re: generator exhuast silencer?

    That's a new one on me! I never heard of any genny running that fast. I thought that in order to get 60 cycle power the rpm's had to be divisable by 60. That would work at 3600 rpm and like I had...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Thanks for the drawing Dogbreath108. I must have done something wrong when I built one that was almost identical to your drawing. It worked really well at first - threw amazing amounts of heat, but...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Be careful here! You are starting to think more like me than I am!
    I am still playing with the bottom feed idea too. My water heater is 18" diameter and 48" tall (not 52" like Roger's) and the...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Nice job! It appears to me that the only reason you need a conical is for the initial start up - something to hold the kerosene while it heats up. If the conical gets fire red hot there is most...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Been there, done that with more than one build. What I'm trying to do is make a reliable burner that is simpler,- not more complex. If we could take a poll of all continuously used waste oil heaters...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    LetsRoll, when I was experimenting with draft induced waste oil burners, I had the best luck with a free blower fan off a junked dishwasher.
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    I don't want to hijack Letsroll's thread here because he is doing a nice job of modifying the top drip method of feeding the conical but you guys got me going on the idea of bottom feeding the...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Roger Sanders article says he runs his heater all day by dripping oil in from the top on to his liquid vaporizer with a puddle of boiling oil in the center without coking up the conical, just mainly...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    Wheelsc67, welcome to the forum! What type of safety valve did you have in mind? One that was manual that we could shut off when we were away or another float type in case the first one plugged?
    The...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    LetsRoll, I noticed in your last post that you are using a cast iron pan and introducing air under some pressure. Did you put the aluminum conical inside the pan or are you abandoning the conical...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    I like the idea of the small pump and overflow to eliminate constant height adjustment. I really wanted it to operate simply though with no pumps or electricity. I may just experiment with the...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    I am in the process of building the water heater tank waste oil heater and the concept of bringing oil up from the bottom of the conical has me really intrigued. I can see all kinds of advantages for...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    That picture of your copper line above the conical worries me that it is too close to the heat. I played around in the past with waste oil burners and found that oil in copper lines need to be cool...
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    Re: Wood Burning Furnace, It's done...I'm Warm!

    Can you tell me if the low voltage dampers are absolutely necessary or could you just connect to the warm air and cold air plenums without dampers? Is there enough resistance thru the other furnace,...
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    Re: Building a waste oil burning stove for my shop

    [QUOTE=LetsRoll]The key to these men stoves is controlling the oil. . . . . .

    . . . My friend has a ceiling in his shop. It only takes about 30 minutes to bring his heat up to about 75 to 80...
  68. Thread: PTO leaf blower

    by Donman
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    Re: PTO leaf blower

    I got a chance to try this out again today and the way it looks to me I can't run it fast enough with my set up to make it act starved for intake air. Even at 1000 rpm pto speed wide open it blows...
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    Re: Pan Whats it worth?

    I think I figured it out. I copied the pic and then zoomed in and saw that the back of the pan is mounted to the frame - sort of like a grader blade and the top rear of the pan is radiused so that...
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    Re: Pan Whats it worth?

    I still say that the cutting edge looks too far ahead of the pivot point to dump out of the front. The pivot point on the pan would have to be at least 3 feet off the ground to dump clean and the...
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    Re: Pan Whats it worth?

    I'm trying to understand how this one works. It looks like this one dumps off the back considering the long un-extended cylinders on the sides-or are those just connectors? The cylinder on the...
  72. Thread: PTO leaf blower

    by Donman
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    Re: PTO leaf blower

    With 2 pto speeds plus infinately variable throttle positions and six gears forward, I should be able to find the right combination to work this thing the best. I'll let you all know what works best...
  73. Thread: PTO leaf blower

    by Donman
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    Re: PTO leaf blower

    jgbanshee - I like the guage wheel idea! I think I'll try that.

    Jimmer2880 - When the leaves are nice and dry they will blow 15 to 20 feet and clean up totally about 8 feet.

    Grrr - The blower...
  74. Thread: PTO leaf blower

    by Donman
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    PTO leaf blower

    I made this leaf blower from stuff I had laying around yesterday. After I took this pic and tried it out, I made two changes, (1). made a shroud to direct airflow better, (2) made skid at front so it...
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    Quick Hitches Anyone use quick hitch with finish mower?

    My Woods finish mower hangs on chains for the front height determination. Does that work OK with the quick hitch too? I got a flyer from a Harbor Freight local store outlet with a $64.99 price on the...
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    Mowing Re: Is 1000 rpm PTO too fast for finish mower?

    "Woods has downloadable manuals for most all models free on their website."

    Chris Sorensen

    Thanks Chris, I downloaded the manual and guess what! It says to run at 800 to 1000 rpm pto speed!
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    Mowing Re: Is 1000 rpm PTO too fast for finish mower?

    Thanks for your input everyone! My Yanmar has the pto lever up for 1000 rpm and down for 540. The Woods mower does not have a gearbox - its the older model with like a 10 inch pully and then a long...
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    Mowing Is 1000 rpm PTO too fast for finish mower?

    I was never happy with the cut that my used but sharp 48 inch Woods finish mower provided. Last Saturday just for the heck of it I tried the 1000 rpm setting and was amazed how much better it cut. I...
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    Re: Poison Ivy -- HELP!!!

    Last week a tree guy told me his mother always "fed" poisen Ivy one soup can of 12-12-12 fertilizer which killed it in three weeks. Sounded kinda hoakey to me. Anybody hear of that before?
  80. Thread: Inverter size

    by Donman
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    Re: Inverter size

    "say a LARGE 24 v alternator runn off the PTO with dual deap cycle batts and a 1500 w inverter on a carryall or something?"

    Inverters are notorious battery power hogs and are at best 90%...
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    Re: space saving easy saw horse

    What is the side notch for in the real life pictures? We used to use smaller versions like that with square seats notched in at the top for compact seating at the fair.
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    Re: It's harder than it looks

    What schedule PVC pipe was it that blew? I've seen schedule 80 PVC used for air lines that looked pretty safe to me.
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    Re: Too much power on my new impact!

    I'm not sure how far away rubber seals are from the busted bolt, but when all else fails a little heat often seems to work for me. If you could heat the bolt to red and get a vice grip on it, it...
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    Re: required air flow for small sandblaster

    I live ten miles from the Lake Michigan shoreline and know from my former life as a residential builder that none of the cottages on the shoreline used aluminum siding back when it was popular...
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    Re: required air flow for small sandblaster

    I have a small HVLP paint sprayer that has a vacuum cleaner type air supply motor that really works good and I often wondered if that concept could be used for sand blasting. One weekend I almost...
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    Re: Field stone removal- Austin TX

    Below is the advertising language for the Bobcat Landscape Rake. You can most likely rent one of these but I doubt if it will work on large rocks near the surface.



    MED-RES QT

    ...
  87. Thread: Tilling garden

    by Donman
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    Re: Tilling garden

    I usually remove as much plant material as I can to the compost pile so it will heat up and kill any insect eggs and seeds that could harm next years crop. Also keeps volunteer plants away next year....
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    Re: Removing PTO driveshaft from RC

    Playing a lot of heat around the welded nut (not on it-might weaken the weld) so as to get it dull red, then take your wrench and wiggle back and forth might loosen it it enough to get it out. I've...
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    Re: Honda hydrogen car??

    "Little Willie was a chemist, Little Willie is no more, for what he thought was H2O, was H2SO4."
    We could all be little willie s with those home energy plants.
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    Tight pto won't extend

    I bought a 4 ft.Woods finish mower today at auction. It all looked good, hardly any rust, and everything turned without bad noises. It has belt drive - no gearbox. When I got it home and tried to...
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    Re: 3 point boom plans

    With this type of boom pole you don't need the top link arm, and it also lifts faster and higher while sacrificing lifting capacity.
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    Re: Cheap Lawn Striping Attachment

    Looking at your pics made me wonder if a light weight roller with a compression spring setup for down pressure to your rear hitch area with a pull release to raise it during turns might work.
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    Re: Cheap Lawn Striping Attachment

    Looking at your pics made me wonder if a light weight roller with a compression spring setup for down pressure to your rear hitch area with a pull release to raise it during turns might work.
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    Re: Sweet Home built BX Tractor Cab

    Nice job! Can you tell us where the glass came from? Also, was all the material new or salvaged? The frame looks like 1" square tubing and maybe some angle?
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    Re: Gluing drain lines in septic field?

    Funny that this question comes up now. Just this past weekend at a family gathering my brother in law said that he was getting septic juice seeping in at his basement wall. He had his tank pumped but...
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    Re: Which side has more power?

    I just realized when reading your replies that the fel cylinder was a bad example because when the cylinder expands it is pushing on the full diameter of the piston whether or not it is upside down....
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    Which side has more power?

    While surfing an implement and miscellaneous auction Saturday, a friend and I noticed several hydraulic cylinder applications where the two way cylinders appear to be installed backwards. An example...
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    Re: Ferrari Tractor?

    g0705,
    Talked to the owner of that ferrari at an auction today. He still has it along with 1 1/2 smaller size ones which he wants to keep. He will sell the bigger one for $3,500. He got it from a...
  99. Thread: Home Plow

    by Donman
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    Re: Home Plow

    Mith, is that a wood floor in your garage?
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    Re: Ferrari Tractor?

    GO705,
    I sent you a PM. You can email me.
    DONMAN
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