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  1. Thread: 50 hp tractor

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    Comparison Re: 50 hp tractor

    Don't really need to use the brakes with an HST, except for parking on a slope.
  2. Re: Narrowed it to 5035, now HST or PST? Pros and cons to each, anyone?

    I haven't used the Mahindra, but I have used a Kubota HST for years, as well as a Ford gear drive. In my experience, the HST is more reliable, as the clutch for the PTO hardly gets used. Clutch...
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    Re: Most reliable tractors in the 30-40Hp range

    He may not be, but I am. I wish there were sites similar to Consumer Reports, for tractors. I am considering a Mahindra 5035 HST. Most reviews seem pretty good, though some people have had problems....
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    Re: Most reliable tractors in the 30-40Hp range

    Its been a long time since I had it. I bought it used with maybe 1000-1500 hours, and the problems began the first time I put a baler on it.
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    Re: Most reliable tractors in the 30-40Hp range

    I have had a lot of trouble with a MF 165. Its drawbar hitch kept falling off with baling equipment attached. I replaced it with a Ford 4110, 1974 vintage. It has about 5000 hours on it, and it is...
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    Re: Logging with tractor and winch ?

    What I hope to buy, if I can swing it: Mahindra 5035 HST, with FEL. This is 49 bare engine Hp, 4WD. With ballasted tires and no rear implement, the weight is a bit over 8400 lb. Add a winch and it...
  7. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    I haven't pushed Amsoil even once. I mentioned facts about synthetics in general. Amsoil is merely one example of synthetic oil, which I used here because it happens to have more published data...
  8. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Actually, you have. Moreover, though I have engaged in polite, respectful dialog with you, you have implied I am a liar and a shill for Amsoil, and you have been similarly disrespectful to others....
  9. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    DB, though that last post was not directed at me, I want to emphasize that I support your right to buy whatever you want for whatever reason you want. My whole point in barging in on this thread was...
  10. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    At Kootch: Thanks for your kind words. I don't understand it either. All I tried to do was present factual information, and I got accused of being a liar and an Amsoil salesman. I guess some people...
  11. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Dark Black, as I said, I don't care whether you buy Amsoil or not. I don't like their marketing schemes either, but the product itself is good. But they are by no means the only synthetic oil on the...
  12. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Well, now, you wrote "Look at you go! If you're gonna' spread it on... spread it on thick." and "That sounds like a 'story' from an amsoil salesman.". In my book, those two statements constitute...
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    Re: Anybody using Amsoil diesel oil in kubota?

    I have used Amsoil in my 1980 Kubota B7100 HST. No oil-related problems. My biggest problem with that model is plugging the radiator with chaff, resulting in overheating.
  14. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Whom are you replying to? That post does not seem to relate to what I just said. Synthetics pour better at low temperatures. I have had no trouble starting at -34F with 5W-40 synthetics, though I now...
  15. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Yeah, it kinda puts to rest the idea that all oils with a similar spec are equal. Not even close! But one thing I would like to point out about this guy's tests is that they were done with fresh oil,...
  16. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Really? MOTOR OIL
  17. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    I often wondered if there really was a benefit to synthetics for two-cycle applications. The oil does not remain in the engine very long, so this comes as a surprise to me.
  18. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Sound guy is correct. It is a Federal law.
  19. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    It just occurred to me that DarkBlack basically called me a liar. Well DB, you don't know me, and you have no basis to make such a claim. Apparently scurrilous accusations must be what you resort to...
  20. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    No, I don't care about my vehicles, in the sense that you seem to mean. I care about the cost per mile. It is lower with synthetic oils than with conventional petroleum oils. My engines do not show...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    My old Ford has a foot throttle, too. But when I bushhog in the woods, or any other action that requires full engine speed, I have to use the hand throttle to maintain cutting speed. @Buckgnarly, I...
  22. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    I would say that my 25000 mile oil change interval is certainly significantly longer than the 3000 miles most people recommend for conventional oils, or the 7500 mile interval generally required by...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    I guess I don't have that problem, because I have spent roughly equal time on gear and HST. Also, my HST does have a foot clutch, so if I have a gear drive reflex, it has the same result. I...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    At the moment, no, though I have driven many over the years. The fact is, though, you must push in the clutch and step on the brake, versus just letting up on a pedal. But there are two major...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    "Mildly amusing to see the "veteran" posters with 2000 + posts get their hackles up when someone articulates thoughts and positions they don't agree with. So far I have not seen the OP make any move...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    Is it not a fact that HST tractors will stop when you release the pedal, whereas gear tractors require you to depress the pedal AND the brake in most cases? I am not dealing in opinion here. I am...
  27. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    Well, lets see. The oils tested in the report were all synthetic, because Amsoil does not consider conventional oils to be their competition. But even among the oils tested, there was quite a range...
  28. Thread: Synthetic Oil

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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    HowStuffWorks "Synthetic vs. Conventional Motor Oil: Which is Best for Your Needs and Environment's?"
    Is Synthetic Motor Oil Better? | Angies List
    Should You Use Synthetic Oil in Your Vehicle? ...
  29. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    I buy Amsoil from their website. Cheapest way to get it is to pay an annual fee to become a dealer, even if you never sell any.
  30. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    People's preferences are indeed different. But what I am saying is that differences between oils are real and measurable. That takes real performance out of the realm of opinion and into the realm of...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    Well, at least I don't have to worry about not hearing trees and stumps! I get you on the noise, though. It is my one complaint about HST drives. But my old Ford is actually louder, due to engine...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    While it is true that most accidents are caused by operator stupidity, what we are talking about here is intrinsic machine safety. I maintain that in the woods, an HST transmission is intrinsically...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    I, too, have been pushing clutch pedals for more than a few years-45 to be exact. I learned to drive with a manual transmission. So, for me, it is not a matter of skill. Now I will expand on the...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    Not really a valid analogy. To stop a car, you must use the brakes whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, so there is no difference in safety. To stop a rollover that might be caused by...
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    Re: Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    How much of that has been in the woods? When going into woods that have been logged but have brush grown up, sometimes you cannot see a stump due to the brush, and that is but one of many things that...
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    Hydrostatic trasnsmission vs. gear drive

    Many forums have discussed the transmissions available: gear, shuttle or hydrostatic. One point that I have not seen mentioned is safety. With any gear drive tractor, if you get into a situation...
  37. Thread: Synthetic Oil

    by Hermio
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    Oil & Fuel Re: Synthetic Oil

    The differences in oil are not simply a matter of opinion or preference. API (American Petroleum Institute) has a battery of tests that quantitatively measure oil's performance and longevity. The...
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    Re: Logging with tractor and winch ?

    It isn't the Hp that really counts. It is the tractor weight. Some 50 Hp tractors weigh only about 3500 lb. Some weigh well over 5000#. A front end loader is extremely useful with 4WD not only for...
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