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    Re: The JD Cut Wheel Spacer Answer Thread

    Still absolutely sold on these spacers. Have not had to re-torque anything. Still enjoying the stability. Have done a ton of loader and backhoe work with it since installing, no issue. If this...
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    Re: pole barn designing 40x64ish

    If you are looking for different ideas to consider, here is a thread on another site where I documented pretty well the design and construction of a pole-type shop building I built. The main...
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    Re: Rear trailer brakes overheating

    I recently replaced my brake controller. The old one was a time-based unit (old school). The new one is a Dexter Predator DX2, recommended by the mfg of the Dexter axles my trailer came with, and...
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    Re: Just pick up my new Pioneer

    I chose to purchase a manual chain-based come-along and put it in a plastic toolbox in the cargo box of my Gator. Much cheaper, ALWAYS works. I can use it on either end of the machine, as well as...
  5. Cellular Booster amp installation to improve cell and data?

    Has anyone done this? Your experience would be invaluable to hear about it. I am looking at a Wilson product, and I really could choose to use it with either AT&T or Verizon, as each has good...
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    Re: snowblower build

    Stick with chains. Yes its a pain when they stretch, but belts will slip when they get snow on them. They are warm, the snow turns to water, and they won't transmit as much power when wet. To...
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    Re: Metal roof frustrations

    I use the string method at the drip edge. I place it 7/16" lower on the slope than I want the steel edge to be. After the first sheet, each successive sheet is placed on the first, with clamps to...
  8. Thread: Post driver

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    Wouldn't it be a fantastic improvement if,...

    Wouldn't it be a fantastic improvement if, somehow, the driver did not have to go over top of the post? For instance if the driver could clip on from the side, engaging with the post firmly to dive...
  9. For us do-it-yourselfers, BUY USA video. Excellent stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/v/4FrGxO2Fn_M

    As soon as I saw this, I knew who I wanted to share it with.
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    Re: Scored a used golf cart canopy today

    Good find! A month ago I broke down and bought a Rhino-hide canopy kit and installed it on the JD 3720. I fiddled around a lot, trying different options. Finally settled on putting the brackets...
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    Re: Air Compressor

    Nice ! Where did you find that regulator? It looks to have 3/4 fittings on each side. What brand is it? I want one.
  12. Re: What is the material they use for enclosed trailers? I may try building my own.

    WOW, I took a couple weeks off and you guys really went to town here. THANKS TO ALL for all the project input, great links, and suggestions. I am not sure which way I will go now, as I am starting...
  13. Re: What is the material they use for enclosed trailers? I may try building my own.

    Yea, I was thinking of a super lightweight single axle, 6 or 7 X 16, only 5 feet high inside the box. Two sleds or two quads, approx 1200 lb load, hopefully trailer weighs 1000 empty. Similar to a...
  14. What is the material they use for enclosed trailers? I may try building my own.

    I would like to buy some of the wall material they use for enclosed trailers, like cargo haulers and snowmobile trailers. I am talking about the painted aluminum skin that is typically rivetted to a...
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    Re: Any homebuilt tree spades?

    On some webpage for a commercial tree mover for sale, I saw how they had an option of supplying down-holding by adding a prop of sorts under the lift arms. I am not sure the difference in lift...
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    Any homebuilt tree spades?

    I searched for and did not find any mention of home-built tree spades for CUT 3-point. I am talking about the real thing, with several hydraulic-operated "spoons" which are forced into the ground...
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    Re: SOFT CANOPY???

    I am interested in helping refine the concept, but cannot understand it well enough yet. Any drawings available?
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    Re: CK Flex Lock torch for TIG

    I want a liquid cooled flex lock. My local dealer does not have them. Where is the best place to order it from?
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    Re: Pine Sol soak underway

    Sounds just like a CD box failure. And it could be as simple as the connections to that CD box. I had a honda that did just what yours is doing.
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    Re: Air Compressor

    Thats a nice offer!
  21. Thread: Gator 855D

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    Re: Gator 855D

    On the gas model the oil filter is easily accesible. Also, I would do a spray-in bedliner. There are extra places in the front grill to mount more lights. I added some fog lamps I had in stock,...
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    Re: Air Compressor

    Murphy: I started a similar thread last year when shopping. And my budget was initially set at about 1000, as you suggest yours is. I got an education from the TBN guys here:...
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    Re: Air Compressor after cooler

    Wish I had a photo of it, maybe this weekend. I welded up an aftercooler from segments of baseboard hot water heat pipe, the kind with small square fins pressed on. And 90 degree elbows. I sure...
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    Re: Random Photos from the ETA Shipping Dock!!

    Wow that smaller grapple bucket looks handy for my operation. How wide is it and what does it weigh?
  25. Thread: Gator 855D

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    Re: Gator 855D

    My local Deere dealership holds "deere Days" once a year, at a local moto cross track. They bring one of everything. You can sit in a 40000 lb excavator and dig a 10 foot hole in the ground if you...
  26. Thread: Gator 855D

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    Re: Gator 855D

    I really wanted the diesel -- till I test drove one. Its just too slow to accelerate and top speed is limited. I bought the 825i, with sporty seats, electric/hydraulic dump box and power steering. ...
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    Re: I have a favor to ask you about your posts

    This (TBN) is the greatest collection of creative, helpful, experienced people I have ever found. I would appreciate it if all TBNers used proper english and punctuation, but I will settle for...
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    Re: Pole barn concrete dilemma

    I don't know how old this thread is, if you have your answers and gone ahead, or still contemplating. If you are still thinking it over, here's what I would do. If fill inside the existing pole...
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    Re: Best side by side

    No single right answer. Even if you can define the mission exactly, it will change over time. I bought the sportiest one I could find that still actually works. I was looking for a hydraulic dump...
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    Re: JD Gator - Not Enough Leg Room!

    Ergonomics is the final word in these things. When we test rode the Rangers, we found the entry/exit really tough. There is a bar there on the side that just about stops you from getting in if you...
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    Re: Random Photos from the ETA Shipping Dock!!

    What a great problem to have, seeing the dock boys busy shipping stuff out every day! You have the right product set at the right time in history.
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    Re: 2014 Polaris Sportsman 570EPS review

    I think it involves a tighter belt also, at least on the Gator that is the case. So you might get er done under $300.
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    Re: 2014 Polaris Sportsman 570EPS review

    We bought one two weeks ago. It is primarily my wife's ride, so she picked out what she wanted. She loves the power steering and I agree it is a good idea for her to have. There is very little...
  34. Re: How do I drill holes straight across a length of pipe?

    Lots of great input to this problem! TBN is the ultimate team. This thread reminds me of building model rockets when I was a kid. To get the fins on straight, the instructions showed to place the...
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    Re: New pole barn

    375276375277Here are a couple more pics to "file away" to further describe it. I used 4X8 sheets and did not cut them to match the pole spacing, instead running them past and "splicing" as shown. ...
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    Re: New pole barn

    That is a nice looking building, I like it! Conventional stud construction does have a lot of benefit when it comes time to do interior finish. Here is another method I recently used which gives...
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    Re: New pole barn

    Where is Nevis? I could suggest a good guy if you are anywhere close to Zumbrota.
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    Re: Pole Barn construction

    Oooo, if the rafter went down without the poles, maybe someone has been nailing the rafters onto the poles without notching the pole. That would make the nail(s) carry the entire roof load -- not...
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    Re: New pole barn

    Either Morton, Cleary, or Northland buildings has a neat layout program on their website so you can put scale drawings of tractors, implements, cars, etc in the plan to decide how big to build it. ...
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    Re: Pole Barn construction

    Yea, I think if you really add up the cost of the materials you would not save much building them yourself. My costs for purchased trusses a couple years ago agree closely with the last append...
  41. Planters Re: Restoring a couple of JD 71 planter units to new condition.

    The planter works great. I still want to add two things, when time permits. There is a part that can be added to each side of the coulters, it looks like a smooth 2 inch wide tire or something...
  42. Planters Re: Restoring a couple of JD 71 planter units to new condition.

    Sure, its not a show-car. Some roughness will make the primer more durable. Maybe you would like to sand the remaining paint to feather the edges of each remaining paint patch, otherwise when you...
  43. Planters Re: Restoring a couple of JD 71 planter units to new condition.

    370796
    Another view of brackets, as requested.
  44. Re: Any Polaris 4WD Experts? I'm Disappointed With My Ranger 500 In Snow

    I have similar experience with a JD Gator 825i UTV. The rear tires have to be spinning 5% faster than the fronts, for the fronts to get any power, when locked in 4WD. Apprently JD engineers decided...
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    Re: front-mount brush cutter

    How will your tires survive the "pungy stick minefield" you are going to produce? This sounds like a good job for something with tracks on it.
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Re: Cutting / Groving / Siping R-4 for snow

    I have cab envy. NICE.
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    Cultipacker- well its worth a try, but I have been leaning toward INCREASING the drum diameter on the next version. Decreasing drum diameter would surely have trouble turning in deep snow, even mine...
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    A smooth roller won't turn. Also, I prefer to end up with some texture on the surface, not smooth like a snowmobile groomer leaves it. I find it freezes deeper and stronger if left with texture. ...
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    Yes, unfortunately melting here yesterday and today too. But a big winter storm is about to hit tomorrow, then back into the deepfreeze early next week. Too bad it can't settle on a 20 degree temp...
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    My neighbor has about 16 lineal miles of logging roads / ATV trails on his land. I used to groom pretty much all of it every week. This winter I've been too busy and only groomed it once with the...
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    Re: If buying new what would You Buy

    TableRocked: You are exagerating a bit in places (the supercharger part at least). Otherwise, you are right enough to suit me. I'd add a few more types that fall between the types 1,2 and 3 that...
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    Re: Never thought I see the day 22 lr. ammo.

    Following that last line of the previous post, if there was ever a time to close a thread, this would be it. You've summarized weeks of banter.
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    Re: What ATV, side by side or UTV do you have.

    Do yourself a big favor and get the full glass windshield first. The half-high plastic one gets hazed and eventually is crap. Either will suck dust in around the sides, but the full high glass one...
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    Used the tracked Gator quite a bit in deeper snow last weekend. Drove it thru as much as 2 feet deep, without problems. The snow was very light and flew all over, and by the end of the day the CVT...
  55. Re: Would it work to use a billiards table slate top piece for a welding table surfac

    Why do some of you suggest I sell the slate? Is it worth something other than to build a pool table? BTW, one of the three pcs is broken, that is why it is available.
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    Re: ATV/UTV Pictures!

    Yes, its the nicest all-around sport quad I have owned. I have been through: Suzuki Quad Racer (250 2-stroke), Honda 250R (250 2-stroke), 2003 and 2005 Polaris Predators (500 4-strokes), and this...
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    Re: ATV/UTV Pictures!

    Yes, tracks are Camoplast "2014" model. 2014 has a few nice upgrades, so if you are buying, ask for the 2014, there are still 2013 sets out there I think. 2014 has a couple extra grease zirks,...
  58. Would it work to use a billiards table slate top piece for a welding table surface?

    I have a chance to get for free a couple 3' x 4' pcs of 1 inch slate from an old pool table. Thought it might make a super nice flat welding table top surface. What do you think? Would it shatter...
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    Re: Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    Snow depth: It works out best ( I get the most durable surface) if I get out and roller groom after every 4-6 inch snowfall. I have waited longer and groomed a foot, but it does not pack as well of...
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    Re: ATV/UTV Pictures!

    354098354099Well OK, if nobody is going to claim those bonus points, I guess they are mine! I started a new thread this morning, to explain the groomer stuff : ...
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    Groomer5 is now on the snow!

    354094354095354096354097I have been building snow groomers for about five winters now. The last couple have been roller groomers because I find that mostly I want to pack what falls so it is more...
  62. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Yea, what he said! the radial arm saw adaptation to plasma cutting is a great idea. And the saws are probably pretty commonly available, cause everybody used to own one. I will add it to the list,...
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    Re: Saved an arbor press from the scrap yard

    Good Work!!!
  64. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Nylocks -- good catch, important point.

    Yea, I found somewhere they do not really want the compressor in a freezing environment without some special provisions to heat the crankcase and pressure...
  65. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    351050351051351052351053I added a base to the Champion. The final installation place will be on a new shop floor with radiant floor heat, so no drilling into the slab. I knew the compressor needed...
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    Re: Never thought I see the day 22 lr. ammo.

    What? I don't have any weapons. You guys have weapons? I didnt think so.
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    Re: Yet another 3000 series wheel spacer thread

    I love my 3720 widened in the rear, 4 inches per side, been that way for several years, doing all manner of jobs including disking and backhoe work. However, I would not widen the front for loader...
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    Re: Homemade Zamboni

    My friend made his system by putting a flat metal part on his push lawnmower instead of a cutting blade, then bolting on solid metal blocks on the ends, and lowering the deck till the blocks rode on...
  69. Re: Considering a mid rise lift for my shop -- any experience to share?

    How can you tell by the photos and videos its "junk" ? Really they all look alike to me, with what little you can tell by the online stuff.
  70. Re: Considering a mid rise lift for my shop -- any experience to share?

    Hmmm, turns out that Harbor Freight has one too. It looks suspiciously JUST like the Atlas and Bend Pack brands. You don't suppose they are all made in the same factory do you? Automotive Scissor...
  71. Considering a mid rise lift for my shop -- any experience to share?

    Was thinking about a motorcycle lift, then realized a mid rise lift could do all the smaller vehicles like the motorcycle lift can, and my cars and trucks too. The idea would be to have capabillity...
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    Re: All purpose UTV for farm use?

    really, you must drive a Polaris 800/900 Ranger and a JD 825i before you buy. The Polaris is the one to beat basically. I mean, if you find one you like better than the Polaris, buy it. I...
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    Re: What is this ODTF motor type?

    349687I emailed a Baldor guy and got this...
    "Open Drip Proof, tandem fan is a special open motor with an external fan to assist in cooling this open motor. Not very common."
    So there ya have it. ...
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    Re: All purpose UTV for farm use?

    Drive an 825i before you decide.
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    Re: All purpose UTV for farm use?

    One factor that is often overlooked is the rear axle. Consider the implications of owning a machine that can weigh 2500 lbs loaded, with a solid rear axle. Since you are an ATV owner, you know the...
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    Re: If buying new what would You Buy

    JESSE1: great looking rig! I just love the looks of the Gator. I have the 825i (gas). I really want that windshield you have on there. Can you tell me the part number?
    Here is a hint that...
  77. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Unloader is one theory. But when I look at where it taps into the head, its in the intake tract right after the filter. So it seems to connect the crankcase to the intake tract. Neither of those...
  78. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Thanks Steve.
    I sent the question about the mystery tube to the Champion Customer assistance email. We shall see what they say.
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    What is this ODTF motor type?

    I have this motor on my compressor. It says ODTF. I understand it is an open frame, drip proof, but what is the Tandem Fan thing all about? Can anyone find an online reference picture of what...
  80. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    346924346925346926346927346928346929Pics of new Champion...
    The shipping crate was 7.5 feet tall, so made it seem way bigger than it really is. Still, standing on the palet beside it, I cannot see...
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    Re: Never thought I see the day 22 lr. ammo.

    The thing I keep thinking though, if people are hoarding (or prepping), why the .22? Of all the weapons I have I would consider the .22 the least important for home security or whatever. If I was...
  82. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    The Champion compressor came yesterday. She's a beauty Clark! I will try to get some pictures of it in the next couple days. It might take half a day to get the crate dissmantled off of it. It...
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    Re: If buying new what would You Buy

    When I shopped (a year ago), the goal was to have a machine that did both work and play reasonably well. In choosing the Gator 825i with power steering we accomplished that. It is a great work...
  84. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    I think the idea of higher pressure is to have an on-off operating range which is always above the desired regulated point. In other words, the compressor runs between 145 and 175, but you regulate...
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Re: Cutting / Groving / Siping R-4 for snow

    Nice! That's an outdoor job isn't it? the smell gets to me.
  86. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
  87. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Extremely last minute!!! Had to get a Quincy order from Northern canceled before I could proceed with the Champ.
  88. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    I checked and found that Rollair pumps are Italian. I do really like the dark green color however. Eaton pumps are also now imported according to sources I read. Snap on may have domestic parts,...
  89. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Where is the Champion pump made? They look good so far.
  90. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Champion? Hmmm, they don't look bad either!

    Champion Centurion II Vertical Air Compressor, Champion Air Compressor, Champion Centurion II

    The above is a Champion 80 gallon 5 hp, slow speed...
  91. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    As discussed earlier, I made some measurements while at Northern last Friday.
    Ingersol Rand model CBV264840 had a mexico-made motor running @ 3450, a china-made pump, 4"/15" pulleys for a pump...
  92. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    If I may ask, which Quincy model di you have the problems with? Thanks.
  93. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Interesting discovery on the speed issue!
    I wonder if Northern will discount the Quincy any further, or RAISE the price eventually. There is a $100 gift card given with $1000 spent offer on right...
  94. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    I have narrowed the choices to two, the IR 2340L5-V (T30 design), or the Quincy 2V41C60VC. The IR is $200 cheaper than the Quincy. It appears that both are 3450 rpm motors, so I assume the noise...
  95. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    That is an interesting question. The existing compressor is being left installed in the shop I am leaving, selling along with the home on five acres. It looks good setting there, it still works, is...
  96. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    This is a good idea. I have a spare magnetic starter laying around I can add.
  97. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Good catch!
  98. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    Yup, I came to the same conclusion. I am going to save a little longer and stretch the budget to include the T-30. Found it here...
    Air Compressors & Tools | Air Compressors & Dryers | Ingersoll...
  99. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    What if we had to spend under $1000? Cause thats the top end of the budget. New only, I can't tell how many hours are on a used compressor, so used is a big unknown. Sure, they can be rebuilt, but...
  100. Re: I am looking at this air compressor at Tractor Supply - Ingersol 2-stage

    I agree the rated lifespan is 3X. I cannot find the pump rpm number published. I suspect it is just a bit higher than the Quincy, judging by the same horsepower and the CFM just slightly less. Now...
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