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  1. Thread: Hey Jim

    by Texasmark
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    Re: Hey Jim

    I don't go for fear hysterical tactics like the media seem to be obsessed, but yes there may be something more than just global cycling. Can't imagine what will happen to my insurance premiums next...
  2. Thread: Hey Jim

    by Texasmark
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    Hey Jim

    I'm currently running 2 hay crops which are rye for cool season and Coastal for warm season. Did all the right things on the rye and it's coming along nicely. So yesterday I'm out in the Bermuda...
  3. Re: JD GX85 riding mower -- Install flywheel dry or lube? Bendix gear question also.

    I always used lube for 2 reasons: Qne day I may want to remove it and 2, If you whack something hard, you want the flywheel to spin on the shaft, shearing the woodruff key, not shearing the...
  4. Re: 3 point hitch lift not working - 67 Ford 3000

    Look in the manual for pump bleeding procedure. My manuals are out in the shop and it's late.
  5. Re: GOLDENROD 496-3/4 WATER-BLOCK FILTER How good is it?

    As others said, they work. However, they have their limitations and since they absorb water you have to change them periodically.....they'll only absorb so much. On water block vs absorption, I...
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    Comparison Re: LS XR4145HC VS Branson 4720CH

    I don't want to throw sand in your face for leaning to Branson, heck no, but if you are that interested in stability, ensure that you fill at least your rears with the fluid of your choice per the...
  7. Oil & Fuel Re: Branson 3820 stalls, light switches between glow plug and battery?

    How long and how many hours on the machine? Sit outside in northern climate? How often do you start it?.......aka does it make sense that it may be the ignition switch. Since that is what...
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    Re: price of steel from China on the rise

    Well my problem with all this political hoopla is that this or that invests a billion bucks (from where.....taxpayers?) in some gotta have it program to "make jobs". Then, as listed herein, you get...
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    Re: 3 point hitch 'hops'

    Since you said what you said, let them do it. Money well spent.
  10. Re: TC18 capable of running a 5ft CountyLine Box Blade?

    I had a 3 cyl diesel AC 18 hp, 2 wd, small, modern type of design...no row cropper, tractor years ago and I found it too light to do any good with a box or straight blade....couldn't keep the front...
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    Re: Ford 1300 Hydraulics

    An indirect answer: My Fords have like 7 gpm of flow and they are in the 30-40 hp window. Having attempted to use them for wood splitter functions was somewhat futile. By the time you get a...
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    Re: Wheel rakes with irregular fields?

    I have very irregular fields and it makes for frustrating haying. Over the 37 years I have been here I have tried several options, going through 2 small wheel rakes and half a dozen parallel bar JD...
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    Re: price of steel from China on the rise

    Anybody know the tariff on import tire dumping that was imposed a few years ago when tire prices went through the roof?
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    Re: 3 point hitch 'hops'

    Seems you have enough hours and years on that machine to warrant lift cylinder O ring replacement. The process is called Hiccuping and the cure usually is a new seal (rubber O ring ) on the lift...
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    Re: Mower suspension seat options?

    I have been fighting a rough ride for years. One of my attempts was a suspension seat for a DR, from DR, for $200 which raised the seat about 2". Like the OEM design suspension seats of my Fords,...
  16. Re: 1964 ford 4000 diesal where is neutral safety switch?

    Well then it's a 3 cylinder and is setup like my 3000. Looking on the tranny cover you will see a rubber boot with an exit wire at the 10 O'clock position. It has a plunger that sticks down, or is...
  17. Re: 1964 ford 4000 diesal where is neutral safety switch?

    Top of the transmission cover 10 o'clock position. It has one wire and the housing is grounded to the cover with a star washer on the underside of the cover. Ground is returned through the bolts...
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    Re: Alyeska pipeline

    They came to Dallas recruiting when that thing was built....back in mid 80's as I vaguely recall. Pay was $30k/yr plus perks (I remember that part). I was ready to go and be a frontiersman. Wifey...
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    Re: Tractor Hydraulic Transmission Oil

    At the bottom of the label shown is the reference: "Manufactured Exclusively for Tractor Supply Co.". Now who do you suppose would be doing that? Don't suppose it's Warren Oil Co. do you? If you...
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    Comparison Re: LS XR4145HC VS Branson 4720CH

    Yeah that's true; good point. I just recall running a hammer mill from a 20' belt off an old JD B popper, grinding corn stalks......get that sucker whining and the belt whizzing and dump in half a...
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    Re: What have you done to your Branson today?

    I was working on a lawn mower in the shop today and just looked at them as I passed back and forth to the tool box. Was going to kiss and hug on them but thought that was just stupid...........grin.
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    Re: Branson 4520R New Owner

    One of the "problems" with new equipment.....grin. I experienced the same thing, having never had a new tractor before and never experienced it on my old ones over the years. If it won't take it on...
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    Re: Branson 4520R New Owner

    I hear you on that. I don't know who else does that but I know who else didn't do that and as you said it doessssss make a difference. Just another little charm on the Branson bracelet.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Rotary Cutters

    On the location of the rating it's in the seller's specs, sometimes there are at the lift pins and sometimes both there and 1' out. On the foot-lbs, it's just like any other weight-distance...
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    Comparison Re: LS XR4145HC VS Branson 4720CH

    Harry Ferguson's 3 point system, which was the hallmark of the systems for eons, used the draft control (function) to keep the tractor from being pulled over backwards upon striking an immovable or...
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    Re: Tractor Hydraulic Transmission Oil

    Right on the viscosity. I just did my Branson and Fords. Branson requires the Premium oil and I found a volume buy at a good price so I made one purchase and I put it in all 3. Heck you'd thought...
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    Re: Hydraulics moving without touching controls

    Thanks
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Rotary Cutters

    Light duty and medium duty have differences other than steel thickness. I wanted a 6' mower for my 6530 and the light duty was built with lighter weight materials and had a 45 hp gear box. My PTO...
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    Comparison Re: LS XR4145HC VS Branson 4720CH

    My 6530 has 3 which, at the 2600 rpm rating for my engine are 540, 750, and 960 (substitute for 1000 of yesteryear).

    Most implements of today run off 540 so a single 540 pto would do for most...
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    Comparison Re: LS XR4145HC VS Branson 4720CH

    If Branson's time is about up, what are all the rainbow brands that it makes going to do for a manufacturer? Sorry guys, gotta disagree with you again.

    On the cabs, I can't say about the 4500...
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    Re: LS tractor bucket flop problem

    Agree now that you mentioned it. So today I checked my 2400. No slop in bucket, boom is in the float valve as you said. So I checked my 6530 and it functions identically. Buckets are tight enough...
  32. Thread: mow or graze

    by Texasmark
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    Re: mow or graze

    That's what I'm looking at currently. I ran Haygrazer for high volume production for years, but with the funny weather we have been having it wasn't working out. So Last year I started in on Rye...
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    Re: Oil for rotary mower gearbox

    I like the synthetic too on new ones. I put it in and forget about it. On new ones (and surely upper end old ones) I like the fact that OEMs have started using ventilating fill plugs which allow...
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    Re: Hydraulics moving without touching controls

    Hi again, Guy,

    Walking through what you said, if I understand you correctly and this would help Mearntain, unlike a dead end FEL cylinder system, the open center Ford system is leaning on the...
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    Re: Branson 4520R New Owner

    I assume the 200 # torque is specified in your service manual.

    Curious as to why you have ag tires on the rear and industrials on the front. Industrials don't grip like ag tires if you plan on...
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    Re: Hydraulics moving without touching controls

    Well I just went out and looked at my 63 4 cyl 2000 and it's straight forward, corresponding to markings on the hyd casting. ON my '65 3000, which your 2000 is more like than the old designed 2000...
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    Re: Branson warranty troubles

    I had a problem with an idler pulley on my AC when I first got mine. Local rep was right there on the job, got upgraded replacement parts....I wanted to fix it and get back up........blew out a cab...
  38. Thread: Toolbox?

    by Texasmark
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    Re: Toolbox?

    I found a rectangular wire basket (O'Reilley's as I recall) measuring about 12x3x4" high with a couple of handles on it that fits nicely between the right door and the hyd lines to the joy stick. It...
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    Re: 1973 ford 2000 tractor

    The local NH dealer has a rack of IT (Information Technology) as I recall (the name) on a rack in the parts counter area. Find your 3 cylinder model 2000 and have a go at it. The whole...
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    Re: Hydraulics moving without touching controls

    Are you in Draft or Position Control? As I recall in Position Control the lever on the right side of the hyd part of the housing, below the seat and Position Control is pointing down...vertically. ...
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    Re: LS tractor bucket flop problem

    On my tractors with FELs, operated with a joy stick, the joy stick has 5 positions. The 5th is nothing more than the dump lever pushed all the way down and this is called "Float". In essence, the...
  42. Buying Advice Re: looking to buy a new lawn mower.cant make up my mind to meny to choose from.

    I own my second Husqvarna. The first was a $3200 articulated rear engine gadget that I returned after about a week of use. Years later I bought a conventional 46" with a Kohler Courage 20 hp single...
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    Re: 25 HP, TYM/Cabela vs Branson

    "25 HP, TYM/Cabela vs Branson?"

    I just commented on this a few days ago. I went to one of 4 Branson dealers about a month ago to buy a Branson 2400 (24hp). When I got there and started looking...
  44. Re: Buying A New Tractor As A Hedge Against Inflation.

    Years ago a worn out Ford n series went for $1600 with a worn out 5' rotary mower. Today they are advertising and I assume selling the same for $2750!
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    Re: Old JD hyd coupling

    Yepper and they make them forwards and backwards as I had to have male JDs with female ISOs and and Male ISOs with female JDs depending on the tractor and implement. $35 sticks in my mind, don't...
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    Re: JD hygaurd for Mahindra

    Warren Petroleum Co. is a nationwide distributor for petroleum products. Many of the common types of lubricants are either labeled as being from them or are probably from them when somebody only...
  47. Re: Small acreage fuel storage - 50 gallon drum of diesel or?

    I have a trailer made from an old Chevy PU bed. I park it under a "car port" kind of steel roof....keep the sun and rain off it. I have 3ea sealable steel 55 gallon oil drums in it with my pump,...
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    Re: Tire Ballast Chart Accuracy?

    14.7 psi at sea level
  49. Re: DC stick amperage needed for general farm repairs.

    My field welder was a 10 hp Generac portable, 5kw "standby generator" powering a 200A ACDC Model 130 Miller stick welder. I used 3/32 6011 rods; anything larger was a waste of time. I was welding 2...
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    Re: Need to slow down plow

    If I'm moving manure (or anything else) around on concrete,or any hard surface, float works great for me. But if I'm attempting to move sand from a pile on soft ground it just digs in unless I tilt...
  51. Re: How does a hydraulic ram make 180000 tons of force

    When I was in the service, upon crossing a bridge, we were always given the command "route step march" (route as in routy, disorganized, non-uniform) so that we wouldn't generate an oscillation in...
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    Re: 3203 rockshaft issue

    How long since you changed your fluid/filters if any? Sounds like a stuck shuttle, bypass or pressure relief valve or blew a seal on the piston. How old is the seal on the lift piston? If the...
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    Re: Dump truck hydraulics

    I agree on the bypass. To do any kind of pressure in the first place.....lift the bed of the truck..... you need a displacement/gear pump, aka 2 stars working together with no space around for fluid...
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    Re: Perkins smoke

    Back in the ring: Seat the rings then worry about the smoke. How do you do that? I do it by controlled lugging aka put a plow behind it and work it, varying the depth (load on the engine) and...
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    Re: Ford 7600 Thermostart

    On finding mine on my 3000 the first time, I just followed the small tube from the fuel tank. You can watch it function on the 3000 if you pull the air inlet hose from the intake manifold and look...
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    Re: One more 3000 cltuch question

    The whole shebang is getting the clutch to clutch adjustment to fit the length of your pedal travel. In support of their answer: If their manufacturing setup and maintained tolerances during...
  57. Re: How does a hydraulic ram make 180000 tons of force

    Since area of the piston surface is defined as radius squared x pi, if you are looking for the diameter (aka 2x radius) you have to get the pi out of the area and multiply the radius by the 2.
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    Re: Loader on Workmaster 45 2wd?

    In addition to what Mr Browne said, you can't second guess the weather and it can kill your wildest aspirations. Ask any of these and other guys about the impact of weather on their farming business...
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    Re: Perkins smoke

    Diesels use a C (Compression) rated oil whereas gassers use an S (Spark) rated oil. Has to do with the additives. Not a petroleum engr. but I'd stay with the appropriate oil as the diesel is...
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    Buying Advice Re: Thinking about a ford 961 or 4000

    I had an abused '63 4000 SOS gasser and did an inframe overhaul after I bought it, but I bought it for a song so that was ok.....still running. I have and have had for 15 or so years the '63 2000 4...
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    Re: Ford 801 SOS ??

    Look on the side of the transmission, just about where you'd put your foot to get on the foot rest to get up and into the seat. The left side (sitting in the seat) has 2 rather large slotted studs...
  62. Re: Ran a Deere 4120, but I like blue better....

    45hp is small for 80+ acres if you plan to do anything to amount to anything. If you work and farm on the side you surely will need more ponies to pull larger equipment to get the job done faster...
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    Re: Tractor Hydraulic Transmission Oil

    Well that should have been a flag for the clerk in my opinion.
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    Re: How much air pressure , max psi ?

    Seems to me that's the secret to radials grip; act somewhat like low pressure bias plies giving you more surface area in contact with the soil.
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    Re: Loader on Workmaster 45 2wd?

    Scout the neighborhood and see what others are doing in your area. Stop by and introduce yourself.......don't tell them that you're "Norman New guy......to farming", maybe to the neighborhood, but...
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    Re: Sub soiler - bevel leading edge or not?

    I use a Hay King brand and it can run 10-12" deep. It has an adjustable coulter in front of the blade for ripping at the surface and the blade is long and sharpened. The shank isn't.

    Mine has...
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    Re: Is IT a ZerT Or a ZerK?

    Growing up I heard the word turtle used also but it consisted of two words.....turtle back. Guess it refers back to the days of the early A Ford roadsters.
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    Re: Is IT a ZerT Or a ZerK?

    I called them Zerts all my life and didn't know the right word till recently on one of these farm sites. Course I picked it up as machine shop jargon as a kid so makes sense that I got the wrong...
  69. Hard Riding seats on Lawn Tractors and Small Conventional Tractors

    This topic has come up recently and I dug up an old post I generated on another tractor site. This is in regard to the Cub Cadet Springs I saw on a new Lawn Tractor sitting outside a TSC store one...
  70. Re: Any suggestions for replacing the lousy seat on a Branson?

    I have an update on my original posting. After putting 20 hours on my new machine I found that on big bumps the seat bottoms out and it jars my back.....the seat itself is well made and very...
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    Re: I'm One of You Now

    Wise selection. As I said somewhere else on here about a week ago. I bought a 2400 on Jan 19 and the dealer had the same size TYM sitting right next to it. I initially went to the Branson but the...
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    Re: Tractor Hydraulic Transmission Oil

    Like I said. I use the JD specs as they are usually on a container if anything. The 303 is what I use for my 134 requirements in my 1960's tractors. The JD 20C is for my new tractors with all the...
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    Ballast Re: Tire ballast types

    Never did but going to bet that it will pack on one side more than the other and make for irregular tractor motion. If you had steel marbles, maybe they'd work, but it's have to be a tubeless tire...
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    Re: How much air pressure , max psi ?

    I run as low as is reasonable for me. Have had quasi ruptured discs in the #1 to 5 area and being 6'5 at 250 doesn't help. I have spent a lot of time and money in attempting to get a soft ride. On...
  75. Re: How does a hydraulic ram make 180000 tons of force

    Do the math. Piston area is the diameter squared (d/2 x d/2) x pi (22/7 or 3.1417XXXXXXX) x pressure in pounds per square inch yields pounds of force.

    180,000 tons is 3.6x exp8 (natural logs) =...
  76. Re: Owners Manual Say No Fuel Additives, Deal Says It's OK.

    Good point. Probably the reason for the distinction in oils referred to as "paraffin based", aka dino, petroleum based, etc, vs synthetic usually chemical dependent with controlled molecular...
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    Re: How to determine model year?

    My Branson 6530 had Titan tires and wheels on it. Wheels were stamped July 2007 and I bought it in Sept. 2007. I liked that. Didn't sit on the lot very long.
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    Re: New Member in FL 4x4 Question

    Just a plain old differential will favor the unloaded tire. Positraction is supposed to prevent that. Don't know how it works doing the job however. Agree that if you have dif lock, it's on the...
  79. Re: Owners Manual Say No Fuel Additives, Deal Says It's OK.

    Okaye, what's the purpose of the wax in #2? Element of the refining process? #2 comes off at a lower temp than #1 making it cheaper so sell it when it doesn't matter that it's in there? Is #1 more...
  80. Re: Owners Manual Say No Fuel Additives, Deal Says It's OK.

    Power Services has been serving the large diesel clientele for eons, as have spark engine "snake oil" mfgrs. For a long time there was all this hype about this and that hurting your catalytic...
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    Re: grain drill parts

    I didn't need that quantity, but I found as many as 14 springs for a 1960's JD drill on ebay. Also was surprised at the number of parts for old implements that can still be purchased at the JD...
  82. Comparison Re: lawn tractor or atv mower for mixed, rough terrain

    I agree on the ATV (4 wheeler) with pull behind. I spent years and lots of money in the search for the perfect mower for me. My needs are not as your's but in my quest I have looked at advantages...
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    Re: Century 2535 Hydraulic Filter

    Red's Branson in Granbury, TX. Good prices.
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    Re: Finding a bad injector

    What is the failure mechanism on the injectors from the offending cylinder? Compression check run on all cylinders? All the thrown injectors reman'd? Same person doing the reman with the same...
  85. Re: The Fruition of Several Threads and Much Pestering

    I read this comment from you:

    "Texasmark- That's exactly how this high school dropout acquired a vocabulary. Limited as it is. I never skip over a word I do not know the meaning of. Always look...
  86. Re: The Fruition of Several Threads and Much Pestering

    Scuse me? Got the wrong source for your quote dude!
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    Re: Independant PTO

    Here's what I found with Branson:

    6530 has 2 published PTOs:

    1. "Independent" which is electrically controlled and totally "Independent" of main tractor moving drive train. It is very nice...
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    Re: Reassembling starter, brushes

    I have done the above or on some where there's access, used the brushes braded cable and a pair of long nose pliers to pull on the brushes while pushing on the armature, alternating back and forth,...
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    Re: Truck size for gravel delivery?

    This is the right answer, having been a "rock bucket" owner for long enough to put in my driveway and do a few other things. "Finds" are defined as parts, in the rock industry and also...
  90. Thread: tractor seat

    by Texasmark
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    Buying Advice Re: tractor seat

    www full of them, just Google. ASC and TSC for a couple plus Amazon and ebay. Shop around as the same seat is offered at all kinds of prices.
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    Re: Tractor Hydraulic Transmission Oil

    In my limited experience/knowledge, I find that there are basically 2 types of oils for the tractor operator in today's market. One is for basic hydraulic/manual shift tranny/differential functions...
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    Re: New to Quick Hitches - What do I need?

    I bought Pat's brand of quick hitch. You order the size for the category of implement/tractor lift arms you have. They come with some large flat washers that have been bent to fit over the pin...
  93. Re: New toy followed me home... JD 459 Standard Round Baler

    Nice combination. Good luck with it. I grew up in Pasadena. Used to goose hunt the rice fields around there and Alvin, Angleton, Bay City, on the coastal marsh to the SW in addition to going down...
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    Re: Carted V rake for small hay operation

    I agree on the try before you buy with that machine. Also I'd have a tutorial as part of the sale. No sense in your having to reinvent the wheel then the PO already did that. BTDT Agree on the...
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    Re: Water/Diesel mix in filter.

    As I recall the molecular size of oil and water are such that the fuel filter filtering element pores are too small to allow the water molecule to pass. It therefore remains in the filter and on...
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    Re: Causes of low compression

    The Ford manual does specify a 1 degree interference fit, but both valve and seat are ground exactly the same sharing half of the 1 degree interference each. But I was surprised to read that as I...
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    Re: Excessive Engine Blowback...

    Agree that all the cylinders are not at the same temp. I would assume as glow plugs age their resistance changes and heat produced changes making some get the cylinder hotter faster than others. ...
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    Re: Causes of low compression

    I got out the 1965-75 Ford Tractor Service Manual covering 2000 through 7000 and 3400 thru 5550 in response to my comment this morning about valve facings. Quoting from the manual:

    REFACING...
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    Re: Causes of low compression

    Well if the shop did something wrong he did the same thing to all cylinders.......Maybe he ground the seats to the wrong angle and the valves don't have enough surface area seated due to a mis match...
  100. Re: Farmall 400 that only runs when starter switch is fully engaged.

    Just adding to what you said about connections: Might also ensure that the connectors ON/attached to the resistor are good too. Since the resistor is a power dissipating type and gets pretty hot by...
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