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    Re: grease in a rotary cutter gear box?

    I do not understand why they don't come from the factory with cornhead grease. Would save a lot of gearboxes.
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    Re: Grasshopper vs Bad Boy

    Neighbor has the Grasshopper. He likes it. It is a bit slow but cuts well. Never hear a bad word about Grasshopper as a company.
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    Re: New Kioti CK4010HST on the way.

    A a ct225 owner, I know what you mean. I have been getting the itch for a bigger tractor as well. I bet you will be bushoging uphill in high gear with that new one.
  4. Re: International Agritech hog vs. Bush Hog 305?

    I have the International and am just getting ready to retire it after about 500 hours of use. It is a good heavy built standard mower. I think with a tractor of your size. You may need the added...
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    Re: Bush hog questions

    I think the Razorback is the standard duty and the squealer is more of a medium duty unit. The Squealer units have had a round back for about ten years so you have an older design. I don't know about...
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    Re: what to do with my rotary shredder

    Most standard duty mowers use the same gearbox. It will probably fit a dozen or more mowers. Don't throw it away. It won't take 30 min to remove.

    I would fix it. King Kutter gives the best cut of...
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    Mowing Re: Clearing the radiator of debris

    That is what I use when around the house. Wish I had a gas air compressor to put in the truck.
  8. Re: How to brushhog uneven terrain without damaging equipment

    A good cutter can take a shot from a rock with little ill affect. I would go slow and not worry about it. Most cutters end up with some welds on them if you use them enough.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Bush Hog Blades

    A king Kutter leaves a better cut than most or that's the way I see it. You don't have to take them of to sharpen. Lift the cutter and support the back wheel so it can't fall. then you can attack...
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    Re: rear wheel not touching ground

    You only need a top link to lift. You can mow open areas fine with no top link. A length of chain a bit longer than your top link will work fine. A longer top link will help as well. I think you...
  11. Re: Is there a Zero Turn with a free floating deck?

    Go with a smaller chain hung deck. If your yard has a lot of different levels, so will your cut.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Bush hog hp requirements

    I mow with about 4hp per foot. I can mow anything in low range. I mow 95% of the time in mid range and only struggle when I run into really thick grass or scary steep hills.
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    Re: Bent front wheel

    Putting a tube in can be a problem if you deal with thorns, as I do. You can use Slime and plug the tire if needed. Does not work well with a tube.
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    Re: 6 foot med duty bush hog

    A king Kutter HD is only about $2400 and is built tough. I would think it is $500 less than come of the medium duty mowers and I believe has dual tail wheels.Only thing is it has standard pins and...
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    Re: Unloading rotary mower

    Lot of good points. Best to get it delivered.
  16. Tractor Sizing Re: Have a half mile of gravel road to repair and maintain

    You can have someone do it for probably $250-300. A tractor and box blade and 3 or 4 hours will make a huge difference. Dozier or grader would work as well. A grader blade on a tractor will not work...
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    Re: ZT aftermarket suspension seat

    Be ready to drop some $$.
    I went with a regular seat after my suspension seat wore out. I wish I had dropped the extra cash every time I mow.
    The Michigan suspension seat at Norther Toll is very...
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    Comparison Re: Zero Turn Mower Shopping

    The Spartan has double braced casters rather than a single plate and a shoulder bolt, so it will probably be fine. The smallest machine weighs about 1150lbs so it should be pretty solid. The founder...
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    Re: Bent front wheel

    I don't think the bead is bent. The lip turns in about 3/16 and I think it may be pushing the tire away from the rim ever so slightly.
  20. Rotary Cutter Re: Which Used Rotary Mower: Bush Hog RZ-60, Tarter, or Braber BE-RC500G

    The Braber looks like a good solid unit. They seem to have a good design and a strong gearbox as well as plenty of heft.
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    Bent front wheel

    I have a ct225 and hit a curb with the front tire the other day. I was running the tire a bit low on air and it bent the outside rim a bit. It now has a slow leak. Can I straighten it or am I going...
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    Comparison Re: Zero Turn Mower Shopping

    Truth is that most of the good zero turns use the same components.
    Parker pumps or Hydro gear z3200 or z5400 drives
    B&S,Kohler or Kawasaki engines
    Carlisle or Kenda tires
    That leaves deck,...
  23. Thread: Just got on

    by MESSMAKER
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    Re: Just got on

    I want to tell you up front. If you ask for for advise on buying a lawnmower, you will be told that perhaps a 100hp tractor will serve you better.:laughing:
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    Comparison Re: Zero Turn Mower Shopping

    We have a great Cub cadet dealer near. He also sells Grasshopper. None of the commercial guys buy Cub Cadet. They all buy Grasshopper, even though the former are cheaper. You got to wonder why.
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    Re: ?? about. Bushog wheel

    I know what you mean. It seems a little low tech and sloppy , but it does work.
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    Re: cutting-digging bar

    The LONG version looks just like the one I got from Bobcat. I like it a lot but hear a lot of good things about the Piranha as well. I think it really shines for brush clearing.
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    Re: smaller new tractor or larger used one?

    I have heard that some of the smaller tractors claim less than 25 hp to keep it under the limit for the tier 4 restrictions but produce more.
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    Re: Some rotary cutter work out

    Sturdy looking design. Top may not shed debris, but everything else looks good.
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    Mowing Re: CT 335 Wont Start

    Just remove the lug on the end of the cable and solder on a new lug. Takes no skill. You need lug,flux solder and a torch. Getting old lug off is 90% of the job. You can then just add a battery...
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    Re: Could This Be The Best Lawn Aerator Ever??

    Looks good. I want one.:)
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    Mowing Re: CT 335 Wont Start

    I just had that happen last week.
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    Re: Some rotary cutter work out

    Good looking cutter. I have been eyeing one of those for a while.
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    Comparison Re: Zero Turn Mower Shopping

    They do look interesting.
  34. Re: UTV or SCUT - New Land Owner and First Time Buyer

    I am surprised that they have not developed the UTV to be more work friendly. I think three point hitch ,hydraulic pump and a PTO would be a start.
  35. Re: Unloading without supporting the rear-end of the trailer a bad idea?

    It is a good idea because without it can put a lot of stress on the back of your trailer. It can flex a bit under the weight. It will tear your fenders off over time.
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    Mowing Re: CT 335 Wont Start

    Check the pedal switch underneath the floorboard. It has a contact point that can get debris in it and will cause the tractor to not start. It happens to me once or twice each year. It is probably a...
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    Comparison Re: Zero Turn Mower Shopping

    The Bad Boy does appear to be more heavy duty, but I am sure both are fine.
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    Re: King Kutter Post Hole Digger

    maybe you can adapt the cheaper ones to fit your machine. I can't imagine they are very complicated. Maybe all you would need is a grinder and a drill and a little time.
  39. Re: Seeking advice for 5 acres tractor? if so which?

    Well said. It is better to live than just exist.
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    Re: Ford to try their hand at a diesel 1/2 ton?

    If undercoating was the answer, One of the companies would use said undercoating and claim no rust. I don't hear anything on this. Rust is an industry wide problem.
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    Re: Carter's ez-hitch

    Is that not just like a Pat's Hitch?
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    Re: Opinions on new ZTR Purchase 5 acres

    They sure do sell those at a good price. I have looked at one myself.
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    Re: Best attachments for leveling my property

    I think a tiller and lots of patience.
  44. Rotary Cutter Re: Difference between "economy" and medium-to-heavy duty rotary cutters

    Go up to a medium duty. Extra strength A-frame and tail wheel is a good thing. That is where problems happen.
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    Re: Bobcat CT335 Brake Cam oil leak

    My CT225 has been prone to hydraulic leaks. I know it will drive you crazy, but you can buy a lot of fluid for what the repair will cost.
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    Re: Letting the neighbor borrow your tractor...

    It depends on the guy. Nobody will be much harder on my tractor than me. The question is do they know the limits of the machine. One of my neighbors is a master welder and has fixed things for me...
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    Mowing Re: troy-built xp super bronco 24 HP

    Troy Built used to be a premium brand, but now they are just another mass market brand. They are no better or worse than most. Almost all are built by MTD or Husqvarna. They rarely last much more...
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    Mowing Re: craftsman garden tractor

    Three acres will wear out a box store mower quickly. The Transmission and deck will be the first to go. Most motors will give you at least 1000 hours. Spend a little more up front and get something a...
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    Buying Advice Re: John Deere 2305 Y or N?

    Neighbor had one and liked it. Plenty of power. Pretty good mower. He used blade and bushog as well as mowed with it. I don't think he had any problem.
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    Re: Looking for bush hog/rotary mower

    I think a 4 foot is what you need. HP pretty low for a 5 foot. $400 should be a fair price on a used one.
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    Re: Hustler,Bigdog,Snapper or Cub Cadet

    I would stay away from the Cub Cadet. The other three would be OK. I would consider which one is easier to get worked on. You will probably be better served if you can get hydo on each wheel rather...
  52. 3-Point Hitch Re: Is there an easy way to connect power takeoff to tractor?

    Sometimes the PTO splines can get mucked up to the point that it is hard to get the shaft inside the receiver. Clean it and re-lube.
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    Re: Question for guys running businesses

    I usually give them the option. I prefer to work by the hour because it is best for both of us.I sleep better ,for sure. If they make me bid the job, I usually add 50% to cover the unforeseen. Most...
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    Re: Anybody afraid?

    That is true. The difference between the economy Z mower and the top of the line is a good bit. All are pretty good, but there is a difference.
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    Re: Anybody afraid?

    This mower has all the best stuff and frequently can be bought for a good deal. They have a 4 year warranty as I recall.Snapper Pro S200XT Zero Turn Mower 27HP Briggs with 61" Cut | eBay
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    Re: Anybody afraid?

    Little bit less machine but an option.Husqvarna MZT61 Zero Turn Mower 61" Deck 27hp Briggs & Stratton - SLE Equipment
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    Re: Anybody afraid?

    This is an option if you have a dealer near.https://www.badboymowers.com/bad-boy-shop/zero-turn-mowers/zt-elite-lawn-mower
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    Re: Fabricated vs Stamped Deck.

    I do not think that is correct.
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    Re: Anybody afraid?

    Just an OK deal but should have plenty of life left. Not sure that I would not look for a new mower with warranty and everything new for maybe another couple thousand. Exmark is good, but so are a...
  60. Re: Looking for tractor to maintain 8.5 acres in NH

    I think this would be the best way to go..
  61. Re: I'm in the market for a new chainsaw. 24 inch bar.

    Stihl,Echo or Husky are all good. I think I would shop by price among the three. The Echo and Husky tend to be a little cheaper in my area.
  62. Re: Looking for tractor to maintain 8.5 acres in NH

    Hard to get one machine to do it all well. You will mow far more than you will do anything else.Zero turn would be on the top of my list. cut down mowing time by an hour per mowing or about 50 hours...
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    Re: Most Useful Minor Additions to Tractor

    Lot of good ideas so far. Here are mine.

    Tooth bar
    Receiver and hooks on front bucket with drop hitch for lifting and moving trailers.
    12 volt plug
    Extra lights
    Large toolbox
    chain holder
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Need Help Identifying New to Me cutter

    Looks heavy duty.
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    Re: Changing Rotary Cutter Blades

    Looks OK to me. Safety chain works for me. I guess if the hydraulics fail and the strap releases and the safety chain breaks you could be in trouble. You also have the possibility of being struck by...
  66. Buying Advice Re: looking to buy a new lawn mower.cant make up my mind to meny to choose from.

    I am guessing you have a nice flat level yard. Ditches,stumps,tree roots and steep hills will shorten the life of any mower. It will kill the cheap ones. The deck and transmission will not hold up to...
  67. Thread: Bobcat ct225

    by MESSMAKER
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    Price Check Re: Bobcat ct225

    Got one just about like that one. Make sure it is the 27hp model. You are in the window that it could be either.Parts are easy to get, so don't worry about that. I am not sure on the value. I have...
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    Buying Advice Re: Buying a Zero-Turn Mower

    Pretty good list. Notice Cub Cadet is not on the list. I like John Deere,Scag and Grasshopper, but the others make good products as well. Snapper Pro,Gravely and Bad Boy give you a lot for your money...
  69. Buying Advice Re: Bobcat Toolcat- Is it the right tractor for my Facility

    I would get two separate machines. Spend $10,000 on a good front mount mower. You can plow the small stuff with that. A UTV or CUT will both work for the parking lots and trash duties. Take your pick.
  70. I think I would like to see a section for tools.

    A lot of knowledge on this forum on how to get stuff done. I think info about the best tool for the job and a better way to use it would be handy.
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    Re: smoothing behind disc

    Simple , but has worked for years and cost next to nothing.
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    Re: Air loss in alloy rims?

    Just had mine done. Amazing how much crud was there.
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    Front-End Loader Re: johnny bucket jr.

    I don't know what the question is, but I had one and was 100% satisfied. It has limitations,but is well made.
    I also live in Richmond.
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    Re: Digging a hole..?

    Digging a hole with most tractors takes a while but can be done. Not very politically correct but after it is buried, who knows? It is a hunk of rock, not nuclear waste.
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    Re: Does anyone rent farm/compact tractors??

    Cheaper to hire it done unless it takes more than a couple days. I think around here a tractor rents for about $175 per day, plus attachment, plus fuel, plus delivery.
  76. Re: Can I repair bush hog sheet metal with stick welder?

    I think you could cut about 6 patches and tack them down with very little work. Might not look too pretty but probably last for years. Use something heavier than 20g.
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    Box Scraper Re: How to get those accessories home??

    Drag the implement under a tree limb or beam in a barn. Winch the item off the ground and then back the trailer under it.
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    Re: ct225 sudden loss of power in high range

    Not meaning to insult you, but check that brakes are not locked on. May have enough power to move it in lower ranges, but would cause stall in hi range.
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    Grapple Re: Which One To Buy?

    I like the supports for the box blade. Putting it on the list. Thanks
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    Re: Anyone familiar with this?

    I think MTD does make a lot of mowers for Tractor Supply.
  81. Re: Why are we so willing to spend other peoples money?

    I think we have a tendency to go overboard. I can't tell you how many times somebody asked about a sub-cut to mow their lawn and take care of 8 acres and we had them buying a 60hp tractor and a zero...
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    Re: Brakes.... Electric or Hydraulic (surge)

    Same here!!!
  83. Re: There's about to be a New Shark in the Waters!!!

    I like the name.
  84. Thread: battery

    by MESSMAKER
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    Re: battery

    If you use it or at least let it run for a while every couple weeks, you don't need anything. I have started tractors that have set for months.
  85. Re: What would you like to see the tractor manufacturers to make.

    Toolcat has a lot to like but at a pretty good price, so I guess I want a cheaper one.
    Non clogging radiator
    Cab forward is interesting
    Tougher longer lasting front tires
    Faster transport speed
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    Buying Advice Re: Buying first CUT

    Too much for a machine that old in my opinion. Mid-mount mower is a pain unless you really,really need it.
  87. Re: Any one pick up any of the Hydraulic tractor fluid at TSC this weekend?

    That particular one( in the yellow bucket )scares me for some reason. I have used the Traveler brand as well as others but the one in question strikes me as to low price for quality. I may be totally...
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    Buying Advice Re: Is the Front End Loader worth it?

    Loader is handy and it saves your back. Cannot tell you how many things you will use it for, but I bet i use mine 3-4 times a week. Add forks,a chain, a boom, a tree spade and the options are endless.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Best gearbox oil change methods, brush hog.

    Flipping a cutter over is a five minute job with a loader or a boom. I am not sure that I would worry about it much. You will eventually ruin the seal and it will drain out on it's own. Then you...
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    Re: push button release yoke

    Sometimes it is not all rust. It can be a combination of grease and dirt on the spline and the PTO shaft. I have had luck separating the shaft so you have something smaller to work with. Soak down...
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    Buying Advice Re: Advice on Bobcat CT225 2010

    I have a ct225. The problem seems to come and go. when I notice it, I make sure it is lubricated and work it a while. Fine after that. i would not worry about it. I have 1300 hours on mine.
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    Buying Advice Re: Advice NEEDED!!

    Lots of good choices in the 30hp range. Probably should go with a hydro. Works better for snow,loader and even bushog work. Budget for a 60hp model seems too low to me. I suspect that it will cost...
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    Re: More horsepower? CT225

    That does not sound good.
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    Re: Finally put in new battery

    Don't think that it did not cross my mind. It seemed better than a torch.
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    Re: CT-235 decals

    I checked yesterday. My dealer wants $17.50 each.
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    Rotary Cutter Re: Best rotary cutter for the $$$$

    I gearbox is less than $200 for most cutters so it's not a huge deal. Two hour job if everything goes well.
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    Re: Engine oil question

    I think that goes without saying. I think poster knew what was to be used but was trying to find out if it was a hard fast rule or just a recommendation.
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    Re: 5 ft rotary cutter choices

    Looks pretty tough to me. I bet it will more than do the job. I think a rotary cutter is one of those things that you can buy by weight. A 600lb cutter is better than a 500lb cutter and so on. Less...
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    Re: Opinions on new ZTR Purchase 5 acres

    Very true. I have the 7 iron deck and would not trade it for any other deck. It is almost clog free and indestructible.
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    Finally put in new battery

    got 6+ years out of it. Great in my book. Went to rural King and picked up a mid grade Exide battery for $49.95. The bad news is that the bolt haeds to the battery hold down had rusted where the...
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