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    Re: Log splitter buying ?

    Me too. My local store has one assembled on display. I am waiting for it to come down in price below the current $1899 (plus a $100 gift card on top of it). I like the engine guard, the GX 200 cc...
  2. Rear Blade Re: Broken box blade - worth fixing? and if not what to get?

    I agree your current one does not look fixable... Here is one, 72" x 710 pounds. New and used:

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  3. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    You need to go through every page of your manuals and become familiar with them. There is a bunch of very useful and mandatory information in those. I check the torque of my wheel nuts and bolts...
  4. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    I can provide you what I have for mine, but it is best you check the tractor and FEL owner manuals in case there are any changes.
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    Re: Pulling a 5300 LB lawn roller

    Recently I built a driveway on very rocky, heavy clay soil. While grading the surface, each pass of the rollover box blade (ROBB) with the shanks down brought up more rocks, some very large in the...
  6. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    Yeap. Considered that also and will probably add that when I remove the bolts to replace the lock washers.
  7. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    Sure. Will post if I can actually get any meaningful data. However, I believe the vast majority of my FEL digging has been completed as my driveway is now built. I still have to clear 1.5 acres of...
  8. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    I am not impressed with the lock washers on my FEL frame mounting points and they seem cheaply made. I still have to check/re-tighten the bolts on a regular basis and have ruined a couple lock...
  9. Re: It's official - joined the Kioti club with a DK40SEH!

    Really nice tractor. However, it is wayyy too clean :-)

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    Re: Pulling a 5300 LB lawn roller

    A rolling load is pretty easy to move. Think about how one person can push a 3500# automobile on a level service- at least for a short distance. As mentioned, I would be more concerned about...
  11. Thread: Wash the Tractor?

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    Re: Wash the Tractor?

    I wish I could wash mine but it is located where there is no water to wash it with. So it stays dirty and will at least until next summer when the new home should be completed and I will have...
  12. Re: Man dies in tractor crash on upstate New York farm

    +1 I have almost had a couple rollovers while digging out stumps- my fault and due to inexperience at that, along with much less than ideal working conditions.
  13. Re: Bucket Driver for installing T-posts (and 1.25" galvanized pipe?)

    BeezFun and Gary Fowler: These are great ideas I had yet to consider and will have to incorporate some of them into the plan, as the situation requires. I should be able to use my original plan...
  14. Re: Bucket Driver for installing T-posts (and 1.25" galvanized pipe?)

    Chuckle, chuckle. Yeah, lots... The fencing purpose is to help control wild critters in the large garden area and to help provide some protection for the cats from the coyotes and foxes. I am...
  15. Re: Bucket Driver for installing T-posts (and 1.25" galvanized pipe?)

    Thanks BeezFun. My thoughts also and thanks for confirming. Bucketdriver.com also has an option to help with driving T-posts (the bending issue) in hard soil. But I still think overall the t-posts...
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    Re: Got some old tires and need a road?

    I am not a road engineer and think that having a base that flexible would be an accident waiting to happen in so many ways. I MIGHT consider something like that if I had a large piece of property...
  17. Thread: LOG WINCH

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    Re: LOG WINCH

    Wow! Gorgeous piece of equipment. Makes mine look awfully puny. Pics are of it mounted on the back of my Jeep. Have not gotten it to the tractor yet. Mine will be used to haul out logs I cut...
  18. Re: Man dies in tractor crash on upstate New York farm

    Must have been quite an embankment for a cabbed tractor, I assume that also had ROPS, to roll down the embankment.
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    Tires Re: Time to replace the tires?

    My tires are a bit worn from all of the spinning they have been doing most of this year on wet clay, that is in turn sitting on top of large rocks. And then dragging a 720# box blade or digging out...
  20. Bucket Driver for installing T-posts (and 1.25" galvanized pipe?)

    This post is primarily directed at folks who have used one of the bucket drivers mentioned below.

    From a previous post of mine, along with other posts I have read, I decided I will purchase...
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    Re: Farmline 5' DX Cutter Shear bolt?

    My grade 2 in a flair mower got tested in some very rough territory that had not been mowed in a few years. Worked fine until it got wrapped up with a bunch of heavy chicken type, wire. Then it...
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    Re: Harbor Freight QH broke on me

    It is thin at that point and I questioned it in the past. But once the hook is attached it apparently becomes much stronger. See my pics above where I tore the metal from the cross piece where the...
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    Re: Already disappointed in new Husvarna 435

    +1 Have new one. I am thinking about a 550xp to replace my aging 343 also.
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    Re: 60" or 72" Grapple bucket Is the question

    You could also consider a rock grapple, which is designed differently:

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    Re: Harbor Freight QH broke on me

    I broke my ASC QH a few weeks ago and ordered a HFT as a replacement. I find the apparent construction to be very similar between the too, from the parts I can see, anyway. For the record the ASC...
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    Re: Blade size.......confused!

    +1 on the mini-x. I am clearing my very rocky, very hard clay property for my retirement home site. Digging out the stumps with the FEL has been frustrating using a grapple bucket and stump bucket...
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    Re: 60" or 72" Grapple bucket Is the question

    I usually only purchase heavy duty equipment that will last a lifetime of hard usage and this means the equipment's weight is heavy. I saw no reason to purchase a grapple bucket greater than 48" due...
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    Re: Anybody replaced a battery yet

    Over the years I have standardized on AGM batteries for all of my vehicles and have tried a few brands. Optima's had provided the best experience and I am happy with them. I also carry high quality...
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    Rake Re: Landscape rake recommendations

    The collective experience and wisdom of these posts are steering you away from a landscape rake for your stated purposes. I do not have a pine straw rake but will purchase one in the future for...
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    Re: Piranha Tooth Bar stump removal

    My PTB has been through very aggressive use, being jammed into large, embedded granite rocks many, many times and scraped along and loaded the same, not to mention the more normal things most folks...
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    Re: Piranha Tooth Bar stump removal

    I have one also on my 6' wide bucket and it works well for a lot of things. But digging stumps out in my very hard clay/rock soil is better left to my 4' wide grapple, as the narrower width makes...
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    Re: any ideas for an FEL mounted yard tool holder?

    Using PVC tubes and all hardware from the big box stores. I have been told several times they look factory and my wife thought they were. They have been through a lot this year and still look and...
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    Re: You KNOW you want one

    Holy crap! With the relatively high CG, I am surprised he did not roll it. Probably due to the wet surfaces.
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    Re: Farmline 5' DX Cutter Shear bolt?

    I use grade 2 from Lowes also in my flail mower, and it works as it should. Tested and confirmed.
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    Re: Popular siding for barn. Thoughts?

    I am using T1-11 plywood siding on a now three year old shed and an addition onto the house. I like the rustic type finish, even painted.
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    Re: can I do it with my tractor?

    Filling in ruts and finish grading are too different things. Ruts are easy and finish grading takes a lot of skill, experience and the right equipment. I believe you can fill in the ruts okay but...
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    3-Point Hitch Re: 3 point hitch leaking down on MF243

    Sounds like the same decision I would make. A friend has two old Fords he purchased pretty inexpensively- one of which came with his small farm. He has to work on both of them on a regular basis...
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    3-Point Hitch Re: 3 point hitch leaking down on MF243

    I have no experience with a MF tractor but see no reason why its static hydraulics would be any different at holding up a load than anyone else's hydraulics. My Kioti will hold up a heavy load,...
  39. Thread: AG or R4

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    Tire Selection Re: AG or R4

    I have R4s on mine with loaded rear tires and heavy implements. I purchased R4s due to them being a stronger tire for my densely wooded, very rocky, heavy clay soil. And my R4s have a lot of deep...
  40. Thread: sub-soil rippers

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    Re: sub-soil rippers

    FredH: Sounds like your soil is similar to mine except I also have rocks- large ones, so many and large enough I know I can't use my Fred Cain subsoiler anywhere, as it will get hung up on a large...
  41. Thread: sub-soil rippers

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    Re: sub-soil rippers

    I am surprised a TC-30 can pull this fully embedded in the ground. What is your soil type?
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    Loader Re: Quick-on buckets hooks on Kl401 loader

    I have both and use each regularly. Both are indispensable to me, along with a long list of other things.
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    Re: New member needing advice

    Really nice works as always, James K. Rolling that slotted edge up front for the top link access is a first class touch. OP: I am one of the folks who use a heavy implement- 710# rollover box...
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    Re: New member needing advice

    I will try and respond later but am tied up most of today. As a reference point, look at a Kioti CK27 tractor. A lot of folks on TBN have one. You will also need a box blade, with the heavier the...
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    Re: New member needing advice

    Oh boy, you will most likely receive a lot of responses in the next few days as folks are trying to get more information to help you narrow down your options. I have never hayed but have read a lot...
  46. Thread: sub-soil rippers

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    Re: sub-soil rippers

    I would love to have the soil type something like that would dig in, but I am sure it would just skip across the top of my very hard clay/rock "soil". To understand what I deal with, imagine someone...
  47. Thread: sub-soil rippers

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    Re: sub-soil rippers

    +1, +2, +3
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    Re: Leveling Drag----and I have searched.

    :-) Mostly granite. The wife has lots of plans for the rocks. She watches DIY, etc. on TV WAYYYY too much and seems to think all of that work really does get completed in a day or two with just a...
  49. Thread: sub-soil rippers

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    Re: sub-soil rippers

    It sounds to me like there is not enough weight on the shanks. I used my 700# ROBB to do the same in my heavy clay soil and the ROBB's weight was just barely adequate. A 1000# - 1500# box blade...
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    Re: Leveling Drag----and I have searched.

    I just did similar on a small scale while clearing a new driveway through densely wooded, small boulder encapsulated at depth, heavy clay soil. I also had large holes from digging out stumps (~ 4'...
  51. Thread: quick attach bent

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    Re: quick attach bent

    Sounds like operator error to me also and not a warranty issue. I have certainly had my own operator errors, but fortunately not this one. However I do have a replacement 3PH QH coming as I tore...
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    Re: locknlube cupler for a grease gun

    I purchased mine a couple months ago and did not receive a seal kit either. Also makes me apprehensive about the reliability. I do not use mine often and hope it does not start to leak. This is a...
  53. 3-Point Hitch Re: Please explain draft and position control interaction

    No, not on mine. The draft control will limit what the position control can do. So say my draft control is in the middle position, the position control will not be able to raise the 3PH all of the...
  54. 3-Point Hitch Re: Please explain draft and position control interaction

    Yes this is normal and happens all of the time on mine. I use draft control every time I use a ground engaging 3PH implement and find it extremely useful. Basically draft control keeps the...
  55. Re: Clearing land and planting grass, suggestions welcome!

    As far as leveling humps and bumps are concerned, if you do not mind breaking up the soil somewhat, running a box blade's shanks through the ground and following up with a landscape rake can make...
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    Re: Already disappointed in new Husvarna 435

    I just downloaded your manual and I do not see the chain oiling adjustment I mentioned, so maybe your saw does not have it. Look at the bottom of the saw and search for a slotted head screw, usually...
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    Re: Already disappointed in new Husvarna 435

    I swear by Husqvarna and have used their products for a couple decades- before they went big box mainstream, with no failures of the backpack blower, brush cutter nor 353 chainsaw. All I have done...
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    Loader Re: Quick-on buckets hooks on Kl401 loader

    I have the backing plates as I do not feel the thin bucket material is enough support for my 2700# lift capacity. Same thing for the DK40.
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    Loader Re: Quick-on buckets hooks on Kl401 loader

    Same here. I have one hook in line with each bucket cylinder. A great addition I use very often by running a chain between the two hooks to even out the stress and attach a load to the center of...
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    Loader Re: Quick-on buckets hooks on Kl401 loader

    Same here. A great addition I use very often by running a chain between the two to even out the stress and attach a load to the center of the chain. This is a must have addition for me.
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    Re: New Kioti CK35 HST Approaching 50 Hours

    You are welcome. This was a very trying process for me. The filter is strongest at the bottom, by the closed end, so get your grip there. Kioti is known for having a gorilla tighten this filter,...
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    Re: New Kioti CK35 HST Approaching 50 Hours

    This is the ONLY thing that got my hydraulic filter off and that was after numerous tries of various strap wrenches over two weeks or so, along with borrowing a large, stronger friend who barely got...
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    Re: Did some STEEP mowing today. Pictures

    I am thinking strictly trial and error for each circumstance. I have been at a similar angle as the OP posted or maybe a tiny bit more and mine was on the way over- teetering. I had a 710# ROBB on...
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    Thanks James K. Both relays are on my spare parts to purchase list and I will get these ASAP.
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    Re: Did some STEEP mowing today. Pictures

    I have a friend who wants a land plane to re-do his 1/3 mile long, owner maintained road (several properties use it) that provides access to his new, small farm. This dirt road washes out badly and...
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    Here is an example. Say I want a starter switch for my DK45HSE. And I answer the search questions until I get down to electrical and do not break it down any farther as I have no idea what group...
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    Re: Did some STEEP mowing today. Pictures

    3x. I just went through this last weekend. Also decided to rig up a 12k winch on the tractor- just in case, as I can't get my Jeep GC with a 9k winch down close enough to the area of concern and...
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    I have tried the MIE site several times and have never found a single factory part I was looking for, as the search pages displayed did not match what I entered in the search box. So now I just...
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    Re: Did some STEEP mowing today. Pictures

    This is exactly the inclinometer I am looking for and have not been able to find. Any idea where I can find one?

    I have had my tractor at precarious angles a few times and twice had to shut it...
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    Re: This is how I fuel the tractor

    I have three more years on you so I do this. I use the round cans to transport in the car/Jeep for filling, but they have a flame arrester and I can't insert the tube for sucking out the fuel. I...
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    Re: Kioti 50 hour and Chevron 400 oil samples

    In particular read the last paragraph:

    http://www.blackstone-labs.com/Newsletters/Gas-Diesel/July-1-2014.php
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    Here is another thought. You can call your dealer and ask their advice. They may have seen this issue, especially on a new tractor and can offer troubleshooting advice.

    My dealer is 150 miles...
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    I believe so. To me the solenoid click indicates all lockouts are working and there is not enough current to drive the starter.
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    Re: DK 40 HST will not start ??

    With the solenoid click, I agree it sounds like a battery or cable issue as there may not be enough current available to turn over the starter. It does not take much current to run lights.
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    Re: Question on DK45SE HST 50-hour Service

    I also tried that to no avail.
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    Kioti 50 hour and Chevron 400 oil samples

    I test all of my oils at strategic points in the equipment's life at Blackstone Labs. On my new Kioti DK45HSE, this turned out to be at the 50 hours and 100 hour checks. I will also do another...
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    Re: Question on DK45SE HST 50-hour Service

    There have been a few folks who have accomplished the hydraulic filter removal with a strap wrench- but not many. Maybe you will be the third or fourth.
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    Re: Question on DK45SE HST 50-hour Service

    I believe the collective consensus is to use either a chain wrench (15" in my case) or to drive a long bar through the filter and use it as a lever. There are quite a few separate threads on TBN...
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    Re: Question on DK45SE HST 50-hour Service

    The manual is confusing concerning the 50 hour check and oil/filter changing. I changed all oils and filters as they are relatively inexpensive maintenance insurance.

    The hydraulic filter was a...
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    Re: Best way to clear rocks for a food plot?

    Yep. Same here. After the house and shop are built, I have no idea how I will build a fence. My best guess is to drill a hole with a 1/2" bit, 24" long to search out a doable spot and then drive a...
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    Re: Log splitter power requirement?

    Ha, ha. I have done my share with one of these also and am not wanting to do it anymore :-)
  82. Re: I want to go synthetic on my first oil change,I got one hour left, Mobil1 it will

    Yes we did and I believe it was appropriate. As in general, oil is oil until ones gets to extremes or certain specific circumstances.
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    Re: box blade_decision time

    I also have the 6', 710# Dirt Dog ROBB, along with TNT and would not trade either for anything other than a heavier ROBB in my hard, clay soil. ROBBs are easy to get the hang of using and require...
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    Re: Best way to clear rocks for a food plot?

    I just completed making a driveway for my retirement home site out of what looked like mountain property- meaning densely wooded with hardwoods and a huge amount of rocks, mostly granite and sized up...
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    Re: Log splitter power requirement?

    Thanks to all so far. All responses have been helpful in some manner to figure out what my end plan will be. I expect I will be cutting them ~ 16" long, so it sounds like 22 Ton is my minimum size....
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    Log splitter power requirement?

    I am clearing my retirement home site and am currently finishing up on the driveway. Next I will tackle the many trees, in excess of 150, mostly hardwood with diameters of 5" - 36", with the bulk in...
  87. Thread: LS R3039

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    Buying Advice Re: LS R3039

    And just a bit more money for a lot more tractor. I was quoted ~ 25k for a R4047 with 3rd function remote last summer when I finally decided on my Kioti.
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    Re: What is your favorite "CARRY" tool

    When I first read this post's title, I was thinking Glock 36 or Taurus 445C. Further reading brings this photo to mind. My tractor is 35 miles from my home, clearing some property. I am able to...
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    Loader Re: Lift capacity of FEL

    Another vote for the Piranha. I have had one on my 6500# - 7000# tractor for 6 months of hard work clearing my new driveway, which is primarily large granite rocks intermixed with very hard clay. I...
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    Loader Re: Grapple stuck closed

    I had a similar issue- intermittently when the tractor was new with the W. R. Long 3rd function remote set. The dealer had me reset the remote connections (remove and replace) for the grapple...
  91. Chains Re: Has anyone tried welding chain hooks onto a piranha tooth bar?

    I bolted on my Ken's hooks with backing plates to the top of the bucket on each side, inline with the hydraulic cylinders. I then run a chain between the two hooks to spread the load evenly and...
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    Re: I'm looking for a landscape rake

    I have a 7' EA super HD do it all rake. My rear track is 68". I can rotate the rake to all positions (holes) except the last one and still cover the tractor's width. I do not see any reason to...
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    Re: Dk50 HSt Blowing blue smoke

    This makes a lot of sense under the circumstances. I just checked Blackstone labs where I get all of my oil analyses performed and they apparently only do oil tests.

    I did an Internet search...
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    Re: Moving gravel near streams and rivers

    I have two each, 22 ton loads of slag millings coming out on 7/28/14. I am being charged $22 ton for the slag and $60 to deliver ~ 40 miles and he will be tailgating the load as he dumps it 10'...
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    Re: Dk50 HSt Blowing blue smoke

    Agreed. I have all of their different sizes use these for all of my stored fuel when poured out.

    I use Blackstone labs for all of my oils testing. I do not know if they also do fuels.

    The bad...
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    Re: Dk50 HSt Blowing blue smoke

    So if the fuel looked okay- I assume they tested it, I have to wonder what kind of additive they would be trying? Personally, I have little faith in additives (snake oil in most cases), above what...
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    Re: Dk50 HSt Blowing blue smoke

    So that explains why performance diesels (tractor pulls, etc.) have black smoke pouring out of the stacks. I would have thought too rich of a mixture would have cost some power.
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    Re: Dk50 HSt Blowing blue smoke

    I use Pri-D and Opti-XPD in my diesel 5 gallon cans which I store in and use Pri-G in all gasoline storage. I consider them all relatively inexpensive insurance. Pri products are favorites of...
  99. Thread: Piranha Tooth Bar

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    Re: Piranha Tooth Bar

    I have one primarily to protect the original edge on the 72" OEM bucket. It is very, very tough. The Piranah is not my primary digging bucket, but I have used it extensively digging out some large...
  100. Re: So I tore apart my throttle on my DK45 tonight, Thanks Koua:thumbsup:

    I had some unexpected free hours today (all day :-)) and decided it was time to fix the throttle. All of my parts came off easily and I lubed everything in sight with white lithium spray grease. ...
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