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    Re: drive line help

    Thanks, I found that site right after I posted the question, and it got me on the right track. Well, that and a 2 x 4 club.
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    drive line help

    I've got an AgMaster II Driveline on my John Deere MC-5 shredder. The line doesn't slide in and out...probably from lack of use, lack of lubrication and lack of attention...all my fault. I can't get...
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    Re: Rockshaft Pin Removal -- 4410

    That it did. Easy peasy.
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    Re: Rockshaft Pin Removal -- 4410

    Well, here I am answering my own thread...

    The pins are tapered. Theoretically a couple good smacks with a hammer should pop it out. Have the replacement pin in hand now, I'll let ya'll know how...
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    Rockshaft Pin Removal -- 4410

    I've done some damage to the pins in my rockshaft. I took the nut off the inside, but it doesn't seem to want to budge. It appears to be threaded into the rockshaft, but I couldn't get it to budge,...
  6. Re: Recomendations for the best / solid garden tractor that will last ?

    John Deere 455 with 48 or 54 inch deck. The 455 is a stout tractor built from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. They don't bring the "collector" prices of earlier models like the before-mentioned 318s,...
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    Re: Chicken Coop design questions

    The approach I've taken is to treat the garden seasonally. This time of year, it's fenced to keep the chickens out (they love tomatoes and peppers almost as much as I do). In the fall when I put the...
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    Re: Chicken Coop design questions

    Eddie,

    I strongly suggest you spend some time at backyardchickens.com, linked in RayJay's post. There is as much wisdom about chickens there as there is about tractors here.

    Elevated coops are...
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    Re: Japanese Beetles Control

    Chickens will eat anything. Just be thankful you're bigger than a chicken.
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    Re: Japanese Beetles Control

    I haven't seen a Japanese beetle on my property since I got a few chickens. They eat the bugs, they eat the grubs, and they turn them into delicious eggs.
  11. Re: Cows and Alians... in Missouri! What tha...

    It's humans...weird humans, but humans. We have an unusually high number of people who think they're witches here in the Ozarks. Some of them get pretty far out on the fringe, while most have an...
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    Re: John Deere 332

    Start here: Model Info - WeekendFreedomMachines.com

    The 300 series from that era is considered to be some of the best JD L&G tractors ever built. The little liquid cooled diesel in the 332 is a...
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    Re: Stripping Screw Heads

    One thing not mentioned so far is recognizing the difference in sound between the clutch slipping and the head stripping. I used to fight with my dad on this issue all the time. He would be ripping...
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    Re: Stripping Screw Heads

    A drill motor without a clutch is not for driving screws. Doing so will be nothing but frustrating.

    I'm a big fan of the impact driver, too. A couple handymen and I put together a 40 x 72 steel...
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    Re: Soda Fountain glassware and stuff...

    You'll get exactly what the item is worth selling it on eBay, if you do a few things.

    Know what you're selling. Research your pieces. if it's rare, know it's rare. if it's reproduction, sell it as...
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    Re: Brining pork/chicken

    J F (my initials, too, btw),

    I brine quite a bit...mostly pork chops and chicken. Without repeating a lot of chemistry explanation that I barely understood when I read it, it works. Now, there are...
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    Re: Spreading 3 inch rock with 35HP JD 4410

    Buddy was thrilled...not so much with my performance on the 3 inch, but he had 3 loads of that and 4 of 3/4 minus, which I spread exactly as he wanted. I spread 7 loads of rock in a day and a...
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    Re: Spreading 3 inch rock with 35HP JD 4410

    Well, glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has struggled with this. If I could have worked downhill, I think I would have been fine, but he had a concrete block retaining wall at the bottom. I...
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    Spreading 3 inch rock with 35HP JD 4410

    Trying to help out a buddy that is building a new place. He's built a beautiful steel building and put an apartment in it where they will live until they can build a house. He's got a pretty bad...
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    Re: Water Line to barn questions

    Rick,

    Not trying to add any additional confusion here, but with that long a run, pulling the pipe might be a better option than trenching and laying it in. There are machines specifically designed...
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    Re: Water Line to barn questions

    Large diameter pipe acts like a pressure tank...it's hard to be too big, but it's real easy to be too little. I'd run 1" or 1-1/4" from the well head to the barns. I have my irrigation system in with...
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    Re: Mold on my metal building

    Before using any detergents or bleaches, have you tried a pressure washer? It works for me.
  23. Re: Upgrading my lawn tractor to something bigger

    I'm going to chime in here on the ZTR suggestion, though it sounds like we're of the same mind on the subject. I'm not a fan of the ZTR. It takes constant attention with both hands to keep from...
  24. Ballast Re: Front weights for JD4400 compact tractor

    I don't think the 70 pound weights will fit on the 4400. Not sure, but I got the 42 pound ones for my 4410. It will hold 6 of them.
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    Re: Core aerator spoons

    What you're describing is logical, since the spoons are folded, and the center of the fold would have the greatest stress. I haven't seen that in mine, but I only use it on my own lawn, and usually...
  26. Re: Need Air Compressor and Bench Grinder advice.

    "Portable" is a relative term. I have a DeWalt/Emglo portable that is a real workhorse. I've run that thing hard and put it away wet, and it just keeps on delivering. However, you don't just pick it...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    I had a Ginger...she led the pack out of the coop and started them all roosting in the trees. We battled for weeks, then I gave up. I was scared something would get them in the night up in the trees,...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    That's interesting. My three take about 9 months to go through a $12 bag of feed. They eat non-stop, and the feeder is always full, but they'd rather graze on weeds and bugs than the feed trough. My...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    Jason,

    Yeah, they're small enough you still want a little supplemental heat...but you either need a bigger box or your need to raise your light. That spread wing stance they're in says that...
  30. Re: Upgrading my lawn tractor to something bigger

    I'm personally partial to green, but that's not what prompted me to chime in.

    I've been to Rochester in the winter. I would think seriously in terms of a front mounted blower rather than a...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    They may need (or at least appreciate) supplemental heat for a couple more weeks...it depends on their feathers. Are they still covered in chick fuzz, or have they feathered out? I'd keep a heat lamp...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    RE: Roosting...

    My original group were born and raised together, and never knew anything but their coop. They put themselves to bed every night like clockwork. Most of that group were either...
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    Re: Raising Chickens for Dummies

    6 to 8 weeks is about all you can expect the cardboard box to last. After that, you'll need a coop. Also about that point in time, you'll want to switch from chick starter to grower ration. They'll...
  34. Re: There are two kinds of bolts on a Tractor....

    I have the equivalent of a small hardware store in my shop, and #6 STILL applies 95% of the time. :laughing:
  35. Re: What's your technique for removing trees/brush with your grapple? Here's mine...

    Just found this thread, and have been enjoying it. I tried to imagine using this method with my tractor. I use my tractor in the woods a lot, and have approached a lot of jobs with little...
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    Re: Garden Tractor Locking Differential

    Oops. That's what happens when I have too many windows open! :duh:
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    Re: Garden Tractor Locking Differential

    Just found this thread, and have been enjoying it. I tried to imagine using this method with my tractor. I use my tractor in the woods a lot, and have approached a lot of jobs with little...
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    Re: Garden Tractor Locking Differential

    Bruce brings up a good point...are both rear tires spinning, or just one? If it's just one, then I think you'll like the locking differential. On the JD 455 (and most top of the line JD l&g tractors...
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    Re: Garden Tractor Locking Differential

    You want a JD 455. Liquid-cooled diesel, power steering, and differential lock. Outstanding machine.
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    Re: Handling UPS/FEDEX/DHL/USPS Delivers

    My neighbor has a commercial one similar to the one in the video that dave1949 linked.
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    Re: X7 front quick hitch

    The only bit of wrenching to be done is installing the lockout valve, and that will take you about 10 minutes. The hitch and angle kit are almost fully assembled, and the blade just snaps into place....
  42. Re: Best implement to mix/cultivate soil under trees.

    The guy that suggested pigs was on the right track, but they're a bit of a pain to live with. Chickens, on the other hand, will mix that duff up deep, do zero damage to the roots, and give you eggs...
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    Re: Prairie Restoration Project

    Haven't found any good ones. I'm a SCUBA diver, and it is interesting to see how certain outcroppings look just exactly like patches of reef. 'Fraid the only identifiable fossil is the one walking...
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    Re: Prairie Restoration Project

    GGB,

    I've still got a couple stubborn patches of Johnson grass, too, and the fescue is migrating back in a little from the ditches in front of the house. It's a battle, but not near the fight that...
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    Re: Prairie Restoration Project

    Thanks for the comment. No, they're not gourd houses...they're plastic imitations of gourd houses. For some reason, I never get any martins, though. Maybe I should take down the plastic and hollow...
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    Prairie Restoration Project

    I've got a difficult piece of this earth. My ten acres is underpinned by limestone that, in some ancient time, was an elaborate coral reef. In places the soil is deep and reasonably fertile. 2 feet...
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    Re: Things that annoy me

    Can you imagine how cheap their insurance could be if they cut their advertising budget by half?
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    Re: Things that annoy me

    If the receptacle is installed in the wall correctly (ground pin down), the wide blade goes to the left. See, now you have one fewer stressors in your life. One of mine is people who don't know the...
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    Re: Tackled a Small Engine Carb Repair...

    Jump in there, Kevin. There's a wealth of information on YouTube, in fact, I found one video on the exact model of engine I was working on. Like posted earlier, keep a camera handy and take pictures...
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    Re: Tackled a Small Engine Carb Repair...

    So does one wire out of a copper strand. That's what the guy in a YouTube I watched used. Worked like a charm, and no chance of scratching.
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    Re: Mower deck belt cover

    Well, if you're going to get chastised, they're going to have to include me. I did exactly the same thing to a 455 60" deck. When I finished digging the crud out, cleaning up the rust and repainting...
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    Tackled a Small Engine Carb Repair...

    I've always been able to tell when a small engine had a carburetor problem, but have always relied on a small engine shop to take care of the problem. Well, I've got a little Turfco edger with a 5HP...
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    Re: Food Saver Vacuum Pack

    We like our FoodSaver, too. There's just the two of us, so the wife buys "family packs" and then repackages them smaller. I make jerky from eye of round and smoke it on my Big Green Egg. It's what my...
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    Re: Tractor Wrecking Yard?

    I drive by Cook's on my way from Springfield to Blue Springs to visit my folks. Almost drive off the road every time, rubber-necking. :D You should see the transports in there on auction days.
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    Re: Raised garden beds

    I've also done "semi-hugels". :p I have a couple 16" deep raised beds where I started the fill with rotten logs. They're some of my most productive beds. One started last year has my potatoes in it...
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    Re: Raised garden beds

    How tall are your beds? I've built raised beds from a wide variety of materials and in a wide variety of sizes. My oldest beds were the most ambitious design. They're 18" wide 2 inch thick cedar...
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    Re: Discount dining

    Franchise pizza joints only thrive where there's no one that really knows how to make pizza. I would hate to own a Domino's in a town like Columbia MO...home of Shakespeare's...or most anywhere in...
  58. Re: own a john deere 110l tlb dont use much, how much is it worth

    Now my real answer is to search eBay completed listings. That will give you the high retail value of just about anything you might want to buy or sell.
  59. Re: own a john deere 110l tlb dont use much, how much is it worth

    It's worth about $500. I'll send you a check. :D
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    Re: Mini Tiller/cultivator

    I'm 99% sure that Honda buys their gearboxes and tines from Mantis. They look identical to me, and offer exactly the same accessory list...or at least they did when I bought mine.
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    Re: Cut-off guides for firewood

    In the woods I carry a stick cut to 48", with marks at 16". 95% of what I cut, I cut into 48" lengths. If I have a piece above or below a crotch, etc., I cut it to 16". The 48" sections get hauled to...
  62. Backhoe Re: Help! I've got a 16-inch backhoe bucket and need to dig a 4-inch wide trench...

    You can roll all you want, it's still going to settle. All I am saying is, better to have a 4 - 6 inch wide area to rehab, versus a 16 inch wide area to rehab.
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    Re: Discount dining

    Embarrassed to use a coupon in front of my wife? Hardly. She'd be proud of me...she's a big time coupon'er...mostly at the supermarket (we don't eat out much).

    Now, if I were single and dating,...
  64. Backhoe Re: Help! I've got a 16-inch backhoe bucket and need to dig a 4-inch wide trench...

    Why tear up 4 times more of the yard than is necessary? Depending on how much drain and wire he has to install, I would sure rather spend a couple hundred to rent a trencher than deal with a 16 inch...
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    Re: Saving / repairing pole barn posts

    Just going to add this...

    We poured the piers about 18" above grade, so that the poles were no longer in soil or water contact.

    You're right, whatever you do, it will be less expensive and...
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    Re: How to smooth a rough yard

    Well, I'm pretty sure I'd gladly trade you a load of my cheap creek sand for a load of that black dirt you can get cheap. Black dirt around here is as scarce as hen's teeth and as pricey as gasoline....
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    Re: Saving / repairing pole barn posts

    It's not fun. I've been on a crew doing it. Shore up the pole with braces on each side. We used hydraulic jacks, too. Cut the pole off, dig out underneath, install a Sonotube, pour concrete, allow to...
  68. Backhoe Re: Help! I've got a 16-inch backhoe bucket and need to dig a 4-inch wide trench...

    I'm in the "rent a trencher" camp, but I'm going to disagree with daveshoot. I was perfectly satisfied with a Dingo with trencher. One time I rented a big Vermeer, then on the next job I rented the...
  69. Re: Anyone have experience with heavy forklifts? Hyster dual wheel 15k advice needed

    The second one doesn't look to me like it has enough ballast to pick up a car. The first one is a beautiful machine, but the mast looks a little short. How high are you going to rack your cars? I...
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    Re: Mini Tiller/cultivator

    I have an 11 year old Honda FG-100 that I have tried to beat to death in these Ozarks rocks, and it just hangs in there. Somewhere back in this thread something was said about the FG-100 having...
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    Re: Question on Sandblasting

    Sounds like you've already bought equipment, but if you're not too heavily invested already, you might consider a power washer sand blasting attachment. I have one and love it. The pressure washer...
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    Re: thinking about trying this

    If you wanted your implement in front, you should have bought a skid steer to begin with. They're designed that way. I think you're in for some serious repair bills and/or a whole lot of headaches.
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    Re: How to smooth a rough yard

    Lost track of this thread for a couple days...

    I use to follow a professional turf forum...golf course superintendents, professional groundskeepers and the like. None of them would use a spike...
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    Re: Rough yard, best way to smooth it out?

    Your bumps are probably fescue clumps, rather than actual soil unevenness. Five acres is a lot of yard. I landscaped mine down to about an acre next to the house, and then a wildflower meadow between...
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    Re: pto, grass cutting question

    If you really want to stay in the low 30s for HP, you might consider a 4 foot shredder instead of the 5. Might take a little longer, but it will be easier on the tractor and you. You won't get into...
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    Re: Re-decking trailer

    Because he's using the old holes in the frame as pilots so as not to drill any extra holes in the steel. You can do it from above, but there's no chance of hitting the old holes, so now your frame is...
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    Re: Re-decking trailer

    That sounds great for the bed boards, but how do you get the last board in on a sloped tail section...they're so darn short.
  78. Re: OOPS or Why you should always look for debris before mowing AKA Lawnmower carnage

    Stihlrunner,

    The big question is, is the boat running now? :D
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    Re: 3320 3pt hitch question

    Look at where your top link attaches to the tractor. My 4410 has three positions. I think, if I remember correctly, you want the lowest for better ground engagement.
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    Re: How to smooth a rough yard

    Just to be clear, I'm not talking about a chain harrow. This is a framed chain link fence gate with some weight added to the top. It doesn't conform to the low spots, it bridges them, as you say.
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    Re: How to smooth a rough yard

    I'll add another vote for core aeration and dragging. It does the turf a lot of good and evens out both ridges and ruts. Don't stop the aerator until it looks like you've gone way too far. Holes 2-3...
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    Re: 4710 Deere with 48 Backhoe cant remove hoe

    Give us a picture of how you have the hydro lines connected now. It sounds like you don't have the power beyond reconnected correctly. That should restore function to the rockshaft.

    One...
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    Re: New/Old Oil -- Pitch or Use?

    Well, I did say it was Stihl oil. Don't know why, but my Husky has always run smoother on Stihl oil than it has on anything else, including Husky oil.
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    Re: Need input on a welder for a newbie

    I'll just throw this in. Big unit or little, if you're a novice welder, look toward a wire feed system. My stick welding experience sounds much like yours...I was never very good, but generally got...
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    Re: New/Old Oil -- Pitch or Use?

    It's a Husky saw, I bought in 1997...I think the warranty is out of play. :D
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    Re: 4710 Deere with 48 Backhoe cant remove hoe

    I'll shoot a couple tomorrow.

    Have you Googled the instructions for the 48 backhoe? I can't imagine they're not online somewhere.

    I get Willl's concern, the greater danger is to the hoe...
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    Re: 4710 Deere with 48 Backhoe cant remove hoe

    Don't know about the 448, but on a 48, if the bucket curl is kept so that the top of the bucket is level, you don't need anything except the rockshaft. I cut a 2 x 4 that fits between the bottom of...
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    Re: Electric Chainsaw Suggestions

    If you're using it within range of a plug, you're much better off to go corded. Even with the advancements in battery capacity, you're still using a limited power source compared to an endless supply.
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    Re: 4710 Deere with 48 Backhoe cant remove hoe

    The hoses that connect the hoe have alternate connections on the tractor which restores operation to the rockshaft (it's called power beyond). Also, you have pins in there. you'll need to reinstall...
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    Re: New/Old Oil -- Pitch or Use?

    Thanks, you guys. I was inclined toward using it, but wanted to check with the "conventional wisdom".
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    New/Old Oil -- Pitch or Use?

    Cleaning the shop today and found several sealed bottles of Stihl 2-cycle oil in a bottle size that was wrong for the gas can I was using, so they went to the back of the shelf and forgotten for 6 or...
  92. Re: Walk behind "user grade" compost spreader?

    I've seen them that look sort of like a perforated lawn roller. Fill the drum with compost, roll it and it slowly filters through the holes. Not sure how to find one or who makes them, but it's worth...
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    Re: 20 acres - Zero Turn - $3000-5000 - ?!?!

    Why would anyone "mow" 20 acres? Look, establish a yard near the house...maybe an acre or so. Then do something logical with the rest of the property. If you want animals, turn it into pasture. If...
  94. Thread: Morels

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    Re: Morels

    False morels (the poisonous ones) are solid inside. If it looks like a sponge, and it is hollow in the center, it's a morel.
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    Re: Walk behind trimmers

    I just got a new DR walk behind, and I love it. The power differential makes a huge difference. I have a couple different groves of cedars in our backyard and try to trim under them a couple times a...
  96. Thread: Morels

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    Re: Morels

    Barry,

    You know any real estate agents around you? If you've got dirt that tastes like morels, I might be interested in a couple hundred acres. :licking:
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    Re: x320 or used John Deere lawn tractor?

    Getting to your original question, I would give a good strong look at an older JD unit. Specifically, something in the 425,445, 455 family. I admit a certain bias, but I think this was the pinnacle...
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    Re: Chickens ?????

    Closer to two months. 18 to 20 weeks is the early side of normal.
  99. Re: Seriously considering downsizing....talk me into it or out of it.

    Yeah, ya'll are confirming what's been nagging at me. I was contemplating scaling down to simplify my life, and because I am not using the capacity of the 4410 all that often. However, when I do use...
  100. Re: Seriously considering downsizing....talk me into it or out of it.

    Thanks, sixdogs. I've been anticipating the regret you're talking about. I have these visions of me sitting on that little 1025 with the hoe snagged into a root that my 4410/48 wouldn't even slow...
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