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    Mowing Re: Help me justify a new X530

    Do you 'need' it? No. The only questions are: 1) can you afford it?; 2) is the SO good with it?; 3) will you get use out of it?

    Answer those three with a 'yes' and go purchase the thing! But...
  2. Re: 200CX Can't get Yellow/Black Hydralic Hoses to Connect

    Its a darn good idea to be wearing safety goggles when applying pressure to the hose end. When you finally get it pushed in, that fluid may well spray everywhere - with pressure behind it. The...
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    Re: New member, 2520 Electrical gremlins

    Good work! Despite not having any answers before you fixed it, isn't it nice to have a place where you can think about it while being away from it? Sometimes a little clearing can help...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    I received my option 2 kit Tuesday and just looked at it this morning. First impression - very professional, well made, and excellent instructions! The plates are all saran wrapped and oiled (with...
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    Comparison Re: JD 2305 vs JD 2320

    If finish mowing is not included as a reason why you want the tractor, go with the biggest machine you can afford. If there's a remote possibility that you'll be clearing woods, the guys pushing the...
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    Re: Just bought my new 2305

    Congrats! That machine will do more than you've bargained for. You'll notice that not long after you get it home... Some things may take longer than others, but it will get done and you won't be...
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    Re: People who high beam me.

    I've often turned on my high beams when passing cars that are pulled over (like cops), or farm machinery. It's difficult to see what is there, whether someone may be moving (walking) around, or what...
  8. Re: So why do you buy Deere? Even when times are tough?

    My color decision (green or orange) was made by my wife since both machines did the same thing for the same price and I could handle the ergonomics of each. Since we have an olive green house, she...
  9. Re: Mahindra set to revolutionize the Tractor Industry

    So much hate for a machine that was not built, or advertised, for the US market. Seems to me that it's being advertised for what it is - a low end entry level machine for small (ie: fairly poor)...
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    Re: The deer and invisible fence

    I can believe it... My GSP had routinely ran straight to the back fence gate and, barking, scared off the deer feeding in the drain field. Well, after almost a year of that, the deer now stay in...
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    Re: Help with training my dog

    I have extensive experience with remote collars from my field trial days with retrievers. Although I use the TriTronics models (the only thing you'll find in the retriever world), they all work the...
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    Re: JD2520 - MMM lift

    "Is there a height adjustment knob on the 2520? I know there is one on the 2320, but didn't think there was on the 2520."

    No knob, huh? Now you know why I didn't buy a 2520 - don't know anything...
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    Re: Help with training my dog

    Most of the electronic fences anymore have technology built in to allow the dog back into the yard without a correction. But that and keeping the unwanteds out are both good points!
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    Re: Help with training my dog

    Your neighbor has an electronic fence in the the wireless flavor. Easier to install, but does the same thing! All electronic fences require training, they don't 'just work' right out of the box,...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Ensoll, you should think about patenting your design before JD gets its paws on it. You'll lose a manufacturing war, but if the patent means JD has to license the design to produce it...

    Just...
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    Re: JD2520 - MMM lift

    The 'lock' position on the mower height control knob puts the cam in a position to hold the deck up physically - not hydraulically. You can still use the 3pt arms normally, and can adjust the drop...
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    Re: 2320 drivetrain/u joint woes

    U-joints have been in use for decades, we've all replaced them on some car we've had... I don't see anything different with the tractor flavor (other than heavy duty) so the drive train shop should...
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    Re: Help is this a good price ?

    It's a good enough price... Now tell us what it will be used for!
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    Re: Help with training my dog

    Ditto to every word Sigarms just wrote! The dog does not need run of the entire house to be happy, just those rooms you frequent most. Put gates up wherever needed to give the dog access to those...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Nice... When you start your manufacturing conglomerate keep us 'little people' in mind... :)
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    Re: In-Home Multiple Dog Management

    "The problem/issue is trying to find those dogs (unprovoked agression) a good home which is a good fit."

    Precisely why I still have my GSP - I can manage the situation and prefer not to put the...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Looks like a JD factory floor... You should get royalty checks!
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    Re: 378 years of family farming!!!

    It is a sad story, I saw it yesterday morning. Too bad the guys kids appear to want nothing to do with it. You'd think they'd at least want to find a way to keep it in the family. That kind of...
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    Re: In-Home Multiple Dog Management

    I've trained retrievers for hunt tests for ~15 years, or so, and currently have 6 - 2 ret, 1 GSP, 1 beagle, and 2 yorkies. That list was one of the best I've ever seen for general advice! The GSP...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Stop making joy rides and get to work!!!

    (Just kidding...)
  26. Thread: LA 175

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    Re: LA 175

    I had that problem on my 2305 - the seat bounces when I shift around on it. The switch is not defective... If you lift up the seat the switch is right there. Disconnect it and put jumper wires...
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    Re: 2320 mowing direction question

    Interesting, Phil... I suspect that the speed of travel over the cutting area may be at work in your pile ups. If the grass flows left to right to mulch, as it would to discharge, I can see a pile...
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    Oil & Fuel Re: 2210 oil consumption vs oil quality

    Do you park it where you can see an oil stain if it's dripping any? Do you see excessive smoke (or any smoke after startup)? If not, it seems like normal oil usage. Although I'm no mechanic - so...
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    Re: 2320 mowing direction question

    My 2305 easily pulls a 60" rear blade through ~15" of snow. You shouldn't have a problem with a 2320...

    For mulching, it doesn't matter at all what direction you turn in. The blades are still...
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    Re: battery for 2520

    From everything I've read here, JD batteries are crap (and more expensive). I recently put a new Exide in my 2305. Check the battery (or manual) to see what size you need (probably ~650 CCAs) and...
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    Re: Pictures from GA. (new tractor included)

    Nice work, boys!! That's a lot of hey!
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    Re: Funky tree removal method

    Sounds like a job well done... With a serious pucker factor! Where are the pics? :)
  33. Thread: Well Questions

    by VABlue
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    Re: Well Questions

    Change the outside spigots to tap off before the softener/filter, but after the pressure tank. The line from the well pump should go directly into the pressure tank; only the pressure switch (which...
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    Re: New House (your input wanted)

    "...several days hacking, chipping, using a pneumatic chisel...."

    Exactly why (most) people don't simply change out non-carpet flooring! How big was the foyer? My house is all HW and tile on the...
  35. Re: Determining if a french drain will work or not?

    Its certainly worth a shot, especially if it won't be too expensive. Your problem, though, sounds like ground water seepage, not so much surface runoff. So a french drain may be too high vs where...
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    Re: Recommendations for first lawn tractor

    Can't really go too wrong to cut 1/2 acre on a rider... Its small enough that you won't unduly stress the machine, even with mulching and pulling a cart/dethatcher/areator/etc... I had an 18hp...
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    Re: The Mrs. will not let me Bush Hog !

    Sounds like you need a bigger tractor with a cab, AND a side arm boom mower to reach under the trees!
    You might be getting yelled at in a couple of weeks because the fields are too high. But that...
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    Re: New House (your input wanted)

    Floors - carpet is cheap and easy to change out, hardwood and tile - not so much! Get the material, color, finish, and style you want because you won't fix it for 15-20 years after move in. Same...
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    Comparison Re: Sub Compact green, orange or red

    Exactly... The standard specs for each machine are comparable - no one will drastically outperform the others. They will all get the job done, and it will probably take a while to do it. In this...
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    Price Check Re: New JD 2305 Price/62C Mower/48" Box

    You're back will thank you when the fel arrives!
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    Re: Starting problem

    My 2305 battery just died 3 weeks ago at 3 years old. Started up fine one minute, didn't even try the next...
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    Price Check Re: New JD 2305 Price/62C Mower/48" Box

    Seems okay to me... Is that a 48" box blade? Anyway, you'll love that little grass cutter when you get around to it. You'll be able to mow as fast as you can stand the ride!

    Just curious, why...
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    Tires Re: Loaded the tires on my JD 3032E today

    I don't know that you'll see much help from the loaded tires with FEL work. Certainly some, but most benefit comes from weight balancing out the front and back sides of the machine - ie: suspended...
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    Re: Just got a blacktop driveway.......

    Be careful parking the machine on your new blacktop in the dead heat of summer - might sink in a little...
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    Re: Finally made a green decision over orange.

    Good looking tractor!

    "Small Mahindras have plenty of leg room, so SOMEBODY in Japan must be listening."

    They're actually made in India, where the Mahindra family continues to run the...
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    Re: Rural Satellite TV not available everywhere?

    "You appear to be covered by Verizon Broadband."

    I've looked into that several times, and it just doesn't look like it'll work for me. I use laptops in the house off my wireless router, and the...
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    Re: Finally made a green decision over orange.

    Interesting... Being only 5'5", the one thing I dislike about my 2305 is that it's still a small stretch to pushing the go pedals all the way with the seat moved fully forward. **** you tall...
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    Re: Decrowing Rooster

    I live far enough out that it won't matter, and its a good thing. The wife just decided she wants chickens, so I'm currently building the Chick Mahal per her direction. (Some things just aren't...
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    Re: Rural Satellite TV not available everywhere?

    My 15, or so, years with DirecTV have been great - including the move to a new house and difficult location on top of my garage. No complaints about service, signal strength, or picture clarity. On...
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    Re: Need Help JD 2210 won't start

    The only thing to do is take the battery into a shop and have it tested. Those machines can tell you which cell is the offending one (if any). And you can purchase a replacement if it tests bad!
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    Re: Has Mahindra Passed Deere in sales?

    Mahindra is the largest manufacturer in India - it's flippin' HUGE! Parts will be available for those things for a long time... And it's not just tractors, they also build army vehicles (heavy,...
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    Re: Any one got a hammer

    Maybe that "worthless old steiger" isn't so worthless, after all!
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    Re: Need Help JD 2210 won't start

    It's the battery, you've got a bad cell in it. The voltage will read fine, it'll power the lights and whatnot, but doesn't have enough juice to crank the engine or even turn the starter. That's how...
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    Snow Equipment Buying/Pricing Re: I know it is July...but a snow question....

    Get both - fill the rear tires and get the ballast box! My 2305 rear's are filled and it only dents the lawn when everything is real wet. Although I do have turf tires on mine, so that probably...
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    Snow Equipment Buying/Pricing Re: I know it is July...but a snow question....

    ...unless you're in higher elevations or certain parts of the country that always see heavy snows

    Nope, I'm actually south of the snow line by a few miles. We usually get ~4", or so, but last...
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    Re: New John Deere 2305

    Agree... As much as it blows to have to wait, be happy they told you about the issue. Otherwise, you'd be waiting for them to haul it back and work on it. And if you had worked the machine and...
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    Snow Equipment Buying/Pricing Re: I know it is July...but a snow question....

    I used the loader and rear blade on my 1/4 mile private road last winter and it took hours to get it clean over a couple of days when we were dumped with ~30". Needed to use both the FEL to lower...
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    Re: New guy with cut/scut questions

    The machines will perform equally, so lean on the dealer and the ergonomics you like. Is the operator layout of the machine comfortable for you? Will the Massey service guys drive out to your place...
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    Re: Spend my money on a welder.

    Quite the pissing match going on here! Its too bad, too, I read this hoping to get some info between a couple of low end welders. Instead, it's nothing but a big argument. My read on the whole...
  60. Thread: Removed the FEL

    by VABlue
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    Re: Removed the FEL

    More Green influence... I can't believe the FEL dis/connect is much different between colors. I don't think twice about removing mine whenever I feel like it - it's too easy. If you mow with the...
  61. Re: Is it okay to add dirt to the top of a septic drainfield?

    In Virginia, the clay packs as hard as concrete - you seriously need a pick to dig through it by hand! Running a SCUT over it isn't a big deal at all. That said, in places that have 'real' soil, I...
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    Re: Red Tailed Hawk kill

    I've seen that a couple of times, and it is impressive! I used to train/trial retrievers and we used pigeons and ducks (among other bird flavors) for training. Seeing the explosion of feathers when...
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    Re: Help picking new trimmer

    This question got a lot of life all of a sudden!!

    I'm not soured on Stihl's, I know that problem was probably a broken wire - which can happen on anything. But I needed to trim before heading to...
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    Re: My thoughts on tractor shopping yesterday

    Until the Duramax was introduced I don't think you could say that Chevy had a diesel! I'm a Ford guy, but I don't believe the 1-ton GM offerings were worth a crap until the Duramax came on the...
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    Buying Advice Re: Tractor advice for complete idiot?

    You mean position control for your 3pth - and yes, you want it. All of the larger ones do have that going back for years. Basically, when you push the lever down the hitch drops just a little based...
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    Re: My thoughts on tractor shopping yesterday

    The Chevy diesel of 10 years ago is more like a crabapple... I wouldn't use one of those to power a generator!

    A 10 year old green tractor, though, is a whole different story...
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    Re: Lawn Tractor for 1/3rd Acre

    You don't even need the K58... I beat the crap out of a Murray for 7 years, then greatly abused a Craftsman hydro for 8 on my previous .5 acre yard (moved 4 years ago), which is now loved by my...
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    Re: My thoughts on tractor shopping yesterday

    Dennis, good call on the prices! All the makes can do the same thing and are just as reliable as the next. Make your decision based on dealer support/location and the ergonomics you like best...
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    Buying Advice Re: Tractor advice for complete idiot?

    Think about which implements you truly need to own. The FEL is a no-brainer, as is a box blade and bush hog. The tiller you can rent once or twice a year when you need it. Same with a disc or...
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    Re: Tractor Purchase Advice.... 5015 or YM186D

    Sounds like you've already made up your mind! But before you buy that local AC, check with some dealers to see what it might cost to fix the 3pth...
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    Re: Lawn Tractor for 1/3rd Acre

    I agree with dmay - the LA175 is a good sized machine and will be more than capable of handling .33 acres of flat grass. Get it at a Deere dealer and you'll also have good support for it. This will...
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    Re: Got a tractor, finally...

    Congrats, and welcome to the club!!
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    Re: 2320 mower height selection knob

    The assembly is not hard to remove, but it is a pain in the butt! The knob on mine disconnected from the it's shaft, so I had to put it all back together last year. The cam block (#5 in the pic...
  74. Re: Is it okay to add dirt to the top of a septic drainfield?

    I suspect your field looks similar to mine - some small sags over the lines where the dirt has settled in. If so, you shouldn't need more than 6-12" of dirt, right? That should be fine, and your...
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    Re: HST vs Std. (i.e. hydro or 790)

    Depends on your primary use... Mine is mowing the yard, so HST for me was a priority. If you'll be doing more bush hog work, then the gear would be nice to maintain a constant speed without having...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Very nice looking work! I'll take option #2, please... No sense in dorking with special welding requirements when I can barely spell 'welding' to begin with!

    And don't worry about making a...
  77. Re: Which Deere would you recommend for a 1 acre lot

    Thinking about other uses than just mowing and towing, an X300 (or better) can easily handle a front mounted blade for pushing things (snow, dirt) and a johnny bucket for lifting dirt or mulch. You...
  78. Re: Which Deere would you recommend for a 1 acre lot

    If he can swing it, an X300 series would be perfect. If he can't afford that much, find a good heavy duty machine somewhere. I ran an 18hp Craftsman hydro for ~8 years doing the same things you...
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    Re: What's you're favorite brand(s) of tools

    Heh! I showed my wife that pic and she said "so what"... Sometimes it's not worth explaining.

    I've taken a liking to Kobalt hand tools. I won't say they're the best, but for the money and ease...
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    Re: 2305 won't start

    Well, they wanted $117 for a green battery, so I put an Exide into it. Started right up!
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    Re: 2305 won't start

    Nevermind... Turns out to be a dead battery. I hooked up the charger in boost mode and got the starter solenoid to engage. Glad it's not an interlock somewhere, but I didn't really expect the...
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    2305 won't start

    My 2305 has an interlock issue somewhere that won't allow the engine to turnover. It's in neutral, the seat safety switch is bypassed (but I did reconnect it, also, to no affect), and the parking...
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    Re: DSL is here - YEA!

    I've been using Hughesnet for the 4 years we've lived here. If DSL, fiber, or cable shows up it'll take me about 2 seconds to make the switch! It's been reliable and stable for the most part - its...
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    Re: JD 2305 Leaking Transmission Fluid

    I haven't experienced any such leak on mine after ~70 hrs, or so. If the bolt is on the axel, I doubt it's an extra port. Maybe a seal is leaking? How bad is it? If you can keep on top of it for...
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    Loader Re: Lightweight pallet forks for 200X & 200CX loader

    Add me to your growing sales order stack! I've been looking for something useable to pick up debris (logs, brush, etc) to aid in clearing some woods, but nothing I've found has been reasonable. ...
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    Re: Stupid Trimmer Won't Fire

    Ethanol-free fuel can normally be found at marina's, where you'll pay a premium for it...
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    Re: Help with my Ryobi

    I always stuff like this about Ryobi, but mine had started on pull #4 for ~10 years before finally quitting. After pressing the primer bulb 4 times, it coughed on the 3rd pull with wide open choke...
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    Help picking new trimmer

    My 10yo Ryobi finally stopped starting, so I'm back in the market... I did some prelim research and bought a Stihl FS55, used it twice and took it back because it wouldn't restart after refueling. ...
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    Re: 2305 62" MMM, how much should I pay?

    Wish I had the guts to buy something on a 5 yr credit plan when I was looking at a lay-off! However, if your dealer is really looking at losing that banked credit he may be willing to extend the...
  90. Thread: 2305 vs 7610

    by VABlue
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    Re: 2305 vs 7610

    I have the 2305 and can say it's overkill for the 2 acres I finished on my 5 acre lot. The loader is great for moving stuff around, but the same can be done with a tow-behind trailer. Maybe not as...
  91. Thread: I am waiting...

    by VABlue
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    Re: I am waiting...

    Nice looking ride! Are you going to put a can on the exhaust?
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    Re: 2305 for hay ride use ?

    It should work, the trailer and number of people will be a good pull. But you certainly won't break the machine because you can pull a box blade filled with gravel while it digs through a...
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    Re: New X500 or used X534 or X540?

    Used would be fine, if you can inspect/drive it before buying, and see the maintenance history. You don't know what you're getting otherwise. Could be a hanger queen at the JD store...

    Otherwise...
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    Re: No water, where to look?

    Somebody flipped it off... It'll be on its own 220 circuit and would keep tripping if something was bad wrong. However, you might want to plan for some repair work shortly. The pump at my last...
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    3-Point Hitch Re: 2305 3pt hydraulic lever

    Two things I wish the 2305 had - position control and dual wheel brakes. But oh, well...

    Wayne, the reaction of your control is - unfortunately - typical of the 2305. I've dealt with the same...
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    Re: 2305 buying decisions

    Congrats, Ram!! That's a good price for everything...
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    Re: New 2305 questions

    There's nothing special that needs to be mounted on the tractor or deck to connect them - so long as the deck model is meant for the 2305. As BIGWES said, it's all there on the equipment now. You...
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    Re: 2305 buying decisions

    Having used my 2305 to cut grass for two years now, I can tell you that it will cut evenly without bogging down at whatever speed you can stand the ride. It's also very manuverable for something it's...
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    Box Scraper Re: New guy w/ box blade questions.

    Is it possible for a tractor without draft control to be modified and add some type of draft control?

    Yes, but I don't think you want to essentially replace your machine's hydraulic system! Well,...
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    Re: 5' rotary mower on a 2320 ?

    ddivinia hit it - the 2320 will lift an LX 5 pretty easily. But the PTO HP (18) is on the low end of the spec for an LX5. I suspect you'd be just fine in 'normal' conditions (grasses/weeds, small...
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