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  1. Re: Best Deere for my 2 acre lot and 150' driveway?

    Is the X320 too much tractor? Nope, I'd say it's the right size. I am assuming that you are only considering Deere? There are other brands out there just as good at a similar price range. Depends on...
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    Re: which has a more comfortable ride?

    30 degree hill? Unsafe in just about any machine! Unsafe because if you hit a moist patch of grass, you are going downhill out of control no matter which way you are traveling. Unsafe because the...
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    Re: two pronged troybuilt horse question?

    The hiller/furrower is still available new from Troy-Bilt/MTD, but they want $148.15 for it not including tax or shipping.
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    Re: troybuilt horse tine question?

    I am thinking you have aftermarket tines on your Troy-Bilt tiller. I have run over ALL KINDS of nasty crap buried in customer's gardens and NEVER EVER busted a tine. Does each of your tine blades...
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    Re: Troy Built... Horse?

    Breaking tines? Gotta be aftermarket tines, I have never EVER broken a tine on a Troy-Bilt and I've run thru all kinds of rock, boulders, buried car parts, iron rods, tree roots, cement chunks, with...
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    Re: 1984 Troy bilt th1003

    What it's worth depends on condition and any attachments or optional accessories that come with it. Assuming your 1984 date is correct, it should be a PTO equipped horse. With nothing extra,...
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    Re: Horse jumps out of gear

    On all the ones I have seen the reverse disk won't touch unless you physically hold the shift lever down forcing engagement. Sort of a safety thing, you let go, it stops traveling.
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    Re: Hello everyone!

    You say you looked at Cub and Kubota. I hope you also looked at New Holland, Massey Ferguson, and Deere. My suggestion is to see what local dealer you want to do business with, which one has the...
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    Re: Mower deck wash port

    I suppose it will depend on the location of the port, and what volume of water you can get into it. My personal opinion based on some I have tried to use, is that they are next to worthless, just a...
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    Re: mower deck wash port - opinions wanted

    In my opinion, it is a marketing gimmick of little actual value.
  11. Re: anyone know anything about the old 70's?

    These originally had a Tecumseh VH70 cast iron motor in them. It was not used in anything else I know of, and has been out of production for many years. Parts may be impossible to get at this point,...
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    Re: tire terracing

    Great idea and it looks a lot better than I imagined. I'm wondering if strawberries would work as well?
  13. Thread: Grass Types

    by bontai_Joe
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    Re: Grass Types

    I know of folks that actually plant clover for the blossoms. If you are trying for a perfect carpet lawn that's almost weed free, you will need to invest a lot of time and money to get it. If having...
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    Re: IH Cub Lo-Boy

    Nice machine, glad you are getting it. Any chance you can also get the Deere 316 I saw in one pic? Also a very nice machine.
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    Re: Full-size electric wood splitter

    Hydraulics work because liquids do not compress in volume. Air would be a lot slower as you would have to wait for the air pressure to build as it compresses down until it reaches a high enough PSI...
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    Re: Shredder / Manure Compost Shredder

    I think the shredding portion of what you want to do can be done with this:
    MacKissic Inc.

    This is another possibility, but it's right at the limit of your power:
    Manure Spreader | Revolutionary...
  17. Re: 5" chipper/shredder with garden tractor power

    I am impressed that you came up with this and that you are using a Deere LA tractor. The ingenius part is you are not using the hydro tranny to drive this, but the motor itself. The only possible...
  18. Thread: Carts Ideas

    by bontai_Joe
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    Re: Carts Ideas

    Nice job, looks good and ready to go to work.
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    Re: $$ tilling gardens?

    I used to do garden tilling with a Troy-Bilt Horse back in the 1980's for $30 a garden with the stipulation that the $30 covered the first hour. If the going rate currently is $50, then I can't see...
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    Re: Is Horsepower the whole story?

    Max torque and where it occurs RPMwise is more important than just raw HP numbers. The HP number advertised is from a test motor run in a lab that may not have had a muffler on it, may not have had...
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    Re: Old troy built tiller questions

    The 5 HP Briggs tells me it either is a smaller model than a Horse, or it's been repowered. Any pics?
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    Re: Best new rear tine under $1000?

    Baucom has you very well coverd with excellent info. All I would add is check out what dealers you have in the area. Tillers work in a terrible environment, LOTS of dirt and high loads, so the...
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    Re: Honda or Kohler engine ???

    roamerr is correct in thinking that a 500 hour motor makes perfect sense on a unit he might run 15-20 hours a year. The various manufacturers that make these "introductory level" basic motors, are...
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    Re: Honda or Kohler engine ???

    You will see Honda GC/GS "black" motors mostly on other manufacturers stuff and the GX "red" Honda motors mostly on Honda equipment and some other manufacturers top of the line units. The "GX" is a...
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    Re: Choosing A Mower - Where Do I Begin?

    A 5 acre lawn would in my opinion should have you looking at the better grade Garden tractors or even sub-compact utility tractors. The typical box store lawn tractor at $2000 will self destruct...
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    Re: Tiller for Cub 2554?

    I know some guys that leave that much space. Another option is to buy a rear mounted cultivator and set it up so your tractor straddles the rows and cultivates the space between the rows. Once the...
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    Re: Trobilt "Classic" work and methods

    How to tilt a tiller on one wheel? If you are operating it with one hand and walking along side the machine, you push the handlebars sideways away from you while lifting the tines out of the dirt at...
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    Re: Scotts lawn mower transaxles

    I am assuming these are the Deere machines made for Scotts? Do you also fix Deere Sabre and "L" series machines?
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    Re: Honda or Kohler engine ???

    Keep in mind that there is more than one class of Honda, just like most manufacturers do.
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    Re: Tiller for Cub 2554?

    Well, you can always keep an eye out on the auction sites for a used pull behind unit, they do pop up fairly regular.
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    Re: Edko Walking Tractor

    I take it that the old motor ain't fixable? Lots of places to get a new motor, Smallenginewarehouse.com, Tractor Supply Company, Northern Tool, Tulsa Engine Warehouse to name a few.
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    Re: which gravely would you keep

    Yeah, at a minimum, at least a couple of hundred dollars, maybe more depending on condition and if it is running and what attachments you have for it.
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    Re: Tiller for Cub 2554?

    Agri-Fab makes a self powered tow behind tiller that costs less than the Cub attachment and will fit behind any brand GT (universal attachment)

    www.agri-fab.com - Multi-Fit Tow-Behind Tiller
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    Re: Honda or Kohler engine ???

    DITTO. In my area, I'd probably use the Kohler, although the Kohler Courage motor is not their best motor, designed for approximately a 500 hour life span +/-. I'd need to check out the Honda motor...
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    Re: Trobilt "Classic" work and methods

    I do my turns outside of the tilled area on the turf. As I get to the end of my pass, I raise up the handlebars so the tines clear the soil, continuing to go forward and then pushing away from me...
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    Re: Trobilt "Classic" work and methods

    There is also a technique to turn the machine at the end of a row, by pushing the handle bars sideways, then quickly pivoting the machine on the outboard wheel 180 degrees. Kinda like dancing with a...
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    Re: Troy-Bilt Horse ID

    It gets attached to the front of the wrap around bumper. No bumper? No attachment point.
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    Re: Need help picking a Lawn or Garden Tractor

    Do you have a Simplicity or Massey Ferguson delaer near by? They sell the same machines except for paint and can be had with a locking rear differential and some models come with 4WD. I'm not sure...
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    Re: Troy-Bilt Horse ID

    Randy is correct in where the serial number is located. The photos do show you have a Horse tiller. The rear tine shield is different than what I am used to seeing, yours does not have the side...
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    Re: Ride-on mowers. Best and worst features.

    My list may be different from someone else's list because of what and where I use the machine.
    GOOD things:
    1. A comfy seat that does not hurt my back, or transmit every bump into my spine.
    2....
  41. Thread: Thieves

    by bontai_Joe
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    Re: Thieves

    Glad to hear that it got resolved peacefully.
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    Re: Dad's Generator Just Died

    Did they say what caused the float to stick? Maybe varnished up from older gas? Gasoline, or more correctly E10 (10% alcohol) doesn't store as well as "real" gasoline did. All you can do is add some...
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    Re: bolens 1600 hydro ????

    Glad to hear it is working well for you. Since you are in deep snow country, the blower was probably the best choice. If you get a lot of snow, you soon run out of places to push it if using a plow.
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    Re: weeds and thorn bushes removal

    You didn't say what kind of thorny bushes you have, but I'm guessing it's multifloral rose, the scourge of the northeast part of the USA. Introduced by the all knowing gubment in the early 20th...
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    Re: New craftsman mower . I NEED HELP!

    We know that your Craftsman GT5000 has a 25 HP V-twin, but is it Briggs & Stratten? or Kohler? or Kawasaki? Did he sandblast the tractor while it was still assembled? Or did he take it apart? Is it...
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    Re: 20hp range tractors with snowblowers

    Deere 400 series, Simplicity Legacy (and it's Massey Ferguson and AGCO clones), Ingersoll 4000 series, Case 400 and 4000 series, IH Cub Cadet 682, 782, 982, and the newer Cub Cadet 3000 series.
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    Re: John Deere 214

    The only quirky thing about them is the belt drive system. It uses a variable sheave that allows you to change speeds within each gear while keeping the engine running at full power. Sort of a "poor...
  48. Re: Pulling a Goose Neck trailer with side boxes on truck

    have you thought of mounting a tool box on the front of your goose neck trailer, just behind the hitch?
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    Re: Gravely Lawn Tractor

    The current Ariens 4 wheel tractors are actually made by Husqvarna with Ariens orange paint.
  50. Re: Wrenches for Christmas (your advice wanted)

    I realize it's short notice, but I saw in my local Sears Hardware store that they have the 1/2" drive 6 piece large Craftsman socket sets on sale for around $20, in inch or metric. The inch set went...
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    Re: JRCO cartbagger heads-up

    JRCO still shows the cart bagger on their website, but I have learned that doesn't always mean things are still available. For fabric components, I have found most local awning shops can make what...
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    Re: Riding mower recommendation for hills

    A 30 degree slope is beyond the ability of most 2 wheel drive lawn tractors or ZTRs. It is also a recipe for a roll over, so you might want a ROPS on what ever you buy. I had cut lawns commercially...
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    Re: 1948 John Deere M project

    Nice first tractor to work on. Small enough to fit in a garage, big enough to be fun and useful.
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    Re: Tractor 4WD 20-30HP w/ 72" deck

    Massey Ferguson is offering 0% down, 0% interest for 72 months and up to $1000 rebate on compact utility tractors. You might want to check out the MF 1500:
    MF 1500 Series
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    Re: Need New Riding Mower

    Wouldn't the Cub model 2654 be a GT also?
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    Re: ATV tires on lawn tractor?

    Yes, you can run ATV tires on your tractor's wheels. If you go with taller tires, you will need to relevel your mower deck.
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    Re: Garden tractor / snowblower

    I've used a Deere 316 with a snow plow with great results for about 30 years. Haven't had a chance to use the snow blower I bought about 5 years ago. I would say that your results with a blower will...
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    Re: Need New Riding Mower

    First, I am quite surprised that your Cub Cadet is having problems pulling your lawn vacuum. That should be well within the capabilities of that tractor. Could you go into more detail on this? I ask,...
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    Re: Ride Quality of ZTR vs L-120

    Both your engine and your hydro are air cooled, and that air is provided by fans attached to each. Running at 3/4 throttle slows blade tip speed reducing quality of cut, and allows heat to build up...
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    Re: Ride Quality of ZTR vs L-120

    You have already guessed that the small front wheels on a ZTR will greatly affect ride quality, especially if you have gopher holes. If your property is relatively flat, I wouldn't worry about the...
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    Re: oil filter for p218

    What is this Onan in? Might get an oil filter from whatever dealer the tractor is, like Deere, Ingersol, etc. I have no idea if the Fram you have is compatible.
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    Re: mulching buisness?

    He has a big commercial wood chipper.
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    Re: Brinly lawn sweeper 42"

    I have a couple of Parker sweepers that are 30 plus years old. The fabric on mine has a couple of duct tape patches, but it has been 30 years. Best advise I can give is to store them out of sunlight...
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    Re: Poulan 42" won't cut even

    The tool is a heavy plastic protractor sort of thing with an adjustable arm on it, roughly 9" long by maybe 4" high and makes the job MUCH easier to check blade height.
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    Re: Look A Free Snow Blower

    Sounds like a great father/son project, and the bonus is the machine is worth the time and effort.
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    Re: UTV or Mini Truck?

    I was just pointing out that after a certain age, comfort gets a little more important, especially if your back is as bad as mine. And I can't tolerate being in the cold like I used to, or the heat,...
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    Re: JD X300 snowblower

    Here is a you-tube video of one in use in Quebec in a fairly deep snow:

    YouTube - John Deere X300 with 44" snowblower in action
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    Re: troybilt parts need help

    You can also try this long time Troy-Bilt dealer in NJ:

    Mayberry's Sales and Service
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    Re: UTV or Mini Truck?

    Since I'm an older guy (53) the mini truck would appeal to me. It has an enclosed cab to stay out of the rain, has heat and many have air conditioning. It is those kinds of things that would allow me...
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    Re: mulching buisness?

    A different method of getting in the mulching business as done by an outfit by me. He has folks haul in their brush and limbs, and charges by the load to dump it on his site. He mulches it there and...
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    Re: John Deer 40

    Are you SURE that the charging system is a fault here, and you don't have a defective battery that won't hold a charge? Just trying to maybe save you some money, have you had the battery load tested?...
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    Re: need help making mind up

    You might try and find a good used deck on Ebay for less money.
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    Re: john deere LX 173 rear end

    Gear vs. Hydro is kinda like Ford vs. Chevy. Some folks like one, some like the other. If I had to guess as to which was stronger, I'd probably say the gear tranny, but I have no evidence to back...
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    Re: Tractor Problems.

    Well, anything that can be towed with a pin in the rear hitch will fit from any manufacturer, like carts, aerators, dethatchers, sprayers, spreaders, etc. I'm about 75% sure your tractor does not...
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    Re: Power king Tractors

    My best answer would be to check out this site:
    Power King, Economy, Jim Dandy parts
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    Re: Tractor Problems.

    What model Craftsman tractor do you have? Some do not have and are not designed for sleeve hitches.
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    Re: Snapper 1650 Info Please

    In my neck of the woods, you would be looking at a minimum of $1000 in the condition you described. I'm figuring the tractor is worth $500-650, the cab at least $250 and the blower at least $250 to...
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    Re: John Deere or Snapper

    I don't know what vintage Snapper you had, but the current models are essentially Simplicity tractors with a different deck. Not knowing what you had, I'm guessing that if you looked at the current...
  79. Re: Seat was crappy on lawnmower, so we replaced it...

    A comfy seat can make a work day a pleasure, a bad seat can make it torture.
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    Re: Craftsman Tractors -Better Than The Bad Rap?

    The reason I remember the Husqvarna dirt bikes so well is that I looked at the tail end of one pulling away often. There was a fairly large bunch of guys in my neighborhood all about the same age...
  81. Re: Whiteish substance in bevel gear/pinion case

    I agree, sounds like water.
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    Re: Got me a new tractor

    Was this also available as a Simplicity Sunstar?
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    Re: Craftsman Tractors -Better Than The Bad Rap?

    Just to be a little picky, I believe American Yard Products, Inc no longer exists as a manufacturer of anything, it is all now under the Husqvarna name, and they build most Craftsman tractors,...
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    Re: Planning on buying a John Deere LA 115

    I gotta agree with Jinman, $600-650 would be a better price for a 3 year old LA115. And I'd be looking real close at how well it went up a hill and how smooth the hydro speeds up and slows down.
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    Re: Help me buy a tractor!

    I know you just bought a house and money is probably tight, but the Deere X300 series is really going to be too small/light duty for what you want to do. If Deere is your flavor of choice, I'd be...
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    Re: john deere LX 173 rear end

    I am unaware of any rebuild "kit" being available, it's more like you take your's apart and replace what's broken piece by piece, or try to buy used one that is in better condition than yours.
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    Re: bolens 1600 hydro ????

    I don't know much about Bolens machines, but that one looks like it is probably worth fixing up. The rough rule of thumb is a tractor can safely tow it's own weight. In actuality, they can usually...
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    Re: Craftsman Tractors -Better Than The Bad Rap?

    MY opinion for what it's worth is that it is difficult to find a better machine for the money spent. With a little patience and catching the right sale, you can get a very basic lawn tractor for just...
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    Re: Cub cadet 1641 !!

    Tips? Change the oil, all filters, inspect the belts for wear, inspect the wiring harness for mouse damage, check the tire inflation, and the deck for being level, and then go enjoy cutting the grass.
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    Re: Ariens GT-18

    It's worth working on, and even spending a little money on. Have you verified that the engine isn't siezed by rotating it by hand? Also, please change the oil before you try to start it, as you have...
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    Re: need opinions

    Any more info on why the Briggs failed? Was it just worn out? low on oil? faulty part?
  92. Re: Buying tractor in Cananda and bringing it back to US

    Also make an effort to clean ALL soil off the machinery. Won't happen every time, but once in a while, the guys at the border get picky about soil born "nasties" that are not to cross the border in...
  93. Re: what to pick for a project oliver or massey harris?

    I don't know about parts availability, but the Oliver is and always has been one of my favorite tractors. They look cool, they sound cool and they were a pretty darn good tractor in their day.
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    Re: core aerator

    If the budget will allow it, this is a really well built coring aerator that I'd recommend. I have no connection to the company, but they sell these to the rental guys so I'm sure that they will take...
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    Re: Is Cub Cadet 2500 Series Worth the Money?

    The 1050 would cut your grass fine, but if you want to remove snow, or intend to pull a coring airator, the tranny in the 2500 series will last a lot longer than what's in the 1050.
  96. Re: Thought on M35A2 AM General "Deuce and a Half", 2 1/2 ton Cargo Truck

    Thanks to all for a VERY educational thread. I learned a lot about trucks and what to maybe look for in a medium or heavy truck to be used for hauling.
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    Re: Chipper/Shredder

    I am pretty sure what you have is a machine made by W. W. Grinder in Kansas? Excellent machine, unfortunately the company doesn't exist anymore. They were bought by GardenWay Assoc. (makers of...
  98. Re: Simplicity 7016rt /Troy bilt tiller story !!

    My dad taught me to never EVER start an air cooled motor without checking the oil myself. If I start that motor 6 times in the same day, the oil gets checked 6 times. He didn't like surprises and...
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    Re: Question about steel pipe for fencing

    In my neck of the woods, just about any steel except stainless, pounded into the ground will rust off in about 10 years. I would think it depends a lot on how wet your soil stays and rainfall per...
  100. Re: Minneapolis Moline BF restoration - progress

    Looking good so far. Any surprises on the motor? Your earlier pics showed a block in decent condition.
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