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    Re: Preperation for a Short Term Disaster !

    The hardest thing I have found is to get water- consume, wash, hygiene, and toilets. - Our elec was out just recently for 3.5 days. Our generator bugged out on the 220 so we had the fridge/freezer...
  2. Re: Work Question Regarding Call Back and Overtime.

    My guess is that all of the old employees know exactly what is going on. And the vendors do to. People call you because they are used to doing it, and it is easier than working out other solutions...
  3. Thread: Pet vs $$$

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    Re: Pet vs $$$

    You do what you can. I will not go into debt for a pet veterinary bill. Not everything can be fixed. We should ease up prolonging the inevitable at great cost. - I read that a rich guy that died...
  4. Re: Work Question Regarding Call Back and Overtime.

    In doing a good job, you are becoming a "high maintenance" employee (as someone said), because you are outside the system, outside the policy procedure manual. Your old fellow employees are...
  5. Re: Is lack of training killing tractor operators?

    I discovered this when stuck in deep snow on uneven ground!


    - A guy down the road that I sold my old Farmall Cub to came to pick it up with his kubota and trailer. He got talking about his...
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    Re: Driveway sinking

    Money has never been plentiful and I've always looked for shortcuts. My barnyard and riding area used to be a small field. It was all clay dirt with poor run off. I had all of the horse manure I...
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    Re: Driveway sinking

    From the picture it looks like the ground is sloping toward the front of your shop. That would channel water there before it worked its way to the side. I'd suggest drainage ditch sloping around your...
  8. Re: Is lack of training killing tractor operators?

    Dealers provide a little training for liability, and it brings back customers - re good experience - just like the car dealer offering to assist with setting up your phone on your new car....
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    Re: which portable generators do people have

    I had a Briggs + Stratton 5500W generator that was always reliable until it died 2 months ago. Used the 220 hookup to feed what I needed in the house- well pump, fridge, freezer, tel/internet, etc....
  10. Thread: Medical costs

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    Re: Medical costs

    Well said.
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    Re: Newbie from Maine

    Good to have you here, Nice tractor choice! Looks like you will be enjoying your time!
  12. Thread: Medical costs

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    Re: Medical costs

    When I was a kid I was polishing/sanding the horns of one of our cows for a 4-H fair. She swung her head for flies and caught my upper lip. We called the local hospital and they said their head...
  13. Thread: Medical costs

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    Re: Medical costs

    Heard of a case where the bill was 270,000 for major surgery and a week in the hospital. Even with insurance it was a hefty charge. After going back and forth, the final charge to the patient was...
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    Re: Drowning in knee-deep water ...

    Happened to a kid on a farm back in the 1960's. He got pinned and drowned in a small puddle. They tried to find a hose for air, but there weren't any available on the tractor. Before rops.
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    Re: Death and social media ettiquette

    Generally no - but when the sexual preference is frequently brought up by the man himself, and is used as a means to discomfort those around him, then yes.
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    Re: 5 acres worth it to offer for haying?

    I buy my 200 square bales for the horses for 3 dollars per bale delivered, stacked + some for labor. I used to pick up. but no more, The local feed store is selling feed hay for 5 dollars a bale and...
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    Re: Does Anyone Use a Bacon Press?

    I don't like crispy bacon. I like it slightly undercooked. Delicious that way!
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    Re: Death and social media ettiquette

    He was a real estate agent who was trying to get her to sell her 80 acres of land. He said she should sell her house too and rent from him. - A gay man, 25 years younger. - Weird and unpleasant guy....
  19. Thread: TC18 rim size

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    Re: TC18 rim size

    This might help
    New Holland (TC18) - 3 CYL COMPACT TRACTOR (7/98-12/3) Parts Diagrams

    Give them a call. I buy online and have good luck with them.
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    Re: Death and social media ettiquette

    When my mother passed away, a busybody useless friend of hers took it upon himself to call my bother and sister. I was at work and came home to find out when an officer we knew stopped by to inform...
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    Re: TODAYS SEAT TIME

    I've been in the garden with my wife getting up the potatoes. I use a hiller to bring the potatoes up to the surface. I hoe through the loose dirt, uncovering the potatoes and flipping them in little...
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    Re: Want to Visit Nova Scotia

    Peggy's Cove,Halifax, Cape Bretton, PEI- all are wonderful places to visit. We took the ferry from Bar Harbor, Me to NS and returned to Maine by car. Wonderful places, wonderful people. Well worth...
  23. Thread: Curing Hay

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    Re: Curing Hay

    In central Maine it is cut the afternoon before, rake and tedder, bale the following afternoon . Often there is a morning dew and the sun needs to get to it. The hay should be fluffy before it is is...
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    Re: UFO's... What do you think?

    UFO's real, religion real....but 911 wasn't an inside job!:laughing:
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    Re: To build a barn or get a CUT

    Wait on the tractor. You'll appreciate having a place to store it!- and everything else!
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    Re: UFO's... What do you think?

    Talking UFO's is like talking religion. What is nonsense to some makes perfect sense to others.

    I have no use for religion or UFO's.
  27. Thread: TC33DA

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    Price Check Re: TC33DA

    I like my 7308! Does a good job!
  28. Thread: TC33DA

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    Price Check Re: TC33DA

    Is it a dealer who will guarantee the leaks fixed? 14900 is a high price. 500 hr is not much. and new tires- Carlyle are a couple of hundred at most with local garage mounting them for you once you...
  29. Re: How should I work out this split with my neighbor?

    If he is rolling in money - anything will work that you both settle on. If he is scraping by, you may get a deal one year- but if he can't afford it - he'll back out next year.
    Figure your costs....
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    Re: Looking for semi-retirement land

    If snow and seasons is no hassle- Maine has a lot of land in all size parcels and prices, forested and un-forested. Rural areas generally have few codes - septic mostly. There is a lot available. Try...
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    Mowing Re: Do you have enough tractor?

    My 30hp NH is all that I need!. The other day I was slipping past my pickup when I caught the rear bumper of my truck with the corner of my bucket. It was in park and before I could react fast...
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    Re: Building a fence from fresh milled lumber

    I like oil based stain for lumber outside to protect it. Latex just sits on the surface and peels. Oil based stain soaks in, and you can also stain on top of it without having to deal with peeling....
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    Re: 4 Way Stop Etiquette / Law

    In Maine they tend to take turns, otherwise they follow the one on the right has right of way.
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    Re: Where do you guys buy hardware.

    There is only one place to reliably get tools/hardware in town but they are hard to get to. The local hardware store has some stuff, and the local feedstore some other stuff. I hit Amazon for the...
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    Re: Red Tail Hawk started screeching constantly

    We'll get a screeching young crow every late summer- young one wanting attention. Also sometimes the adult will go around calling out warnings when a young one has left the nest.
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    Re: The Vietnam Story

    Good article here:
    Pilger's article on Burn's Viet Nam docu.
    The Killing of History
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    Re: The Vietnam Story

    Viet Nam never needed to happen. Our **** politicians should have ended up in jail.
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    Re: The Vietnam Story

    -all disinformation and propaganda
    I won't be watching.
    It was a war that wasn't necessary - like what we do all of the time.
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    Re: Oil change time - what's recommended

    Do what the manual says- forget "opinions".
  40. Re: New metal roofing over asphalt shingles. Good or bad ?

    I screwed down 2x4's running vertically with the rafters (2x10's) on top of the shingles. Then on that I ran 2x4's across and screwed the metal to that. Before that I used to get ice dams. After...
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    Re: How rusty should a new PTO shaft be?

    I bought my tiller from them 3 years ago. 5'. It came without rust. I don't think that the rust or water could get into the U joints because they are packed with grease. - I like my tiller.
    I've...
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    Re: Help with a Dutch oven.

    We've used cast iron for everything since I was a kid. Olive oil works great and frequent use. Don't let it soak or run it through the dishwasher. Once on the finish lasts. I bake bread in a dutch...
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    Re: Truss Spacing and load question?

    2nd guessing, it seems like you could measure your trusses, their placement. the wood used, the length, the pitch (rise/run) and find some truss tables. See what they say for non snow load, then snow...
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    Re: DEMOLITION -- Am I CRAZY to do this??

    If you don't want to push it over, cut it into pieces with a chainsaw and lousy old chain. Avoid the nails if you can. Do an end, then the other end. Then it will be ready to fold and go down.
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    Re: Price Check - TC30

    Good price, good tractor. That is nothing for hours.
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    Re: Round UP Fears

    Monsanto - in pursuit of dollars. Hard to take them seriously when it comes to safety, though they are very good with their toxins.
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    Re: Round UP Fears

    One of those things. My brother died of brain cancer at 62. Otherwise he was active and doing well. Chemicals and crap in our environment - it takes a toll. Cancer is all around us. Anything to save...
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    Re: Round UP Fears

    Toxic- I never use it. As if Monsanto and the others don't care more about money than anything else. They'd sell you cyanide if they thought there was something in it for them.
  49. Re: Anyone R&R the electric motor on a HF concrete mixer?

    Look on the plate on the motor you have, copy the stuff down, then google them. You are looking for a model # and maker.
    You can also go to a site like fixya or appliancedpctor and see what they...
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    Re: drill bit holder

    useful!
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    Snow Equipment Buying/Pricing Re: Dealing with drifts

    Get a 40hp with a snow blower and cab. Front snowblower is easer on the neck. 4x4. The snowblower can clean up what drifts.

    Fill the rears with rimguard. Use chains on the rear.
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    Re: Ford 4000 starter just spinning

    On a car I had, this is what would happen when the solenoid on the starter would not shove the ring gear over to engage the flywheel. They often are considered two separate components.

    Ford 4000...
  53. Re: Cemetery orientation -- exceptions to the rule

    When my father passed away his 3rd wife handled all of the details. He was cremated in Texas where he died and she gave them a wooden box that fit into a cardboard box about a cubic foot if memory...
  54. Re: Anyone want to re-sharpen drill bits again......

    My fil, a machinist always did his by eye. He showed me his approach and it made sense but I am not great at it. I don't worry about it. I break a lot of bits and resharpen often.
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    Re: Fixing Aluminum Canoe

    I like fiberglass. Patch inside and outside. Use woven fiberglass patch material. Bring some duct tape along canoeing. Great for emergency patches. I kayaked a lot. This was a standard to bring...
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    Re: HST vs Manual trans

    I have a TC30 gear and I like it I have spread a lot of gravel, cleared a lot of snow, tilled, bushed hogged, harrowed, etc. I have live PTO {two stage clutch)- makes using the PTO pleasant,
    I scoop...
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    Re: driveway back blade.

    In my area we tend to use gravel. 150/ 11 cubic yards or so. Goes on easily- specify size of stone you want to be the biggest. 1" is nice. You spread it. After the first rain it is sloppy and then...
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    Re: Hello from a newbie NH owner

    Welcome- good to have you here!
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    Re: Upgrade Tractor

    Go with 35-40 hp and FEL 4x4.
    Skip the backhoe. You can always rent one or buy a towable unit, I have one, very useful. You leave it there until the job is done and your tractor is freed up.
    My 30...
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    Re: Culvert for creek?

    Use a backhoe and dig a sloped trench/ditch for the stream bed. Put the plastic down and then line it with crushed stone rocks over the plastic. Slope it with measurements so that it is alway running...
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    Re: Righty tighty, lefty loosey

    Never could remember any of those word tricks like lefty loosy. I always have to see it in my head as a picture, then I know what to do. If I once understood the thinking, I could always figure it...
  62. Thread: Tuff Shed

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    Re: Tuff Shed

    I put one of these up outside the kitchen door to hold the snow blower during the winter. I got tired of tramping through a foot of snow to the tractor! It also holds the roof rake and some firewood,...
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    Re: Culvert for creek?

    I use 20". 20' corrugated pvc culvert for my ditches where I drive over them. Heavy rains and the springtime melt sees the most water with a steady flow. I set my culvert in so that the inlet side...
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    Re: New Holland TC 30 trade-in

    Tractorhouse lists a 2004 TC30 with 11000 hours. TractorHouse.com | NEW HOLLAND TC3 For Sale - 23 Listings - Page 1.

    I bought mine used in 2011 for a little over 9000 and 670 hr.
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    Re: New G154 Owner here

    Here is a horse drawn sicklebar mower at work. No need for a bush hog!


    https://youtu.be/g-Dc0zVndv4
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    Re: New G154 Owner here

    Your tractor could easily handle a 5' sicklebar mower.

    I like sicklebar mowers. Here is a you tube sicklebar mower at work. Sure beats a 42" mower.
    For years I used the same combination to cut...
  67. Re: Cemetery orientation -- exceptions to the rule

    Some of my brother's ashes are in his beloved hosta garden, the Maine coast up near Otter cliffs, and on my sister's mantle. - I want to be tossed near where I buried my favorite horse. - But then,...
  68. Thread: Howdy

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    Re: Howdy

    Welcome!.......Tractor/cab and snowblower is the way to go. 4wd. If you are limber, rear mounted snowblower (looking over your shoulder) and a FEL bucket up front. - Filled rear tires (Rimguard- non...
  69. Thread: HI

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    Re: HI

    Good to have you here! Welcome.
  70. Thread: Value

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    Re: Value

    They list the serial numbers and the years made.

    For year- TractorData.com Massey Ferguson 35 tractor information

    TractorData.com Massey Ferguson 25 tractor information
  71. Thread: Value

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    Re: Value

    Try this for comparison.
    Massey 35, Massey 250.

    TractorHouse.com | Less Than 4 HP Tractors For Sale - 16 Listings - Page 1.

    TractorHouse.com | MASSEY-FERGUSON 25 For Sale - 9 Listings - Page...
  72. Re: Cemetery orientation -- exceptions to the rule

    Found this- Facing East Burial Method. Genealogy, History, Family History, American South.

    If they couldn't place bodies E/W, they used N/S and buried people on their side so that their eyes face...
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    Re: New G154 Owner here

    15hp just means it takes a little longer. I had a '48 Farmall Cub which was 8hp. I got a lot done with it. I now have a 30hp for my 19 acres and it works well. Many folks like the much larger...
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    Re: DDT & Lyme disease

    I've had maybe 4 ticks land on me in 66 years. Two in the last 30 years here in Maine. Not really a problem.
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    Re: Rushing over some lake in Finland

    My father spent 6 months in Finland doing a residency. He enjoyed it very much. He said there was a level of caring between people, even strangers on the subway that he had not encountered here in...
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    Re: Indestructable Rural Mailbox?

    I fix my mailboxes by hammering them out again. Every prom season the local highschool kids hit the mailboxes with a bat as they drive by. - They seem to pick different streets year to year.
    I set...
  77. Re: I'm guessing USPS wants out of the parcel business

    UPS always does well. FedEX- I always wonder. They like to use the post office- but it has been a while since I had to go to the post office to pick up a package.
    I use Amazon prime for most...
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    Re: Seat belts for my L3940

    I left my seatbelt snapped together under the seat where I found it when bought it used. But a tippy tractor is another story entirely! I live in a flat area.
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    Re: Sickle Bar Mower

    I had a 1948 Farmall Cub with an underbelly sickle bar mower. The original wood pitman arm was on it and it finally rotted and broke on me. It was made with some hardwood, oak I think from the looks...
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    Re: Front axle lube?

    Never hurts to change the fluid. Make sure that that if you use gear oil that it is the correct weight. Not all gear oil is the same. My tractor calls for multi g 134 hydraulic oil in the...
  81. Re: Pole construction... my dilmena with concrete piers vs. in ground

    I use piers to build with. I make my own by using an 8" or 10" piece of pvc pipe cut to the length I need. I stick that in the ground and fill that with cement and stick an anchor bole in it to bolt...
  82. Re: New truck, looks pretty cool, wonder what the pricing will be?

    Last I checked to buy a new truck that has the same capacity as my 2003 2500HD Silverado work truck 4x4 I would pay 45,000. In 2003 I payed 25,000. Little bit of inflation there.
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    Re: Thoughts on Hay Barn

    Interesting link on hay storage - Floor on hay storage? - Alfalfa/Hay - HayTalk - Hay & Forage Community
  84. Mowing Re: What is the proper shutdown procedure for PTO rotary cutter operation Kubota L33

    I drop the idle, shift the range gear into neutral, and the column gear into neutral. step on the clutch again and shift the pto lever into neutral.
    The pto shaft matches the speed of my engine...
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    Re: Thoughts on Hay Barn

    I'd suggest you get the hay off the ground, cement floor, etc.. It will absorb moisture and start to mold. Wood pallets is good. (Gets in the way of walking is a drawback.) Stacking it on a wood...
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    Re: New member with older tractor.

    It wasn't under sheet metal but under "electrical" and " lighting accessories".
    Great link - always good to deal with.

    516495
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    Re: Clogged Toilet

    I had a similar problem. Slow drain. Tried roto rooter augur in the toilet itself. If everything else is draining fine, sounds like your toilet or the immediate line it is on.
    When I pulled the...
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    Comparison Re: Best first tractor?

    25 hp will be the best value. I have a 30 hp which is fine for snow, gravel, plowing/tilling/harrowing garden, etc. 60 inch bucket loader and a 60" bush hog. Orange and green tractors are the...
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    Re: Help - Hydraulic hose will NOT come off

    Nice video here - one of the uses of back dragging!

    https://youtu.be/60u_YIpAQIQ
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    Re: Help - Hydraulic hose will NOT come off

    I'm really guessing here- but I wonder if it comes down to where the lift cylinders attach on the main rear frame. My TC30 7308 loader- they appear to attach lower than they do on the Woods 1016...
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    Re: wheel popping off

    Keeping up with the inflation helps. When it is low on air and you are in a rut. loose gravel/sand/mud, twisting the tire in the rut tends to twist the tire and loosening the bead on the rim. Air...
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    Re: Help - Hydraulic hose will NOT come off

    I backdrag often, at all angles. Never a problem.Maybe it is the design of the loader.

    When it comes to frozen nuts and bolts- I like to use a hex wrench - same slat sides as the hex nut/bolt....
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    Re: General purpase chain size

    I have an old nylon tow strap I picked up years ago. Unless I know I need to use chain, I grab the tow strap. Light weight makes it easy to handle. Very handy and it does not chip paint surfaces!
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    Re: Stair Safety ?

    For a while the push in Maine was to build creative playgrounds for children in the different communities through the state through local fundraising. People loved it, kids included. Then it was...
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    Re: Hydraulic Fluid Allercic Reaction

    If I get motor oil on the back of my hands and leave it for 5 min. or so I'll start to feel a burning sensation. Nothing bad but I never had that when I was younger. I figure it is from spilling oil...
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    Re: Stair Safety ?

    They do the job, better than what was there.
  97. Thread: new to here

    by tcreeley
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    Re: new to here

    Good to have you here - nice tractors!
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    Re: Hello from Scotland

    Welcome, Good to have you here!
    Nothing like a tractor!
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    Re: TC33D New Holland Owner

    Welcome- good to have you here!

    I think my TC30 is great. Glad to see you have a TC33D!
  100. Re: Biggest cheap tractor I can find for the money?

    I'd shoot for a 30 hp tractor 4x4 fel and rent the backhoe/stump removal out or hire someone. A tow behind backhoe is also something you can add later as you need it.
    If you have the means buy...
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