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    M7040 no start but weak attempt

    I did a search but didn't find the problem I'm having with a M7040HD-1. When turning on the ignition, the dash warning lights are fine but the center rectangle (with the hours etc.) is very dim and unreadable. When the key is turned to the start position the starter tries to turn over but...
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    Source for Pallet Fork Frame Only - I have the Forks

    See if you have a Ritchie Bros. Auction in your area. I have purchased several fork frames from them for making custom implements. They sell both new and used. Used Heavy Equipment for Sale | Heavy Equipment Auctions | Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers An example:
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    Rotary Cutter Bending lift arms on brush hog

    Do these photos relate to the OP? The OEM frame was cut off, a tool bar welded to the front of the disk, and this A-frame mounted.
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    placement of weld - on grab hooks for loader

    There are LOTS of threads on just this subject. Check the very bottom of this page for links to just some of them. If you have a standard duty bucket, you might consider welding a heavy 3" angle iron across the top of the bucket with the top of the angle iron parallel with the bucket bottom...
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    How did I do that?

    After the skidder gets straightened (or replaced) and welded back on, you may consider hardfacing the ground contact area. The skidder gets thin from wear and is displaced much easier. Hardfacing in a crosshatch (#) pattern has reduced the wear in several of my implements. Tillers especially...
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    Tie down advice

    3/8" chain and ratcheting chain binders at all four corners is my go-to setup. Never had anything get loose. Those ratcheting chain binders are easy to use and put a real stretch on the chain! Harbor Freight is a good place to get 3/8" chain, especially when it goes on coupon or when you have a...
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    2010 m7040HDC-1

    The weight carrier for the front and the log carrier were homemade with forklift frames bought at Ritchie Bros. Auction. The log grapple on the front of the carrier is for small trees. I also have a momma size and a papa size grapple. It makes the tractor look like a narwhal but it sure make...
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    2010 m7040HDC-1

    The QA is a bit hard to see from the seat for sure. Just make sure the angle of the QA plates match the rear bucket angle, or a little bit more. Then inch forward as the FEL is slowly lifted. Line up by looking at the center of the bucket. You'll get it. As TripleR implies, you'll soon be...
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    Root Removal - BB Rippers?

    I helped take out a large eucalyptus orchard for a neighbor. I wouldn't even think about using scarifiers on my 3PH for taking out the roots (and stumps) and I have a fairly heavy-duty BB. Using it would lead to tractor damage, BB damage, or both. Here is another option that I also wouldn't...
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    Disc clogging...but only one or two sections.

    Isn't that a complete PIA!!!! It turns the disc into a tire! And then there is the fun of getting the mess off with a digging bar. Mine used to do the same thing. Of course, the mount that holds the bearings cleaned those sections off. Sooooo...I took some old lawn mower blades, fabbed a...
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    How to make box blade type shanks penetrate further?

    I'm not sure that the 3PH on the M-series tractors have adjustments like shown on your L-series hitch. Or, I maybe I'm full of bull****. (Well, that's a given.) I'll check this morning. It is not shown in the OP's photo of his MX. Edit: Based on the description by the OP below and my M7040...
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    How to make box blade type shanks penetrate further?

    In my case, with a box blade, the blade needs to be used with a short top link to keep the blade from engaging the ground. Without a blade, I'd agree that a longer top link would dig aggressively and lower the scarifier frame closer to the ground. I have a tool bar set-up that does just that...
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    How to make box blade type shanks penetrate further?

    I agree with the idea of taking off the implement and measuring the 3PH balls to the ground. Before you do that, measure the distance from the balls to the ground with the implement at full depth in the ground. The difference is how much digging room is left. From the photo, it appears that...
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    Quick Hitches Quick Hitch- Pat's or HF

    I know this will sound petty, but you might consider putting the bent part of the washer on the bottom when the lynch pin is put through the top. That way the bail can fully close. Having it slightly sprung can be asking for trouble. Having the bent part on the bottom also allows the Pat's to...
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    Pat's Easy Change Pat's Easy Change System - Order Online!

    Try this. The OEM Pat's can be modified by using one washer. The others are from parts. Also, the OEM Pat's seem to hold better if the lynch pin is inserted in the non-bent end. The ring is more secure. One more thing, the black lynch pins from Tractor Supply are VERY strong compared to the...