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  1. motownbrowne

    ATV salt spreader on my CUT? Anyone done this?

    I'd like to mount a small 12 volt broadcast spreader to the front of my little NH. I'm not worried about the mounting aspect, but I'm wondering if anyone's got experience with this type of spreader? Also, being that my tractor is quite a bit longer than an ATV, I'm wondering if the control will...
  2. motownbrowne

    New 3 point wood splitter: Wolfe Ridge Mfg

    Well, after splitting wood by hand since I was a little guy I decided that it was finally time for a hydraulic splitter. Between heating and cooking maple syrup I burn about 18-20 cords/year, and I'm expecting that number to go up as my syrup project keeps growing. Since I burn that much...
  3. motownbrowne

    Help me dream up my 3 point splitter

    I'm beginning the process of purchasing a wood splitter. I burn about 15-20 full cords of wood every year, and I'm hoping that number will go up. Most of my wood is burned in my maple syrup evaporator, so the more wood I burn the better, since it means I'm making syrup. The firebox on my cooker...
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    Anyone using a quick hitch on an MX?

    Okay, here's why I ask: I change implements all the darned time. During the growing season there's days when i swap implements 6 times a day. Having a second tractor helps, but doesn't solve the problem. Not all of my implements are quick hitch compatible, so I can't use one myself, but here's...
  5. motownbrowne

    Tire grooving with my chainsaw

    First off, don't construe this as a recommendation on my part to try this. Chainsaws are dangerous, tires are expensive. I'll let you figure it out. That said, I grooved the rear R4 tires of my New Holland this morning. To do both sides took less than half an hour. I used my 40cc Dolmar 421...
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    Quick yes or no needed please. Can I run SUDT in my NH HST tractor?

    I want to replace my hydraulic oil. I don't know what the previous owner used, but the hydraulics are very sluggish where I live. At 5 degrees, the three point won't even start working for about 10 minutes, and then it's very loud. By the time I'm done plowing after about 45 minutes, it behaves...
  7. motownbrowne

    Got me a new deckover. How'd I do?

    About 4 times per year I've needed to borrow a skid steer trailer from my neighbor. He's got several and is always happy to let me take it. I return it with beer and helped him change out the tires on it last year (I offered to buy the tires, but he refused). Well, i figured that if I need it...
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    My new log wagonr: let's get hitched

    So, I had a relatively heavy duty running gear sitting at the edge of the field. I also had some 4" square tubing laying around from a long abandoned project. So, I figured I'd make up a log wagon. I decided that I'd build it to haul 8' logs, since that's a size that a couple guys I cut with...
  9. motownbrowne

    Quick question about automotive ground for fuel pump

    I've got an 87 Jeep wrangler. It's my cheap substitute for a UTV. Anyway, the fuel pump quit working after doing some research, I cut away an access panel in the floor and tested the pump with a 12V battery. The pump is fine. I have determined that the problem is the ground wire. I'm wondering...
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    Madsen's saw shop: great business!

    I just wanted to let anyone who isn't already familiar with them know that Madsen's Saw Shop in Centralia Washington is a good vendor to deal with. I am not receiving any benefit by writing this. I was in there last week and got a great deal on two pairs of boots. They were on the clearance...
  11. motownbrowne

    Kubota L2501 vs Kioti ck2610 vs ????

    Hey guys, a friend of mine of considering starting a small veggie growing operation. I'm helping him think of some options for equipment to get started. He doesn't want to start out way in debt, so I'm trying to keep my recommendations pretty budget-minded. He's interested in a 2-wheel...
  12. motownbrowne

    Considering a 2004 Chevy express 3500 any horror stories??

    I'm looking at a new delivery van. There's a 2004 Chevy express 3500 for sale near me. I won't know the details on the mileage or which engine is in it until I talk to the seller in the morning, but I thought I'd see if anyone here knew anything about these rigs. Sorry for the vague post, but...
  13. motownbrowne

    Looking for a string trimmer. Any opinions?

    I'm looking for a straight shaft string trimmer. I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of options from each manufacturer, so I thought I'd see if I could get some help. My budget is $250, I'd like something that can run a blade, so I think that means it needs a solid shaft instead of a cable...
  14. motownbrowne

    An analysis of the forces required to drag sheep over various surfaces

    There might not be many sheep shearers here on TBN, but any who do read this should be sure to take note of this scientific study...
  15. motownbrowne

    Cutting wood on shares, what's the breakdown?

    I'm scaling up my wood cutting this year in preparation for increasing my maple syrup production next season. I'm figuring I'd better get about 10 cords ready by this fall. More would be even better. A guy about a mile away, who I've met a few times had some logging done this winter. Mostly red...
  16. motownbrowne

    Pictures of my maple syrup operation

    Since all of us TBN members don't live in syrup country, I thought I'd share some pictures of my syrup operation. My dad's been cooking syrup on our property since the mid-seventies. I grew up doing it and in 2012 updated our equipment and increased our tap count by about 50%. Prior to this, we...
  17. motownbrowne

    Shop (service, workshop, repair) manual TC25 TC29 TC33

    Well after searching around, I found a very very good deal on the owner's manual as well as the shop manual for these tractors. The first time I called, the dealer wanted $200 for one. I called back two weeks later and inquired again as I placed an order for several filters as well as the...
  18. motownbrowne

    Has anyone purchased a downloadable shop manual??

    Specifically this one: https://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/32049933-new-holland-tc29-tc29d-tractor-service-repair The price is right compared to a print or CD version. I'd likely either print out sections that I need as I'm working on something, or take the whole file to our local college...
  19. motownbrowne

    Thinking about a TC-29

    I have the opportunity to buy a tc-29 with less than 1000 hours for around $6000. Fluid filled industrial tires, hydrostatic, and no loader (i don't want one for this machine). It seems used, but assuming at least some maintenance occurred, it seems like a pretty good deal to me. I want a...
  20. motownbrowne

    Help me choose another tractor.

    Well, this might not happen quite as soon as I'd like, but I'm at least going to start dialing in what I need. I've got a Kubota MX4700, which has been perfect for what I'm doing with it (growing vegetables primarily, but also skidding logs, moving pallets, and mowing overgrown pasture). I'd...
  21. motownbrowne

    My new UTV

    I started a thread a few days ago about buying an 87 Jeep wrangler to use around the farm. Well, the deal is done. $300 cash and $150 worth of our premium organic vegetables.
  22. motownbrowne

    $400 Jeep wrangler for farm use yes or no?

    A friend of mine offered me his '87 wrangler for $400. I'd really love a 4wd UTV with a cab, but even used, that'd cost me about 15-20 times the amount of the wrangler. I'm looking for something to pull a hay wagon, a 2 wheel firewood trailer, and be used for general cruising around the 50...
  23. motownbrowne

    Help me choose my chainsaw lineup

    I want three or four of them. Well, for now anyway.;) I've got a Shindaiwa 488, 50cc saw which is great. That one's a keeper. I've also got a Stihl O36 and an MS 361. They're both 60cc. The MS has double dogs and a full wrap. I'm either gonna sell the 036 and buy a Husky 272xp, or sell the 361...
  24. motownbrowne

    Washing nasty parts

    I'm curious how you guys clean up greasy dirty tractor parts. I'm working on the rear axle seals and brakes for my 1952 8n. The drum, shoes, hub, backing plate, everything is coated in a mix of hydraulic oil and dirt. I don't have a parts washer, so I'm thinking about warm water and simple green...
  25. motownbrowne

    1952 8N Head Gasket problem?

    I've got a 1952 Ford 8N that I could use some help with. The tractor has been in service on our farm since the early 90s, and has basically always worked flawlessly. Last year, we bought our Kubota, and the 8N got relegated to lesser duties around the farm, pulling the chicken coop, moving...
  26. motownbrowne

    leaking coolant from water pump area

    First off, my mx4700 has been an incredible machine so far. Amazing how much more capable it is than our 8ns! Today I went to fire it up after 2 hours on the block heater of course. Noticed some coolant in the snow under the front axle. I checked the hoses, no leaks. Upon closer...
  27. motownbrowne

    Goodyear Assurances? Need tire recommendation

    Size is 185/70-14. I should be donning snow tires right about now, but we're about to do a 6000 mile road trip. I'm looking for an all-season with the best winter tread possible. I'm only putting 2 on right now. Vehicle is a 2001 Honda civic. Local dealer recommended Goodyear Assurance tires...
  28. motownbrowne

    Selling an 8n, help with pricing

    I'd like to sell my '49 8n. Runs good, new coil, points and condenser last year. Brakes don't work, 3pt doesn't lift either. Paint is rough. Tires have good tread, but some cracking. Tin is straight. Would include a drawbar for the 3 pt. I'd like to get $1000 for it, but would be pretty happy...
  29. motownbrowne

    Safely Extracting Stuck Equipment

    https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/PPP/PPP-98.pdf It's a PDF from Purdue. Good info, and awesome pictures of situations that I'm really glad I'm not involved in. Enjoy.
  30. motownbrowne

    Buying tools: used vs. new, whatcha think?

    So, i'm a vegetable farmer by day, and I have a few side gigs that keep me busy whenever I'm not picking kale or boxing onions. I'm not a professional mechanic. That said, I am the guy on the farm who fixes stuff. We have a couple old Fords, our new Kubota, some mowers, a Troy-bilt Horse...
  31. motownbrowne

    Question about side link leveling box

    I need to be able to adjust the tilt of my three point implements quite often. I know that a hydraulic side link is the best option, but I don't have any remotes and it's just not in the cards financially to do it right now. Our 8ns have a hand crank "leveling box" that you can reach from the...
  32. motownbrowne

    Ain't that just the way it goes.

    Started up my Kubota this afternoon to unload a pallet of chicken feed I was having delivered. The truck pulls up just as I'm getting to the end of the driveway to wait for him. Then as I'm turning left onto the road I notice a strange noise. Look down and there's my right front tire rolling...
  33. motownbrowne

    How come my PTO shaft doesn't have a hole through it?

    I'm trying to install an overrunning PTO coupler. The brochure for the l3800 I looked at said the hydro models included one to protect the transmission from overrunning force from an implement. Nowhere in the MX paperwork was one mentioned, so I'm not sure I need it but figure it's a good idea...
  34. motownbrowne

    Cold start during break-in period?

    Should I avoid doing this? It's -7F here, and I don't need to run the tractor today. My chores could wait for a couple of days till it's in the twenties, but since the tractor is brand new I'm having a hard time holding back. What do you think?
  35. motownbrowne

    another thread about pallet forks

    So, I'm sold on getting a set of ssqa pallet forks for my new mx4700. Now here's the dilemma: my dealer is offering me a good price on a locally made set. They are 48 inch, have a headache rack though it's a step through design for a skid steer. Only problem is they are 440lbs with a 5100lb lift...
  36. motownbrowne

    new to diesel, tell me about stopping and starting.

    Like I mentioned in another thread, I just bought a Kubota mx4700 hst. I've never owned a diesel before, honestly if I could have bought a gas 4x4 tractor, I wouldn't own one now, but that wasn't an option. I'm sure I'll love it of course, but it'll take some getting used to. So... A couple of...
  37. motownbrowne

    Bought a mx4700 today

    I know I was cutting it close to the end of the year, but I managed to cut a check today for a new mx4700hst this afternoon. Dealer has to switch tires to ag, which apparently will take two weeks (i wanted the 13.6-28 instead of the 14.9-26s), but then it comes home. Very excited to get it...
  38. motownbrowne

    Went to dealership today... might like the tractor, but not the dealer, what to do?

    I went to drive a Kioti today. I've been pouring over the forums for weeks, thanks for all the great info. I was drawn by the Kiotis for the obvious reasons, great reputation for a steal, or so it would seem. I grow vegetables on a small area in Wisconsin, I will use the tractor for plowing...
 
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