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  1. J


    Downsizing isn't here yet but I'm seeing it on the horizon. We're starting to get old enough that we're having trouble keeping up with the 36 Acres that we have and keeping up with the house. There's some painting that needs to be done and I just don't have the ability to do that stuff anymore...
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    Holt grease gun coupler

    Has anybody tried this particular coupler that's available at Harbor Freight. I've got a locknlube. I have rebuild it once and the thing hangs up where the lever attaches to the spring it's constantly giving me problems and it just doesn't work as smooth as it did when it was new. And I'm...
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    ID this thing

    Over the last 6 months or so, I've found 3 of these. One in the house, one in the garage, and one on the barn floor. Haven't a clue where they are coming from. But they was part of something at one point anyone know?
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    Lift for utv, can am spyder

    I recently bought a Can-Am Spyder, after a 40 year absence of riding motorcycles, wish me luck. After a ride yesterday, I noticed a sqeak in the front end, so I ran it up onto ramps for the first time. I had difficulty of the ramps moving on the Can-Am and also the rear tire losing grip of...
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    Garage door opener issues

    I'm no stranger to garage door openers. I've installed them in just about every house that we've moved into that did not have them and there's been several. I've also rebuilt several was new parts. But I've always been able to see the obvious problem. Now I've got an issue and I can't identify...
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    EGO 56V trimmer

    I've got a Stihl fs90 that I used that's a very good trimmer but I have trouble finding time to trim. It's too heavy to use buy my wife. My wife is using these Black & Decker electric things and they just wasn't up to the task so I bought her and the ego 56 volt trimmer it's a nice trimmer now...
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    Can hydraulic shuttle be added to a geared tractor?

    As the title says. Neighbor has an M9540 without hydraulic shuttle. Just had knee replacement done on his clutching leg. And bet his tractor contributed to his issues. I have hyd shuttle on an M7040, and also bad knees. My habits of clutching to shift gears has changed over the last couple of...
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    Air compressor froze up, opinions on my options

    A craftsman 20 gallon 220 volt air compressor I had for more years than I remember, froze up. At my age, I no longer use an air compressor like I use to, and don't believe I need to replace it. I have a 6 gal pancake compressor that I use with a nailers, and on occasions where I need air...
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    F3680 U joints blew up.

    The short shaft one. Do the u joints get grease from greasing the shaft? I have greased before, but admit, I missed grease on the last go thorough grease job on this mower. It also broke off a plastic nipple on the radiator. I DON'T want to buy a radiator too. Man this thing is a bear to...
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    Handheld trouble light

    I can't seem to find a good one....THAT WILL LAST. I bought this one, and it's so so.... and today it blinked, then produced only a very dim light. I bought because of the ratings, but think Amazons ratings are very misleading...
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    Holes edges of pond

    For some time I've noticed holes at the edge of the pond primarily around the dam area. Lately it seems that these holes are getting a little bit more numerous and some of the soils breaking away going into the pond. It's not a tunneling like muskrat coming from the inside of the pond it's...
  12. J

    T8 Lights loosing their brightness?

    As the topic they? Maybe I've grown accustom to bright led lighting I've done in other areas, and it makes my eyes think these T8s have lost something when they haven't. I moved here some 8 years ago, and barn lights really poor. The former owner built a really nice barn, but spent...
  13. J

    ProtekX6 fabric

    This fabric is used by a lot of manufacturers of utv soft enclosures, and probably for other type of outdoor fabric items. I want to make some mods to a soft enclosure I have on my Mule Pro FXT. But can not nail down a source for this. Anyone know where I can get this type of fabric?
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    Replacing sodium dawn to dusk with led

    Well...this evening it appears my dawn to dusk light has stopped working. I do not like the yellowish hue it put out and have been tempted to replace before now with an led one. Now, the decision is forced upon me. Looks like many options, but I want a light designed for the purpose, not a...
  15. J

    Torn boot on steering arm

    How do I go about changing this torn boot on this steering arm? M7040.
  16. J

    How much do these wheel weights weigh

    This weight is on a 16.9-24 R4 tire. Has 512 stamped on it.
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    Setting tires out wider

    I have an M7040 with R4 tires, wheel weights, and loaded too. This tractor is fairly stable.....but.....i have a neighboor with an M9540, who set the wheels out and he said the difference was very noticable. He help me put together this afternoon a flail ditch mower, which can be swung out in...
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    Little grass tufts showing in the mowing cut.

    I have an F3680, 72" deck side discharge. Third season I've had it. It has been excellent. Starting to notice tufts of grass showing up in the cut right where the blades come together. Blades could stand to be sharpened, but this strikes me as being something else and not sure what. This...
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    Flail Mower Betsco ditch type mower

    I'm thinking of buying a flail ditch type mower for work around ponds, edge of fields. The Ventura brand caught my eye....made in Spain....BUT....At near half the price this China made Betsco caught my eye too. Opinions on what I'd be getting into with this mower?? 71" Commerical Duty...
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    Verge mower versus offset frail

    What is the difference? I'm thinking it an extra hydraulic cylinder to control the tilt downward....but can't find in reading the exact difference.
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    Brush hog conversion to hydraulic to run fro FEL

    There are threads on this topic, think I've read them all. Not sure I can get enough umpf from my tractor to make this work. But would like to do this for trimming around ponds. And yes familiar with Lane Shark...almost bought one....but with it's 44" cut, it does not quite reach out as far...
  22. J

    Samsung S8 and the things it's doing.....on it's own.

    Finding something a bit troubling with my Samsung S8. The phone is putting together collages of various pics similar in nature, thinking I might want these. I don't, and if I do, I'll do it myself. But the real troubling part is the phone is analyzing content without my approval (knowingly)...
  23. J

    F3680 chute blocker done

    Pics I'll try and post link to video. Don't know why this phone app won't upload videos. and the video.... 218428_16515.mp4 - Google Drive
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    Tires for F3680

    I've mowed with this F3680 for two years...have gotten it stuck a few times, but this last mowing, got it stuck twice. One area, I had gone thru a couple of times but it finally caught me. I probably should have not gone thru, but the other caught me completely off guard. I was coming up from...
  25. J

    Chute blocker for F3680 + linear actuator questions

    After using this F3680 for two years...I've been saying I'm going to build a chute blocker for it. Well this spring, I've mowed ONCE...and yes the wind was wrong, and yes I got covered in grass. SO....I finally said to myself, just build it! In a second post after this one, I'll put some...
  26. J

    How best to get rid of all these small stumps.

    Have M7040 with grapple. I can perhaps work them all out using that. For sure this okd man cut all of that with a chainsaw...and dang near killed me. That stooped over work doesn't work any more. Thoughts on my option. About 500 foot with uncountable numbers from 6" down.
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    What is this out of?

    Reworking a wood line need to the drive and unearthed thede things. What is that out of?
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    UTV gun rack

    All last year I started carrying an AR 15-22, and sometimes an AR 5.56 in the utv. I've had last year several guineas killed by coyotes, they've become a real problem. Have not resorted to trapping, to many dogs etc run around here. I have a Mule Pro FXT, 2 seats. I typically laid the rifles...
  29. J

    What viney tree is this.

    Been noticing it since in stands out in sharp contrast against everything else which has no leaves this time of year. And they are quite green too as you can see. WELLL....went to add the picture via the add pic from tapatalk...and it says this forum has disabled media sharing?? What's with that?
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    Problems with cables to rear remotes

    Over time the operation of the rear remotes has been getting rougher and rougher to work. This evening, I took some of the plastic off, and disconnected both ends of the cables. Found the problem is with the cables, not a bind on either end. can I lube these, or can I? I stopped...
  31. J

    Duck eggs.....will they hatch on their own?

    We have 2 Rouen male/female, and 3 Kahi, one male two female. Little awhile back they started laying. We put them up at night, free as a bird during the day. Their area is below our guinea coop. At first, the eggs was at the entrance, almost out of the area, and sequentially kind of...
  32. J

    Neighbor doesn't mow frequently enough

    I've mowed it for him couple of years. Last year just didn't want me too. Think he feels he's leaning on me. I don't feel that way at all. So last year no mowing. He took a stab at it, got hurt in a batwing mishap. His son is mowing now. Here what he's dealing with in some areas.
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    Storing gas like I do diesel

    I buy diesel at the pump into a 55gal drum back of trump. I gravity transfer to a veritical 55gal drum in the barn with a pump/nozzle setup. It has worked well. I using have just a little gas, for weedeaters etc, but very little. Mower, tractor, utv all diesel. I thinking of getting a Mule...
  34. J

    Taking tongue jack apart

    This isn't on a trailer but a batwing. It's takes considerable force to make it move. It appears they took off without removing the jack and the parts sliding together are binding. How do I get the foot out of this jack?
  35. J

    LED bulbs

    I bought these at their output and color. I put one in a garage door opener. Worked fine for several days, then problems. Hit or miss if it works. I thought because of vibration led would be better to use there than a filament bulb. Anyone else experience t his?
  36. J

    Can someone ID this tree

    It's flower/fruit looks like green bagworms...they are not. Former owner thinks it a beech.
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    Battery powered weedeaters

    Considering getting one. My wife using a corded one which breaks the line repeatedly. She's always after me to cesspool them. She admits it's at PITA. She won't use the gas power one, due to weight, but ALSO the vibration. She has issues with her arms due to the vibration. Question. How...
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    Keeping 4g active when connected to wifi with no internet

    I did away with my home internet. Cost and wayyy under performance. Not many options in rural southern Illinois. At the same time changed my Verizon to unlimited...that is now my internet. Generally it's worked better (cheaper too), but it has some limitations that I don't like. As the name of...
  39. J

    Tree roots

    Ive got a few trees like this in the yard. Are the tree roots growing up out of the ground or has the dirt eroded?
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    Lifting wings on batting mower while it running.

    I had a really beat up batwing when in Texas, and mowed fair bit with it. But I never really had the need to left the wings while pto was running, just went around things. The wing cylinders also leaked like crazy, so I didn't move them much. Bought a batwing to mow around ponds and some...
  41. J

    JIC fittings

    I posted this yesterday in the attachments section. I should have posted here in hydraulics. Here's the link. Trying to gain an understanding as to the why of what I see.
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    JIC fittings

    I seem to run into confusion every time I go to order some fittings. As an example, today in TSC I had a Pioneer quick connect in my hand and screwed a 1/2 npt fitting into its base. But you take that fitting and Mic the threads to compare to discount hydraulic doesn't sync. Just...
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    Chicken waterer nipples

    This spring bought a few ducks and some guineas. I setup to vertical pvc pipes to feed one horizontal pipe with nipples along the bottom. Got that ideas from the internet. Think it would be a good setup...but it leaks. Got screw in type nipples from Amazon, and used thin wall sewer pipe...
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    Fertilizing a pond

    Who's done it how did you do it? Was it worth it. My reasons for considering it? When I moved here 6 years ago the pond had a lot more grass than now. It still has it, just not to the extent. It was hard to fish from the bank due to the grass....except for topwater and boyee would they hit it...
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    Crawdads spots

    Have an 8 acre pond as part of my front yard. 6 years ago when I moved here, crawdad mounds common around pond. Over the years seems they have spread. Run over them with UTV or mow them down results in spots like you see in the picture. Plus, an unevenness in the yard. The crawdads are good for...
  46. J

    Rhino FR15 batwing

    I've been looking for a batwing for some time, but really didn't have the money. This year I decided to make a definite effort to locate one, money still being an object, and started searching quite a bit. From reading, I wanted a Bush Hog 2615/2715....but try as I may, just could not find...
  47. J

    Walking wheels on batwing

    I've been shopping batwing mowers....hoping this is the year I get one. What do walking wheels on batwings accomplish?
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    Motion detector and dusk to dawn lights

    For the last 4 years, I've gone thru 4 different lights of this type, bought at different places each time. Some years back living in Texas I had these lights and not any problems at all. But every one of them has gone out or don't perform right. I've tended to buy the cheaper ones, but those...
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    LED shoplight at Menards

    Seems the T8 shoplights for the $12-15 price have disappeared. One of mine went out, and come across an LED shoplight at Menards for $25.99....with 11% rebate, $23.13. Since I couldn't find the T8s, I bought it. It puts out the same light a 2 bulb shoplight does, no more or less. So an FYI...
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    Ford tire wear problems

    I have a 2013 Ford Explorer. The original equipment tires, became noisy, tech said tire wear do to not rotating timely. They was right, I didn't rotate them every 5000 miles like they want. I had a flat, and tire was not at 43,000 miles I elected to scrap them and put on...