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  1. Dadnatron

    Less haying... but mowing. Need to leave12" residual but would like a flail mower.

    So I have 85ac and have spent several years moving it from a row crop desert (when purchased) to pastures. I have a 15' Woods BW which inevitably leaves heavy residual in the wheel marks, if I ever go longer than 2wks between mowings. And, being in KY, we get rain which prevents mowing at a time...
  2. Dadnatron

    Mowing 85ac pastures... and no time to do it consistently.

    I have 85ac horse farm put into grass and am having difficulty keeping it mowed regularly. What is the maximal height you can set a flail mower to cut? I'm sick of not having the time to mow my pastures, and the grass tends to grow pretty tall before I can get to it. I have a 15' Woods...
  3. Dadnatron

    Opinions - pole shed/UTV garage

    I have a barn and I'd like to build a small shed/garage close by, in which to store daily hay/straw as well as a a small addition in which to park a UTV (which I hope to buy this summer if all goes right.) My area has had several Kubota's stolen, so I'd like to have something to decrease this...
  4. Dadnatron

    JD 5100e engine problem. Dealer doesn't know what it is.

    I have a 5100e which I've owned 2nd hand since 400hrs or so. It is currently at about 1800hrs and I've used it hard in building my farm. I've kept up basic maintenance and its ran relatively well. Had a couple minor issues which required going to the shop. The biggest 2 were algae in the tank...
  5. Dadnatron

    Tree planting auger size?

    I currently have an FEL mounted Danuser hydraulic post hole digger. It works great, albeit a bit slow off my 3rd function system for grapple. I have an 8" post bit, but it is too small for trees. I've been looking around for a couple larger bits, hopefully used, and have seen a few at auctions...
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    Pole barn plan design tool?

    I want to build a run in shed, and have the basics in my mind. I know I can sit down, draw it out, make out a materials list, forget about 1/2 of the things I need, miss calculate some angle, length, height, or another, go back to the store and purchase more materials.... etc etc etc. BUT, I’m...
  7. Dadnatron

    UTV sprayer build? How to mix concentrate with nurse tank water?

    I would like to build a sprayer for my soon to be Kubota 1140. I know I can buy a premade one. I know I can buy a cheap off the shelf Tractor supply one. I actually have a 50gal already. I would like to build one in which the nurse tank never has chemical and there are several dedicated...
  8. Dadnatron

    Body wrap for Kubota RTV 1140

    We have decided on a Kubota 1140 RTV, but my wife was asking about painting it. My reason for potentially changing the color is that it MIGHT have the potential to decrease the likelihood of it being stolen. An Orange Kubota is a dime a dozen around here, but a blue one with our farm logo on the...
  9. Dadnatron

    Intimidator UTV reviews or real world info?

    I have been looking at UTVs for a while, never quite pulling the trigger. I am looking for a solid farm work vehicle, nothing flashy or trail riding worthy. I have landed on a Kubota 1140 and I致e been looking for a used one or waiting til this fall to get a new one. But in the process, I ran...
  10. Dadnatron

    Concrete tips requested... what do I need for small job?

    I知 putting in a Mirafount waterer for horses. Everything is installed up tp forms which I値l be doing today. I致e never worked with concrete. I致e read about it relatively well and understand the basics I壇 guess. 6 slab around a 12 vertical pipe for water access. Slab is 51 x 40 x 6 with the...
  11. Dadnatron

    Connecting to my main farm water line to a new paddock waterer

    I had a 2" PVC 'main line' pulled 30" deep from the MAIN county line through my property. They did a decent, not good, job but it took over a month of prodding them to actually get them to do it. And they seemed pretty expensive (although that's not my main issue). I need to put in a T and...
  12. Dadnatron

    Electrohydraulic options for DIY dump trailer

    I'm tossing around building a small utility dump trailer. This would be built on small running gear and be primarily used for hauling very light (overall) muck (straw with horse crap) from a barn to a compost heap. The size of the box would be about 5x8 and preferentially out of stainless. I...
  13. Dadnatron

    Input on a high volume, low weight hauling need.

    We have a horse farm, and mucking stalls has become an issue which will only get bigger. I have a compost pile about 1/2M away from the barn. I have to haul the 'muck' that distance every day. Its not a big deal, but I don't have a good system of getting it there. We have been simply using the...
  14. Dadnatron

    Vibratory plow water installation $

    I have a question about your experience with having 2" PVC with a tracer wire installed 48" depth. What is the 'going rate' per linear foot installed? Is there a difference between 2" PVC glued pipe vs 3/4" black coil? If so, what is your guess on $ difference. I was quoted $5.12/ft for the PVC.
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    Making an offer on a 'used/new' Kubota 1140?

    I've been looking for a UTV for a while. Always seem more expensive than they should be for what I'd be getting. I found a 2018 RTV X1140 demo/rental unit and has 181 hours / 761 miles on it at a Kubota dealer with a $15K OBO option. It has a full composite roof and integrated windshield. No...
  16. Dadnatron

    Hanging tube gate. How to ensure holes are parallel.

    OK... I give. I believe I know the problem, but have not determined a solid cure. I知 hanging 16 and ?0 tube gates on newly built fence. 8 posts driven into the ground 3+feet. Gate 1 went well and gate hung correctly. Moved to gate 2...and the wheels fell off. I believe I inadvertently...
  17. Dadnatron

    Gas logs or insert in old COAL fireplace?

    I recently purchased a 1800's home which has been remodeled but maintains a lot of its original character. There are 2 separate coal fireplaces which I'd like to perhaps switch over to either wood burners (preferable) or at least a good gas log/gas log insert fireplace. My main goal is purely...
  18. Dadnatron

    Laser for fence layout > 1000ft

    Putting in fence with several very visible straight stretches. I had a nice Bosch laser level which was stolen, so I知 looking for something which will give me an EASY straight line for fence layout. I know about a transit, but I知 really looking for something I can do alone if possible. I...
  19. Dadnatron

    Metal Roof questions... 2019.

    I've searched on the site, and most of the information and threads are relatively old, so I am going to post this in an effort to see what people know about TODAY'S options for metal roofing, underlayment, and Fasteners. I'm building a horse barn this summer, and I know I want a metal roof. I...
  20. Dadnatron

    Putting 'city' water on a farm... lots of ???

    OK all you plumbing aficionados, I have a few questions about pressure, backflow valves, and automatic paddock livestock waterers. Needs: 1. Water to be brought about 1400ft to barn from City water source? 2. At least 2 livestock waterers to be put in, between the city water line and the barn...
  21. Dadnatron

    Axle, brake drum, brake kit replacement help

    1999 Corn Pro 2 horse GN trailer Pull with a 2006 F350 diesel dually I recently purchased this trailer at auction, and as I am looking it over, I see now that I need new drum and electric brake assemblies. 4 tires with 6 lugs Brake assembly connects to axle with 4 bolts 10” drum assembly -...
  22. Dadnatron

    Hydraulic lock valve issue

    I have a Chinese import articulated flail mower which has been working fine, but I have a new issue. The hydraulic lock valve on the main 'raise/lower angle' cylinder began leaking and a fitting broke. I have always hated how this was setup, floating on nothing but the connections to the...
  23. Dadnatron

    TREAT your diesel for algae... or pay the price.

    I grew up with tractors, and to my knowledge, we never had an issue with algae in diesel. I am 99.99% sure we never treated anything, but then again... I was more of a worker and my Grandpa could have had that all covered and I never realized it. Fast Forward 30yrs. I purchased a 5100e 3 yrs...
  24. Dadnatron

    Intention without ACTION means a problem not avoided.

    I live in Indiana. Trees and shrubs have leaved or are in the process of leaving out over the last 2 weeks. I am looking to put my home on the market in the next month or so. I have 3 lilac and several 'fire bushes' which I fully intended to cut back relatively drastically in order to rein in...
  25. Dadnatron

    2019 Scag Turf Tiger II, Ferris 3200Z, or Lexmark laser Z for farm work

    85ac hay, pasture, etc. most mowed by 15 batwing. But I need to get a ZTR for edging, roadsides, around trees etc. Grass will be heavier as this won't be a weekly mowing. So, need the hp of the biggest machines to power through. The ground is a little rough and there are likely to be sticks and...
  26. Dadnatron

    Killing tulips in yard... how to do it without digging everything up?

    About 9 years ago, I had the bright idea to plant about 200 tulip bulbs in the grass, along my walkway, thinking they would be beautiful every year from then on. Well, the first year they were spectacular. Won 'best yard' for the summer, in my neighborhood. The next year, they bloomed at...
  27. Dadnatron

    Workshop door placement

    I will hopefully be building a workshop later this year, and I had a rough idea about how it would be. I just happened to see this pic on FB this morning and it got me to thinking about main door placement. The shop will be a mixture of shop tools, welders, etc but also I want to have a place...
  28. Dadnatron

    Fiberglass Repair kit recommendations? JD hood

    My son was put to work, helping me remove fence and pull trees last summer. He did a good job, but he had an incident with a tree getting away from him because of a grasp with the Intimidator, lower than center of gravity. When he lifted the tree, it rotated on him, pushing the root end into the...
  29. Dadnatron

    Mow or leave alone?

    I put in a mix Alfalfa/OG pasture fall before last. We had such a wet winter/spring that it took almost until the end of summer to actually seem to establish. I had about 12-14" alfalfa at the end of the year and decided to just leave it alone. Now, it has died back and the OG is visible, but...
  30. Dadnatron

    I know its cool... but what is the real world purpose?

    This is a cool trailer... but I need some help understanding the real world purpose. It seems like it would do little that a competent driver could not do. What am I missing? Or what is it BEST used for?
  31. Dadnatron

    Need a longer bar... so need a different saw

    I have a great general farm Stihl 251C 16" saw which, up to this point, has always done what I needed. However, I have 2 large trees which are simply too much for it and I need to do something else. There are not a lot of trees on my property, so this isn't for logging or big long term need...
  32. Dadnatron

    Frost quakes

    2 days ago, about 10pm, a loud crack/thud sounded just outside the window at which I sat. My wife jumped and asked 展hat was that!? At first, fireworks ran through my mind, as my neighbors tend to celebrate about any and everything via pyrotechnics... but the sound and locations wasn稚 right. Then...
  33. Dadnatron

    How do I hire a Mechanical Engineer and/or Prototyping Co.?

    I have an idea and a working albeit cobbled together, working model of a foam cutter I need for making custom pillows. The basic idea and machine are proven, but I need some help on making an actual USEFUL machine so I can do the work. Basically I need a Mechanical (I suspect) Engineer to...
  34. Dadnatron

    Airtool... how can I decrease RPM without decreasing torque?

    I have a project in which I need a 'die grinder' type device for power, but I don't want the RPM of a typical die grinder. I am looking for something to power a cutter which I am designing, but need the RPM to be drastically lower. Tho RPM on the tools I have seen are in the range of 13-20K and...
  35. Dadnatron

    Anyone drilled grass (orchard/KBG) midwinter?

    In KY, we had the wettest year on record by about 5". We had the 2nd most rainfall in the USA outside of somewhere in WA. I also put in about 60ac of pasture, which has done abysmally. Some areas did fine, but some areas are so sparse that its hard to tell I did anything at all. I tried to...
  36. Dadnatron

    Hand held flexible shaft - motor... higher torque low speed.

    I need a 叢ower source for a project I am working on. I believe a long legible shaft attached to a higher HP/torque motor would work. But, the ones available which I suspect would work are Suhner motors costing from $1K and up. Since I知 not sure my project will ultimately 層ork as intended? I知...
  37. Dadnatron

    FEL Snowplow closer to machine... I once saw a video...

    About 2 years ago, I think, I was thinking about getting a FEL snow plow. One of the big issues was that in order for it to articulate 'Right/left', they typically are pushed WAY out front, which is even further than the regular FEL. As I was investigating, I happened upon a guy in either...
  38. Dadnatron

    Pipe Arch culvert... any experience?

    I have been putting in a new road, and finally have reached the last 2 places which will need culverts. One is a relatively shallow but wide ditch, approximately 18" deep by about 8' across. I have kept it very shallow, flat, and wide as that is the best way to prevent erosion. Typically, it...
  39. Dadnatron

    Trouble with broken bolts. Mag drill available

    I have 4 broken bolts on my tractor. 10.9 - 20x90 bolts, broken off about 1/4" below the frame surface. I drilled one out before and replaced it. Drilling it with a hand drill and time + frustration. But I was able to remove it without anything more than sweat. I have a compact mag drill now...
  40. Dadnatron

    Internet TV options... anyone have opinions?

    I am NOT looking for options in the country. I have decent internet and Satellite tv. But, I do have a house in town which I stay in occasionally, but not enough to continue paying the huge costs for TV. I will definitely maintain internet connectivity though. Speed is 300mbs download, so...
  41. Dadnatron

    Any known issues with 2010 JD 825i XUV?

    We have been tossing around getting a UTV for a while. I壇 have one by now, but they are so damned expensive, just for something to run to the field. But, I think we need something as we are hiring some part time workers for the farm, and I don稚 want to ferry them all over the place so they...
  42. Dadnatron

    12 steel Natural Gas pipe for culvert?

    I am putting in a road and need to install 3 different culverts under farm road. Overall, they are relatively shallow unless I do a lot of road buildup in order to get enough coverage to meet 18 minimum. I suspect, putting the culvert at 組rade with water flow, with a 12 culvert, I壇 have...
  43. Dadnatron

    2001 Tahoe AC compressor pump OUT... tips on replacement?

    I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe with just over 200K miles on it. Its had some intermittent work, but biggest is we just overhauled the transmission. It has been running very well, and we wanted to just keep it as a spare/farm type vehicle. My wife loves it and when we looked at getting a new one as a...
  44. Dadnatron

    AC issues... JD 5100e

    It seems as though my AC isn't working as well as it used to. JD 5100e - 1500hrs (I've put on about 1100 in 2 years) Heater works fine. Blower works. The AC just doesn't get very cold. And I hear about it every time my wife gets in to do any mowing. I've cleaned the condensor screen by the...
  45. Dadnatron

    Boom... out of nowhere, I'm getting engine - radio feedback.

    I had a new 'radio' put in my F350 about 6mo ago, and its been working fine. I was driving on a slightly rough road yesterday when all of the sudden, I began getting severe radio feedback from the engine. Like the ground or whatever has fallen off or some wire is touching something it shouldn't...
  46. Dadnatron

    Stihl String Trimmers... I need a LONGER shaft.

    I purchased a Stihl Kombisystem for my farm, and it works very well. I use it mainly for the chainsaw attachment and string/blade trimmer although I have both sickle attachments as well. My string trimmer heads are straight shaft style. My main issue with it is that the shaft is TOO SHORT for...
  47. Dadnatron

    Generator question... Balls out or off... any way for an in-between?

    I purchased a 7Kw HF Predator Generator last year, primarily to run my welder at 220. KY had a severe windstorm last Friday, knocking out power for over 60K. 60mph sustained winds caused havoc. I live in the country and those big beautiful trees did not take the wind well. I had 3 large...
  48. Dadnatron

    How many acres necessary to make it worthwhile to do your own haying?

    This is my first year with hay in KY. I have a guy with a 組ood reputation in the area, however I have been very disappointed. I have 20ac alfalfa/Orchard mix and 10ac Timothy. Also have about 50 more ac of pasture Orchard/KBG mix that needs to be either mowed or cut for hay. I壇 much rather...
  49. Dadnatron

    Initial excavation for gravel road build... how deep?

    I have built a gravel road on my property, along a mild slope, and everything went well. However, I now need to put in another road, about 300yds, which 'Ts' off the first, but runs primarily along the bottom of the slope. The depth of topsoil along the new road is roughly 3ft. For the initial...
  50. Dadnatron

    Buying a used Grasshopper 930D

    I知 looking at getting a farm mower for fence, trees, etc. basically everything that I can稚 get well/easily with either my 15 Woods batwing or 7 articulating flail. This is for an 85ac horsefarm with lots of big trees which drop deadwood every rain. I demoed a Ferris 3200Z this weekend, and it...
 
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