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    Stijl 500 Just a concept saw?

    I have have been out of touch for awhile, but was waiting for the Stijl 500 to come out before upgrading my junk Husky 562. I was looking on their website and see the Stijl 461 has been upgraded to a newer model but don’t see a 500 Stijl available yet. Does anyone know the deal on them?
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    Perkins 4.108 fuel fittings?

    Does anyone know what a Perkins would have for fuel fittings. It almost seems like they are A/N fittings but I am not sure. Auto places have not been any help. It originally came with plastic fuel lines with an olive type of nut on the fuel line to make the connection but the mechanical fuel...
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    Project Apartment: Best Investment Direction Question

    We have a decent house here, and have improved it to the point where every room of the house has been modernized and would meet "Property Brothers" or "Chip and Joanna Ganes" standards. By that I mean, double vanities, double kitchen sinks, a huge great room, wide barn flooring throughout...
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    A different View of Safety

    The topic of safety is an interesting one I guess, because I have a different approach to life... I grew up riding the fenders of tractors, and my farmer-neighbors never once shooed me away, or even mentioned liability concerns. But then again, that is why I am a farmer, and mind you, not one...
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    Three Phase Power and Welding

    Does anyone really know what the difference is in welding with Three Phase Power versus that of Single Phase Power? I have been told that with 3 phase power the arc is more stable, but since most welders convert to DC I cannot see where that would make a huge difference. Perhaps on some tasks...
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    Welding Topics to Learn About

    As most of you know, I am a welding instructor, and with these current times, we must do everything by Long Distant Learning means. We do that through the book curriculum, but also videos. In regards to the latter, I have broken my videos down into (2) different categories; Basic Welding...
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    When Do You Pull the Trigger on a Pet?

    We got a cat from Hades. I am not even sure Satan himself would want this cat. We have had it a year, and tried to be patient with it, but it just cannot learn. It gets up on the counters, it gets into everything, and despite being litter box trained, in the last month, about once a week, it...
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    I Think I will Rebuild My Kubota

    I think I will rebuild my Kubota. It is 21 years old and has 3100 hours on it. I was using it yesterday and the clutch was jamming up on me. I kept busting it loose, but it is going to need a new clutch soon, so why put it off? With Black Swan Disease here, and time off from work, what better...
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    What would be your companion tractor?

    What would be your companion tractor? (It is okay to dream here) I made the mistake of buying bulldozers, and I realized too late that they were not good companion tractors to my Kubota. Neither have my skidders... With the bulldozers, they had tracks, but still pushed and pulled. And the...
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    Anyone Else "Just Like to stay Busy?"

    My Mom never said I was a bad kid, just very "active". Over the last four years, (3) bouts of cancer had really slowed me up. For those that do not know, cancer is funny in that it consumes 3 times more energy to fight, even when the body is at rest, so trying to work, can really cripple it...
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    I Wonder if Bushog will get Back to Me?

    I wonder if Bushog will get back to me? I just sent them an email because as I was tearing down my old Bushog mower, what I thought was a #605 bushog, had a part number that said #6200. The 6 makes sense as this is a 6 foot mower, and being an old square back Bushog, I thought it was a #605...
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    From Stump to Vanity

    Last year I noticed, a White Pine that I had worked around forever, had a big wood pecker hole about 20 feet up the tree. This meant bugs were inside, and it was dying. I could see the tree from the house, and for whatever reason, my wife loves single trees silhouetted in the distance, so I...
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    The Taj Ma Hal of Duck Coops

    We like our ducks here, partly because they LOVE to eat ticks, partly because they take care of slugs, some because they eat frogs and toads, but absolutely LOVE them because they eat snakes. Since having ducks, I have yet to see a snake where they roam. We do not have poisonous snake here...
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    New Rear Tires

    I put new rear tires on my tractor yesterday. As for details, the old tires were original, bought with the Kubota 2500L tractor in 1999, so they were on the tractor for 21 years, or 3000 hours. I did not do the front tires because I replaced those a year ago. I bought the 11.2-24 tires from...
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    Tips for more Effecient Logging

    Tips for Logging (Many while alone). I have always logged alone, and so here are a few tips I learned over the years to make production more efficient, and in some aspects, more safe. 1. Know your saw. For instance, when logging with a skidder, I know my saw can last for (2) twitches before...
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    Oh To Build Something Like This (Steam Shovel)

    I was looking at this, and it would be possible to home-build. With a little old equipment mash-ups, you could get the track system, and turntable, then add some winches, and fabricate the boom, bucket and cable system. I know you can buy brand new, vertical tube ASME boilers that look just...
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    Old Engines and New Oil

    I have an old engine, and to get long service life (30,000 hours) the company had to upgrade the engine. So they increased oil capacity to 28 quarts, and added a secondary oil filter. That is okay, but the secondary filter is a real pain for me, so I was thinking about eliminating it. Obviously...
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    Homemade Implement Book

    Over the years I have dabbled in a few things as hobbies. For instance I have made quite a few of my homemade implements. And back when I was doing classes on farming, I always included a lesson on making your own homemade implements to keep the cost of farming down so that more profit could...
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    Building a Shoe Barn

    My wife and I thought we might work on the bedroom of our house. I hesitate to call it the master bedroom because we are not sure if it is going to stay that way. We are working (slowly) on an inlaw apartment too, and so we might take that as a master bedroom when we are done...I am not sure...
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    Making my own 20 KW Genset

    A few weeks ago we lost power for 18 hours, but I have a Kubota Tractor and a 20 KW generator, so the kids did not even know the power was out. But as I checked on the tractor now and then, I realized how much heat was being generated...and wasted. I like the PTO generator, but it is too bad to...
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    Dear Butch

    Dear Butch, I know you remember that day well, 54 summers ago standing in the rice patty with my father as you heard the thud of a bullet hitting a body. Nanoseconds later you heard the rifle report, and for a split second you and my father knew one of you had been hit, but was not sure which...
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    Wasted heat

    The other day we lost our power, but the kids did not even notice because I hooked up my PTO Generator to my Tractor, and made power that way. But as I checked on my tractor, the engine and generator were pretty warm after running for 18 hours...not dangerously hot, but warm. Well my home is...
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    Train From Nothing to Nowhere

    Well my family finally made it to the trains in the middle of nowhere. I will say that it is something that has to be experienced to understand. I can, and will, give you the numbers, but driving on 100 miles of isolated logging roads has to be done yourself to get a sense of how isolated, and...
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    Much Too Rural

    After a year of Tiny House living (368 days) we decided to move our family of six back into our old house. We tried to sell the house, but after 94 days on the market, having 35 couples looking at it, and having 4 offers that all fell through for various reasons, it was pretty clear that it was...
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    Improving a Pellet Stove

    I got an older, cheap pellet stove that is pretty simple. It just has a hopper, an auger, and then a power draft and room blower. Overall I like it, but found that I can dramatically improve its performance, while lowering its operating cost, by mixing whole corn in with the wood pellets. It...
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    Long Summer: Endless Haul

    A year ago we moved into this Tiny house, a 90 year old building that had been vacant for 11 years! The biggest issue was the driveway, 90 years of plowing snow had taken most of the gravel off, and so the driveway was lower than the surrounding soil. This made the driveway pool with water, and...
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    Rotary Pump Lift Height

    I have an old hand dug well, and occasionally use it when the power goes out, but it really sucks to lift 5 gallon pails of water up and out of the hole. I have a hand, rotary transfer pump I bought, but never used, and thought about dropping that down into the well with a hose on it. But how...
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    Sixteen Dollar Tractor Bridge

    I have been redoing an old house that I have, and redid the driveway with gravel and such. It was no big deal, but I wanted a way to get across the new ditch. I thought about a culvert, but they are ugly, and cost money, so I decided to go with a bridge instead. I admit that it took me 8 hours...
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    Flail: Knives or Hammers?

    I have a choice, I can either run a flail with knives, or switch over to a head that has hammers. So far I have only ran the flail with the knives, and it is okay. It does really well on stemmy stuff like wild mustard, kudzu, bamboo, and hardwood saplings up to an inch in diameter, but can jam...
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    Dream Tractor Job

    My wife and I decided to sell a couple of houses, so I was just finishing up getting them ready to sell when a friend stopped by and said he needed some help. He has had a terrible time getting workers this year for his Heavy Excavating business, and said he needed someone to mow the sides of...
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    We Lost a Child

    It was kind of a sad day, Katie (my wife) and I unfortunately experienced a miscarriage last Thursday. We are saddened by the loss for sure. We love children, have four daughters of our own, (4,10,11 and 12), yet would have loved to had welcomed another into this world. Sadly, for whatever...
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    Rotary Rock and Stick Rake

    Well after pending $10.50 and about 8 hours of my life in fabrication, I ended up finishing my stick rake enough to do a trial run. It works! After doing a little logging on me, the loggers trekked across one of my fields and left a mess in a corner with limbs everywhere, far too many to move...
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    Trash the Dress

    I am not sure if anyone has ever heard of this before, but it is a new things brides do. Rather than keep their wedding dresses to sit in a closet, get yellow and be moth eaten, the brides put their dress on one last time and...well...just plain ruin it. The whole time they take photos of the...
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    Best Logging Accident Ever

    A year ago, I was in a major logging accident. I had just dropped a tree and was limbing it out when I woke up on the ground, my chainsaw nearby, my hardhat knocked off, and a pool of blood in the snow. I reached up to my face and the palm of my hand was covered with blood, and I was snorting it...
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    Forest to Fields

    I took on an ambitious project this year; clearing 70 acres of forest and putting it into fields. Normally I do the logging myself, but property taxes and getting cancer has really caused me to contract that part out this winter, and I have been pretty happy with the result. They can do in 1...
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    Homemade Feller-Buncher

    I have been working this past week on a homemade feller-buncher head for my Wallenstein Log Trailer. I am not 100% there as I had some set-backs. Silly me I fully welded up some mounting brackets without cycling the feller-buncher head through to see if the geometry would work. I thought sure...
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    PTO Generator Scoot

    This is not the most involved build I ever did, but when a friend gave me a 20 KW, 83 amp PTO Generator, I needed to mount it to something. It did not need to be super portable, but movable if needed. My first thoughts were to mount it to an old woods trailer I had, but it would have taken an 8...
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    Lombard Log Hauler

    I was hoping to post this in the Lombard Log Hauler section, but there does not seem to be one like John Deere, New Holland, Kubota or Kioti. (LOL) A few years ago the family went to Maine Logging Days at Lenard Woods and there they rebuilt a Steam Lombard Log Hauler. Their philosophy is, it...
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    Cheap Bulldozer Winch

    I got a skidder, but as my wife will attest, I only smile when I am on my bulldozer. One of the problems with my bulldozer is that it does not have a winch, and a factory one costs about $5,000 to install...used! Yet...when I am logging, I am often inefficient because with direct attached...
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    Upside Down Woodsplitter Build

    The older I get, the lazier I have become, and that applies to splitting wood. With a little thought I realized I could put my log trailer to use and build an upside down woodsplitter so that I could sit on my bottom and just run levers...and yes my new woodsplitter has a cup holder! The...
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    Homemade Grader

    This past summer I needed to extend my logging road up over a fairly steep grade, and include rock check dams, crown, water bars, etc. A great importance however was getting a road that was flat along its length. I had a grader blade that could mount to the 3 point hitch, BUT the problem with...
 
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