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    What did you do to or on your Mahindra today?

    Yeah I have this sign up at the top of my driveway.
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    Gee I hope Dave is OK

    I hope Dave of Dave's Tractor in Redding CA is OK. As many here know Dave is a frequent contributor here helping many with service related questions. As some may also know Redding is beset with a huge largely uncontolled fire in Redding and the surrounding area and its a real mess there now.
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    OK so what's the drill? How do I get this @#$*&^+ back hoe back on the tractor?

    First time I took it off I put it on the ground and I liked to never got the dayum thing back on. So I built a dolly, twice in fact. I thought I had the geometry figured out and the backhoe deal licked. I went to put the hoe on today to dig some foundation trenches. I thought it was gonna take...
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    Stamped Concrete vs Interlocking Pavers

    Last summer I had some walkways, a front porch and a front patio done in stamped and stained concrete. The front steps were hand carved to look like stone. I'm a big fan of stamped concrete as it's not much more than regular flat work. It's not very complicated as all they do is lay rubber pads...
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    Dreaming of trading in 2538

    Why stop there? I think you should start thinking of a D8 or something along those lines. I'm sure someone out there is making cats with cabs. Here ya go, thisun has a cab.
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    How many owners who bought a tractor in the last 5 years wish they had never bought?

    Yeah but when you own a backhoe you can put up this sign.
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    Forum has become unuseable.

    It's been a few days but today something strange is going on. When I try to read a thread under a folder it keeps jumping back to the first post in the thread. Seems related to the ad server in some way like it jumps when a new ad banner or something comes up. It makes reading the board...
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    California Drought

    You can stand down there if feel safe but I'll stay up here on the hill high above it all. I know how earthen works dams are supposed to work and what too much water does to clay. It's clay and not rocks that is supposed to hold the water back. Rocks are permeable unless it's solid rock and...
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    Bobbed Deuce

    Yeah but when you add all the comm gear it became the MRC (Mark) 108. At least it did in the Air Force. You try that kinda stunt in one of these things and I gaurun tee you'd be on your head before you knew it. Add all this crapola and see just how tipsy it can get. This was forward air...
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    Bobbed Deuce

    I think some were but some were deuce and a halfs. My outfit had a bunch of em and we all called them deuce and a halfs including the motor pool folks. Pretty sold trucks as I recall and they'd run on just about any flammable liquid you could put in the tank diesel, jet fuel, gas. Not hard to...
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    Bobbed Deuce

    Here's my favorite deuce and half. I got to fire one once and it was a real blast. Nothing like the firepower a 20mm Vulcan puts down but it was still a real kick.
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    Lovin my generator today.

    The power went out around 9PM last night and the generator has been running ever since. It sure is nice having one than not. The only reason I'm on today is because the generator is doing it's thing. I have it so automated now that the wife didn't even know the power had gone out last night. All...
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    Hookaroon/Pickaroon recommendation

    I've got the Council tool and I've never had a complaint with it. Comfortable to use and just the right weight. It takes all the stoop and bend out of handling wood. For a Peavey/Cant Hook I have a Woodchuck but I just use it for rolling and jacking logs.
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    Log Splitters

    It's amazing what a Fiskars splitting axe will do with so little weight. It's a whole lot less work swinging a Fiskers as opposed to a sledge or a maul but I leave most of it up to my splitter. Cutting and splitting wood still adds up to work no matter what you have. Even using a chainsaw and...
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    Finally saw the glow plug thing today.

    I was beginning to wonder but it was in the 20's this morning and it finally came on. While that's kinda nippy for this neck of the woods it's a warm day for some parts I guess. I've seen negative 20 when I lived in Cheyenne.
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    The day the music died.

    My wife is also a native Angeleno. She went to highschool with Mike Love, older than my wife so a couple years ahead but his sister was one of her best friends. They all hung out at the Wich Stand including the rest of the Beach Boys. My wife doesn't enjoy music nearly as much as I do. Some of...
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    Home Security Camera

    No doubt it has NIR LEDs supplying suplimental lighting at night. You can't see it because it's below the human spectral response curve but silicon image sensors can.
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    Buying Advice What to buy for remote Alaska property

    If I were doing that, I'm not and more power to ya for doing it, I'd probably be looking at a track loader. All I've seen include and enclosed cab and they are more of a pure hydraulic machine including the drive train. More dollars though but likely more suitable for what your needs are...
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    Work Gloves

    It's time to buy more work gloves again. I like leather gloves but the finger tips keep blowing out on me. While the palms are usually re enforced it seems the finger tips are always giving up on me long before the rest of the glove has seen any appreciable wear. Has anybody found some durable...
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Cutting / Groving / Siping R-4 for snow

    They look like most of the others on here. I just put one groove down the center or close the center of each lug leaving some meat at each end of the groove. Here's what the lug patterns looks like. As you can see there is a bit of horizontal and some diagonal lug to it so I think I'm good to...
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    Filter removal without a gorilla

    Most people use something like this. some prefer these that use a ratchet or breaker bar, and others prefer the pliers type then there are the widgets that work on the end of the filter using a ratchet and I've even use common plumbers strap wrenches for the hard to access filters and you...
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    Traction Just wondering about Mattracks.

    Just wondering if anyone here has tried Mattracks yet. They do make them for tractors. If it's about ground contact, you'd have plenty just by swapping out the wheels for track drives. Not cheap but it's a bolt on affair so could be a seasonal thing. Here's their smallest ones for tractors...
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    Loader Pallet Forks

    Who's got good quick attach forks for a Mahindra 1538L loader? I don't want clamp on's, I'll spend the extra and get quick the attach types. Looking at Titan etc.
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    What to do?

    This just goes to show ya that it does not pay to mess with people who own tractors. Sometimes they can get really creative. One of these signs might help too. If they still don't get it there is always this.
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    What else do you do with forks besides lift pallets?

    They are great for cycling and doing suspension work as well as pulling engines etc.
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    Security & Theft Best way to protect Tractor from Theft?

    I put this sign up. It's doing double duty.
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    Ring & pintle hitch question

    Pintle hitches are made for rough, off pavement, uneven terrain and slow going. They are not intended for highway use which ball hitches are designed for. That said there are combination pintle and ball hitches. I have something like this on my off road truck. When towing with the ball and a...
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    Flying a Helicopter?

    Here's a pretty much forgotten chopper, the H73 Huskie. It had two counter rotating intermeshed rotors so didn't need a tail rotor. A rescue crew flew it down from MacDill daily and they hung out next door to us in the hanger. When things got slow, I often played rescue dummy for them. On an...
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    Flying a Helicopter?

    So where does the Osprey and the Bell Agusta figure into all this?
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    MY GOD..!!! He even waxed the top......!!!!

    One thing is for sure, you should never ever take up off roading. You have to have a healthy disregard for sheet metal if you offroad, especially rock crawling. I used to laugh at the newbies who'd wax their rig then we'd take em off road and run them through the brush and brambles for some...
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    2538 how many grease zerks ?

    I lost count. I think there are something like 20 on the hoe and I forgot how many there are on the loader but it's a heap too. I got one of these things. It was expensive for a grease gun but it sure takes the pain out of it. It's heavy but comes with a shoulder strap so that helps. I'm...
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    Holy shades of erector sets Batman!

    Things like this is where those power impact screw drivers earn their keep. I love mine.
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    2555 HST Cab Jeep rocker switches....

    My computer history more or less but not totally inclusive or up to date by any stretch. 1st Then came these still got a couple around somewhere. then this I thought I'd died and gone to heaven after having to use these things. then there was this thing for a bit it was pure torture to...
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    Looking for ideas on how to build the best low to no maintenance deck

    Yeah concrete and steel with pan decking and concrete if it's an elevated deck. If there is wood involved the clock is ticking no matter what you deck it with because it's the structuring that rots, burns and the bugs eat. I know how to make it last longer but about all you can do is put off...
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    I finally got my backhoe dolly to work. When I first made it, a basic T design, I couldn't get the hoe to roll back far enough to get the hooks to clear. I took it back into the shop and modified it a bit by hacking and patching the long bit to lower it and now it's working. Thing is even with...
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    Doing some concrete projects at the house...

    I just had some concrete work done too. The guy I had do the work was a real master at it, you might even say an artist. He did carved, stamped and stained steps, patio and walks and really upgraded the looks out front of our place. The front steps look for the world like they made of natural...
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    Here's why you grease your loader faithfully.

    One of these helps keep things greased. Between the loader and the backhoe it's getting well used.
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    Mahindra 4025 4wd front seal replace cost

    I was once into photography pretty seriously and shot a boat load of Kodachrome 64. I used to by that stuff and duping film by the brick. I even got to go through the Kodachrome processing lab in Palo Alto. Kodachrome had to be lab processed by one of the few labs that Kodak had scattered around...
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    Stump Grinder Woodland Mills WG24?

    I could really use a stump grinder but those things can be very pricey. Some cost as much as a backhoe. I saw this one and it seems like it's made to get the job done and doesn't cost as much because it seems the design is much more commonsensical than the others I've seen for much more money...
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    Yet more on the shoddy Backhoe install saga.

    I was building a backhoe dolly to remove the backhoe, that didn't go so well so I just dropped it on the ground today per the manual. I'll revisit the dolly and get it right. When I do one that works, I'll do a write up along with dimensions and hope to save someone else some grief. Those with a...
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    Fuel filters and yet more Mahindra manual BS.

    I just finished changing the fuel filters on my Mahindra 1538 gear tractor. The HSTs and 1533s should be the same as they all use the very same engine. I thought I'd try to prevent others from going through some of the aggravation I suffered by attempting to rely on the scant and erroneous info...
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    Bad info in 1538 operators manual.

    I'm doing the 50 hour on my new tractor. The owners manual calls for changing out the front axle oil at 50 hours but it specs filling with regular hydraulic oil like that used in the hydraulics.:eek: Sorry but I've done a lot of differential work and that stuff just isn't thick enough nor does...
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    Oil & Fuel 1538 filter part numbers.

    Since I'm doing my 50 hour I needed filters and of course neither the owners manual or service manual had the part numbers for the filters so I had to drive to Yuba City to buy them. I thought I'd share the part numbers here. I have a 1538 gear or shuttle so the hydraulic filter may be different...
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    1538 50 hour question.

    I have a 1538 gear that's rolling up on it's 50 hour. The book says to change the hydraulic filter but it seems to me that if I remove the filter to change it, 8 gallons of oil will drain out:confused3:. Oddly enough at 100 hours they call for changing the oil but not the filter:confused:. If...
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    Backhoe fun - a picture thread

    I found this sign at Summit Racing yesterday and just had to bring it home with me. It will look great at the top of my driveway.
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    Stator Resistance Value

    How are you reading stator voltage? It should be an AC voltage which is then applied to diodes to rectify into DC voltage. You have a multi phase stator windings typically three or four which output AC voltages that is then rectified to a DC voltage. The output voltage is read by the voltage...
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    Question for those with a ripper tooth.

    I recently bought a Bro Tek Ripper tooth to help with ridding my property of numerous stumps. I was hoping that it would rip and cut it's way right through the roots but so far it isn't working as well as I'd hoped it would. The way the tooth came it was kinda sharped at but I'd say it's about...
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    Multi Axis Drawbar?

    How about a pintle or combination pintle/ball hitch. There are all sorts of variations out there.
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    Hearing protection + Music

    I've got a set of Sony MDR-NC11 noise cancelling earbuds that I use while on airline flights. It works then but don't know how well they would work while mowing. They reduce background noise by 10db which is a pretty good hunk. If you put hearing protectors over these that would also block the...
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    What else do you do with forks besides lift pallets?

    Doing suspension work. Even better are two.