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    Drawbar pulling question

    Reading in another thread about rollovers, and recalling how I almost rolled my 9N over backwards shortly after I bought it made me think some about pulling with my Yanmar YM2310. When I almost rolled that old Ford over backwards it was because of the way I was pulling and because it was my...
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    Float option routing

    Out of the back of my valve the two spool covers are the same length. So I guess I have no float. It would be nice if I could just buy the proper spool, cover, detent, etc. to convert mine but I imagine that would be hard to do. Maybe if I lived in Viet Nam. So I guess what I will need to do is...
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    Generator/Electrical Question

    Your first post said LOTO, not interlock. Big difference. Good idea to get the plug for outside and the proper cord end. Then you won't have a suicide cord. Eric1
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    Generator/Electrical Question

    True story: My neighbor wired his generator exactly as you propose. I advised him against it. Well, we were having a windy day and flickering lights. My neighbor was at work but since my shop is on my property my neighbor's wife called me to help with plugging in the generator. The power was...
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    Beet Juice Tire Ballast

    II looked at R I looked at RimGuard but there is certainly nobody close to me to install it and I don't know the price. Bio Ballast costs about 40 cents per pound. Lucky for me that I'm picking up the steel plate for my wheel weights to 40 cents per pound. It's nice having a great scrapyard...
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    Float option routing

    Thanks for the reply. My valve looks just like the on pictured on the 285. My 285 is reddish orange colored but is otherwise identical looking. How can I tell if the valve has the float function? When I push the handle up to lower the bucket it does not detent like my Case 580 does. Eric
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    Joystick issues MF 1734 series

    Greetings Buckchaser, If you want I could probably repair that part. For free. If you have the time for mailing stuff. What I would need is an example of the thread. One way to do this is to find a bolt that matches the threaded part that this part screws onto. You could get a matching nut...
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    Float option routing

    I have a Bulldog 285 FEL on my YM2310. It has no float function so I'm considering buying a valve that does. In order to choose the correct valve if I can't find a number on my valve how do I determine the proper size? By the port size? Also, there should be no change in the plumbing, right? I...
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    Oil & Fuel Fuel cans

    Will it pump gasoline? My backhoe gas tank is very high so I hafta climb onto the machine with the gas can and then tip the can to fill the tank. Both of my wrists are bone on bone joints. Maneuvering the 5 gallon up on top of the backhoe tank hurts me every time I fill the damn thing. Eric
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    My twisted sense of humor-what's yours?

    I don't like practical jokes, they usually just try for humor at someone else's expense. But I did get payback one time and it was a joy to watch. I would be TIG welding and this guy I worked with would turn off the argon or turn it down low and then I would get bad welds that I would need to...
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    My twisted sense of humor-what's yours?

    Oh yes, Little Willie. Little Willie Pair of skates Hole in ice Golden Gates Willie with a thirst for gore Nailed his sister to the door Mother said with humor quaint Careful Will, don't mar the paint! Little Willie on the tracks Heard the engine squeal Now the engine's coming back They're...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    I'm using steel because I can get scrap plate for 40 cents per pound and I have the equipment and skill to make discs from rectangular plate. Right now I use my box blade for ballast but would rather not have stuff sticking out of the back of the tractor sometimes. Thanks, Eric
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    Septic issue

    That's weird. The system is connected to a plumbed house? Are there vents with open tops coming out of the roof? Rain could get into the system through the vents if the tops are just open pipes. Mine are. Still, it would take a lotta rain down some 2 inch vents to get inches of water in your...
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    Septic issue

    When I put my septic in it had to be located a certain distance from the well, driveway, and property lines. Since all that stuff was marked it was easy to snow that the proposed septic was located properly. In Island County, at the time I put in my system, perc was based on soil type and depth...
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    Be careful of sinkholes

    I somehow missed that. Thanks. That guy coulda been easily killed. Eric
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    Be careful of sinkholes

    I sure didn't expect THAT! Any idea if the driver was injured? Eric
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    Septic issue

    I spent 5 grand on a Case 580 CK backhoe, about 3500 on supplies and engineering and gas. The lowest bid I got at the time was 12 grand. So I did OK. Plus I learned how to run a backhoe, how to dig infiltrator ditches, and I still have the backhoe. And I really know how my septic operates. The...
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    Looking for a good compact tractor

    Your comments about weight are spot on. I recently bought a Yanmar YM2310 to replace my Ford 9N. Though I love the Yanmar I noticed right away how much less traction and hence pulling power it has compared to the old 9N, even though the Yanmar has slightly more horsepower. I will be adding 320...
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    Septic issue

    When I installed my septic in Island County WA I had to pay an engineer to engineer the system. 700 bucks but money well spent. Between proper design and the county out to check on me and offer good advice several times a week I ended up with a very good installation. Installing it myself I came...
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    Enough to make a grown man cry.

    After marijuana was legalized in WA State for recreational use hard alcohol sales dropped. I don't know if they stayed dropped. Eric
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    Hydraulic Help

    Recently my son was working on a small dozer. He removed and replaced a hydraulic motor. The dozer track wouldn't move. The problem was that when he pushed the coupling over a shaft the leading edge of the woodruff key in the shaft caught on the coupling and so the key was pushed out of the...
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    Septic issue

    I installed my own septic system. While this does by no means make me any kind of expert I did learn stuff along the way. My system is an infiltrator system and is gravity fed. My infiltrator system use ditches two feet deep by 40 inches wide. Into the ditches are placed plastic half...
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    Common rail vs mechanical injection

    Regarding computer and associated electronics common rail versus all mechanical fuel injection I read a study about 15 years ago about all mechanical versus all electronic power steering in Mercedes cars. I don't know if the results can be compared to fuel injection but here goes. In Mercedes...
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    Wheel Weights

    Why back down? Because it puts the weight on the back tires? Nevermind, it's the weight on the back tires. And you can still drag the FEL too. Eric
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    Welding a hydraulic anchor point

    Yeah, the OP really needs to post pictures. As a competent weldor I can give some advice but I have no idea what his tractor looks like in general or the broken weld in particular. Eric
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    Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Let's Talk A/C

    They usually just go. But if you have a motor that seems to be starting slow, and it spins freely when unpowered, then change the cap. Caps can fail slowly. And they ate cheap. So just replace questionable caps. Eric
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    Way out in lead, er, left field

    Comical indeed! That picture is hilarious. My Yanmar YM2310, that I bought to replace my 9N, does not have the traction of the 9N. Which affects pulling power. It is so much better though in so many other ways that it is hands down the better tractor for me. It goes faster, it goes slower, way...
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    Clay aroma

    It is, I think, unlikely to be septic related. Not only have I smelled that manure odor coming from clay that was undisturbed until I disturbed it I have also smelled plenty of failing septic systems. My wife and I lived on the beach for a couple winters. There were homes all along the beach...
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    Clay aroma

    I bet auto correct changed encountering to encouraging. Eric
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    Welding a hydraulic anchor point

    Can you post a picture? Some small wire feed welders are capable of welding 1/8 steel but there are other considerations. The biggest reason welds fail from the 110 volt machines is from poor penetration of the weld bead. This is from not enough heat. Not enough heat can be caused by many...
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    Way out in lead, er, left field

    Each rear wheel is gonna get in essence a 1 inch thick, 24 inch diameter disc. With the corners left over from cutting the discs from the squares welded on so that I use all the steel. That should be about 160 pounds per wheel. I hope it's not too much. I don't think It will be. Eric
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    Way out in lead, er, left field

    My question about lead shot in tires was mostly in jest, but after reading the posts here I realized that if I were to do something like this it would be better to use large balls rather than shot because the lead would eventually grind itself into a really nasty slurry. This slurry would still...
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    Runaway Throttle YM186D

    Probably not the same problem but my YM2310 has a problem with the parking brake keeping the throttle high. If I set the parking brake when I park the tractor and then step on the brake pedal to release the brake the locking mechanism moves toward the back of the tractor and somehow interferes...
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    Shear Bolts??

    I suppose engineers can also engineer for the soft grade 2 bolts too, otherwise why specify grade 2 bolts? I have sheared grade 2 bolts with the Bush Hog. They sheared cleanly and were easy to get out. If my Tractor Supply sold PHD instructions said to use something different I would. As it is I...
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    Dear Santa: mini-ex with breaker for ditch work?

    Too bad you can't drill and blast the rock to break it up. Then all you would need is the excavator. Then there is that expanding mortar for breaking rocks that could be used too. Unspectacular, slow, but quiet. I wonder how practical it would be for your ditch?
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    New Yanmar YM Series Tractor

    I have a 40 year old YM2310 with Power Shift. If the shuttle shift is anything like the Power Shift then it oughta be good. My tractor can be reversed without the clutch and the system seems to be very robust from what I've read. If I was shopping for a new tractor I would certainly be looking...
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    New guy from the wet side of Washington

    My wife and I love living on the south end. We sometimes can't believe we are so lucky to live here. We also avoid Oak Harbor for the same reasons. Eric
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    Shear Bolts??

    My County Line PHD instructions say to use grade 2 bolts to connect the auger to the gearbox and the drive shaft to the gearbox. Shear bolts are not specified, just plain grade 2 bolts. Eric
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    welding mild steel to a replaceable cutting edge

    Yeah, if you can drill the blade it looks like the best solution for you at this time. You are probably using 70S6 wire. C25 gas mix, which you are using, is correct for this wire. Since the welds are not breaking but instead the blade is breaking in the heat affected zone, this tells you that...
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    New guy from the wet side of Washington

    Hooray for your sister and her family. Really, some places shouldn't grow too much. LaConner, if it gets too big, will just plain ruin it and the surrounding area. Especially at the cost of losing farmland. This opinion from a fellow wet sider living on South Whidbey and welcoming a new wet...
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    Exploding tractor battery!

    When you clean the tractor wash the beck out of it, rinse with plenty of baking soda dissolved in water, let it sit, then repeat. Any sign at all of bubbling means acid is present. I had to clean up a battery acid spill a couple times. The acid creeps into any crevice it can find. So dilution...
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    Exploding tractor battery!

    When you clean the tractor wash the beck out of it, rinse with plenty of baking soda dissolved in water, let it sit, then repeat. Any sign at all of bubbling means acid is present. I had to clean up a battery acid spill a couple times. The acid creeps into any crevice it can find. So dilution...
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    welding mild steel to a replaceable cutting edge

    Pre and post heat would help. Are you using wire feed? For this job a stick or TIG welder would be better. That's because then you can buy the right alloy filler metal for the job. Welding rod with a high nickel content is good for this type of job, but even stainless steel rod would probably...
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    Machining metal parts

    More about scales for a DRO. Magnetic and capacitive scales are analog while the glass scales are digital. This means that the position of the readhead is done differently depending on the scale. The magnetic and capacitive scales have a signal that changes gradually as the readhead passes by...
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    Machining metal parts

    It depends on the resolution desired. But DROs have come way down in price since I bought my last one so price isn't really a big concern. Magnetic and capacitive scales can be cut to size, glass scales cannot. Capacitive scales are the same type found in cheap digital calipers. They tend to be...
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    Drill Press Cross-Feed Table

    Good for you, you borrowed possibly the finest cross slide accessory. How much did the Troyke weigh? My 12 inch Troyke cross slide rotary table is so heavy I use a crane attached to a rolling bench to put it on the mill. It is way too heavy for me to lift. I have never seen a Troyke cross slide...
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    The gated community issue.

    I never wanted to live in a gated community. But I do worry about the meth users and the people who visit them at the end of the road I live on. The road is short, is a dead end, and my property runs to the end. The meth head's driveway is the last on the road and the property they rent shuts...
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    Machining metal parts

    Inverter rated also means ability to handle higher heat and higher RPM. If a motor is run substantially below its rated speed it runs the real risk of overheating. Adding another fan to blow air through the motor cures the heat problem. Running a non inverter rated motor no more than 150% of...
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    The Ferguson System and PTO Engagement

    The reason I bought my Yanmar YM2310 is because of the way my 9N 3PH worked. Having to engage the PTO to raise the 3PH. Can't pull the auger out of the hole unless it is spinning for example.
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    Vented propane heating stove

    Do you want to replace the stove strictly because of age, that it may be unsafe or worn out? If so maybe you can get it checked out by your propane supplier. I think my supplier will check out a heater or other gas appliance for 60 bucks. Eric
 
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