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  1. sparc

    Let your mower chill for a few before putting it away

    Heard from my BIL yesterday that he almost burnt his shed down. He had just finished mowing the lawn and went in the house to get a drink of water and take a short break before putting the mower and yard tools away. He came out to the back yard just 5 minutes later to find his mower engulfed in...
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    Loading a Zero Turn Mower on a trailer

    Interested in hearing opinions on loading zero turn mowers on various style trailers. Do you load forward or backward and why. How do you load with ramps and how with a tilt bed. I searched this particular forum and the whole TBN site and though I got hundreds of hits of all the threads I...
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    trailering a gator 6x4

    I'll be assisting a friend with moving a JD 6x4 Gator this afternoon using my tilt bed trailer and was wondering about proper tie down points on the gator. Can anyone tell me does it have tie down points on the frame and if not then what's the best place to use. I found the manual on the JD...
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    bleeding long hydraulic lines

    I want to get a set of lines made up for my JD 4410 so I can run power from the rear remotes to up front to power the snow blade angle cylinders. First problem seems to be that the hoses on the blade have some odd size connector. Went to my local hydraulic shop and he couldn't match them up...
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    Firepit on wood deck?

    We have a large wood deck constructed from 2x6 deck boards over 2x10 joists every 16 inches. It is very sturdy and once held a 500 gallon hot tub. The hot tub is gone but the large (1200 sf) deck remains. We've been thinking about putting a wood burning firepit out on the end of the deck which...
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    the house next door

    If you had a chance to buy an adjacent lot would you do it and is it worth more to you than someone else might pay that didn't own adjoining land. I heard the neighbor may be thinking of selling. The house is not much and there are no outbuildings other than a broken down shed for some...
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    Shipping Container Shops

    I was thinking about how I might use a shipping container as part of a shop. While searching I came across this video. I think he did a nice job on this.
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    Quick attach snow blade for 4410

    I've searched here and the web and looked through my literature for my 4410 but can't find out if a snow blade for sale locally will fit. From the sticker on the blade its a model MJAL1673E 72" JDQA blade. Tried looking for information onthe JD web site but couldn't find anything. So can...
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    914A mower - what will it fit?

    I have a New Holland 914A 60" mower that I got with my TC25 when I bought it. I've never used it and want to sell it. I put it up on CL and I got a call from someone interested in it but they have a Ford 1210 and not sure it will fit. Mower needs work to get in an operable condition and the...
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    last blast :(

    Well, this weekend was nice and I figured we wouldn't get much snow out of this storm, but it just started snowing a few minutes ago and the forecast is for up to 8 inches by tomorrow night. Yesterday I took the snow blower off the tractor and its not going back on for this last blast of...
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    Do I want/need a 72 or 84" box blade?

    Found a Frontier 72" box blade for sale and wondering if its too narrow for my 4410. Should I get a 84" or is the 72 gonna do it for me. I have a Woods 84" rear blade and when its angled it still covers my tracks, but I won't be angling the box blade so does it matter.
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    interesting trailer

    Never saw a trailer like this before. There was a thread a while back and someone was comtemplating how to load their trailer at a loading dock which is set up for trucks. It looks like this trailer will rise up to loading dock height then drop down for transport. I've included a couple of the...
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    Pallets in fields

    Don't know if this is the best place to ask this, but couldn't find a better place. I have noticed over the past few years that the local farm fields get populated with a pair of pallets leaned up against each other to form a inverted V shape. they are always out near the middle of the field...
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    Can my PHD Power Down cylinder do Double Duty ?

    My JD PHD200 has the power down option. I was looking at it today and thinking I will not use the PHD that often, at least not as often as I will use the 3ph for other attachments. I was looking at that hydraulic cylinder and my top link and thinking they are about the same length and have...
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    old vs new iMatch

    Old iMatch had a fixed top hook, new iMatch has adjustable hook. Is the old iMatch usable or to be avoided?
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    JD 4410 w/loader - what to look for when buying used

    I found a 4410 diesel w/430 loader and 6 foot bucket and eHydro trans for sale locally. Can't read the hours since its a digital hour meter and no display when off. Sitting out by curb for sale, no one home to talk to when I stopped. No info on sign just "for sale". So quick walk around I see...
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    Smithy 3in1 Mill/Drill/Lathe

    I've got a chance to pick up a Smithy bench top mill/drill/lathe at a reasonable price. Model is a Midas 1220 LTD Anyone here own or use one and care to comment? And are they domestic or foreign made. Midas Combo - Features |
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    replacing back seat with storage in extended cab pickups

    Anyone removed the all or part of the rear seat in their super cab or extended cab pickup and replaced it with storage. Maybe some drawers and a hinged top. If you don't have kids you're not going to seat many people back there since there is less room than a crew cab. I don't have a need for...
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    Looking for '05 F-150 Cowl molding

    For lack of a better/proper name, I need to replace the cowl molding on either side of the cowl at the base of the front windshield on my 05 F-150. Looked on a couple parts sites including Ford Parts and I don't find this part listed. It's a soft plastic or rubber type material, and the sun has...
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    Diesel/Electric Tractors

    I see that Caterpillar has the D7E diesel/electric drive dozer and I couldn't help wonder if the same drive system had been considered for tractors and if it would work or not. Doesn't seem to be much different than hydrostatic drive in the end but then why did they convert the D7 over to...
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    New Holland smartphone app

    I see there is now a smartphone app from New Holland AG called 'My Shed'. Not sure how long its been out there but looks interesting.
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    joystick question

    Is there a reason why a joystick could not be mounted so that the stick hangs vertical from the valve body as opposed to being on top as is normally done? Why? Don't ask. It's just a dumb question that I have not seen asked or answered. I don't see why myself but not being into hydraulics I...
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    Box Scraper Can you ID this box blade?

    It's been painted over as you can see and I found no visible markings as to who made it.
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    RTR0550 tiller

    I have a NH TC25. A friend has a Land Pride RTR0550 tiller and reading the manual on line the max hp is 25 and it sounds like this tiller might be sized for tractors smaller than mine since it can be used with cat-0 and cat 1-limited 3 point hitches as well as cat-1. Is my TC25 too much for this...
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    Needed a couple 1/2-13 X 1-1/4 Gr 5 Carriage bolts and flange nuts for my rear blade so I looked for them last weekend when I was in Tractor dice. I was kinda surprised since they are for mounting the cutting edge on my rear blade it seemed like it would be something they would have...
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    Ham Radio installs in newer pickups

    Wondering if anyone has a thread here (searched and didn't find one) about installing amateur gear in newer pickup trucks. My last was in a 05 F-150 and I did not have any issues but it was only a dual band V/UHF rig and I ran less than 20 watts most of the time as the repeaters are close. In my...
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    Requirement for Wind Speed Indicators on Cranes

    I know there must be a few OEs or other knowledgeable people on here that can answer this for me. I looked on OSHA's site and searched here but could not find the answer. This is for my own personal interest in crane operations. On the various jobs I have worked years ago (retired now) I often...
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    Ford Atlas - All gimmick and no guts?

    anyone seen this concept vehicle at one of the auto shows lately? They do have some interesting features on the above fact sheet, but I remember the H2 concept when it was first shown in 2000 at the Hummer...
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    screw anchors on frozen ground

    anyone have a good tip for getting anchors in the frozen ground , beside waiting for spring . Tried using a pick to get through the first 6 inches, tough going. It's 20 deg here and ground is nice and hard.
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    Adding parking stand (legs) to loader

    I searched but did not find a thread on this but it probably is there somewhere. Anyway, Has anyone added parking stands/legs to a detachable loader? I have a Bush Hog 2400 QT and it would look to be an easy add to make the loader self-supporting and make mounting/dismounting easier, faseeter...
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    How do you use your Ratchet Rake

    Just for the heck of it I stuck s length of pipe through the ears on my RR and clipped the cables over the top hook on my quick hitch. Here's a photo, I'll add some explanation later.
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    Driving fence posts

    Came across this on YouTube. Searched but didn't find anything on the forum though I know there must be. Anyway, this looked interesting if you have a large number of fence posts to drive. Don't know any more than having viewed the video, no connection to the company making this tool, don't...
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    Differences between NH 1530 and TC25

    What are the differences (if any) between the NH 1530 and the TC25? From reviewing they appear to be about the same. Is the TC25 just the newer version of the 1530 when they changes the naming scheme of their tractor line?
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    TC-25 Questions

    This is my second day with the TC-25 and have no experience with any of the Boomer series machines and no manual so I have some questions: This is a 9x3 manual transmission. On the right side on the floor in the back close to the trans is a pedal with a round head about 1.5" in diameter, looks...
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    Will a TC-25D handle a 72" RFM?

    Will a TC-25D be able to handle my Frontier GM1072R rear finish mower? The TC25D has a MMM, but wondering if I can use it in place of my 75 Ford 2000 to operate the Finish Mower.
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    Went to auction today and my friend picked up a NH TC-25 with belly mower for $3600. I'll post a pic later. I saw two BX-2200's each with a belly mower go for ~$5k each. I bid on a Toro Dingo with std bucket but when the bidding went past my limit and I dropped out. At $6500 it went for more...
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    PA International trailers

    Still looking for a tilt bed trailer, found a 7 year old PA International with an asking price around $4k Interested in opinions from those familiar with the make trailer. Here's the description from the ad. 2005 PA INTERNATIONAL 10,000 GVWR HYDRALIC TILT BED TRAILER DUAL AXEL-- 15'WHEELS &...
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    Too good to be true?

    Saw this on CL and it looks too good to be true. I am not in the market for another tractor, was just searching to see what was out there in my area and came across this. Doesn't give a location so I wonder if its on the up and up or one of many CL scams. I'm not labeling it as such, I don't...
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    Can anyone name this moth?

    Saw this moth on our deck the other day. Never saw one like it around here (Southern NJ) before. Body is about 1.5 inches long and almost a half inch in diameter at the widest part. Wing span about 2.5 inches
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    The things you see when you don't have a camera

    Driving down 4 lane state highway this morning, speed limit in this area is 50 MPH. I spy a S-10 P/U coming at me in the passing lane with something which looks to be pretty big riding in the bed. As he gets close enough to see I can make out what it is. It's the front clip off a Crown Vic...
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    Lifting a car with air bags

    Here's the situation: I have a friend who has a compact car that has been sitting out in a back field for many years. A couple of the tires have gone flat and a groundhog has made a home under the car. His digging has caused the car to settle down on the frame and three of the wheels are sow...
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    Ford 2000 3cyl distributor vacuum line

    I was looking the motor and noticed that the vacuum advance line to the distributor was loose. I tried to tighten the nut , but it was tight . however the tubing was loose and rotates inside the nut, and can not be tightened anymore . I loosened the nut and removed the fitting . I found that...
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    Miller multimatic 200 - Jack of all trades or Master of None?

    Looking for reviews of the Miller Mutlimatic 200 Can one machine do it all reasonably well? I have a Lincoln PowerMig 180 so don't need another MIG machine. But for some occasional TIG and stick work is this worth consideration. Introducing the Multimatic
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    what to do in new holland

    i may find myself in new holland, pa some day soon. is the old NH factory open for tours or is there anything on the history of the company to see there?
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    Which way should I go?

    Still looking at various tilt bed trailers. I've got three choices right now. 1. 2007 Bri-Mar 18' tilt bed on CL for $4300 asking price, average condition but could use re-decking judging from looking at photos. Brakes and lights unknown at this point, haven't eyeballed the trailer...
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    PJ Trailers TrailerFlex Air Suspension

    Anyone have experience with this air suspension system which is optional on PJ Trailers? PJ Trailers - Trailer Flex Air Ride
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    what is this?

    Is it a 4000. 3 cyl diesel
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    Belmont tilt deck trailers

    Anyone here have anything good or bad to say about Belmonts' tilt deck trailers. I'm going to an auction this weekend and there is one about 6 years old on the block. Says 17' but no gross weight given or model number, the auction listing just says 17' Belmont tilt trailer. Couldn't find a...
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    what do ya think?

    Found this single axle trailer with 6200 rating for sale cheap. Comes with the reach for good measure. Could I move my bobcat m610 or my tractor (Ford 2000) with it? The bobcat is 3900#, tractor is about the same.
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    Antique lawn and garden tractors

    I happened upon a antique gas engine show with many old lawn and small garden tractors on display.