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    Borescopes... thoughts?

    I bought a $20 one that plugs into the USB port on a computer. It works pretty well. Last year I accidentally dropped a knife bolt inside the pto chipper. They provide an access door but the bolt was on the other side of the rotor which is a close fit in the housing. I made a tool by taping...
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    Garden tractor reccomendations?

    The warranty's already expired? Husqvarna TS354XD has a K66 transmission instead of the K46 in your Deere.
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    Loader joystick cable break

    Maybe you could use stainless safety wire to grip the housing and keep it from pulling out. I'd use .035 or .040 wire and twist the heck out of it with safety wire pliers to get it tight on the housing, then run the wires up to the threaded part and tie them off around it. Then do that a few...
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    How do you accurately find your property line to post signs and paint trees

    When using GPS to check against Google maps (or probably any maps) there are two different sources of error: the gps telling you where you are when you're trying to find the lines, and the maps. Often the maps have property lines or ROWs offset by 10-30' from where they ought to be. It's easy to...
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    Loader joystick cable break

    If you add bends to the cable routing that will add friction. That may be better than a non working loader though!
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    Loader joystick cable break

    You got it. Center position on the valve spool is off. You want the joystick to be in the center then as well. If for example you made the housing an inch longer with the same cable, center on the joystick would pull the cable and the spool an inch from the center position. If your repair...
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    Loader joystick cable break

    Yes the bonnet is how you adjust the amount of free play in the cable. Screwing it out effectively makes the housing longer which since the cable stays the same length, would reduce cable free play.
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    Issues with the WM WC46

    Maybe the concept would work but since the chippers are not clones or even all that similar, you'd have to make it specific to the Woodland Mills design.
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    Loader joystick cable break

    The cables are pull/push. So not only do you need to get the housing properly seated in the ferrule, but you need to get it to stay in there when the cable is being pushed and the housing wants to pull out. I looked at my 3725's valve and it's got the allen screws holding in the "hat" and the...
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    What Did I Purchase?

    My '90s Kubota B7100 had that, minus the set screws.
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    Branson advise

    Between a Branson 3620 and a Kubota L01 I'd pick the Branson hands down. In fact I did. Except for the fuel injection the L01s are rather primitive. The weight and loader capacity difference is significant.
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    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    I've chipped a good amount of Madrone, which grows any way except straight. I've found branches that grew into a 360 degree loop. I've been surprised at how well the Woodmaxx 8H handles that stuff. It helps to chip it when it's green and bends more readily but it still handles it pretty well...
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    Fuel filter funnel

    I have the large one. The one drawback is that no matter how I tilt it there's always some fuel left in the unfiltered top part.
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    Loader joystick cable break

    Would this work? 35" Joystick Control Cable | Valve Parts & Accessories | Hydraulic Valves | Hydraulics |
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    Looking to add a splitter / solenoid / valve to Kubota BX for front Snowblower third function

    Usually the momentary switch is on the loader joystick so it takes just the one hand. You could use a different kind of switch if you wanted. If it's going to be energized for long periods of time you'd need a diverter rated for 100% duty cycle but that should not be hard to find.
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    Scrub removal question

    You can get a brushcutter blade for the Stihl if its a reasonably powerful unit. That stuff looks like a blade would chop it up well.
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    Looking to add a splitter / solenoid / valve to Kubota BX for front Snowblower third function

    What you want is called a "diverter". It has six ports. Flow goes in/out of one set and is directed to set B when the coil is energized and set A when it's not. You'd connect it to the hoses coming off your loader valve to the curl cylinders. Set A would go on to the curl cylinders, set B...
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    Wells fargo financial leasing says my new Branson can't be paid off early?? Who does?

    Even if inflation is zero, as long as you can invest the money you'd use to pay off the loan in something that returns anything, you'd come out ahead doing that. Many zero percent loans really are zero percent. The company is effectively paying the interest though their rate is lower than a...
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    Loader joystick cable break

    I'm not 100% sure that both ends of ours are Nimco but the joystick on my 3725 sure looks the same.
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    Loader joystick cable break

    valve end: joystick end:
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    Loader joystick cable break

    I think it's shortline parts who has a video on youtube explaining how to disassemble and reassemble the joystick and replace the triangle piece. The cables may thread into the valve and you'd have to do that when the cable is removed from the joystick. I think the valve comes apart too. A...
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    Loader joystick cable break

    Lou your description is correct. That looks like "compressionless" housing- instead of the metal wire in the housing being a spiral, which compresses, it's mostly parallel wires. I've used a smaller version for bicycle derailleur cables. This one looks like it's got a thin spiral on the...
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    WR kit leaking

    LocTite 545 is the stuff to use on NPT hydraulic threads. Also make sure the sub plate bolts are torqued down to the correct value.
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    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    Amazon. It's NLA there. Surplus Center shows an 8 gpm valve: but no 5 gpm.
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    Help removing front gear case

    $90 is cheap for a shop manual these days. I'd get it. Especially as Kubota manuals are pretty well written.
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    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    We have Sudden Oak Death here. Like an idiot I chipped a SODs killed tan oak near some live oaks I wanted to keep, and biggest best one died. Now I either chip SODs stuff far away from any succeptible trees or cut it and crush it with the grapple into a slash pile.
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    Issues with the WM WC46

    The Woodmaxx 8H had a lever that you can use to raise the upper roller. It's one of the reasons I went with it instead of the Woodland Mills though it was really close and in a lot of ways the WM looks like a better unit. On the 8H the springs are adjustable with an eye bolt on one end. The...
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    Issues with the WM WC46

    It might be easiest to unbolt the springs and then use a pry bar or vice grips to raise the roller. I have had to undo the springs when removing stuck branches from my Woodmaxx 8H.
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    Loader limits and relief valve?

    I've had the same experience with heavy logs in the grapple. And also being able to lift something only part way. It's normal. The loader is designed so it has the most lift capacity at ground level and the least when raised up all the way. The relief will open just enough to limit the...
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    Huge oak fell!

    That's not true of some of the Douglas Fir I have cut and split.... big pockets of pitch all throughout the wood. Old trees seem to do this more than young ones. I ended up throwing out a lot of that pitchy fir when I saw how much it gunked up the stove.
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    45-50hp Help

    I assume his deal with RK lasted a year and after that they took the tractors back. That's how it works with motorcycle and car magazines. You get units to review for a certain time. Sometimes it's a long term review, sometimes it's not. Some magazines buy some long term cars, I think Car...
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    Water in transmission

    Is the shift lever (or another lever) boot torn or missing, and the tractor is out in the rain? That's one way water gets in. Use tractor fluid rather than hydraulic fluid. It's better on wet brakes and clutches. Not sure if your brakes are wet but it won't hurt and does not cost much more...
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    Awaiting my Woodland Mills WC68

    I used the video below, and the PTO shaft manual when shortening the shaft for the winch I got recently. Since the shaft is short I did not leave the usual 40mm/2in of free space as that would make the length of the mating...
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    45-50hp Help

    How often will you go to the dealer? Typical home use is 100 hours a year or less. You will need to do an annual engine oil change and transmission oil change every few years. That's like one trip a year to the dealer at most. My dealer's 3 hours away. I have been there twice in four years...
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    When / how to rejuvenate soil in raised planters?

    We have raised beds. The cover crop works there too. You have to turn it under by hand but that's not hard.
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    Rural porch pirates: ideas?

    We have a box by the gate. Half the time the package is on the ground near the box. The delivery companies put drivers on a super aggressive schedule, so they are in a hurry. It doesn't matter that we saved them time. Drivers have told us that their delivery companies GPS track them and want...
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    Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Let's Talk A/C

    You can get an inverter AC window unit. Either U shaped or regular. Basically a cooling only mini split in a single unit.
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    When / how to rejuvenate soil in raised planters?

    My wife the gardener swears by cover crops. Legumes especially as they put nitrogen into the soil.
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    My better half has been offered a job!

    So shortsighted of management to treat any employees that way, let alone scarce and highly paid ones. I bet upper management gets plenty of leeway on their vacation.
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    RK 24 Sight Gauge Doesn't Show Fluid Level

    Lower the 3pt hitch too. There's a gallon or more in all the cylinders. Once you find the level you can decide if you want it to be correct when the cylinders hold their least volume or most or something in between. Assuming the manual does not say (mine doesn't). Make sure the surface the...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Guests could not use GPS to find our place 10 years ago. The maps either did not show us or were wrong. Now it works for the most part. The stuff keeps getting better. While I'm not a fan of self driving cars as I write software for a living and know how bad it is, I know of one demographic...
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    The gated community issue.

    There's no requirement to record everyone coming in and out of your proposed community gate. But maintaining and giving access to that gate could be a real headache though. There's also the consideration of emergency services folks being able to get past the gate. Electric gate controllers can...
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    Front wheel oil leak

    Most likely one or more seals have failed. They can fail on their own or because the bearings are going bad and the play has damaged the seals.
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    Why I do not garden

    My wife loves gardening so all I have to do is help with the more physical parts. This year we prepared an area I leveled last year and it was super productive. Peppers and especially tomatoes are so much better from the garden than even the farmer's market let alone the grocery store. So I...
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    Work Pants

    The "wild ass" logger pants from Baileys are great (except for the name). You can get them in double front which are super durable though hot in the summer. The material is much thicker than modern Levis and they last much longer and they cost less. They come with buttons for suspenders but if...
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    Grass Seed Prices

    If it looks better than the seed I planted it's no longer a "weed". I haven't had that happen yet. I got some Dallisgrass weed seed in some grass seed I overseeded with some years ago. I've been battling it since. It's more durable than fescue and grows faster but it looks terrible. The only...
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    Deer eating my small apple trees

    Two t posts and a roll of 5' hog wire fencing has always worked for us. The deer push it around some but our deer aren't smart enough or hungry enough to go to the next step like yours are. If it didn't work, I'd do four posts, stretch the fencing tight and use the usual wire clips to hold it...
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    Digger Pine ideas

    Interesting that your ins co inspects. I had the State Farm agent out once in 25 years and he only looked at the house. Cal Fire's been out twice and all they did was glance around, say "looks ok" and give me a blue reflector for the hydrant. OTOH our county's air pollution rules make burning...
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    Boots for the forest

    I like logger boots for this kind of work. The ones with the small heel. That makes it easier to walk down steep hills. I use mine when hiking on the steeper hills on my property even without the chainsaw because they work so much better than regular work boots. Steel toes for chainsaw use of...
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    How important is engine displacement on same class of tractor?

    I think all tractor engines are so understressed and overbuilt that the difference in displacement between models in the same size class is pretty much meaningless when it comes to durability. A 3/4 ton diesel truck makes about 3x the HP per liter and those can go for hundreds of thousands of...