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    Lyme Disease

    In my region (Eastern Ontario), ticks are becoming more numerous due to warmer temperatures. And the prevalence of Lyme in ticks is increasing. Now about 30% of ticks in my area carry Lyme, and I know some people suffering from the disease. It's not pretty. Fortunately, it takes some attachment...
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    Miniex price *predictions*

    Bigger is always better. Until you're doing roadwork on your logging road, which is sized just right for your 5' wide UTV and 6'-bucket compact tractor....with your bigger, stronger, but 6'5" wide excavator.
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    Miniex price *predictions*

    Thanks for the feedback, which ably demonstrated both philosophies :) Joking aside, it IS good to see both opinions are held by others, even if there is no clear consensus. As it happens, the decision is out of my hands. It turns out no dealer within a reasonable drive of me can get me my...
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    Miniex price *predictions*

    I'm great at overthinking things, so please poke holes in my logic. I thought I was ready to buy a miniex (KX040, Bobcat E42, or similar) this summer, for personal use on my land. I have plenty of use for one, and would prefer using it for a few hours here and there rather than batching...
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    Newbie mini ex questions, and Kubota KX vs U series?

    I'm currently considering mini-excavators, so take this for what it's worth from a "pre-newbie" who's tried a few but has little true experience. Zero tail is useful in close quarters, but does reduce ability* and at least perceived stability versus a "normal-tail" excavator of the same weight...
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    What is the dumbest thing you have done with your equipment ?

    On the more comical / harmless side, we have one of these metal pole and canvas / small hoop barn-like garages as a lightweight storage shed. First year with the new (compact) tractor, I was not intending to use it during that winter so thought I'd park it inside and let it hibernate there until...
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    City kids do not leave keys in vehicles. . . It’s different out here...

    At our property, there's Out Front and Out Back. Out Front is 200 yards from the road. There's recreational cottages around, so I wouldn't be surprised someone swoops through at some point and grabs what they can. So we lock vehicles and equipment Out Front, and keep items of value in a locked...
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    Why are hoses hard to connect???

    I like the idea of the XBoom, but you have to have space to insert both jaws. No problems for couplers with hoses on both sides, like a grapple on the front loader. But wouldn't help me with connecting the backhoe to my rear remotes since I don't think I could get the far end of the clamp around...
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    Why are hoses hard to connect???

    Mike Morgan recently showed this tool on one of his YouTube videos. Seemed to work very well. Personally I use The Waite Hydraulic Decompression Tool - BoltOnHooks LLC which releases the pressure like the various "cover with a rag and hit with a hammer" tricks, but with more control. In theory...
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    Compact Tractor Dealers Ignore Two-thirds of Their Potential Website Customers, Industry Survey Shows

    An equipment dealer, especially for a newbie like me, is not a transactional sale. It is a relationship which will see me coming back for service, for advice, to buy attachments, etc. If it is to be a relationship, we need to have a method of communication that works for us. I prefer email...
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    Proposed update to front porch forum rules

    Generally supportive, *except* I put for consideration a different approach to "only one thread per topic". I'd suggest to allow multiple threads, and in fact close threads after x days or y messages and force people to start a new one. I've seen it here and elsewhere -- threads on...
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    Compact Tractor Dealers Ignore Two-thirds of Their Potential Website Customers, Industry Survey Shows

    The craziness of the past 2 years aside, there's a generational shift occurring. As a tech-y about-to-turn-50-y.o., I'm used to doing all sorts of stuff by email. Sure, sometimes you need to discuss with some back and forth, and then phone or in person works better. But whatever is a simple...
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    Which tools for tractor toolbox?

    Not quite tools, but I've been happy to have a small first aid kit along. My blood type doesn't quite match Branson's shade of red. And a "tick key" (easy tick removal gadget) - we're in Lyme territory.
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    The Quarterly Messick's Report

    While interest rates are trending up, they're still pretty darned low. If Messicks was smart/lucky, they will have secured financing a while ago at even more favourable rates, and hopefully secured some tax incentives too. In other words, that $10/30mm/whatever may cost them much less than one...
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    WHAT ARE YOU USING TO HAUL YOUR UTV

    I have no embarassment at all at overengineering for safety and simplicity. I use 6 tie-downs. 4 corners, plus extras mid-side down from the door cage. That's because my short (10') trailer forces the back corner tiedowns go at an angle that limits how much they really control potential roll. I...
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    Do you take it to the dealer for maintenance or do it yourself.

    This is me, but for different reasons. I'm still physically in good shape but have little mechanical experience. Our rural property is off-the-grid, undeveloped, with we only have basic tools there so far. I only moonlight there, and still work part-time "in town" running my own business doing...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    I'm contemplating a bandsaw mill too. May pull the trigger once the bank account recovers a bit. However, I first plan to hire in an experienced local sawyer who charges C$55/hr (about U$40/hr) to bring in and operate his own portable mill. My wife and I will be the unpaid hired help and...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    In my instance, this is hobby use but I have 700+ of wooded, moderately hilly acres. I will not ever manage all of it unless science figures out human cloning, and I'm not logging "for a living". However, along my ~3 miles of 15'-wide cleared private forest road are a) several hundred...
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    Creating a property map

    For iOS or Android devides, as a possible alternative to HuntMaps, there is also Guru Maps (Guru Maps - Offline Maps & Navigation ). The free version lets you download vector maps and use them offline, record and export up to 15 GPS tracks (trails) and 15 placemarks. The premium version gives...
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    Creating a property map

    Given the number of mentions in this thread, I took a look at the HuntStand app. I like what I see, with reservations. I'm not going to change, and I continue to think building one's own map using GIS software is a lot more flexible, but it's certainly a good-enough solution for many people. I...
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    WHAT ARE YOU USING TO HAUL YOUR UTV

    Brand-names are different up here in Canada, but an aluminum 5x10 single-axle is the ideal size for our (small) Mule MX Pro. For a larger UTV, or with front blade, a 6x12 would be better. There are 2 schools of thought. Go big (14'++, steel, heavy) for flexibility and convenience; or small for...
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    Creating a property map

    If it's worth the time and effort to do it well, use the free and open source GIS package QGIS (Welcome to the QGIS project!) It has a learning curve, but it is very powerful; equally powerful to expensive commercial mapping software by ESRI. Grab aerials and property lines off your...
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    This is my last post on TBN

    I am sad to see k0ua go. I have learned from him, and many others here. I have no opinion on *how* moderation is done, but appreciate that this site generally avoids political topics and that people generally treat each other with respect. In fact, I'm reading this thread rather ruefully...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    Well, I got myself a Norse 450, for less money that the Wallenstein FX85. Thanks for all the advice here, in particular @mesupra 's mention of the Igland 3501 which sent me off that direction. Iglands are more expensive than the corresponding Norses around here. And while a Norse 350 might have...
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    Pat's Easy Change System and Canada

    Lots of stuff is more expensive (there are some genuinely higher supply chain costs, plus lower competition, plus vendors can just get away with it since Canadians expect it). But lumber, for instance, tends to be less expensive up here, due to U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber. Ditto some...
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    Pat's Easy Change System and Canada

    Good find. I prefer to buy the original inventor's stuff rather than knockoffs, but at a certain point you do what you gotta do to get what you need at a reasonable price point. The amazon.ca price of the original is quite outlandish now; it was much more reasonable 6 months ago. I'd suggest...
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    Branson Tractor Reliability

    I'm very happy with my Branson 4225h. Mind you, at <3 yrs and 250 hrs it would be sad if I were not. All my maintenance has been due to operator error or bad luck/hard duty cycle (e.g. tree top falling on parked tractor, smooshing the loader joystick; broken backhoe teeth clawing hard granite)...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your and others' input and am hearing it loud and clear. But seems you're a "speak plainly and get the answer quickly" kind of guy, and I'm more a "first understand why sensible people disagree" person. It's not just the dealer, but also a local experienced...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    Thanks for the reactions, guys. Don't think dealer is (deliberately) upselling, though he might be focusing on the wrong factors. I know a number of people running older FX90s (rated 9000 lbs) around here and finding them a good match on similar tractors to mine. And the FX110 is an up-rated...
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    Skidding winch sizing? and Pat's Easy Change

    I'm thinking it's time to get a skidding winch for my tractor (42HP). Been mulling for a while, but used ones are rare around here, and I doubt new ones are going to get any cheaper anytime soon. According to Wallenstein's website, the 8500lb-capacity FX85 would be the right size for our...
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    BH860 backhoe transport length?

    Returning to update, in case anyone ever excavates this thread from the archive. The normal way to "park" a backhoe, with stabilizers and bucket down as a tripod, exceeds 12' in length. More importantly, it comes in at about 9' in width, exceeding not only a 6x12 trailer width but normal legal...
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    Pat's Easy Change System and Canada

    Amazon.ca price jumps around. You can monitor it at https://ca.camelcamelcamel.com/product/B00U00AUNW That's what I did, and bought it this summer when it jumped down to C$281 (+shipping), which was tolerable, if still more than U$ price converted to C$. Of course may not return to that...
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    Pat's Quick Change Cat 1 or 2?

    Whatever you do, replace the paired nuts on the big u-bolts that adjust the arms with nylock nuts. The normal nuts shake loose. Otherwise a great product.
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    Branson advise

    Two years ago, I chose a Branson 4225H over a Kubota L4060. Price was a consideration, though up here (Canada) the price differential was less than it is down in the U.S. I've been happy with my choice. As others have said, dealer support is important. Both for warranty (which mine hasn't...
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    Purchased a mini instead of a UTV

    I strongly considered one a couple of years ago, before buying a Kawasaki Mule. Mini trucks have many advantages. Until you actually try getting into one, and then getting out again. And imagine yourself doing that over and over. At least for me, since I'm 6'4" with long legs. If you're more...
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    BH860 backhoe transport length?

    Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate the collective brainstorming on how to bend the metal "ear". Unfortunately, on closer inspection it turns out both ears are bent, and the small holding bolt was torn out with enough force to mangle its hole pretty badly. Since the machine is on an...
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    Front blade for Mule MX: Snow *and* gravel

    Update, 3 mos after getting our snowblade (i.e. mid-summer, not tested on snow yet). Pushing anywhere near a full blade of gravel around - ain't happenin'. I can push a 1/2-bladeful of 3/4"-with-fines, and a nearly full bladeful of 3/4"-clear. But it's clearly a struggle, and not something I...
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    BH860 backhoe transport length?

    Thanks. I'll take another look, but I think it's not only the cylinder that's bent but also the hoe side plate "ear" on the side where the pin stayed in. But it's possible it's just the cylinder end throwing things off; I'll double check. I'm still pretty new to all this. Is it easy to...
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    BH860 backhoe transport length?

    Thanks Asteral....too bad the length isn't in the published specs. Oh well.
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    BH860 backhoe transport length?

    Does anyone know the length of the Branson BH860 backhoe, from the front of the frame to the back of the hoe? I need to get it from my woodlot to the dealer/repair shop (unfortunate encounter with a very large boulder...) and I'm trying to figure out if I can transport it myself on a 6x12...
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    Being dumb repairing winch

    Just looking for rueful sympathy. Bought a snow blade for my Kawasaki Mule (MX Pro). Installed it, left it on to run an errand. Carelessly bashed a large rock with it while raising it out of the way *and* moving forward at some speed (dumb, yeah I know to not go fast while plowing, but I wasn't...
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    Front blade for Mule MX: Snow *and* gravel

    Thanks for the sanity check, guys.
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    Front blade for Mule MX: Snow *and* gravel

    Time to get a snow blade for my Mule MX Pro. I want the best of both worlds, occasional snow removal (1/4 mile driveway) in winter as primary use, but also ability to smooth out gravel and earth in the summer. Feasible or dumb idea? If feasible, anything I should watch for (e.g. heavy duty vs...
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    Towing trailer (5000 lbs) w/ tractor

    I'm in that dangerous stage of having survived my first 18 mos as a tractor newbie, and therefore maybe feeling cocky :) I'd like to occasionally pull a loaded trailer around my forest property with my tractor. Trailer is a 8.5 x 14' flatbed (deckover), when loaded about 5000 lbs. Tractor is...
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    Buy well-used Honda 2005 TRX500 ATV?

    When we bought our land a year ago, previous owner temporarily left behind his ATV, a 2005 Honda Rubicon TRX500fa, allowing us to use it until he "figures out what to do with it". It's been quite helpful as we get set up, for running around trails on the property, pulling stuff, etc. He's...
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    Tell me if I'm on the right track (newbie)

    Well, just to close the loop, I hereby announce the arrival of Josephine (named by a family member), who was delivered last Friday and is already making herself useful. At 5 hours on the meter, she's run several loads of PT lumber down a wet trail, moved some brush and a pile of rocks, and dug...
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    L805/L4060 real life lifting capacity

    Hi, I'm a near newbie buying my first tractor (got great general advice at my initial thread) I'm now deciding between a L4060HST+LA805+BH92 combo versus a comparable Branson 4225H, which are surprisingly similarly priced where I'm at. The biggest minus of the L4060 seems to be the lower, at...
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    Tell me if I'm on the right track (newbie)

    I've just bought a recreational property in Ontario. I'm new to tractors, but based on my reading here and elsewhere, I think I should get a Kubota L3901 or Kioti CK4010. Would appreciate people poking holes in my thinking. When some of this white stuff goes away, I'll start visiting dealers...
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    Houska from Ontario, Canada

    Just bought a couple of hundreds of acres of recreational land, Canadian shield wilderness. A couple of private lakes and a couple of miles/km of private road, painstakingly developed and maintained by the previous owner on the cheap, using the labour of friends with rented equipment. Pretty...
 
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