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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Final update - the microswitch he replaced was a lockout to prevent starting the engine while the tractor was in gear. He says he broke it himself in taking the tractor apart. They are pretty fragile, so we can't blame him too much for this. He's out happily mowing now ;-) Best Regards...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He replaced only one microswitch, and I think it involved the PTO safety lockout. It was damaged during the disassembly of the tractor, it didn't wear out or fail unexpectedly. He cracked the plastic case. I am not sure of the physical location on the tractor. Sorry not to be of more help on...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Wellllll, here's the update. (Sunday evening, 5/8) He was able to get it back together with a lot of cussing, wiggling, pounding and so forth from him and some help from people pushing and pulling on the wheels, wiggling the jacks and so forth. I guess the tractor realized it was outnumbered...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    I agree, it really does sound like the pilot bearing. And oh, boy the halves of the tractor are WAY too heavy to horse around! There are alignment pins, but the halves are still too far apart to let them engage. It sounds to me like he might have to un-align the halves slightly (up/down or...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He's stalled . . . Putting the halves of the tractor back together isn't going real well. Something is blocking it from closing the last 7/8". The halves were not lined up properly either vertically or horizontally. He/we jiggled stuff around until they were. The bolts all line up now, the gaps...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Well it really and truly IS that easy, but he doesn't want to do it that way. His tractor, his decision. If it were mine, I'd buy the dollar special and solder the two wires - I even offered to solder them for him, nope, he isn't having any. He da boss. Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Who me, cheap? Well frugal, maybe. I've been told that I can squeeze nickels so hard that *I* am the reason the buffalo on the nickel has only three legs . . . $34 for a tractor part isn't worth complaining about if the tractor manufacturer made the part. Here, they didn't. Microswitches are...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Actually I was a sports announcer ONE time . . . friend of mine worked at a radio station and did announcing for the bike races at Daytona Speedway. He asked me to take one race because he had something else to do which could not wait. I drove over to the speedway, found a place to park, and got...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Incremental progress. He was able to fish out the rear coupling with a "grabber" I lent him - four fingers on a flexible shaft (from Harbor Freight, I think), and using a length of welding rod, finagle the rear coupling back into place. He then re-inserted the rear half of the propeller shaft...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    No offense taken JWR ;-) Problem with the internet is that all we get is the words, no context, no non-verbal cues, just the words, and it is very easy to misinterpret even an innocent statement, especially nowadays when just about everybody seems to be upset about something all the time. My...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    He either bought it new or almost new, and he now has 1970 or so hours on it. He uses it pretty hard and he uses it a LOT, mows, grades, digs, repeat. It lives outside most of the time and the Kubota Orange paint has faded almost to Mary Kay pink. I will say he does change the oil and filters...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Saturday update: He's getting in deeper and deeper and deeper . . . and I fear he is nowhere near out of the woods yet, or getting there. Turns out there may be three splined collars. Power to the front axle starts at the rear differential, goes via a propeller shaft which runs under the...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Since the collar is a wear item and the noises seem to be coming from the back of the tractor, I am beginning to suspect that he may indeed have broken off the diff lock pins. Is there any way to inspect that while the tractor is split, or is there access from the back of the assembled tractor...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Went past today at noon, took three pix. The internally splined collar goes on the front of the front to rear drive shaft and connects to the input shaft of the front differential. As you see, that collar is shot. The front of the drive shaft is also gone. I asked if there was any damage to the...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Update - he had the front axles out because he suspected the front diff. It was fine, so he put it back together. What he did find was the drive shaft which goes from the front axle to the rear case had a problem. Seems it is somewhat open to the elements and in the 1970 hours he's put on it...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    I have no idea why he pulled the front axles, but I will ask him later today. He wasn't there when I stopped by so it is possible he found something and has taken a ride to the Kubota dealer for parts. Stay tuned . . . you're right, this may get interesting indeed ;-) Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Noon Wednesday Inspection scope is a REAL good idea - keeps from taking stuff apart needlessly. Stopped by, he wasn't there, but he has the front axles out and the wheels are turned 90 degrees. I suppose that makes for a great turning radius. I'll report back on what he's found. Best Regards...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    JWR, thank you, and that's pretty much what I expected to hear - major surgery, bring big bucks and have the manual at hand at all times. I think he can do this (he's split the tractor previously to change the clutch), but I agree that it isn't going to be easy, cheap or fast. He's well...
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    MX4700DT nasty, expensive noises

    Next door neighbor has an MX4700DT which he uses hard. (He also hasn't read the sig line here about taking time to maintain your equipment or your equipment will make time for you to maintain it.) Anyway, I stopped in today and he has the front of the tractor off the ground (using the front...
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    High fuel cost and wood

    If you want a treat, see if anyone is still raising emu. Big, stupid, dangerous birds, but oh so tasty! Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    High fuel cost and wood

    Gotta buddy who bought something like 100 solar panels at one whack, they were takeouts and seconds, so they were (comparatively) cheap. No, they aren't super efficient, but since the "fuel" is absolutely free it doesn't matter - need more juice, add another panel. He's going to use a blended...
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    Stellantis replacing hemi with 3.0L I-6 engines?

    Inline six is a good configuration. Since it is a pair of threes end to end, it has perfect primary and secondary balance. V-sixes don't have that and usually need a balance shaft, more complexity, more to go wrong. While a V-8 has a wonderful sound when you prod it, a straight six is a much...
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    How much does it cost to build a pole barn and what kind is best..

    My preference is to build with galvanized steel. Nothing eats it, it won't burn, won't rot, won't warp. Light gauge steel is easy to work with, all you really need is a screw gun and a cutoff saw. Goes up quickly, quietly (no hammering) and very little waste. Once you are done, you are done, no...
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    Shipping Tractors

    Another Native American quote: "White man cut holes in wall to let in the light and the air, then put windows in holes to keep out the air, then put curtains on windows to keep out the light." Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    Shipping Tractors

    I have two good friends who INSIST there's going to be a revolution real soon now. They are not particularly specific about who or what they are revolting against, in fact, they are downright vague and say things like "the establishment" or "the deep state" or "them", none of which they define...
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    Am I crazy? Chalky oil in crankcase - 1 Hr old - Husqvarna ZTR

    Agree - what does it weigh? We ought to drop it from WAY high, remember F=M*A. Best, Mike
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    Shipping Tractors

    Old Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times!" We do . . . Electric cars are coming, with electric trucks and probably electric tractors as well, not too long after. We're going to have a mixed fleet for years. Cars get replaced comparatively quickly, ten to twelve years or so, after...
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    Am I crazy? Chalky oil in crankcase - 1 Hr old - Husqvarna ZTR

    I'm getting to where I don't trust ANY dealers . . . Bought a brand new Husqvarna riding mower from an authorized dealer, their "dealer setup" consisted of pushing it onto my trailer so I could take it home. It wasn't even correctly assembled at the factory. I've been over it from front to back...
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    You already know this, but….

    I'm not completely scared of the electronics on newer vehicles. Yes, they are excessively complex, but if you have a code reader, you can find and fix most things pretty easily. Even the cheapest readers are far better than nothing. If you have access to a pro-grade reader, things get easy. My...
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    Rodents win again

    I use snap traps with peanut butter as bait. I take a small cotton puff, knead the peanut butter into it, and fasten the resultant "pill" to the trigger with a strand of copper wire from a lamp cord. The wire keeps the mouse from absconding with the bait and also triggers the trap. Works well...
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    Compact Tractor Dealers Ignore Two-thirds of Their Potential Website Customers, Industry Survey Shows

    I try to stay away from car dealers. Bluntly, I don't trust them AT ALL because they know they won't see me again for years (by which time they may be out of business) so they try to make their one bite at the apple as worthwhile for them as they can. They really don't care if I get a straight...
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    Compact Tractor Dealers Ignore Two-thirds of Their Potential Website Customers, Industry Survey Shows

    Bad vendors . . . In the bad old days, I had a number of rental houses and a few multi-units. They were always needing something or other, and I was buying a LOT of stuff at Graingers - probably $800 a month or so for the buildings and other unrelated items. Grainger stopped issuing a printed...
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    Florida County Restricts Lawn Fertilizer Use

    Lots of the nitrates and phosphorus in the local canals are leaching from drain fields and old septic tanks. City hired a company to do test drillings and analysis, the runoff pollution was quite significant. The area in question has a few hundred homes, and was built forty or fifty years ago...
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    Compact Tractor Dealers Ignore Two-thirds of Their Potential Website Customers, Industry Survey Shows

    "Price on request" is the low rent equivalent of "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" which is pretty low rent to start with. Point is, I (usually) CAN afford "it", and I refuse to play games with sales droids. I don't need to impress anonymous nincompoops who I will never see again...
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    Advice on building a tractor shed?

    A few thoughts on wiring (disclaimer and warning, I am NOT a licensed electrician!!!!!!), so consider this a "wish list", not instructions. Run all interior wires in conduit. Use 12 gauge wire instead of 14, it is only a few cents more and you may need the extra capacity "someday". Use 3/4"...
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    Advice on building a tractor shed?

    I think the old man was wrong . . . As you say, you can always downsize. Chances are you WILL fill it up, sooner or later. Your $100,000 worth of equipment will last longer, take less maintenance, keep its value better and work better if it isn't left out in the elements and is protected from...
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    Advice on building a tractor shed?

    Bigger is better, I guarantee it. Size matters. In 2008 I built a 50 by 90 steel building, 4,500 square feet, clear span. Figured I wasn't going to do this again, might as well do it right the first time and be done with it. Forgot all about Murphy's Third Corollary - stuff expands to fill...
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    What causes tractor rollovers?

    Owner's manual? There's an owner's manual? Unfortunately, most of them are a joke. Dear Bride was afflicted with a 2013 Mazda 3 for a while. The manual was several hundred pages long, it told how to operate the "entertainment suite" and the "climate control suite" (I guess cars don't have...
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    What causes tractor rollovers?

    Warrendeer says: "Its rare that rollovers happen the first year of usage. Normally its after3-5 years when you have a rollover because you have reached the point of being overconfident in your ability and in that machine. The people that work for my commercial mowing business never had an...
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    What causes tractor rollovers?

    Fishdrivel mentioned the EM 385 Safety Manual so I found it online and downloaded it. I had no idea there are so many spectacular and exciting ways to get hurt or killed in this world . . . and EM 385 primarily talks about dangers at work, not much else. More important, it talks about ways to...
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    What causes tractor rollovers?

    Tractor safety . . . the best resource I've found is right here, Tractor by Net. When I got my tractor (2018), I read the "manual" and discovered there really wasn't much in it about tractor safety. I went to Google and found a couple of short articles about tractor safety, but they were very...
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    The Tractor Scam 2018 Kubota Grand L4760

    Every once in a great while deals that are too good to be true turn out to be true after all. I will qualify that by saying that you MUST know the seller - stuff on Craigslist etc., is most likely to be a scam. Bought a house out of a divorce sale by taking over a $7,000 mortgage. I knew both...
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    New tractor arriving this Friday. What do I need?

    I'm told I do have a sense of humor ;-) or at least I have been accused of it from time to time. Your "kidding" was actually pretty good advice. Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    New tractor arriving this Friday. What do I need?

    I would tend to agree with you, but remember this guy said he's new at all this and he said he does not know what he needs. I never knew I needed a tractor until it became pretty evident that I did, so I bought one. To own or not to own, that is the question (Sorry Will). A few of the...
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    New tractor arriving this Friday. What do I need?

    "You can never build a shed too big." Amen. In 2010 I built a 50 by 90 (that's 4,500sf) steel building. I looked at it and told myself I'd NEVER fill this dang thing up. Guess what - I was wrong. It's full . . . Best Regards, Mike/Florida
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    Must Tractor ROPS Be So High?

    With the tires properly inflated, the ROPS *just* brushes the weather seal on my 8' roll-up door. If the tires are a bit low, there's no contact. Easy way to determine correct tire pressure ;-) I ALWAYS!!! wear my seatbelt. Problem is that if you need it, there isn't time to fasten it. Kinda...
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    New tractor arriving this Friday. What do I need?

    Agree again, read the manual CAREFULLY. Many times they are written in a language which only approximates English and they are poorly organized. Ask questions here - there is SO much information available from some very experienced people, and it is free. Vibration loosens all kinds of...
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    Loan a Yanmar

    I keep a box of junk tools around that I don't care about. When someone asks to borrow something, that's what they get. Beyond that, the answer is no. People don't take care of their own stuff, it is not reasonable for them to expect them to take care of mine, and *I* have to repair or replace...
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    Cleaning Up Substantial Yard Debris

    State efforts to clean up the environment . . . Get a phone call from the appropriate functionary at the city "Mike, can you come down to city hall for a few moments?" Sure, on my way. "State requires us to have a conference regarding brownfields (parcels contaminated with oil, heavy metals...
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    Cleaning Up Substantial Yard Debris

    Trash trash trash . . . 70 acres . . . same owner for 20ish years, total slob and moron. Four front loader tires, garbage, blown out sidewalls, full of water, sand, mosquitoes, one on a rim, all stuffed in the bushes, overgrown, out of sight out of (his) mind. Six feet tall! Three of them off...
 
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