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    B2784 chute rotator for B2782 snowblower, leaking hydraulic fluid badly

    Does anyone know anything about this part? I can't find a manual or anything regarding it.
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    2015 Z06 Corvette at Big Mac

    This picture of the Mackinac Bridge was taken from the shore of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The bridge is 5 miles long and represent the artificial divider of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. They do maintenance work on it all summer in preparation for our harsh winters. If you look...
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    We had about 40" of wet heavy snow for Veteran's Day

    Here in the central upper Peninsula of Michigan we had close to 40" of wet heavy snow making it look like mid February. I am sure it is here to stay the duration of winter. Here is a short snow blowing movie I made: http://youtu.be/6GJ7zBnn8Zc
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    First day lifeguards on Lake Superior here in Marquette..

    not too many customers:
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    Our first spring snow storm of the year

    We have had about one foot of fairly dense snow, so far today. I ran the blower at maximum to avoid problem as the snow was very dense. This makes about 16' for the year and the 24th, and hopefully last time this year. Well there will still be some more tomorrow. It is supposed to get up to...
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    Snow depth has reached it maximum

    We have had about a foot of wet heavy snow today, the big beautiful flake variety, but mostly tonight, so I went out and took a couple of pictures of the snow on the trees behind my house before the wind blows the snow off the trees. Most of the trees on my property are pine as you can see. The...
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    Best rear tire filler for cold weather

    When I bought my tractor in 2007 (Kubota B3030 HSDCC), the dealer filled the rear tires with beet juice as additional ballast. It was a very cold year and the tires flat spotted and had a frozen spot so it would bump along every tire cycle. I don't remember that being a problem until this year...
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    Anyone have LED lights for a B3030 HSDCC?

    I was looking to replace the 4 exterior cab lights with powerful LED lights. Has anyone done this and where, or what lights did you buy?
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    What diesel to use in a really cold climate.

    I remember 25 years ago when my wife and I each had diesel vehicles, before global warming when the temperature here hit 30 below zero on a regular basis and my wife didn't properly prepare for the cold temperatures. She would start off to work and 10 min. later walk in the door saying my car...
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    Jellyfish Lake

    This is one of the most interesting scuba dives that I have every made. the location is the Republic of Palau. The video is 1 minute long.
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    WWII Japanese light bomber in 100 feet of water in the Truk Lagoon

    I made this short video of a WWII light Japanese bomber that was sunk in the Truk Lagoon, near Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. I bumped into my wife Kathy Foulks on my way out. The US destroyed most of the Japanese 4th fleet in this Lagoon in February 1944.
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    Winter wonderland

    Pictures I took on 3/5/12 - 50 second YouTube video Pictures I took on 3/5/12
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    Snow starved participants

    I know many of you who do get a lot of snow normally, haven't this year. We are just about normal because of the last 9 days when we had almost 55". From Friday at 7 PM until Sunday morning we had 34" and I had to snow blow 3 times during that time period and 7 times in the last 9 days. I...
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    Driving in a snow storm

    I made this short movie yesterday of driving the last 4 miles to my house in the country in a snow storm. It is pretty much driving like this for 4 months a year. The plows are quite efficient and have things clear most of the time. I live on what is called a tertiary road - one of the last...
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    Photo upload error

    I get this message when I try to upload a photo. I don't understand what the problem is or how to resolve it: Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 127 Command: "/usr/bin/mogrify" +profile "*" -size 100x66 -quality 70 -geometry 100x66 -unsharp 10...
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    Snowblowing rules of thumb

    As I contemplate the possible need to get the snowblower out tomorrow, I have developed some snow blowing "rules of thumb" over the years that some of you newbies to snow blowing may want to consider. I figure that I have moved about 5,700 inches of snow with my three snow blowing rigs over the...
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    Snow B2782 snowblower in action

    The movies are pretty self explanatory. There is about 8" of fairly dry snow to be moved in this movie. I know some areas are below average in snowfall this year. We are about 90% of normal - about 9 feet so far with some melting recently. The movies are HD and done with my Nikon D7000 camera...
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    Recent gentle snowfall in the UP

    Gentle snow - YouTube
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    Snowfall 20% above average in January

    ...in Marquette County, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are still 10% below normal and the snow depth is about 20% below normal for the season as our temperature has been above average this winter. I just wonder if things have got more normal elsewhere. Kubota B3030 HSDC snowblowing Jan...
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    Winter in the UP of Michigan near Lake Superior

    I took the pictures that follow a week ago on a beautiful but very cold day. The temperature according to my car was 0, and there was a 25 mph wind. So there was a lot of pain associated with these pictures, especially the one near the breakwater. I trudged through the snow in my street shoes...
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Movie of Kubota B3030 HSDC snowblowing

    The movie is pretty self explanatory. There is about 8" of fairly dry snow to be moved in this movie. I know some areas are below average in snowfall this year. We are about 90% of normal - about 8 feet so far with not too much melting. Kubota B3030 HSDC snowblowing Jan 2012 (HD) - YouTube...
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    My tractor snowblowing

    We have had close to 3 feet of snow this year so far and I made two movies of me snow blowing with my Kubota B3030 HSDC. I made the first movie on January 2 snow blowing around my pole building, and the second movie a couple days ago snow blowing the main part of my driveway to the road. I was...
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    Smart dog opening Christmas present

    Patient dog opening Christmas - YouTube
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    Electric chute deflector for my tractor snowblower

    My Kubota B3030 HSDC tractor came with a B2782 snowblower with a manual chute deflector pictured below: Although I live in the boondocks and don't have to worry about thowing snow in my neighbor's yard, it is still nice to change the angle of the chute periodically. Getting out of the...
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    Electric chute deflector for Kubota B3030

    My Kubota B3030 HSDC tractor came with a B2782 snowblower with a manual chute deflector pictured below: Although I live in the boondocks, it is still nice to change the angle of the chute periodically. Getting out of the tractor and doing it manually is a pain so most of the time when I...
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating B3030 HSDC tractor movie on YouTube

    I made this short movie of my tractor using my new camera (Nikon D7000) using the high definition mode of a foot of new snow over the last day. Like much of the country we are way behind our normal snow total. Kubota B3030 Snowblowing on 1/02/2012 - YouTube
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    B3030HSDC snowblower wear issue

    After the end of this snow season, I took a look at the cylindrical housing which houses the impeller blades (i.e., the area where the snow is shot out of the blower) on my Kubota B2782 snowblower. I am not sure what the official name for this part is, but it doesn't appear to have a...
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    Consumables - where to buy?

    I generally buy most things that I need from our local Airgas dealer, but are there any places "on line" that you guys think offer better value for good product.
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    Hypertherm Powermax 600 plasma cutter

    There is an auction this Thursday with the above Plasma Cutter. Of course things are bought "as is where is". Given the risk, I was thinking if it looked good externally I would go as high as $400. Does that seems reasonable? It is used b a construction company.
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    B3030 oil change question

    There is a big cross member right below the oil drain plugs (great design). At first I thought I would take it off, but it is torqued seriously tightly. Then I figured I would raise the front of the tractor off the ground a bit and just let the oil drain down on the cross member and to the...
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    Westendorf BC3000 install on LA403 loader arm issues

    This is a very specific problem so I won't try to explain it. I will contact Westendorf tomorrow if I hear nothing back here. Has anyone installed the Westendorf Brush Crusher BC3000 on the LA403 loader (my tractor is a B3030)? There clearly looks like a problem and I want to see how...
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    Proper oil for Tractor

    I generally use Mobil 1 in my cars and I want to do so with my tractor. In my B3030 owner's manual it says, When an off-road vehicle engine runs on a high sulfur fuel, it is advisable to employ the CF, CD, or CE lubricating oil with a high total base number. In a chart it says CF is...
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    Oil & Fuel B3030 oil change

    I generally use Mobil 1 in my cars and I want to do so with my tractor. In my B3030 owner's manual it says, When an off-road vehicle engine runs on a high sulfur fuel, it is advisable to employ the CF, CD, or CE lubricating oil with a high total base number. In a chart it says CF is...
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    Growing vegatation in sand

    Is there any type of vegetation that you can buy that will grow in near beach sand, like a type of grass?
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    Rough driveway needs to be smoothed

    My addition to my driveway is pretty rough after last winter. My driveway is gravel. I have a box blade but that would make bigger adjustments than I need. My neighbor drags a set of box springs with a few cement blocks for weight to smooth his. Does anyone sell, does some ingenious...
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    Anyone been to Saba?

    I am heading there tomorrow afternoon to scuba dive.
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    Snow Snow finally hit 10' level

    ..for this winter and it was a beautiful day to snow blow. Although we have only had a few days above freezing so you can see from the basketball rim, it does compress. You can just about walk on that snow without snowshoes.:
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Mid Atlantic Snow storm, words of wisdom?

    I am curious what you people who aren't used to moving big snow around learned from events of the last week?
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    Miller Digital Elite welding helmet question

    This is a very specific question about the above helmet. I got the helmet today and I like the way it is put together and fits. One question however. When I pressed the ON switch it turns on, but pushing it a second time (which the usual procedure for an ON-OFF switch) did not turn it off...
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    B3030 Work light problem

    My wife bumped a tree with the right rear work light and bend the bracket a bit. I didn't think too much about it, until I wanted to use the work lights some time later and they didn't work. The front work lights didn't work either! It appears to me that there is only one fuse for the work...
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Snow blowing rules of thumb

    As I contemplate the possible need to get the snowblower out tomorrow, I have developed some snow blowing "rules of thumb" over the years that some of you newbies to snow blowing may want to consider. I have made a post like this each year that I have participated in this forum. I figure that...
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    Anyone have a Kindle?

    My wife is a prodigious reader, so I thought this (Kindle 2) would be a good Christmas gift. Anyone have any experience with one?
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    Pole building electrical question

    If you look at the picture below, you see the inside of my pole building. Looking at the walls (inside to outside), first you have 6 by 6 posts, then you have 2 by 6's nailed horizontally to the posts, finally you have the metal sheeting screwed to the 2 by 6's. There is a 1 3/4 inch gap...
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    Anyone have experience installing closed ...

    cell foam insulation. It appears to give you the R value per inch (around 7) of any insulation. Can it be applied directly to the metal siding of a pole building (which appears to be the case)? Can it be applied to a thickness of 5"? It appears that you might have to do it in multiple...
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    Gravel advice for driveway sought

    Below are pictures of the driveway to my new pole building from my old driveway, about 120 feet or so. I used to tell people that my property was like beach sand, but in reality it is a combination of sand and finely ground clay according to a well driller friend of mine. It dawned on me that...
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    Pole building construction pictures

    Unfortunately we have too much stuff, and I want to build a place where I can weld in the winter (even mig welders give off some smoke), so I decided to build a pole building (30 by 48 feet). I sought advice here and got some good ideas, but few on this forum live in such an extreme and...
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    Caribbean reef sharks

    I just got back from visiting Roatan, Hunduras made posted a 1 minute clip of the caribbean reef sharks that we saw while scuba diving: YouTube - Caribbean reef sharks
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    Concrete specifications for pole building

    Several months ago, I started a thread about having a pole building built. It is going to be a Cleary building (30 by 48 by 14 feet) and appropriate for the kinds of snow loads (20 to 30 feet per year) we get in the UP of Michigan, and they will build it during the last week of October. The...
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    Having a pole building built

    I asked my friends this question before I had my garage rebuilt and got some good information. This forum provides a lot more potential good advice. I am going to have a pole building built (30' by 48' by 13' 4" (eave) with a concrete floor). I plan to have a heated workshop in a portion...
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    Will the GM bankruptcy effect you?

    I am not sure, but it seems a foregone conclusion. I have a Z06 Vette still under factory warranty. I also have a GM credit card with rebate dollars good toward the purchase of a new car, which may be lost.
 
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