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    Caught 4 small feral hogs at a time, this morning

    There is a saying here in Texas, "If you don't have a hog problem, you will have." I am on the river and have one. For years my initial solution was hunting, 120 to 150 per year, but when they didn't stop and I got tired of getting up at night and looking for them, I changed tactics a few...
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    Mid mount grader blade ??

    They are extremely useful for finishing. You don't need a tall blade or high ground clearance. If the plan is to move large amounts or cover a large area, more capacity is needed. But for working a driveway or parking lot, they are great. A front or rear blade must have extra wheels in order...
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    30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog?

    Agreed - I would keep both. Sounds like they are non-DEF. If you are buying a new 25+ hp tractor, you would be getting into DEF, which would only be a continuous headache, especially as much use as you would give it. As pointed out earlier, HP determines your rate of cutting, either in width...
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    Small towable graders?

    Another approach to your neighbor's $1200 hydraulic hose issue is to (1) only repair what fails, and not everything possible, (2) specify and shop around the complete replacement list, looking for a source that responds to "give me your lowest price for the whole", (3) buy a used...
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    Small towable graders?

    I don't believe that the "3 point thing" (adjustment) will do what you need. It doesn't matter if a 3 point is at the bottom or somewhere in the middle. It is designed to not go lower than what you set it at, but it can go up. Therefore bottoming out has no benefit. Regarding land planes...
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    Three children, one adult dead in farm tractor crash in York County, PA.

    The pictures help a great deal. Being a paved road, suitable for automobiles, makes road slope seem to be a non-cause. From the picture of road departure, makes me wonder if the tractor operator had a medical issue.
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    Valve Stems on my New Tractor

    See if you can determine the tire type. Most of my tractors have radials, but some are bias. On mine, the radials say 25 is max. I assume max only if carrying maximum load, otherwise I back off the pressure. All radials will squat - its just their design. What I do is put them on flat...
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    Need a Primer on Tractor brake lock

    Have you found the right timing to tell him that you are using his tractor?
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    Need a Primer on Tractor brake lock

    Did he also add the label "The exhaust may be hot"?
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    Need a Primer on Tractor brake lock

    I didn't see a response, so try the unsplit, if you have left & right locked together. With the tractor in low, test the left and test the right brakes separately. You should be able to make the wheel skid with the brake. Once upon a time ... I bought a used L3800 with HST. Had 69 hours...
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    This Bank is KILLING Me….

    Depending on how much "modify / fabricate" abilities you have, ideas I might think of: 1) Create wheel spacers so set the tires out wider than factory? County mowers have some really wide settings. 2) Use a long pole or beam of some sort that is connected to the tractor on the "uphill" side...
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    Critique what went wrong.

    Gotta say that I thought I knew what you were saying, and I agreed the first time around, until I re-read it. I thought you were saying, or intended to say, that the tension was adding to the bending load on the trailer bed. The reason I was thinking that is because I have seen that happen...
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    I jumped the gun... now what?

    Want another idea to ponder? 25 years ago, we bought country acreage then sold our subdivision house. With the wife and the two kids still at home, we moved onto the place. Living was in a small 900 SF place for prior-owner workers. Those owners lived off-property. My wife and I agreed that...
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    tank sprayer suggestions?

    Some ideas. This is the setup that I dreamed about for years. I started with the 25 gallon Fimco sprayer from TSC for the bed of my Mule. Legs broke after a while, so I salvaged the Fimco pump and wand and bought a 65 gallon poly tank from TSC. Custom added that setup to my non-FEL tractor...
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    Who Makes a Trouble-Free 60" Diesel Zero-Turn?

    It may be too big for your wish list, but 15 years ago the wife and I bought a barely used JD 997 ZT. Drove 400 miles to pick it up. It has a 72" deck, but I believe some came with smaller decks. 34hp (I believe) diesel. The wife, main driver, has put 1,400 hours on it. Absolutely NO...
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    cannot remove PTO SHAFT FROM TRACTOR — RESOLVED!!!

    A picture of the connection would help. Plus, perhaps you can give some information as you can recall. First, is the PTO female portion all steel or could it be aluminum? Were the splines on the female 6 solid pieces, or made of up many thin lines? The primary reason for the questioning is...
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    Remove ROPS

    If you haven't figured out the engineering yet, I'm guessing that the engineers assumed the tractor is on a side slope if it tips. When it does, they would prefer that it stays on its side as it slides on the slope - stopping rotation. If it's a long slope, one would not want to see it roll...
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    Kubota L3710 Steering Seal Fix?

    The answer is no - don't have to honor Kubota with your wallet. If you are adventurous enough to do a cylinder rebuild yourself and don't want to pay the high prices, I noted that Abom79 discusses how he dealt with that by measuring and ordering from Hercules: Glad to know you got the...
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    Best way to clear small trees from pasture

    Personally, I would not be concerned about the robustness of your cutter. The duty factor that I have witnessed seems to be associated to the thickness of the deck and the gearbox. If the gearbox has a clutch, then you are good to go. The deck will not be harmed by anything except rust. I...
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    Our barn build

    Yes, rebar, rebar, rebar. The only alternative worth considering would be wire slab mesh - looks like steel cattle/hog panels. Concrete is great for compressive forces, but weak on tension. The steel compensates for the tension part. Every time I see a slab that has cracked because someone...
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    Shoveling out a dump trailer - really!

    To keep the labor down and the material free of contaminants like oil or diesel, I'd suggest looking for a paint product designed to make the floor / sides slick, something akin to Teflon.
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    Made some big bales this weekend

    It's great to know someone has good conditions. I'm outside the Houston area on the edge of the drought / extreme-drought areas in Texas this year. So far my grass is only a few inches high and 100 degree temps coming and no rain in the forecast. I've heard from a few sources that it is going...
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    John Deere Seat switch

    Please explain the RIO issue in detail. I once had an X749 but sold it. It was super annoying that the mower would shut off upon reverse. I looked all over for a solution and found nothing to override - figured it was a switch inside the transmission.
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    5' King Kutter bent bush hog Lift Arm Brace

    FWIW - I think I have owned three of those 3-point shredders that you show. I found it frustrating that all were built with those metal straps, for if the tail wheel was forced up, say going through a ditch, the straps are unforgiving and are forced to bend. Because I am good at customizing...
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    5' King Kutter bent bush hog Lift Arm Brace

    Be sure the nut on the bolt is self-locking. Because of the air gap, you cannot tighten enough to keep a nut from spinning off, even if you use a steel lock washer. Different ways to ensure the nut stays on: (1) Use 2 nuts back-to-back and tighten them against each other (may require a...
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    John Deere Seat switch

    On my JD mower, I discovered that the seat switch is NO (Normally Open) without a rider, so when one is seated, it makes contact for the two wires that go to it. The seat has a wire connector somewhere close to the seat. I unplugged mine and inserted a small copper wire across the two...
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    Saved by a steering wheel

    You said it right - bending wood is like bending a spring. Once I was in my cab tractor on the outskirts of the woods with a batwing. One limb caught the loader arms. As the limb slipped over the arms, it slapped my side door/window, shattering it. Another issue is that dead trees can fall...
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    Quick Fix for a Broken Hydraulic Hose?

    For the explanation, jump up 3 posts prior to yours (5/30/22 11:48 a.m.) by TractorTech.
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    Quick Fix for a Broken Hydraulic Hose?

    As a suggestion: If you want to keep the spares and cost to a minimum, try the following. I like to use DiscountHydraulicHose.com. Purchase a long 1/4" hydraulic hose, say 25 feet. With it, buy some "Field-Attachable (Reusable) Hose Fittings", for example standard NPT for the 1/4" hose. The...
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    New Welder

    Yep, kind of what I understand - makes a better pool. My understanding is that the Pulsed MIG reduces splatter. This Old Tony (TOT) has a video that demonstrates his testing. Hmm. You have me thinking hard. I appreciate the content and technical detail you wrote, and yes, I think the...
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    New Welder

    Keeping the Miller is a strong consideration. I've seen some videos touting Pulsed MIG, so began to think that maybe I should look for Pulsed MIG and Pulsed TIG in one unit. Might even be able to finance a significant portion of a new unit with the old. I'm not heading for the cheapest I can...
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    New Welder

    Move = fine by me. I didn't notice that section. Thanks for your experiences and notes.
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    New Welder

    I hope this is an acceptable topic for a tractor forum. I'm not a welder by profession, but I have needs. Did I say that wrong? I have owned and used a Millermatic 210 MIG welder for more than a decade. Flawless machine and it seems like a month does not go by without using it. I now have...
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    PTO Shaft Extender

    I have used a tractor PTO shaft adapter, similar to your picture, for years. My adapter converted 21 spline "1000" to 6 spline "540". It allowed my tractor to use it's faster 1000 RPM PTO to drive my 540 stuff, thus reducing engine RPMs from 2000 to 1100. As you suggest, that's one option...
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    Need older tractor recommendations for round baling.

    Overpowered? LOL. Seems that I can confirm the following: it would be rare to find someone who says he has too much land, his barn is too big, or his tractor is overpowered. For my first tractor, I passed up a 130hp tractor I found in the classified. I was convinced I only wanted 100 for my...
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    Need Help Avoiding Turning too Sharp with E12 Batwing Mower

    I do not recommend adjusting tire width for your mower. Width means stability - a very desirable condition. I have learned the hard way that 80 degrees is indeed a limit. My used batwings (2 of them in my career) never came with a CV driveline, so I bought one. I think the first was $1000...
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    Kubota L3710 runs for 20 minutes then won't run at speed or at all.

    I read all of the posts and am curious about a couple of points. I have an L3710 - really like it. The fuel tank is at hood level, behind the instrument panel. Maybe I haven't researched enough, but I don't think I have an electric lift pump for fuel. The tank is above the injector, so my...
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    Diesel Fuel Rationing?

    You stated a conditional that is the biggest issue. Your wording sounds like you don't make your own electricity, therefore you aren't much better off than the rest. But hey, half a solution is better than none.
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    Compressor for a shop

    What happened to the OP? (spav1) Here is an idea that may help someone. I have a barn without electricity, but need air. I purchased a 120 gallon used propane tank. My understanding is that they are designed for 250 psi everyday use. Added wheels to move around the floor and plumbing for...
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    Smoke, rough running and no power above an idle

    Yep - confirms my prior experiences. In most cases, White = water, whether it is in the fuel or from coolant. In the OP's video, the white began after it was already running, which does not correlate with the air filter.
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    Smoke, rough running and no power above an idle

    White smoke is fuel rich? My observations have always been that unburned fuel produces dark or black smoke.
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    Smoke, rough running and no power above an idle

    When I have a rough running diesel or one that does not do full rpm or power, every time it has turned out to be a fuel issue. Based on my experiences, this is a list of quick points I go through. 1) How long since the fuel filter was replaced? More frequent change is required if there is...
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    Loader hoses

    What are you saying? Are you saying that your Mahindra uses multiples of the same hose?
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    Loader hoses

    One spare hose is worthless. Normally each hose has a different length and different combination of fittings than another. Like JWR, I do not even think about replacement unless there is failure. And every time, failure is detected because the hose starts to become "wet". That is the sign it...
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    Material costs rising- what would you buy now to hedge inflation

    I think there are some good points made in these dialogs. I can appreciate your effort to save money. Whereever possible, I have avoided financing, so I wholly understand. Here would be my approach: 1) If you plan on a barn, build it first. This will be your on-site storage. If no barn and...
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    3-pt. Rear Rotary Cutter (bush hog)

    I assume you don't have rotary cutter experience. Here are some points to consider. For years I had a Kubota L2350 = 23hp engine, like yours. However it was gear and not hydrostatic, meaning power was not lost to the hydraulic transmission. But mine had a 5 footer and did very well and cut...
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    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Great detail. When multiple examples of abuse is in evidence, the total extent is unknown and I think it wise to walk away. There will be another opportunity, especially of you circulate information that you are looking for another tractor, plus look into various selling channels, including...
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    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    I'm sold too, and I always use it as an accurate pricing guide. Todate I have only been a buyer, therefore I have some stuff that is worth more than what I paid. From Tractorhouse, I bought all 3 of my JDs - 2 I took my trailer with me and bought when I got there; one JD I bought sight-unseen...
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    To those with cattle

    Agreed - tax reduction/deduction is the biggest benefit. If trying to make a "profit", then I suggest do something other than going the commodity route if you have less than an inherited highly productive 1,000 acres. But profit or economic benefit are measured differently for different folks...
 
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