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  1. Gary Fowler

    why so many jeeps now on road?

    I am on my 3rd Jeep Grand Cherokee with first one (1984) going to my ex with divorce. This one had the 360 V8 and didnt surpass the 10-12 MPG mark of highway driving. None of the Jeeps I have owned rode "like a log wagon" but had really smooth rides on highway, however the suspension is a bit...
  2. Gary Fowler

    Love At First Sight

    The Youtuber "Project Farm" did a comparison on different filter brands including K&N.. IIRC the K&N let all kinds of small particles come thru. NOT GOOD for any engine to have that much grit (any grit is bad) ingested.
  3. Gary Fowler

    Need opinions 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD

    I have had 4 vehicles with 4 WD (currently have a 2007 Chevy Z71 and a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have not used the 4 WD in my pickup in years (no need for it) but it is there just in case. I grew up on a farm and we never used anything but 2 WD trucks. Tractors were always available if the...
  4. Gary Fowler

    Love At First Sight

    Second that on checking ALL bolts on that tractor especially the wheel lug bolts and all mounting frame bolts for the FEL. Recheck them all again after about 50 hours of operation. When I got my LS, I found several bolts that were not even finger tight. Pay close attention to any bolt that...
  5. Gary Fowler

    Shear Bolt Broke On New Deck. PTO Shaft & Gear Box Holes Don't Align.

    If punch fails, try drilling out the holes from both sides using a 1/2" drill bit.
  6. Gary Fowler

    Shear Bolt Broke On New Deck. PTO Shaft & Gear Box Holes Don't Align.

    It is obvious that part of the sheared bolt is stuck in the hole. Find a punch of equal or a bit smaller than the hole and try to drive out the stuck piece of bolt.
  7. Gary Fowler

    Should I cab or not. Getting ready to buy

    I think you are going to find a mixed bag between those with a cab and without one. Nothing beats mowing in dusty conditions while sitting in an AC cab listening to some tunes. Much of the negative about operating in the woods can be mitigated by trimming up the limbs or just watching for low...
  8. Gary Fowler

    Strange things your pets do...

    My German Shepherd has to take medicine for an allergy. Most of the time, my wife hands me the pills to give to him. I tell him its time for your medicine "open your mouth" and he just opens his mouth and waits for me to push the pills behind his tongue. He also seems to have a clock inside...
  9. Gary Fowler

    Need advice on gussets / bracing

    I think the OP is trying to prevent a bend from happening because he has seen them bent on other FEL's. I dont think I have ever seen the dog leg bent, but I have seen some cylinder rods bent.
  10. Gary Fowler

    Need advice on gussets / bracing

    Also in regards to your 7018 rods. If they arent rusty then they can be reconditioned. Just pop then in your oven at highest setting (500F) and let them cook for at least 2 hours after oven has reached temperature. NOTE: just put them in a cold oven and bring it up to temp, let rods soak at...
  11. Gary Fowler

    Need advice on gussets / bracing

    This is the best idea, bend the 3/8" plate and weld it to the outside edge of the outside link. One side of each link should be sufficient to adequately strengthen the set. Welding structural steel with 6011 or 6010 is not the best rod for the process but might work for a while. Avoid leaving...
  12. Gary Fowler

    What is a warranty worth?

    If you buy a plasma cutter/ TIG/ stick multi-process machine with 3 year warranty and it craps out after less than an hour of use and it cost you $160 to get it repaired, how much is that big 3 year warranty worth. I just got the bill back from Everlast repair shop to repair my machine which...
  13. Gary Fowler

    Deckover vs standard equipment trailer

    My car hauler deck looses nothing in width to the fenders and it is lower to the ground than a deck over.
  14. Gary Fowler

    More pond damage shows up

    A few month ago I posted about my daughter letting my Kubota RTV 900 get into the pond because she didn't set the park brake. Well today another item showed up. The starter just stopped working, started drove 50 yards and then it wouldn't start. Took it off and it was all rusted inside and...
  15. Gary Fowler

    What a difference a large tractor makes!

    It is good to have big and little. I do most of my work with the little Kubota. But when it comes to moving, pulling, dragging, etc. it is the LS that goes to work.
  16. Gary Fowler

    Something to tear up sod

    I would just use a box blade scarifiers set to depth wanted. Tilt it forward by shortening the top link so the blade isn't touching. Or you could use this (Photo below)
  17. Gary Fowler

    Harbor Freight FCAW welder

    Harbor Freight had their Titanium 125 FCAW DC inverter welder on sale for $159 so I decided to buy it. I dont need to weld thick stuff, I have stick rod for that, so the 125 works well for me. I just got thru welding up some shelf brackets I fabbed out of 3/32" thick sheet metal. The little...
  18. Gary Fowler

    Ever had something set in garage and break

    A few days ago I found the battery in my boat completely dead and wouldn't take a charge so I bought a new battery and hooked it up. I didn't check to see if it would start at that time. A day or so later, I came back to the shop where boat is stored and found a nav light burning which had ran...
  19. Gary Fowler

    New electric meters

    Anyone have the new digital RF electrical meters installed at home. The power company swapped mine out last month. The house meter didn't change much but my shop bill went from normal $50-60 per month to $110. OF course they claimed it was accurate and nothing could be done. They did say...
  20. Gary Fowler

    Fuel gauge quit working after RTV went swimming

    Earlier posted about how my RTV went for a swim in the pond and how I had to drain all the fluids. Well the fuel gauge was the only thing that didn't work, so I purchased a new one and got it installed a couple days ago. The old one was stuck on full and now the new one goes to empty when the...
  21. Gary Fowler

    Kubota RTV 900 can swim

    My daughter was using the RTV to go visit her Aunt and play some games of Scrabble. She lives just across the pond from me. About 12:30 I was awoken by my wife saying the Kubota is in the pond. After getting dressed, grabbed my B26 and went over and found the RTV setting about 10 feet from...
  22. Gary Fowler

    Tool Boxes on Fenders

    I mounted one to the FOPS on my B26. It is just at eye level so easy to see inside it. Not a real good photo but if you can zoom in it is good. It is hard to see in the photo, but it has the top platform box for the tool box and then a 45 degree stiffener brace underneath. The frame is all...
  23. Gary Fowler

    Grading Best way to regrade hill to reduce slope?

    You can do it yourself with a box blade using the scarifiers to loosen the soil and the FEL to pick it up on the next pass. It does take a lot of finesse to control the box blade and use the FEL at the same time, but you can move quite a bit of soil at one time that way if your tractor has the...
  24. Gary Fowler

    How to get PTO cable off L2800

    I am trying to help my widowed neighbor by fixing her tractors PTO shift cable. I got the top part off easily (well not so easily since I had to move the seatbelt to get to it) by just pulling a cotter pin. The bottom side where it fits to the PTO shifter at the transmission does not have a...
  25. Gary Fowler

    Problem with my Kawasaki 691V engine

    The last time I mowed with my Ferris with the Kawasaki 691V engine, it started surging like it was running out of gas. I found that the fuel filter was plugged. I took it off, blew it out and finished mowing. The next day I bought a new filter and installed it. It seemed to run ok then so I...
  26. Gary Fowler

    Anyone into helping neighbors

    Lets see if I can find them. He is just about life sized at around 6 foot wingspan
  27. Gary Fowler

    Anyone into helping neighbors

    I just finished restoring an American Bald Eagle, I guess you would call it a sculpture, made from scrap iron. It had originally been installed on my neighbors roof but the guy wires had rusted away and it had to be removed. I lay in the dirt under a big oak for a couple of years and rusted...
  28. Gary Fowler

    Workshop door placement

    I built my shop 30x30 main floor then 30x12 wings on each side. I walled in a 10x12 on the north side and put in a sink and commode. Planned to put in a shower and water heater hence the large size but then changed my mind so it has lots of storage space in the bathroom. I put a man door...
  29. Gary Fowler

    Kutota parts prices outrageous

    Looking at my hours and maintenance schedule, looks like I need to change hydraulic fluid in both my Kubota B26 and RTV900. I knew I didn't want to pay Kubota dealer price for the UDT oil, so I got some premium universal hydraulic oil that is stated to equal Kubota UDT for $17 per gallon. No...
  30. Gary Fowler

    Kubota TLB owners and experiences?

    Spend the money and get a hydraulic thumb, it is worth the cost and it completely folds out of the way when not needed. I would not mess with a manual thumb just for the reason you listed, but with the hydraulic thumb, you can fold it flat against the dipper when not needed, then extend it to...
  31. Gary Fowler

    LS P7010 used value

    Anyone have an idea what my LS P7010 is worth. It is a 2010 model but only has 160 hours on it. Guy supposed to come look at it today along with my motorcycle. Tractor is only used about twice a year to till up my garden spring and fall. Motorcycle is about the same or worse so no need to...
  32. Gary Fowler

    Did you build or buy your tractor shed/garage

    In 2009 I compared cost to built a steel shed vs wood frame, both on concrete slab, and found that wood was much cheaper at the time. Steel may win out now or vice versa due to cost of materials. I built a 30 x 30 with 12 x 30 wings on each side. One side I took in a 12 x 12 section for a...
  33. Gary Fowler

    Helping neighbors

    I have several neighbors that I help whenever they need something from mowing yard to mechanic work. Since it was so nice outside today I finally got my across the road neighbor to get his car out to replace the head light on his Nissan Maxima. You have to remove the inner fender liner to...
  34. Gary Fowler

    Help selecting either a subcompact or compact 25HP tractor?

    Grading for the house should be done by the contractor building the house and surely shouldn't cost $4000. From your photo, I dont see any drastic need for grading since it looks like you have some gently rolling hills. I prefer that look to a simple flat landscape so I would just leave them...
  35. Gary Fowler

    Dangerous times even in small town

    Saturday night the wife and I along with our neighbors went out for dinner and a movie. When we came out of the movie there were several cop cars and an ambulance right in front of the theater. It seems several people were outside waiting for something (maybe a ride) when 4 guys in a white car...
  36. Gary Fowler

    King Kutter disc

    Great looking disc and well built. IF you can find one, lay a full length railroad steel or 2 like in photo across the center between the gangs and it will cut much better.
  37. Gary Fowler

    Anyone tried teeth on a rear blade?

    Most rear blades aren't built strong enough to handle hanging the blade on a root at the end/near the end of the blade. If you are looking for something to loosen roots, I suggest using something like this.
  38. Gary Fowler

    TBN lost me for a while

    A few days ago my account just vanished, no log in, no password accepted. I did a search and nothing was shown for my TBN screen name. Thanks to Muhammed, I am now able to log in. Will see if it shows my previous posts now.
  39. Gary Fowler

    Home warranty issue

    We have a home warranty policy that will fix or replace just about all the appliances in the house. The over the range microwave quit working. Took 5 days to get a serviceman to come look at it (Friday). Magnatron, transformer, diode, thermostat and capacitor all had to be ordered and...
  40. Gary Fowler

    spring cleaning anyone?

    For the last several days I have been cleaning and waxing my 38.5' motor home. I have finally managed to remove all the old wax after 4 days and started putting on a new coat of Nufinish wax. Removing the old coating of a polymer floor polish wax (this was recommended by my neighbor and...
  41. Gary Fowler

    Ground engagement and rocks and not breaking things

    I found this at a local hardware store and it works great for finding and bringing up rocks. I just go really slow with my LS P7010 and keep it in 2 WD and this implement will stall the tractor before breaking a tine. It is basically a box blade without the box and blade. I was opening up a...
  42. Gary Fowler

    Cab or Not?

    photo of trimmed trees so tractors and mowers can get under them. All my trees are trimmed up appropriately. It was a lot of work at first but now just a yearly cropping of the limbs that tend to hang down. This is an old photo and trees are now about twice that height, but still trimmed up...
  43. Gary Fowler

    A2 milk instead of Lactose free

    For those of you who suffer from lactose intolerance, have you tried the newly advertised A2 milk instead of lactose free. No one near me carries it currently. I did fill out the form for the A2 distributor to see about getting it near me. Just wondering if it will work for me rather than the...
  44. Gary Fowler

    HP of first tractor. For my first acreage..?

    Leveling a hill is not a job for a small tractor. I hired a dozer to level out the hill where I built my house which is about 250 feet in length x 120 or so in width. I then let it set for a couple of years to settle naturally. I ended up having to move my shop back further than I had...
  45. Gary Fowler

    Mis-type and then I get voice reading off all the different forums

    I don't know what I typed but I got a voice reading off everything like is was for the blind or something. Anyone ever have this happen?
  46. Gary Fowler

    Can I buy a trailer for my tractor around $2000

    How about this one then?And my trailer was $2400 with dual 6000# axles with brakes on both axles. This gives me a tare weight of 9600 pounds. I do have to watch my load balancing so as to not overload my trucks hitch but it pulls nicely.
  47. Gary Fowler

    Dexpan project, how to make the holes?

    We did a lot of rock drilling in Angola Africa for explosive charges to obtain quarry rock. They used crawler rigs with vibratory& spinning rock drills with compressed air to clear the hole and a vacuum system to trap the dust. These machines were a bit more than your budget I suspect but they...
  48. Gary Fowler

    Opinions on hybrid slab foundation.

    That is how my house and shop were built. Grade beam was poured, then concrete blocks set on the grade beam and these were used for the slab form. Compacted sand was then placed inside the forms for the plumbing to lay in. Everything inside the forms was original compacted native soil. No...
  49. Gary Fowler

    Gifts that cost you more

    Anyone ever get a gift that cost you much more than the original gift? I got a set of 3 books (Gunslinger by Steven King) for Christmas. After I started reading them, I discovered that there are 5 more in the series. Now I have to buy 5 more to finish the novel. I didn't think I would really...
  50. Gary Fowler

    What size pipe did you use for your rear blade’s cutting edge?

    Re: What size pipe did you use for your rear blade痴 cutting edge? See table 4 of attachment on API 5L piping standard.