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    wood chipper/shredder mod to increase chip size

    Your chipper output is actually into the same chamber as the shredder on the engine side of the flywheel. The knives cut chunks off the end of the branches you're feeding which go through the slots in the flywheel, and wind up on the same side as where you feed the shredder. The J-hammers are...
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    What not to feed a woodchipper

    I feel your pain. Gettin old ain't for sissies. Now I know why my grandparents always wobbled and groaned so much. Gettin old is EXACTLY why I bought a tractor. I buy inexpensive (but good) leather gloves in bulk. I don't know how many pairs I've worn the fingers off handling brush...
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    What not to feed a woodchipper

    It really is a balancing act. To your point, it's no wonder so many are confused or misinformed. They read a biased part of something on the internet and decide it MUST be true, and sadly, that's because they're too lazy to completely inform themselves. The first thing they read, especially...
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    What not to feed a woodchipper

    Actually, yes and I have been doing it (before I knew what it was) since 2005 in a lot of the erosion ditches on my property. Learning about it has encouraged me to refine my processes and selectivity a little. Pine/conifer species don't work well for hügelkultur as a general rule...
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    Saved by a steering wheel

    Yep, like I said, saw first, move after. Glad you weren't hurt, and hope the repair bill isn't too much, too. You got a very dangerous reminder about how quickly things can go south on a tractor. Hindsight's 20/20, but I would have waded into that brush heap and tree-top with chainsaw...
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    Saved by a steering wheel

    Looking at the photo, you'd obviously sawed on it some. Can I ask why you stopped cutting, and where you were trying to push it to from the canopy end? Casual observation tells me you were just trying to break the top out and push it back to the edge of the brush. While much quicker, I think...
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    Manual tree pole pruner, what's the trick?

    Stihl Combi or Trimmer Plus are both good products. The Trimmer Plus attachments will work on the Stihl head. My son has the much more expensive Stihl Combi, but we've used my hedge trimmer, mini-tiller, and pole saw on it. He gave me a few trimmer heads for the Echo system that he thought he...
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    A Mega Thread That Makes No Sense

    Then, someone turns in a cost improvement to take away the free coffee and donuts for the folks that built the company into what it is, probably someone that was hired straight into management with no understanding of how the company actually got where it is. That snowball just keeps growing.
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    Got to love developments in rural areas

    I moved to our little town in 2004. Population, 7000. Today, population 19000 and growing. I feel your pain. I left suburbia because this was what I wanted. Suburbia moved to me. A lot of beautiful, wooded land got flattened for what is now a bedroom community that's overtaxed and NONE of...
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    Attachments for my '54 Ford Jubilee

    I'll echo what most are saying. PTO speed is based on transmission gear selection and throttle on the 8N/Jubilee family, making PTO speed relative to ground speed because the same shaft that drives the rear wheels drives the PTO. Unless you find a way to speed up that PTO or slow down the...
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    Cuban Cigars, can you bring them home?

    DHS/Customs/Immigration frowns on bringing the cigars back too.:ROFLMAO::D:ROFLMAO::LOL:
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    Cheap lake home? May or May not happen. (It is a go!)

    10 footers were $14 each when I was building my shop last year. Somethin's gotta give.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Sticks out like a sore thumb.
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    Trailer Brake Controller Not Available From Chevy, Looking at Tekonsha Prodigy Id

    Don't have SYNC2. SYNC1, worse than SYNC2, and a lot smaller screen. Thanks for the referene, but that ain't gonna fit my dash. BIAS on the controller is set to min when unloaded. Still locks up the brakes on a prolonged stop, just not quite as quickly. I've recently flipped my hitch...
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    Trailer Brake Controller Not Available From Chevy, Looking at Tekonsha Prodigy Id

    Best they can do is sway control with a trailer. Can't do anything with ABS or Traction Control unless there are wheel speed sensors and individual control for each wheel's brake. Sway control just detects side to side acceleration of the truck and chops the throttle to slow it down and will...
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    Trailer Brake Controller Not Available From Chevy, Looking at Tekonsha Prodigy Id

    Or aftermarket. Easily installed on my 2014 F-150. For some bizarre reason, fleet service ordered our trucks with full towing package, EXCEPT the brake controllers. Harness was there, relay and fuse in the glove box with a plug to hook up external, but no controller. But we did get real...
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Gonna show my age a little. That sign was hanging in the printer room at the University of Alabama for the Sperry Univac 1100 main frame that I learned BASIC, FORTRAN, and COBOL on between 1976 and 1982. I'm of German descent, so it always amused me.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    About as useful as a chocolate teapot. Useful as a cat at a dog show. (Or dog at a cat show)
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    Kioti Broken in Half

    Those that are noticing the shinier paint on the front over what's' on the back might want to consider that hydraulic hoses were probably pulled in two or cut open by mangled metal and spraying hydraulic oil around a bit. That's going to improve the color and sheen a bit. :sneaky:
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    I learned close only counts in horse shoes, hand grenades, and atom bombs. But sometimes, a good fart works.
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    truck tire

    It does now, but it originally stood for Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the TA radial sport tires were engineered and developed. Most of the All-Terrain tire designs came after the merger with Michelin to target light truck applications. That's what they claim in the Tuscaloosa plant, anyway.
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    truck tire

    I got 60K on the OE set. So, I put a set just like 'em back on the truck (just before I bought it from fleet. ;)). Happy with the tires, but not so much with the OE discs. Gonna have to upgrade to something that doesn't rust so easily, groove, and wear out pads. The do like to be inflated...
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    truck tire

    I just sold my old 1992 F-150 to my stepson. I put Michelin XC-LT4's on it YEARS ago. They NEVER leaked. Rotated once, they had 60000 on them and still look like they have 60000 more. 90% of tire life is alignment for the way the vehicle is going to be used and based on the geometry of the...
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    Cheap lake home? May or May not happen. (It is a go!)

    Looks like you had squatters, or whoever was there before just LEFT. Kinda creepy with the cheese grater just sitting there like it was used 10 minutes ago, and the unmade bed with sheets still on it. If your roof is ever gonna leak, above the bathtub is the best place, I reckon. Might need a...
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    Bar oil quality

    That was my point, exactly. What difference does it make if the oil is used oil or bar oil? It's still going to make a mess wherever it oozes out if the saw isn't cleaned up after use. I have a pretty good carry case for mine which limits how much of the stuff gets on the floor of my shop...
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    Bar oil quality

    Pine resin is what used to be the additive. I remember seeing different ads for what kind of pine and which coast it came off as selling points. We used to dissolve some with kerosene to make a paste, then mix in used motor oil. Or, scrape some fresh pitch off a cut and use that. I ain't got...
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    Small Post-Framed Barn Construction: Opinions Welcome!

    Nope, just regular construction screws, but a butt load of them. Each truss has 120 screws (60 each sided) in it for all the escutcheon plates and the webs. In addition to the screws, every escutcheon got a nice coat of Gorilla wood glue to stick them to the component beams. I used 14' 2x4's...
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    I’m so honored

    I have both ends of the spectrum. One neighbor, smokes pot with her kid in the back yard, lets her dogs run wild, and then accuses me of calling the pound. Told her, "The pound costs too much. A .22 would fix the problem I have with those dogs a lot cheaper". One across the street, let me...
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    Small Post-Framed Barn Construction: Opinions Welcome!

    About the only thing I would have done differently on the framing is skip the center posts and put up trusses. I made my own and had a 24' span. There is ZERO sag in the roof and the building is probably going to land somewhere in one piece if a tornado ever gets it. I put all the trusses...
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    anyone with experience on tingling fingertips after touching hot pieces a couple months ago.

    I got my hand with a belt sander in high school, back in 1974. Ripped all the nerves and soft tissue off the first knuckle of the left hand index finger, exposing it to the bone. I remember seeing the joint to this day. I didn't lose any motor function of the left index finger, but if I rub...
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    Get A SubSoiler Maybe For A 50 Foot Trench?

    I caught the County Line brand subsoiler on sale at TSC for about $149. I just looked and the current price is $349, more than double what I paid. I needed to cut a trench through hard clay/rocky soil for a water line to my new shop. That would have taken a week to do by hand, using pick-axe...
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    What creates "bad diesel" fuel ?

    Have you tried any fuel conditioners/anti-gel additives? So far, I'm still running on the OE fuel filter. Bowl is clean, fuel is crystal clear. News of bad fuel spreads fast these days considering the price. If you're having problems, check with neighbors and friends and locals about whether...
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    What's your weather today?

    Someone forgot to tell Central Alabama that it's January.
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    Lyre bird is a liar bird

    They have a few of them in the Adelaide zoo. Very cool to hear them mimic everything around them.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    She was so ugly, her mama had to tie a pork chop around her neck to make the dog play with her. She was so ugly, her mama fed her with a sling shot.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Staggerin' like a drunk bicycle.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    And let's not forget Dumb as a bag of hammers.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    The last phrase is missing. "And a place to hide the bodies of those that piss me off."
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut. A day late and a dollar short. More dollars than sense. (pun intended) Best thing since sliced bread. Handier than a pocket on a shirt. Does ya good and helps ya, too. Fast, good, cheap: Pick ONE.
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    Ammo can tool box mount for any tractor with ROPS

    What I did. I made two brackets that will fit either side right against the ROPS using two existing holes in the ROPS. Can don't budge, doesn't leak and has proven I don't need one on both sides (yet). I painted the brackets and box orang, of course. I used Nylock nuts on the bolts for the...
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Nag nag nag: Dirty Harry, The Gauntlet.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Santy Claws gunna be busier than a 3-legged cat coverin' up on a marble floor tonite.
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    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Sharper than a two-dollar tack. Reminds me of Paul Revere's ride, a little light in the belfry. Just about as sharp as a bowling ball. If all else fails, read the instructions. If that fails, quit because you're about to get hurt. Useful as a screen door on a submarine. Rare as hen's...
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    Think I got Covid

    Sorry to hear your symptoms are what they are but sounds like you'll be better quickly. I went through the whole gamut of symptoms in about 4 days, not including the loss of smell and taste. None of them lasted very long at all and most were less severe than a common head cold for me, the...
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    Tool Stuff, That I Was NEVER Taught, EVEN After 70 YEARS!!

    If you want 5 ONLY ways to do something, just ask 5 engineers.
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    Tool Stuff, That I Was NEVER Taught, EVEN After 70 YEARS!!

    If I damage anything that resembles a cross blade driver, JIS, Phillips, or any other thing of the sort, I usually do my best to find a suitable replacement with a Torx head on it. While damaging the screw is bad, damaging the tool is worse because all it will do then is damage other screws...
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    Tool Stuff, That I Was NEVER Taught, EVEN After 70 YEARS!!

    No, not really true. I learned how to make beer after 50. That wasn't disappointing at all.
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    TroyBilt 8HP Horse Refurb

    Same Tecumseh as mine with some very minor differences in 76 model and 78. In 78, Tecumseh changed the carb/intake to put a larger air filter on it with vertical orientation. The muffler on mine is quite different too. It's about half the size of a 1 lb coffee can and mounted with standard...
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    TroyBilt 8HP Horse Refurb

    I have a Horse (with PTO) that my mother bought in 1978 and then gave to me when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer about 6 years ago. At the time, the PTO version was supposed to be only available in Canada (according to the Troybilt site), but she got one. She and my stepdad were still...
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    It's Time For Medicare (whether I want it or not)

    So, how well would a tax deferred private HMO/HSA work (the terminology in insurance is dizzying) for the purpose of funding the dynamics of age and health to offset immediate premiums and OOPs? Is there such a thing or an option for it, or am I barking up the wrong tree? "Pay Back Benefit" is...
 
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